For this edition of Locals Approved Packing Lists, Bex has helped provide insight on a local’s opinion for 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, which means that the men are dressed impeccably and the woman are unashamed of their bodies, and opt for clothing that enhance this, such as 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 travelling to Athens is of course to remain neat and presentable.
As you plan what to wear in Greece, keep in mind that you will need sunglasses year round, even during the winter months. In winter however you do see a drop in temperature, and you will need warmer clothing such as sweaters and waterproof jackets to protect you from the elements.
Since there are many historic and beautiful sites throughout the city, such as walking up the Acropolis, you must ensure that you have appropriate footwear, as the easiest method for getting around and sightseeing is on foot. Your footwear should comprise of boots for the colder months and simple comfortable brogues for the warmer months.
If you find you have left behind an item, or you need to add to your holiday wardrobe, stores such as H&M, and the Greek chain store Sprider have good quality and reasonably priced clothing. You can wander through Ermou Street, which is just off Parliament Square, and is the shopping district of Athens and the best place to find a large variety of shops to fill your every need.
What to wear in Greece, and in Athens in particular, plan for smart-casual attire. Bring a pair of heels or better yet, comfortable wedges, on your trip to dress up your outfit for the evenings or if you’re dining out.
What to pack for Athens in spring
V-Neck Blouse / V-Neck Top / Sleeveless Blouse / Solid Ribbed High-Neck Tank / V-neck Playsuit / Striped Dress / Skinny Regular Jeans / Utility Shorts / Denim Jacket / Cashmere Poncho / Chiffon Blouse / Print Midi Skirt / Classic Flat / Lace Up Oxford Shoes / Oversized Panama Hat / Black Bucket Backpack
Bex says: Spring weather can range between warm to hot, with an average temperature between 19 degrees C to the mid 20’s or 66F -77F.
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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 in comparison with the summer months.
When planning what to wear in Greece in Spring, include jeans and smart capris trousers in darker shades which you can team with bright vests and blouses for the warmer days, and long sleeve shirts and 3/4 tops for the cooler days and bring a light jacket for the evenings to ward off the chill.
Accessorise with outfit with sunglasses, and a chic sun hat. Skirts and shorts are perfect to wear during the day worn with ankle boots. You can purchase your favourite pair in a selection of different colours, but black is a great colour as it allows you to wear them with any clothing items and they are forgiving with regards to dirt. Remember Athens is a city where the easiest way to explore and get around is on foot, walking shoes are essential!
What to pack for Athens in summer
Tie Front Top / Swing Vest Top / Sleeveless Blouse / Solid Ribbed High-Neck Tank / V-neck Playsuit / Off-the-shoulder Dress / Black Denim Shorts / Utility Shorts / Denim Vest / Cashmere Poncho / Basic Shirt / Print Midi Skirt / Classic Flat / Gladiator Sandals / Oversized Panama Hat / Black Bucket Backpack
Bex says: Athens is HOT during summer, in particular August, you can think a sweltering 40C/104F degrees and higher, which means that the city virtually 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 all the 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, and do not forget your sunscreen lotion and sunglasses.
When planning what to wear in Greece in Summer, you will want to pack tank tops, vests, shorts, mini-skirts and light dresses, these can all be in bright colourful shades to reflect the season, in addition to the colours, opt for thin light materials such as cotton and linen for extra breathability and coolness.
This is one time when you should leave your boots at home, and bring out summery sandals in a variety of patterns and shades; you can also opt for a pair of comfortable flat pumps, 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 for you to wear your best cocktail dress and enjoy an evening out on the town, relishing in the culture and cuisine.
Whilst 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
Basic Shirt / V-Neck Top / Sleeveless Blouse / V-Neck Jersey Top / V-neck Playsuit / Striped Dress / Skinny Regular Jeans / Utility Shorts / Leather Jacket / Raincoat / Chiffon Blouse / Skater Skirt / Lace Up Oxford Shoes / Ankle Boots / Scarf / Black Bucket Backpack
Bex says: it remains warm on your trip to Greece until November, autumn is not definable as a season, between the summers and winters, however the temperatures do fluctuate, with the possibility for rain. You will find an average temperature ranging between 18C/64F to 23C/73F.
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When planning what to wear in Greece in autumn then it would be best to refer to that of spring’s guidelines, as the weather is very similar between these two seasons and you would need very little, if any variation with perhaps only the addition of a waterproof jacket and a scarf.
What to pack for Athens in winter
Striped T-Shirt / Wool-Cashmere Knit / Button Up Shirt / Sweater / Sweater Dress / Kimono Dress / Skinny Regular Jeans / Mid Rise Skinny Jeans / Wool Coat / Winter Jackets / Knittted Cotton Sweater / Skater Skirt / Tall Boots / Ankle Boots / Scarf / Black Bucket Backpack
Bex says: Greek winters can be cold, and it can even snow in Athens during the winter seasons, with less daylight hours you will find an average minimum temperatures during the day will reach between 5C/41F- 8C/46F degrees and drop at night to about 3C/37F degrees.
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To ensure your winter wardrobe is practical, stylish and keeps you warm add gloves, a warm hat and a thick woollen scarf. Use the base of jeans, and it could be beneficial to include a pair of thermal underwear or silk long johns that you can wear underneath your jeans on the colder days. Layering is important, so think long sleeve tops, jumpers 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 such as wool, will 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!
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Please note: Most of Europe’s Budget Airlines have this Carryon Bag Allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airlines individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.
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Suggested travel resource:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring Guide Book
- Rick Steve’s Greece Travel Guide Book
- The 10 Step Packing Guide for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
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Author Bio: Bex, has lived in Greece for 4 ½ years and of that time she has lived in Athens for 3 ½ years, she is an award winning blogger, teacher and published short story writer, and a self-confessed Winnie the Pooh and cat lover. Not only is she a travel enthusiast, she also gives great tips on what any stylish traveller will need when on holiday in Athens. You can check out her website here: www.lifebeyondbordersblog.com