What to Wear in Greece • Our Favorite Greece Outfits

You may be wondering what to wear in Greece and, for that matter, what to pack and what Greece outfits to assemble. No worries, in this post, we cover some of the basics and what we recommend you take for your trip to the Mediterranean. The alluring Greek islands are staggeringly beautiful, rich in history, abundant in delicious cuisines, and full of extraordinarily hospitable locals.

From exploring ancient ruins to lounging on pristine beaches, Greece offers a diverse range of activities, each calling for a specific attire. Whether it’s breathable linen shirts, flowy sundresses, or comfortable walking shoes, this guide has all the recommendations to ensure visitors are both stylish and feeling good while embarking on their Grecian adventures.

We were out of our element the first time we landed in Santorini. We were on a European backpacking trip, and little did we know how posh and romantic the island was for travelers. Now, we make annual trips to Greece and safely say we know how to pack our bags and have mastered what to wear in Greece.


Quick Tips For Packing For Greece

Natasha Sitting On The Steps In Naxos

Greece is an easy destination to pack for, as the weather doesn’t change much throughout the day. The Greek Isles are relaxed, but you’ll still want to pack some nice clothes for trendy islands like Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, or Hydra.

  • Linen shirts are standard and rarely feel out of place. Men can wear these shirts every day in the summer.
  • Pack light if you plan to island-hop, as the ferries often require a lot of moving. You’re more likely to regret packing too much than too little.
  • Mesh/breathable packing cubes help separate damp and dirty clothes from clean ones.
  • Sun protection, whether sunblock, hats, or UPF clothing, is always a good idea.
  • Adventure clothes such as hiking footwear and active clothes are great for activities.
  • Wear lightweight clothes as the heat and sun can be intense in the summer.
  • Swimsuits and beach clothes are the most worn items in a suitcase.

What Luggage To Bring For Greece?

Hardshell Suitcase

Delsey Aero Hardshell Suitcase

Travel Backpack

Peak Design Travel Backpack

I have two bag recommendations for a trip to Greece. You can opt for a traditional hardshell suitcase with four wheels or a travel backpack. Our favorite hardshell suitcase is the Delsey Helium Aero.

Travel backpacks are great for young backpackers, digital nomads, or minimalists! If paying for taxis or car rentals makes you hesitant, you should book accommodation near public transport or have a backpack. Our favorites are the Peak Design Travel Backpack and the NOMATIC Backpack, but read about the best backpacks for Europe if you’d like to learn more.

Luggage Recommendations

Hardside Suitcase
Travel Backpack

What to Wear in Greece


Linen Shirt

Wandering around Hydra - mens greece outfits

There is probably no look more synonymous in Greece than a linen shirt. It’s our favorite item to wear when visiting Greece. Linen is as practical as it is stylish. It’s great as it tends to dry faster, feel lighter, and cope with sweat better than its cotton counterparts. The fabric has a long history with Greece and was even worn by the ancient Greeks several millennia ago.

Tasha in a Linen shirt

Pair a linen shirt with sandals, shorts, jeans, or shoes, or even go barefoot. It will always work. A versatile piece of clothing that looks good for both sexes and works at the beach or a restaurant. It’s tough to find decent linen shirts online since you can’t test them out before buying, but I love the quality of Everlane’s linen shirts.

Linen Shirts Recommendations

Women’s
Men’s

Relaxed Pants

Walking around Naxos - Greece outfits

Greeks care about their appearance, but their dress is generally more casual than in Western Europe. We love to wear a pair of relaxed pants in a light neutral color on the islands. There are various options, but we prefer natural fibers such as hemp or linen that handle the heat well and have a classic look.

Wandering around the streets of Corfu - what to wear in Greece

Tasha’s favorite pair of pants is prAna’s Fernie Beach Pant, but they often go out of stock as they are so popular. The pants are airy and made from a Fair Trade TENCEL fabric, but you’ll have to keep checking their website. Lulus has some fantastic flowy beach pant selections as well.

