What to Wear While Studying Abroad

More often than not these days, college students choose to wander the world as part of their education. With travel comes exposure to new cultures and the fashion that defines them—and since you're there to study for a whole semester, not just vacation, you'll want to blend in. But no matter where you go, you should only pack what you can carry.

Staying stylish when you're in a new environment and have limited space can be tricky—but we're here to help. We've rounded up a handful of city-specific wardrobe essentials you'll need for a fashionable stay in a foreign country. So go ahead, let your wanderlust get the better of you—as long as you have the right accessories.

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London

More likely than not, it's going to rain a majority of the time you're in the UK. A slick trench coat will keep you covered and make you feel like a true Brit.
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London

Neutral tones rule London fashion, so add a spark of color with scarves.
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London

Thick wool sweaters are a must in cold climates. Pick one that suits your style.
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London

Pair high-waisted black pants with a cropped sweater for a chic London look.
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London

Tall black boots are a must. Tall black rainboots are even better.
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London

Easy and resourceful. What more could a traveler want?
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London

A moto leather jacket is an edgy classic that Londoners adore.
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London

You can never go wrong (anywhere) with a clean white blouse.


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London

Pair these leather jeans with any cute top and you'll be good to go for a night out.


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London

Wear these Jeffrey Campbells and traipse through Westminster Abbey for a real London experience.
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Paris

Think Madeline 2.0. Browns, blacks, stripes and berets are essentials in Paris’ chilly climate. France is known for being pretty much the fashion capital of the world, so you’ll want your looks to be as stylish as possible.
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Paris

The classic peacoat is a Paris must-have.


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Paris

The lace collar on this blouse just screams "Bonjour, Paris!"
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Paris

The velvet skirt will not only keep you warm, but fashionable as well.
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Paris

You'll need these. Trust us.
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Paris

Flats can be boring, but these will dress up any outfit.
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Paris

Clutches are just so Parisian.


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Paris

If you don't bring a little black dress to Paris, you just shouldn't go.
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Paris

Pair that LBD with some red pumps for flirty flair.
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Barcelona

The quilted jacket is heavy enought to keep you warm, but not so heavy it'll weigh down your suitcase.
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Barcelona

Light blouses paired with cardigans or a jacket look so classic.
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Barcelona

Red skinny jeans have never been more appropriate.


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Barcelona

With so much to see, these combat boots will offer comfort and warmth.


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Barcelona

Don't go with just any old bag. Pick a cross-body with character to match the liveliness of the city.
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Barcelona

Barca is known for its legendary nightlife. Bundle up for the cold during the day, but bring bright, fun clothes to wear while dancing the night away.
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Barcelona

These are cute, match everything and are easy on the feet. Bring 'em.
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Rome

Italy is perhaps France’s biggest rival for fashion capital of the world. The food may be the reason you go, but the style will be the reason you stay. This satchel resembles the fabulous bags you can find in Rome and Florence's famous leather markets.

 


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Rome

Even in the dead of winter, snow rarely falls in Rome. Still, it can get quite chilly, so bring some warm, super-functional outerwear.
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Rome

The extra fringe on this scarve is molto bene.
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Rome

Why not bring a beanie?
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Rome

Slouchy sweaters match that laid-back Italian mentality.


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Rome

Leggings are an American staple that can totally work abroad.
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Rome

Very chic. Very Italian.
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Rome

Rome's fun and flirty. Just like this crop top.


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Rome

It's also a very leather-friendly locale.


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Rome

Leave your stilettos at home—Rome is a jungle of cobblestone streets.


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Sydney

Why be plain when you can be bold? Brightly colored shirts should occupy space in your suitcase.
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Sydney

Down under, they wear shorts all the time. Remember, it’ll be summer if you are heading there this semester, so pack for warm weather. Just keep in mind that the climate will change halfway through your stay.


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Sydney

Sneakers are the shoe of choice in Australia. Here's to a comfortable trip!
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Sydney

You'll obviously need more than one bikini. This is just an option.
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Sydney

You'll want to walk more places than not. Backpack your days away.
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Sydney

I am always a fan of the romper. If you're going to Sydney, you should be too.

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