What to Wear in Europe in Summer

Spanning more than 10 million square kilometers and encompassing some 50 countries, Europe is the perfect playground for a summer of adventure and fun. From its cobblestone streets and cultural sites to its fabulous food and stunning beaches, there’s so much to see, do, and experience on the continent.

Whether you’re spending three months abroad or are simply visiting for a week or two, Collecting Labels has your guide to looking fashionable and fabulous, while staying comfortable, on your next European summer adventure.

Weather in Europe in Summer

In a word, the weather in Europe in summer is perfect! Gardens are lush, flowers are in bloom, and in most parts of the continent the sun shines for hours every day.

On average, daytime temperatures range from the early-70s through the late-80s. You’ll find slightly cooler temperatures the farther north you travel, and more intense heat as in the south. Overall, if you’re visiting Europe in summer you’ll enjoy warm to hot days with slightly cooler but pleasant evenings.

If northern hotspots like Reykjavik are on your itinerary, prepare for temperatures in the mid-50s due to its mid-Atlantic location and high latitude.


The best way to stay chic and beat the heat in Europe in summer is by outfitting yourself in lightweight sleeveless tops. Perfect for mixing and matching with your favorite trousers, shorts or skirts, this iconic top can easily take you from a day of sightseeing to a night on the town. Opt for fun and fresh patterns in a breathable fabric, like linen or chambray, and you’ll look and feel great as you explore the best of Europe.

For a more casual look, slip on a basic tee. In neutral colors or patterns, a basic t-shirt is a great option when out exploring because it will look clean, classic and put together. Whether paired with your favorite jeans or layered under a sundress, the sartorial possibilities are endless.


The always-iconic jeans are a great option when traveling throughout Europe. Not only are they a timeless piece, but jeans (whether black or blue) can pair with any outfit and take you almost anywhere.

If the days are too hot for denim, swap out your jeans for a pair of cute and colorful shorts. Perfect for seaside locales, pair your classic white or blue jean shorts with almost any top and you’ll have yourself a quick, cute and casual look. Shorts might not be the most appropriate choice if you plan on visiting certain Orthodox cathedrals or religious sites, but for a day on the beach, they can’t be beaten.

For a super easy and breezy look, why not try a romper or playsuit. This one-piece ensemble is perfect for sightseeing and exploring the city, and it won’t take up too much valuable space in your bag. Find one in a fun and funky pattern, top it with a shawl or cardigan and in no time you’ll be ready to go for a day of adventures.


Dresses and skirts are perfect for hot days spent exploring exciting cities. Breezy, comfortable and classically chic, dresses and skirts will ensure you look and feel great no matter what the conditions.

Sundresses are the perfect piece for traveling as they take up relatively little space in your bag. You don’t need to worry about coordinating tops and bottoms, simply slip on your favorite dress and you’re ready to go. No muss, no fuss, simply fabulous!

Skirts are a great alternative to pants when traveling throughout Europe. Whether you favor a mini-, midi-, or maxi hemline, skirts can complement almost any top. Paired with a basic T-shirt and sneakers, or a blouse and open-toed sandals, skirts can take you from day to night, casual to dressy in no time.


No matter where you plan on visiting in Europe in summer, you’re going to do a LOT of walking – and a lot of walking on cobblestones. Save yourself and your feet a lot of pain by investing in a shoe that is both cute and comfortable.

Lightweight canvas trainers are incredibly popular with locals and tourists alike. And for a good reason. These shoes are not only great for a day of exploring, but they are incredibly versatile. Slip on your favorite pair of trainers with everything from your beloved jeans or shorts to a romper or your favorite maxi dress for an instantly casual but fashionable look.

For a slightly dressier look, opt for espadrilles. Available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, heights, and styles, espadrilles are the perfect shoe for Europe. Incredibly versatile, espadrilles can be paired with any ensemble and can easily be dressed up or down. From the city center to the beach to a night on the town, you’ll never look out of place or out of a style in a pair of espadrilles.


While the days will be warm, the nights in Europe can be a bit chillier. The best way to adapt to these varying temperatures is by relying on layers to get you through the day. Cardigans are great as you can easily slip one on over your t-shirt, blouse, romper or dress, adding just a little bit of extra warmth when you need it. Perfect for any occasion, cardigans can be dressed up or down and can take you from formal to casual occasions with just a few quick accessories swaps.

Scarves are also a great piece for layering. Perfect for adding a little warmth at night or to protect yourself from the sun, scarves and shawls are the perfect way to add a pop of color, pattern or texture to any ensemble.

If your travel plans involve spending time in the mountains, forest, or in nature, it might be wise bring a lightweight waterproof jacket with you to protect you from those rainy days and conditions.


Protect your skin and face from the suns harsh rays with a fabulous hat. Whether you plan on spending your days navigating the cobblestone streets or sipping cocktails on the beach, no outfit is complete without a great wide brim hat or a funky fedora.


Another must for Europe in summer is a great pair of sunglasses. Not only will you save your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays but you’ll look great doing so. Whether you rock a classic pair of aviators and wayfarers or opt for a pair of fabulous oversized shades, make sure you bring at least one pair of sunnies on your next Euro getaway.


No matter where you plan on visiting in Europe, you’re going to want to bring a bathing suit. In southern Europe, enjoy sandy beaches and stunning views as you sun yourself along the Mediterranean. In northern Europe, shock your system in a good way by taking a chilly dip in the Baltic.


In certain parts of Europe, summer can also mean bursts of rain and afternoon showers. To protect yourself during these brief moments of precipitation, pack a small, collapsible umbrella in your bag.

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Kate Slean is a wanderluster, fashion fiend, and list-maker extraordinaire. Originally from Canada, Kate is currently based in Europe, traveling as much as possible. When she’s not exploring the world, Kate is on the hunt for the latest and greatest trends in petite fashion. At just 5’2″ Kate knows just how hard it can be to find the perfect fit, style, trend, and she wants to help others avoid the struggle. Kate enjoys writing about her everyday experiences of dressing as a petite, and the never-ending quest to find the perfect petite pencil skirt. You can stay up-to-date on all Kate’s adventures on her blog, Petite Adventures.

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