For men, Prana makes the excellent Vaha Pant. They are perfect for beach destinations and blend well for a stylish beach look with a linen shirt. They’re lightweight and made from hemp, lasting for multiple wears without a wash.

Relaxed Pants

Men’s Vaha Pant
Women’s Beach Pant

Travel Shorts

Cameron Jumping Off The A Cliff In Hydra
Quicksilver Amphibian Shorts Work As A Swimsuit

Greece gets hot in the summer. You’ll want some shorts for your trip. They’re also easy to pack as they take up less space in your luggage and can be easily washed. We love to have a pair of shorts for days out exploring ancient ruins, hikes, or early morning runs. With the hot temperatures,

Men shouldn’t worry about being informal. Greek men have no problem wearing shorts because pants would be almost unbearable during the day come July. We like travel shorts made from a synthetic material as they does a better job at handling heat.

We have two recommendations for travel shorts. Men can check out the Western Rise Evolution Shorts; they’re super comfortable, lightweight, and have fantastic features like zippered security pockets. Tash loves her Lululemon Cinchable Waist Shorts. Wear whatever suits your style, but we recommend they do not involve cargo pockets.

See Our Recommendations

Women’s


Swimsuit

Natasha On The Beach On Tinos

You’re going to Greece! A swimsuit is a must unless you’re on some of the famous nudist beaches. If you’re heading to the Mediterranean, the number one thing you need is a swimsuit! We like to travel in two swimsuits to know we always have an extra dry one.

When it comes to bathing suits, we have two great recommendations. For a fantastic women’s swimsuit brand, we recommend Londre. They make high-quality swimsuits that are stylish yet supportive. Picture Organics makes fantastic lightweight Cruise Board Shorts in various prints and colors. They’re super comfortable, quickly dry, and the cut is perfect. We do not like board shorts that are too long or loose, as they look sloppy.

Our Swimsuit Recommendations

Women’s

Men’s


Warm Fleece

Natasha Watching The Sunset On Milos - What To Wear In Greece
It gets cool in Greece

Greece gets cold, too! A warm fleece or lightweight jacket is perfect for that evening stroll along the sea. While the summer months generally remain warm all day and night, it’s still nice for long-haul flights. You’ll likely face cool weather if you visit Greece in the shoulder seasons. For those days, warm clothes are nice to have for chilly evenings.

Patagonia’s Better Sweater is our favorite fleece for the beach. It has a classic, relaxed cut with a timeless look for a walk on the beach or an evening bonfire. It’s a double-sided fleece that provides plenty of warmth while remaining soft and comfortable.

Best Fleeces for Travel


Sunglasses

Natasha In Naxos For An Evening Out On The Town
One of my favorite outfits for Greece

The white-washed buildings of Greece see plenty of sunshine, so a stylish pair of sunglasses is a great addition to an outfit. Everyone owns at least one pair of sunglasses. However, it’s best to ensure they have UV protection for the health of your eyes.

We always travel with two pairs of sunglasses, one for activities and one for style. Smith Optics Lodown 2.0 makes excellent active sunglasses that look sharp enough to wear around a posh seaside town. If you’ve seen the photos in this post, you likely noticed one of these sunglasses. For a more formal and stylish brand, we love Persol and Rayban for their timeless style.

Sunglass Recommendations


Sandals

Natasha And Cameron On Milos

Sandals are meant only for the beach in Europe, especially for men. However, with all of the gorgeous beaches in Greece, sandals are acceptable beach attire everywhere, and they’re far more comfortable on the sand. For nights out on the town, we advise men to wear shoes. However, stylish sandals are great for women, no matter the time. Greece is very laid-back, and most islands cater to tourists in the hot summer so you won’t feel out of place.

Natasha and Cameron - The World Pursuit
I wore gladiator sandals for our wedding in Greece, and they dressed up nicely!

