Especially during the festive season, winter travel in Europe is magical. If you’ve got an exciting trip planned and are wondering how to dress for a cold European winter, take note of the following winter style tips…
Layering is key
Winter temperatures in Europe can range from slightly chilly to absolutely freezing so it’s important to be prepared for cold bites with adaptable warm layers. The three-layer system works best for staying comfortably snug. Breathable, moisture-wicking long-sleeved tops are ideal for the base layer. For the mid layer, opt for an insulating snuggly jumper and finish with a winter coat (preferably one that’s waterproof or at least water resistant) for outerwear. Match dresses with a vest top base layer, fleece-lined tights and a cardigan. Jeans can be warmed up by wearing a pair of leggings underneath. Always bring a full-set of winter accessories including a hat, scarf and gloves.
A stylish pair of waterproof leather boots with a decent anti-slip sole is the perfect pick for winter travel in Europe. The emphasis should be on keeping your feet warm and dry. After all, nothing puts a damper on sightseeing faster than having puddles in your shoes! Many European cities are made for wandering around so having comfortable, protective footwear is essential. Being practical definitely doesn’t have to mean compromising on style. Biker boots or Chelsea boots with durable ridged soles make trendy, versatile choices that coordinate well with a variety of outfits. For added warmth in particularly cold climes, go with sheep-skin lined boots.
Don’t forget your waterproofs
Especially in European destinations such as the UK, there’s always a chance of rain. Avoid becoming a drenched mess when traipsing the streets of London, Liverpool or Edinburgh by having your waterproofs at the ready. Besides waterproof boots and outerwear, it’s also worth bringing an umbrella and ensuring your travel bag is waterproof to protect expensive items such as phones and cameras. If you preferred winter style includes a wool coat, keep a foldaway rain jacket or windbreaker in your bag in case of a downpour where it’s too windy for a brolly.
Have thermals on standby for the coldest countries
The likes of Scandinavia and Scotland are generally going to be much colder than other parts of Europe. If the country you’re visiting is known for being particularly cold and snowy, pack those thermal socks and undergarments. Also select thermal winter accessories such as hats, scarves and gloves with extra insulation.
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