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.
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.
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
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°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
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, 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
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 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
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 / Knitted Cotton Sweater / Skater Skirt / Tall Boots / Ankle Boots / Scarf / 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!
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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 airline’s 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
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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