One question you may ask yourself when packing for your European getaway is, “How do I make myself not look like a tourist during my travels?” One obvious way is to avoid standing in the middle of the street when trying to capture a great shot of the Arc De Triomphe, because boy is that roundabout cray-zay. But another way to ensure you slip seamlessly into local life, is the way you dress. Avoid the dreaded 'just stepped off the plane tourist look' and instead channel your inner European style queen...
Forego the obvious flip-flops, jeans, pull-over hoodie, and dare I say it – fanny pack – ensemble that is associated with the stereotypical tourist look. Sure, the fanny pack trend makes a comeback every few years, but you don’t want to look back on your travel photos years down the line and lament, “What the hell was I thinking?” Because trust me, you will.
First impressions are everything. When you first meet someone, the way they look and dress plays into what you initially think of them. Remember agonizing over what to wear on the first day of school because you wanted to impress all the kids in your class? You’re probably thinking the same thing with all the new people you’ll meet on your European adventure.
To make an excellent first impression among your fellow travelers and the locals you engage with on the first day of your travels, keep it simple: style a basic striped top with a pair of skinny jeans, comfy sneakers, simple gold earrings, a pair of sunglasses, a stylish over the shoulder bag, and a light trench coat (just in case it gets a little chilly during the day). You’ll be comfortable exploring the sights the cities you visit have to offer while looking effortlessly chic. And who knows? Another tourist might just mistake you for a local and ask you for directions.