We both travel with sandals from Olukai that have lasted for years. They are sandals with leather accents and feel stylish enough. They’re super comfortable, too, and they get us around the beach. Women should also check out the Sanuk Yoga Sling for an affordable, lightweight, stylish sandal.


Travel Underwear

Tasha in Asos, Kefalonia

It would be best to pack several pairs of sports/travel underwear. Generally, we’ll pack five to seven pairs of underwear for a typical trip. We recommend several pairs of underwear made from wool or synthetic material.

These materials are antimicrobial, so they stay fresh longer and can dry quickly overnight if you hand wash them. It’s best not to wear your typical cheap cotton undies, especially for women. Women’s hygiene can be delicate, so antimicrobial undies are lifesaving when you’re active in the heat.

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Simple Sneaker

Cameron And Natasha On Naxos

For everything outside of the beach, a simple sneaker is great! Many brands make light and airy sneakers that aren’t overly flashy, match a wide range of outfits for Greece, comfortable for all-day wear, and remain cool in hot weather. We’ve tried various travel shoes over the years and love Allbirds Tree Runner in warm weather.

Allbirds Tree Runners

Women’s

Men’s


Women’s Packing List Items for Greece


Tank Top

Natasha Petting A Cat On Sifnos

A few comfortable tank tops and shirts are a must-have when considering what to wear in Greece. They’re perfect for the hot Greek summer and can be worn under a blouse or alone with a skirt or capris. Packaging solid colors that can pair with everything is always a good idea. We recommend you pick up new ones if they’re a little old before your trip. That way, they look fresh and aren’t pilling. The ones in the photo above are off Amazon and super comfortable.

Tank Recommendations


Flowy Skirt

Natasha Enjoying A Glass Of Wine In Milos
Enjoying a sunset in Milos in my crop top from Lulus

When planning my Greece outfits, there is nothing higher on my packing list than a flowy skirt. I wore the yellow one in the photo above on so many nights out in Greece, and it was always the perfect item that went with anything! The one above is from Lulus, but they sell out of it often, so you’ll have to browse their site. There are similar flowy skirts on Amazon in different colors.

Skirt Recommendations


Cute Summer Dress

Natasha In A Summe Dress At A Winery On Corfu
In my Salty Crush dress at a Greek winery

When thinking about what to wear in Santorini, or any other Greek island a Greek summer dress is essential. A loose-flowing dress is a great wardrobe choice when walking around the islands or cute seaside towns. Unless it’s winter or you’re in Athens, we’d leave the jeans behind as they’re heavy, restrictive, and hot in the sun.

What to wear in Greece

I love to wear a cute summer dress in Greece during the summer months. Choose a classic dress like an exposed shoulder top or a slip dress, and go with light colors for the classic Greek Isles look. You can also opt for a more bohemian beach style, which I love! My favorite dresses come from Salty Crush, like the one above at a vineyard in Corfu.

Sun Dress Recommendations


Romper/Playsuit

Natasha On Hydra In A Romper
I love linen rompers and wear them all the time in Greece!

Rompers are our favorite travel outfits for women because they’re stylish, comfortable, and practical. You can’t go wrong here, and we suggest throwing at least one or two rompers in your suitcase for Greece. They’re great for a night and super cute for casual days. We love Patagonia’s Fleetwith Romper and prAna Railay for travel, but you can shop on Free People and Lulus for more great options.

Romper/Jumpsuit Recommendations


Beach Cover Up

Natasha In A Playsuit Watching The Sunset Milos

When thinking about what to pack for Greece you cannot forget about a cover up. A cover-up is one of those vacation clothes you should always travel with. Not only do they look cute, but they will also protect you from the sun’s harsh rays. Many establishments don’t allow beachgoers to wear just a swimsuit, so a cover-up is essential when heading to a taverna near the beach.

