What to Wear in Greece: Packing List for Athens and Style Ideas!

What to Wear in Greece: Packing List for Athens and Style Ideas!

For this edition of Locals Approved Packing Lists, Bex has provided insight into a local’s opinion of what to wear in Greece.


What to Wear in Greece: Athens

Edited by Cailyn Cox


Athens Clothing Style

To ensure your wardrobe allows you to blend in with the locals, it is important to remember that Athens is known to be a city that is smart-casual. This means that the men are dressed impeccably and the women are unashamed of their bodies, opting for figure-enhancing clothes like short skirts and incredibly high heels.

It is acceptable to wear jeans around the city, providing you dress them up with a smart blazer or blouse and elegant accessories. The most important factor when traveling to Athens is to remain neat and presentable.


Travel Essentials

As you plan what to wear in Greece, keep in mind that you will need sunglasses year round, even during the winter.

In winter, you will see a drop in temperature, and you will need warmer clothing like sweaters and waterproof jackets to protect you from the elements.

Since there are many historic and beautiful sites throughout the city, like the Acropolis, make sure you have appropriate footwear; the easiest method for sightseeing and getting around is on foot. Your footwear should comprise of boots for the colder months and simple, comfortable brogues for the warmer months. You also may want to consider bringing a pair of heels or better yet, comfortable wedges, to dress up your outfit in the evenings or if you’re dining out.


Athens Shopping

If you find you’ve left behind an item or you need to add to your holiday wardrobe, stores like H&M and the Greek chain store Sprider have good quality and reasonably priced clothing. You can wander through the shopping district of Ermou Street, just off Parliament Square, which is the best place to find a large variety of shops to fill your every need.


What to pack for Athens in spring


Greece: Spring


V-Neck Blouse / V-Neck TopSleeveless Blouse / Solid Ribbed High-Neck Tank / V-neck PlaysuitStriped DressSkinny Regular JeansUtility ShortsDenim JacketCashmere PonchoChiffon BlousePrint Midi Skirt / Classic FlatLace Up Oxford ShoesOversized Panama Hat / Black Bucket Backpack



Bex says: Spring weather can range between warm to hot, with an average temperature between 19°C to the mid 20’s°C or 66-77°F.


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As mentioned, Athens’ weather is warm, so you can enjoy the freedom that comes with the weather. Spring is considered the best season to plan a trip to Greece as the temperatures are more moderate, compared to the summer months.

When planning what to wear in Greece in spring, include jeans and smart capri trousers in darker shades that you can team with bright tank tops and blouses for the warmer days and long sleeve shirts and 3/4 tops for cooler days. Bring a light jacket for the evenings to ward off the chill.

Accessorize your outfit with sunglasses and a chic sun hat. Skirts and shorts are perfect to wear during the day with ankle boots. Black is a great color choice because you can wear it with anything, and it’s forgiving in regards to dirt.

Remember, Athens is a city where the easiest way to explore and get around is on foot–comfortable walking shoes are essential!


What to pack for Athens in summer


Greece: Summer


Tie Front TopSwing Vest TopSleeveless Blouse / Solid Ribbed High-Neck Tank / V-neck Playsuit / Off-the-shoulder Dress / Black Denim ShortsUtility Shorts / Denim VestCashmere Poncho / Basic ShirtPrint Midi Skirt / Classic FlatGladiator Sandals / Oversized Panama Hat / Black Bucket Backpack



Bex says: Athens is HOT during summer, particularly in August. Think a sweltering 40°C/104°F degrees and even higher, which means that the city practically shuts down as the locals attempt to escape the heat.


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You will be experiencing very hot temperatures, so you may as well take full advantage of clothing that embodies the perfect summer wardrobe. A beautiful, bright summer bikini will be your best friend; team it with a floppy sun hat for extra protection from the sun. Don’t forget your sunscreen lotion and sunglasses!

When planning what to wear in Greece in summer, you’ll want to pack tank tops, vests, shorts, mini-skirts, and light dresses; these can all be in bright colorful shades to reflect the season. Opt for thin, light materials like cotton and linen for extra breathability and coolness.

This is one time when you should leave your boots at home. Bring out the summery sandals in a variety of patterns and shades; you could also opt for a pair of comfortable flats, which can be easier to walk in than sandals.

The summer evenings include cocktail parties and open air cinema screenings, which are the perfect occasion to wear your best cocktail dress and enjoy an evening out on the town, relishing in the culture and cuisine.

While it is unlikely that you will need a jacket during summer, pack a light cardigan just in case you experience a cooler evening.


