London Packing Guide + What I Wore

My 4 day trip to London was seriously a whirlwind – We arrived Thursday around noon and by Monday afternoon we were already back on the plane headed home. As with most trips I take I did excessive planning on what to do while we were there (more on this to come in my London Travel Guide), but up until a few days before we left I had no idea what I was packing. So of course in the 48-hours before I left I did a lot of checking on weather.com and a bit of last minute shopping… That all being said, I 100% overpacked for my trip and probably only wore about 70% of what I brought with me. So to help you all for your next trip I’ve put together my packing guide with what I actually wore and how I wore it!

Ok, so packing by the numbers… 3 outerwear, 2 sweaters (plus I bought a 3rd one there!), 1 silk cami, 2 dresses, 2 pairs of pants, 1 skirt, 2 handbags, and oh 5 pairs of shoes. The key here was basically bringing mostly neutrals with a few fun pieces like my houndstooth skirt and dark floral dress so that I had a few fun outfits. Plus, I count my plaid blazer as essentially neutral since it goes with everything! I definitely could have eliminated 1 or 2 pairs of shoes, but since shoes are my favorite accessory I always like to be able to switch them out 🙂

My most worn items were definitely my plaid blazer, black loafers, and lighter weight cream sweater. While I definitely didn’t need to have black and blue jeans, I find the easiest pairing for going out at night is black jeans and a black silk cami (and I’ve worn this combo about 12 million times), so I didn’t want to chance regretting leaving my black jeans at home.

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Dark Floral Dress & White Shirt Dress

To show how this packing list came to life I’m showing a few of my outfits from the trip below! I didn’t take pictures of most of my dinner or nighttime outfits which is where I pulled out my silk cami and floral dress as well as my smaller black bag since I wasn’t bringing my camera along.

 

DAY 1

After a rough red-eye we lucked out being able to check into my room early so I switched into the easiest combo for exploring – My white shirt dress, loafers, and a leather jacket. Then to dress it up for dinner a bit later I switched by leather jacket for my plaid blazer!

DAY 2

Our first full-day in the city was hands down the nicest so I broke out my favorite planned outfit! I found the key in London, similarly to in the Northeast, is just effective layering! Tall boots and a sweater kept me warm enough in my skirt for most of the day, but the long trench coat was perfect for the chillier mornings. Also, I know I’ve said it before, but these boots are the best! I was able to wear them walking all day long with no problem.

 

DAY 3

Saturday was rainy and freezing, so I wore all the warmest pieces I’d brought. You can’t see it, but I have a thin nude colored cami underneath my chunky sweater. I probably could have used a scarf and then I would have been fully warm, but I will say this was the perfect about of layers to go in and out of museums and stores (the perfect rainy day activity)without getting too hot!

DAY 4

On Sunday I had planned to re-wear my thinner white sweater with this outfit, but after some rainy day shopping left me with a new sweater I decided it would be perfect for our last day.

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  • About to go buy myself a personal fan to make it through this heat wave 😰 When it comes to NYCs humid summers a loose maxi or midi is the way to go! Linked similar ones under $70 via @liketoknow.it ✨ http://liketk.it/2Dsne #whenwearstyle
  • Ate & drank my way through this past weekend including the perfect afternoon at Grand Banks ⛵️ And of course I always have my favorite @mejuri pieces layered including my newest piece the ‘Honey Necklace’ ✨ Swipe 👉🏼 for more detail! #finecrew #gifted #whenwearnyc
  • 🏙🗽NYC life is going to the most obscure Trader Joe’s to avoid lines and then sweating all your makeup off waiting for the subway while trying to to bring said groceries home 😂🤦🏼‍♀️At least I got a pretty flowers out of it 💐 Who feels me?? #whenwearnyc
  • Love traveling on the weekends, but love coming home to this even more ✨🏠 #whenwearhome .
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Slowly but surely feeling like my room is coming together! This pom pom duvet & shams were the best find for under $35! Linked exact duvet, quilt, and rugs & similar items for the other pieces via @liketoknow.it and at the link in my bio || http://liketk.it/2DbY7
  • Couldn’t have asked for a better long weekend ☀️ The perfect amount of home cooking, ice cream, and ocean time and as always it’s a little hard to leave my favorite place ❤️🌊
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Linking my outfit via @liketoknow.it ✨ My tote is under $80 and perfect for all your summer vacations! http://liketk.it/2D8RC  #whenweartravels
  • Just gonna try to live out last weekend until this next one starts 😂 Who’s with me??
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There are still a few sizes left of my top & I’ve linked this year’s version of my shoes via @liketoknow.it ✨ http://liketk.it/2D1fZ

@carolinestfrancis

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