Cover-Up Recommendations


Black Flats

A pair of black flats is always great to have in a suitcase. They’re stylish and comfortable and take up minimal luggage space. Avoid heels; many towns in Greece have uneven streets, and you don’t want to break an ankle trying to look good. Just let the locals impress you with their skills of walking in heels.

Flat Recommendations


Sunhat

Natasha At The Beach In Corfu Wearing A Sunhat

If you are considering what to pack for Greece, I recommend picking up a stylish beach hat! Try to keep it in a practical size that travels well and doesn’t crease in a suitcase. If you pack a large hat, it will always be in your way, and you’ll likely ditch it by the end of your trip.

Sunhat Recommendation


Sports Bras

Natasha Holding A Cat On Syros
always petting the alleyway cats

Greece has several great hikes and adventure activities. I always bring sports bras when I’m traveling. It’s easy to forget to bring a sports bra as you might not be headed to the gym, but they’re tremendous for active or hot summer days. I love sports bras from Handful! Of course, you should pack your usual undergarments like bras and underwear; it’s easier to forget a sports bra. *Use code TWP20 for 20% off on Handful!

Sports Bra Recommendations


What to Wear In Greece For Men


T-Shirt

Cameron At The Myrtos Beach Viewpoint On Kefalonia

One of our favorite menswear companies, Western Rise, creates tremendous travel shirts. They utilize synthetic and natural materials for travel apparel that holds up to the rigors of travel. The X Cotton Tee looks like a classic cotton tee, but the synthetic materials in the fabric allow it to stretch and resist odors. However, their latest wool shirt, the StrongCore Merino Tee, brings all the advantages of natural wool. Wool is a worthy investment and makes for one of the best pieces of travel clothes. Wool shirts stay fresh longer and do an excellent job at temperature management.

Shirt Recommendations


Dress Shirt & Chinos

Natasha And Cameron On Paros
In a suit from Bluffworks

You’d look pretty ridiculous wearing a graphic T-shirt or a flannel out to a nice meal in Greece. The islands and the mainland have excellent restaurants and a great culinary scene. Men in Greece are known for their style and always look clean-cut for a night out.

A night out in argostoli
A night out in Argostoli

We suggest every man travels with at least one nice outfit that fits their style. Pair awesome travel pants from Western Rise or Bluffworks with a simple dress shirt, or wear a travel suit. A nice outfit is always a solid choice of what to wear in Greece for men.

Men’s Travel Clothes Recommendations


Loafers

Cameron And Natasha Wedding

Loafers are a good shoe to have in the summer for a more relaxed look by the seaside. It’s perfect for a night out at a local Taverna while you listen to live music. Although, I’ve gotten away with a simple sneaker for almost all settings around Greece! The important thing with footwear is that it looks clean and simple.

Loafer Recommendations


Beard Trimmer

Cameron Driving A Boat On Kefalonia

Greek men love their beards, seriously. Taking good care of their hygiene is very important, and you’ll find most men with trimmed beards and clean necklines. I always love to travel with a facial trimmer, which helps me manage my facial hair. While you’re at it, I’d suggest getting a fresh haircut before you leave on your trip.

Beard Trimmer


Accessories to Pack for Greece


Beach Tote

Natasha On The Beach In Ithaca
Beach days on Zakynthos

You’ll likely want a beach bag for your beach days. This is to throw in anything like towels, a book, a speaker, sunglasses, snacks, and sunscreen. Alternatively, we often use our daypacks for trips to the beach. However, a classic tote that everyone has in their closet also helps for shopping trips at the local market. They also travel well as they can fold flat and lie in your luggage.

Canvas Totes


Leaf Shave Safety Razor

Alright, I know this is not a Greek clothing item, but I wanted to mention it as I love this travel razor and bring it with me on all my trips! Leaf Shave razors are an excellent option for the bathroom to help reduce waste. Never buy those cheap plastic razors again. Leaf Shave razors use recyclable steel razors that are compact and far more affordable than disposable razors.

