Friday, April 12, 2019

England | packing for a two week trip

This post is going to be a bit different for me.  I shared in my last post what I packed for England yet, I still got a handful of DMs saying you would love details and links to clothing. So this post is for you! I often get questions about fashion and requests to share what I'm wearing, what I'm buying, what I'm eyeing....  You get the idea.  I've been reluctant to steer the blog or my instagram feed in that direction but there are times when I do think it makes sense.  I don't anticipate many posts like this, so if you aren't a fan, don't worry, it will remain 99% interior design focussed.

The items I'm sharing here should all link to the liketoknow app too, which I'm hoping is an easy reference tool rather than a pushy sales one, which I know it can certainly feel like. Bear with me if there are glitches. I've had a RewardStyle account for years and this is the first time I'm actually attempting to use it. Might be the last. Haha.  Not the most tech savvy here.

Packing for 2 weeks in England in the spring was a challenge for me and I searched high and low for suggestions or inspiration and never found anything, so I'm hoping this post will help others in the same conundrum.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted everything to fit into a carry on suitcase. Since the weather can be unpredictable, I needed things that were good in sun or rain, warm or chilly temps, and comfortable for walking many miles.  I'm most comfy in dresses and skirts, which I know isn't for everyone.  The key for me was packing light weight things that can be layered and worn multiple ways. Dresses and skirts that can be worn with or without tights or even layered over leggings, with flats or with wellies.

Here is what I took along and how I wore it...

I loved this because I could layer a sweater or cardigan over it.  Wear it with or without tights. Flats or wellies. Chambray dresses are everywhere this season,
even though I don't think of them as a trendy item. 
I'm linking other options below too.

This was my "thicker" sweater and I wore it a ton. Perfect over a dress or with a skirt or jeans, easy to layer over a long sleeve t-shirt or wear under a jacket or tie around your waist if you get too hot.

I had a lot of questions about this one.  I wore it the same way as the chambray dress above.
Super comfy material and flattering length.

I love cotton sweaters and this one is slim fitting but still fits over a dress. I wore it over my striped tunic as well. It has pockets and side slits too. I usually wear an XS in Old Navy, but went with a small in this so I could layer it over dresses that have sleeves.  

I bought these because they were more light weight than traditional Hunters.  They say packable but I wore mine on the plane and then kicked them off and stashed them under the seat when flying.  They were comfortable and perfect for rain, which we didn't have, so I could have gotten away without them.  They were ideal for walking in the muddy countryside though. 

I had this in the striped version, which seems to be sold out.  I also brought the short sleeve version in navy, white and gray, which I'll link below. I wore this with jeans and the rollneck sweater.  It is slim fitting so size up if you want a less body hugging fit.

I love wearing this with leggings and a cream cardigan. Would work with wellies or flats depending on the weather. Perfect for traveling on long flights too.

The softest leather, no need to break in, perfect to walk all over Europe in flats
If you need a lot of support or cushion, then these probably aren't for you, but if you are looking for a traditional ballet flat that is supremely comfortable from the first time you wear them, then this is your shoe. And they go with literally everything. 

I bought my typical J. Crew size which is XS.  A lot of reviews suggested sizing down.  I didn't because I wanted to be able to layer it over any thickness of sweater or even add my Patagonia sweater jacket underneath.  I like this jacket because it's light weight and covers you in the back. You can use drawstrings to cinch in the waist.

I wore this with a t-shirt and cardigan in London.  I feel this one looks best with bare legs. I bought it in a size 2 and it fits true to size. 

Super easy to pack because it folds up to nothing and it's crazy warm.  I wore this under my Rain Jacket on really chilly days or for walks in the evening.  Mine is hot pink, which I don't see available anymore, but any color works! I would probably prefer the gray or off-white.
 I wear a small in all Patagonia.

I'm linking my favorite jeans, tote (I had an extra large, which I took on plane for anything that didn't fit in my suitcase), and a few other items below.  There were a few other things I packed that were older and no longer available online. I truly hope this is helpful.  The key word is LAYERS and not too many patterns! :)

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