What to pack for Athens in autumn


Greece: Autumn


Basic Shirt / V-Neck TopSleeveless Blouse / V-Neck Jersey TopV-Neck PlaysuitStriped DressSkinny Regular JeansUtility Shorts / Leather Jacket / Raincoat / Chiffon Blouse / Skater Skirt / Lace Up Oxford Shoes / Ankle BootsScarf / Black Bucket Backpack



Bex says: It will remain warm on your trip to Greece until November. Autumn is not definable as a season between summer and winter; however, the temperatures do fluctuate, with the possibility for rain. Average temperatures range between 18-23°C / 64-73°F.


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When planning what to wear in Greece in autumn, refer to the spring guidelines–because the weather is very similar between these two seasons. You would need very little variation, if any, with perhaps the addition of a waterproof jacket and a scarf.


What to pack for Athens in winter

 Greece: Winter

Striped T-ShirtWool-Cashmere KnitButton Up ShirtSweater / Sweater DressKimono DressSkinny Regular Jeans / Mid Rise Skinny JeansWool CoatWinter JacketsKnitted Cotton Sweater / Skater Skirt / Tall Boots / Ankle BootsScarf / Black Bucket Backpack



Bex says: Greek winters can be cold; it can even snow in Athens. With fewer daylight hours, you’ll find average daytime lows between 5-8°C / 41-46°F and nighttime lows of about 3°C / 37°F.

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To ensure your winter wardrobe is practical, stylish, and keeps you warm, add gloves, a warm hat, and a thick wool scarf.

Use jeans as your base, and consider a pair of thermal underwear or silk long johns to wear under your jeans on the coldest days. Layering is important–so think long sleeve tops, sweaters, and even t-shirts for the warmer indoor temperatures.

When planning what to wear in Greece in winter, choose boots that are waterproof and lined with materials like wool, to ensure that your feet are kept dry and warm at all times; also include a waterproof jacket and/or a coat, to protect you from the elements!

What else would you suggest when planning what to wear in Greece?

Please note: Most of Europe’s budget airlines have this carryon bag allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airline’s individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.

For more tips, please read these Europe packing lists: 

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Please read our Ultimate Packing List for Europe featuring stylish outfits and travel tips for 9 countries.




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 Author Bio: Bex has lived in Greece since 2008. She is an award-winning blogger, teacher, Rough Guide author, Huffington Post contributor, and published short story writer. Not only is she a travel enthusiast, she also gives great tips on what any stylish traveller will need when on holiday in Athens. Check out her website: www.lifebeyondbordersblog.com.

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  1. Hi! Love this site! Very informative, fun and complete.

    I would like to know if it’s ok to mix some summer clothes with those for autumn to a Santorini and Athens trip in the FIRST TWO WEEKS OF OCTOBER. Do you have any tips?

    Thanks a lot!!

    • Mixing the clothes is a great idea :) If the weather is cooler then layers are key!

  2. Any tips for handbags, backpacks, etc.? I am a bit worried about thieves especially when I chose to shop. Should I be worried about my shopping bags being snatched?

  3. Sorry but all this is wrong.I live in Greece and in Greece people wear whatever they want. There isn’t a specific style.do you want to blend in with the locals?wear whatever is in your closet (except for the hotdog costume.ahh..high school..)

    • Thanks for your feedback Leni! There really isn’t a “dress code” in most parts of the world. This is just a fun guide to help travelers feel more comfortable in choosing their clothing for the weather when they travel – for Greece or any destination around the world.

  4. Not all of us traveling are skinny 30 year olds. How about information and advice for 60 + year olds who are still active, attractive, full of life and love adventure.. I happen to be a very active 77 year young who loves to travel and wants to look chic for my age. I do still love your site..

    • Thanks Kee! Check out my Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelfashiongirls/ where there are many women similar to you that love to share their tips. I’m also in the process of hiring a writer that can provide the information you’ve requested as I can’t offer advice on things I don’t have experience with. Thanks!

    • Travelling with a group of seniors, fit and active from Oct. 18-31, overland, by bus and cruising the Islands. Accommodation in hotels nightly for dinner and breakfast.
      I usually over pack and am trying to coordinate to lighten my load. I understand the mean temperature will be around 23, with some possible showers.

  5. Thanks for the article! How about dress tips for the Islands? I’m planning a trip to Athens, Santorini and Crete next September.
    I noticed there wasn’t any white article of clothing in your article. Is it too touristy?

    • I’ll post your question on Facebook for some feedback. Thanks!


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