Leaf Shave Razor


Sunscreen

Natasha Eating Watermelon On The Beach On Corfu

Skin cancer is for real! Don’t forget your SPF during the summer. We recommend ordering some online before leaving the house, as you need them underneath the sun. Most of the islands have limited imports and charge high prices.

The main brand we find around Greece is Nivea, and it’s not my favorite sunscreen, so we like to bring our own. We highly recommend getting an eco-friendly sun cream that does not contain harmful chemicals. They’re mineral-based and usually only cost a few dollars more to help protect our seas.

Natural Sunscreen Recommendation


Travel Towel

Jumping into the waters on Kefalonia

We always recommend packing a travel towel when you’re on the road. Greece is no exception. If you head to the beach or want a hike, having a towel in your day bag never hurts. Consider a towel essential for your Greece packing list. A towel is one of those things you’ll likely regret not packing!

Travel Towel Recommendations


Greece Guidebook

Natasha On Hydra In A Sundress
Greece outfit ideas

We love to have a physical guidebook when traveling. We spend enough time attached to our phones in everyday life and planning our trips. Once we reach a destination like Greece, we put the phone away and pick up a guidebook to help with our trip.

Shop For Greece Guidebook


Belt Bag

enjoying Zakynthos

Do yourself a favor and get a travel belt bag for any trip! It’s become a travel essential as a great spot to stash everything you need for a day out without needing a clumsy bag or backpack. My favorite is the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag; I’m not alone!

These small belt bags are perfect for going through the airport or venturing around a new island. Plus, they are much more secure than a traditional purse, as the way they wrap around the torso would detract from any pickpockets.

Travel Belt Bag Recommendation


Toiletry Bag

Keeping your toiletries organized and separated from your clothes. It almost feels like a toiletry bag is essential for any trip. Plus, it’s not uncommon to find small or cramped bathrooms in Greece.

Buying a hanging toiletry bag is an excellent option if you are limited on counter space. This bag style tends to have a better organization system with various sections for storage than the traditional option. We love the Peak Design Wash Pouch. It contains a hidden hook to hang and features terrific organization.

Peak Design Wash Pouch


Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are phenomenal for the organization of any backpack or suitcase. They are one of those packing essentials that should be in every bag as they keep all of your clothes and toiletries organized. Cubes also keep clothes folded and protect them from wrinkles.

Our favorite packing cubes are currently from Peak Design. It’s a slick design, and each cube has a divider to separate clean from dirty clothes. This saves the need for additional cubes and makes organization easier.

Packing Cube Recommendations


Jewelry Case

jewelry case for greece

We don’t travel with all our best jewelry for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean we don’t travel with any jewelry in Greece. We love having necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings when we dress up on the road. A travel jewelry box is the best way to keep this jewelry safe and organized!

Jewelry Case


Passport Wallet

A travel passport wallet is an affordable travel essential. Your passport is a vital travel document you must carry for a decade. Protect your passport in a wallet to ensure its longevity and save the headache of replacing it. Several options can protect the passport or replace your wallet. We recommend a great wallet from Herschel Supply Co.

Shop For A Passport Wallet


Travel Adaptor

A universal power adaptor is essential for any trip to Greece. We recommend picking up one before arriving in the country. Once in Greece, finding one that is not overpriced or poor quality can be challenging.

Also, I never want to be searching for an adaptor when I have just come off a long day of travel and need to plug in my computer. I want to have it with me and ready to go. We’ve tried a bundle of adapters, but this one from Ceptics has to be our favorite in our travels. It has multiple plugs and USB ports. It also works as a surge protector.

Travel Power Adapter Recommendation


Kindle Paperwhite

Packing for Greece

While I love having a good real book when I travel, sometimes it’s just not practical because of the weight — keep them at home. If you plan to island-hop, you’ll want to pack pretty light. A Kindle is an essential travel accessory for travelers who love to read. As much as we love an actual book, they are too heavy and take up too much room in my suitcase. We recently upgraded to the Kindle Paperwhite and love it. It’s small, has touchscreen functions, and has a backlight to read at night without a harsh glare.

