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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

What should I pack to visit London?

The Elizabeth tower containing Big Ben, London.

London.
A fantastic place to visit.
A great place to live.....if you are loaded.

{Check out these flats, if you have a spare 5.95 million!}

New flats at the Tate....costing 5.95 million!!

London is full of life.
Lots to see.
Lots to do.

What should you wear to go sightseeing in London?


Sightseeing means that you need to be comfortable.
In fact, being on your feet all day is a given.
We were out of our hotel from 9am until 10.30 pm every day.

You are going to be walking for miles but, you also need to go out for dinner and look half decent.
{Luckily, there are plenty of informal eateries}

You will probably have the dilemma of whether to choose comfort over style.
Can you have a bit of both?

During a recent family holiday to the 'big city', the British weather was very, well...
Scottish!
Rain was threatening, and there was a chill in the air.

Please note: The rain was kind to us, and the chill was not too chilly.
I feel the cold and needed my jacket but, it was 22 degrees, so other people were in vest tops and sundresses.

Okay, so it is not 32 degrees but, I was on holiday, so my legs were coming out regardless!

Fake Fabulous | What to wear for a sightseeing trip to London.

On day one I wore a plain, white, long sleeved t-shirt and bright coral shorts.
A simple Khaki jacket and a pretty scarf made for a casual, but pulled together look.
My go-to sandals were the perfect 'walk all day' footwear.
(A slick of toe polish is a must)
A practical cross body bag, with a bright guitar strap, finished my casual look off perfectly.

On the second day, it was cooler (19 degrees) and there were a few rain showers.
I wore a super-comfortable t-shirt dress, my trusty gutties and a navy mac.
I borrowed my daughter's backpack to hold the umbrella and extra jumper's needed for the family.

{BTW, My necklace snapped just before these photos were taken...I really needed the extra touch the necklace provides, I felt a bit bare without it...see the necklace here... I repaired it when we returned home.}

Fake Fabulous | What to wear for a sightseeing trip to London.

Check out these stunning clothes from the V&A...
This first photo is of two dresses from the 1920's.
So beautiful.
That orange velvet dress is to die for.

1920's style at the V&A, London.

And this outfit from the 60's.
Very groovy!

1960's style at the V&A London

My 3 days in London Packing list:

{Pick a colour "theme" you love so everything can be mixed and matched}
  1. Coral Shorts
  2. Comfortable khaki t-shirt dress.
  3. White T-shirt
  4. Black lace front T-shirt (travelled in)
  5. Cream cashmere cardigan 
  6. Nude Sandals
  7. Black and white Gutties (travelled in)
  8. Scarf (I packed 2: one white and neon coral, one gold)
  9. Sunglasses
  10. A compact brolly
  11. Lightweight khaki jacket
  12. Navy Mac (travelled in)
  13. Black and white comfortable trousers (travelled in)
  14. A chunky necklace.
  15. 2 pairs of earrings (one in Amber, one gold and coral)


What would you pack to go sightseeing in a big city?
Do you favour comfort over style?
Can you have both?


GET PACKING!





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14 comments

  1. I'm drooling over those vintage dresses!!! They have a fashion exhibit on right now?

    That glass light fixture is amazing too.

    Love both of your outfits. They show off your great gams.

    The one thing I never forget when I'm in London is my umbrella. It always rains.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. My umbrella was with me at all times Suzanne :oP....best to be prepared. As for the fashion...yes!! and they have lots of amazing pieces. These are the ones that I wanted to take home. XXX

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  2. mwahaha, I love that you visited V&A and love that you were appealed by that same checked b&w ensemble that caught me up too!
    You look pretty comfortable and cool!, a cross body bag is very useful and practical shoes are top priority!. And I'm loving your layering!
    besos

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    1. Hahaha Monica, Great minds!
      The whole outfit was stunning and such beautiful quality...I wanted to sneak it home! XXX

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  3. I think layering is the key---it's like doing a capsule wardrobe with no safety net (although you can buy things when you're vacationing!!) I'd like to see more reversible items for traveling---then you can have two pieces the size of one!!
    What a fun trip! Thanks for giving us the fun without the hassles of traveling!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie. You are right about layering! I always have a cami, a cardigan and a scarf in my arsenal :oD XXX

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  4. I love the ,groovy,style! London is great! I also pick a color theme when I am going on a Holiday! And take dresses with leggings with me.so when its cold you can still be stylish and warm.

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    1. I forgot to mention Leggings! I took two pairs of footless tights with me (one dark grey and one bright orange) just in case it was cold. Luckily, I did not need them! Great point though...thank you for reminding me. XXX

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  5. In the 60's there was a fabulous lone of clothing from London called Carnaby Street Fashion. I believe "Twiggy" did some modeling for them. I think the line was available in the US but was way out of my price range for sure.
    So nice that you're enjoying a holiday Samantha! !

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    1. Yes Judy! What an amazing place that is. I spent time at the vintage markets in brick lane...my idea of heaven!!!....might have bought a little something..... :oP XXX

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  6. So glad you enjoyed your visit.I'm only 15 mins from the city. So much to do, it's endless. I love living here x
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. I would be totally skint if I lived so close to the city! I am bad enough. You are lucky that you will never be stuck for something to do, somewhere to eat or something to go and see. XXX

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    1. All comments that do not redirect to personal blogs are deleted...Sorry! XXX

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