Alexa Chung for Longchamp, spring 2016 Alexa Chung for Longchamp, spring 2016

What to pack for a spring city break Featured

Jetting off to Milan, Berlin, Basel, Paris or London this spring? Find out what you should be wearing...

As Europe’s cities welcome the first signs of spring, it is time to pack away those winter woolens and take a lighter and brighter approach to your wardrobe. Whatever your destination, Europe is bursting with style inspiration...


milanMilan: handbag: Alexander McQueen, shoes: Rag & Bone, trousers: Tibi, blouse: Gucci, sunglasses: Miu Miu 

Thanks to Gucci’s new designer Alessandro Michele, geek chic in all its glory is back with a vengeance in Milan this spring. So join the Italian library-lounging army in mismatched patterns, prints and colours, eccentric accessories, cropped pants, midi skirts, pussy bow blouses, blazers and to finish the look, oversized square framed glasses.

Related: How to dress like an Italian


baselBasel: shoes: Gucci, bag: Christopher Kane, trousers: Jonathan Saunders, blouse: Gucci

If there is one thing on the agenda this spring in Basel it is all things art and all things jewellery as the city prepares for the two biggest events in the Swiss calendar, Baselworld and ArtBasel. So why not let your style be inspired by vibrant pops of colour, bold and graphic prints and swirling patterns. Don’t be afraid to clash colours and combine prints for a gallery worthy statement style. Baselworld 17 - 24 March 2016. ArtBasel 16 -19 June 2016.

Related: What to wear when it's not summer and it's not winter


parisParis: bag: Elizabeth & James, flatforms: Victoria Beckham, trouser suit: Stella McCartney, t-shirt: Joseph

Renowned for its classic chic and true sophistication, nothing says Parisian elegance like a new season trouser suit. Keep things classic-French with a single colour, or add some personal panache with a patterned pairing. A long sleeveless jacket and flatform shoes certainly add a distinct cool, contemporary twist.

Related: What to pack for Paris this spring


londonLondon: boots: Acne Studios, hangbag: Alexander McQueen, dress: Vince, bomber jacket: 3.1 Phillip Lim 

As the capital of cool, London is a great place to give your wardrobe a tough luxe edge. And black need not be dull and boring, but instead, effortlessly offbeat if you combine textures and styles. A simple shift dress teamed with an embellished bomber jacket and ankle boots is indulgently nonchalant.

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berlinBerlin: shoes: Common Projects; hangbag: Saint Laurent, maxi-skirt: Mary Katrantzou, jacket: Karl Largerfeld, t-shirt: Raquel Allegra

As a destination bursting with hybrid appeal where the cool meets the classic, Berlin is the destination to flirt with spring’s boy meets girl style. Combine a feminine pleated skirt with a relaxed tee, luxe biker and sneakers for topnotch eclectic elegance.

Related: What to pack for Berlin