5 Ways to Achieve European Style

I’ve been meaning to write this post since getting back from Europe, and I’m just now getting around to it. But it is finally here! Better late than never, right?

Our European trips are always good for the soul, but this one was particularly good for the sartorial soul…aka my closet. I was so inspired by all the outfits that I was seeing out and about that I actually took notes…and I haven’t done that since college!

Some of the notes were about outfit combos that I wanted to try and recreate or pieces that I thought I might want to add to my wardrobe (hello black tote purse), but some of them I thought would be universal and easily shareable…so here we are with the 5 things I learned about style from my European travels.

1. Trench coats instantly make everything look more chic.

trench coat + cream cable sweater + Loft jeans + Target navy ballet flats | Style On Target blog
Jeans and t-shirt? Yup. Button down blouse and work pants? Check. Black sweater and skirt? You bet.

When in doubt, the golden rule of European style is to throw on a trench coat. It’s been around for over 100 years, so you know it’s good. Bonus points if it beige/tan since it goes with both black and navy or maybe try it in an unexpected color/pattern to mix things up a bit!

2. Muted colors are more manageable…and they don’t have to be boring.

black and white stripe tee + black hat + cord tan button skirt + black ankle boots Target; casual fall outfit | Style On Target blog

Neutrals and earth tones are NOT boring. Repeat after me. Europeans only wear them…so if you want to look like a European, it might be time to check your closet palette.

A closet full of random pops of color like highlighter yellow, green apple green, and bubblegum pink also isn’t going to take you very far in terms of mixing and matching and figuring out what to wear on a daily basis.

Buuuuuut a closet full of neutrals and muted colors (like red, navy, and forest green) will take you much farther and transcend a whole bunch of trends too. Check out this color palette of items below…can’t you imagine a Londoner wearing these colors?

3. But on that note, accessorize, accessorize, accessorize.

accessorize, accessorize, accessorize

This is where things get fun. Feel free to inject colors and patterns that you yourself LOVE! I’m a firm believer that accessories are a great way to express your personality.

You love polka dots? Add a polka dot neck scarf to your wishlist (see below).

More of a fan of leopard print? Try a cute pair of leopard print flats or heels (love these).

Love cats and want the world to know it? Get a cute cat shape purse (no seriously…it’s here!). 

Whatever you like, add small doses of it with accessories and you can express your love and still look stylish.

4. Classics are clutch.

navy and white stripe tee + white eyelet skirt + floral scarf + wicker clutch; summer outfit | Style On Target

Not sure what to wear? You know you always fall back on your favorite classic pieces.

Maybe it is your white button down shirt or your favorite jeans or that black crew sweater you can’t live without. For me, it’s always going to be a stripe tee. Always!

Europeans know a great classic when they see, so take a page out of their book and stock up on some great classics. They’re have your back when you’re running late for work…for…you know…the third time this week!

5. And comfort is key.

old navy city tee + denim jacket + red Loft skirt + stripe espadrilles | Style On Target blog

For the most part, Europeans rely on public transportation and lots of walking to get them from work to the pub to home to the grocery store and back again. And you certainly don’t want to be doing that in a pair of stilettos, so grab your favorite flats or chelsea ankle boots (first option in the lineup below – they’re EVERYWHERE in Europe) and hit the streets.

Because we have lots of sites to see and things to do (like eat lots and lots of fancy cheeses)!

And that’s it in terms of my top 5 tricks to obtain European style! Do you have any that you live by? Let me know in the comments!

And then let’s book a plane ticket…this post has renewed my wanderlust!