Everyone preaches to pack basics that you can mix and match, and I wholeheartedly agree. Out of excitement about my upcoming trip, I thought I'd share my favorite basics with you!
My four go-to shoes for travel are my Sperry Top-Sider Angelfish boat shoes, Jack Rogers sandals in Platinum, J.Crew black ballet flats, and the Hunter Packable Tour rain boots (Hunter boots that fold up!). I'd also recommend a pair of gym shoes for extended periods/if you're an avid runner or exerciser, but these four shoes would suffice me for any trip. They're all comfortable enough to walk around in, offer a variety for any type of weather, and the sandals or ballet flats can be worn out at night.
Besides luggage, there are two bags in particular that I always bring: a Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag and a black crossbody purse. The tote bag is perfect for day trips and carrying jackets, water bottles, etc., and the crossbody bag is best for quick trips (down the street to the boulangerie, perhaps?) and nights out. You really have no need for another bag!
A good pair of dark skinny jeans is the best thing you can bring to Europe. They don't need to be washed, they look sleek, and you can wear them around town or with heels for a night out. Plus, they match everything! I swear by J Brand, but there are plenty of cheaper options. As far as what I wear on top, I usually go with a silky camisole with a cardigan. I have this Topshop camisole in about four different colors, and they transition really well from day to night. More often than not do I go out to bars wearing dark skinny jeans, a silk camisole, and flats!
And don't forget about dresses! I just bought this nautical-inspired dress from Target for a whopping $22.99. Especially if you don't have much packing room, dresses are a great way to save space. I usually opt for dresses with longer sleeves (like the Target one mentioned above/shown in the widget below), but I pack a cardigan in my tote whenever I wear tank-top dresses.
As mentioned in the title, these are just the basics of what clothing I bring to Europe, but you can apply these outfits to just about any trip! Just make sure to account for the weather. ;)