Kindle Paperwhite


Anker Power Bank

I love traveling with a power bank to ensure my electronics never die. I usually don’t need to use it on long flights as some new international flights provide entertainment systems with USB ports! (Always make sure your charging cable is handy when boarding the plane)

We also find a charging point during layovers, but getting to a new city without your hotel reservations and map can be a significant pain. I recommend purchasing this power bank because it’s a great value with solid reviews.

Anker Power Bank


You Need This To Travel in Greece!


Travel Insurance

Natasha On Ithaki With A Doggo
Playing with the animals of Ithaca

We never travel without travel insurance with Heymondo. With all the risks of travel in a foreign country and insurance coverage, we never have to worry about a good health plan. Heymondo offers incredible flexibility and great plans!

You never know if the worst could happen while you’re abroad, and your insurance plan at home often will not cover medical emergencies abroad. Having peace of mind with a good backup plan helps us sleep at night.

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what To Wear in Greece to not look like a Tourist

Natasha On Lefkada Walking To Beach

Heavy Items

Leave heavy items at home like a hair dryer, books, and multiple shoes at home. You may find yourself carrying luggage up a flight of steps, on a ferry, or along a cobbled street, and you’ll regret any heavy luggage.


Heels

Most of the towns and cities are set along hills with old cobbled streets or uneven surfaces. Unless you’re staying within a resort, you’ll just put your ankles at risk by wearing heels.


Silly Travel Accessories

Don’t fall for silly travel accessories that are unnecessary expenses like a neck wallet, jet lag pills, charcoal tablets, or a female urination device. If you plan on investing in travel accessories, stick with the classics.

Useful investments for travel are quality luggage, packing cubes, a toiletry bag, a power bank, adapters, or noise-canceling headphones. We use eye masks and earplugs all the time as well!


Heavy Boots

There are some great hikes in the mountains and hilly countryside in Greece, but you can leave the hiking boots at home. Instead, opt for a lightweight trail running shoe that eats up less space and can be used at the gym or run.


The Kitchen Sink

It’s really easy to overpack when you’re getting ready for a trip. When you travel, you’ll often gravitate towards only a few staple items. This means you end up reaching for the same items over and over because they’re the most practical, fitting, or stylish.

Try to think about what you wear in a week for everyday life. Also, don’t forget Greece has plenty of shops and stylish boutiques for shopping.


Natasha At An Ancient Greek Theatre In The Peloponnese
About to enjoy traditional Greek theatre

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About Natasha Alden

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years, across 7 continents, experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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8 thoughts on “What to Wear in Greece • Our Favorite Greece Outfits”

  1. This was the best what to wear/bring packing lists. Plus your outfits are actually stylish and something that I would wear.

  2. Love this list! We are headed to Italy and Greece this summer. Would you be willing to share some of the links for the out fits above? I am look for the gold skirt, green romper, and beach hat. Lobe your style!
    Thanks in advance.

  3. Hi Brianne!

    They don’t sell the gold skirt at Lulus anymore, but you can get a very similar one (linked in the article) on Amazon. I bought the linen romper at a small boutique store in Hydra. Here’s a similar hat to what I have! https://amzn.to/3QOe4LX

  4. Hi there! Love your site and all of these amazing tips! Okay, I’m addicted to my hair dryer because my hair is thick and wavy, but you said not to pack a hairdryer, since it’s kind of heavy. Do they have hair dryers in any of the resorts, etc? Also, silly question, but what are the bathrooms like in most places (accommodations)? Like what is the water pressure? My husband and I want to plan a trip for September 2024.

  5. It all depends on where you stay! However, most rentals and hotels have a hair dryer in the room. A hairdryer, along with a tea kettle, is a standard feature that Europeans expect. Of course, if you’re in budget accommodation, there may not be a hair dryer.

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