When the flight attendant said, “Welcome to Barcelona”, I knew this adventure was going to be one for the books. Traveling through the beautiful country of Spain was unparalleled to any trip I have ever taken. I visited Barcelona, Seville, Cadiz, and Madrid. Each city provided a distinguishable “city vibe” that cannot be compared to any country. I got to see the oranges and flowers start to bloom in Seville. The orange trees created a picture-perfect aesthetic for those Instagram photos to POP. The weather in Madrid was ideal for sightseeing through the city. The weather started off cool but turned into the perfect spring chill day.
When I started packing for my trip, I turned to my favorite outfit inspiration app, PINTEREST! However, I was quickly discouraged when I barely found any looks for this time of year that were not too chill (sweats and leggings) or very social media influencer-y (tweed matching sets and miniskirts with statement pieces). Trust me, I love making a statement, but this trip I knew I wanted to cover a lot of ground. I wanted to dress better then sweats but less than full face and matching Zara suit. I decided to create my own packing essentials guide for the in-between girl like myself. Recently, I have preferred to pack pieces instead of whole outfits. I am finally understanding the importance of having staple pieces that are versatile compared to trendy fast fashion looks. Each piece I packed could have been worn at least two different ways and versatile enough for all activities.
All items in this guide are incredibly affordable under $50 because I am a broke girl living in a shopaholics body! Well enough of me rambling let’s just jump into the perfect packing guide for Spain.
Each item can be purchased by clicking on the photo.
Black Dress- one of the most important stable pieces for a girl’s wardrobe. A black dress fits every occasion because it is so versatile. You can dress it up with flats and heels for a night out on the town or dress it down with sneakers for a day of sightseeing.
Images from Zara.com
Red Dress- Red dress in my opinion is highly underrated piece. Trust me, growing up in the South, I understand the negative stigma behind the color red (my whole life I’ve been told it’s a whore’s color) but as an adult that can buy what I want, I love red. It is a great color to add to your closet and perfect for this trip.
Images from HM.com
Maxi Dress- for comfortable sightseeing. I live for a long comfortable Maxi. For Cadiz and Seville, the weather was much warmer compared to Barcelona/Madrid. I get a lot of my maxi dresses from thrift stores like Goodwill but here are some cute affordable ones.
Images from Aliexpress.com
Images from hm.com
Black Faux Leather Motto jacket- the best accessory to every outfit is a faux leather jacket. I found this jacket added a little flare to every outfit.
Images from hm.com
Plain White T-Shirt- a plain white shirt is a fashion stable that is needed for every wardrobe and packing list.
Stripe Shirt or Blouse
Blue/Black Jeans- Classic vintage style mom jeans are my favorite types of jeans. I remember going to the thrift store in high school shopping in the men’s section to try and find the perfect high waist jeans. Now, they are “IN” and you can fit them everywhere. Whatever your jean style is, always pack a blue and black pair
Images from hm.com
Floppy Hat- add that flare to a boring outfit + protect your face from the sun
White Sneakers-sneakers is the go-to shoe for traveling. Besides the obvious comfort for long walks and busy days, I like to wear them with dresses to create a more relaxed look.
Black flats- A nice pair of flats dress up even the most basic outfits.
Scarf- Scarves is a versatile item that I believe should be in a travel bag. You can use it to wrap up in, belt, head wrap or wear it traditionally.
Images from Target.com
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Getting dressed in Spain for the week was very easy with sticking to these pieces. You can download the PDF packing essentials list HERE.
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