Packing for a trip that will involve many different activities but also trying to keep the items minimal to keep my luggage at two checked bags with room for bringing home serendipitously found treasures is not easy for me.
My mom has mastered this art and along with packing just what she needed and looking superb, also kept a neatly packed suitcase. Needless to say, I tried, but it didn’t always look tidy. I tend to always back a bit more than I actually wear, and well, I guess that is better than the alternative.
Today I would like to share with you six outfits, the only six outfits I wore and rotated through, mixing and matching throughout our nine day trip to both Paris and then on to London, Canterbury and back to London.
There are a few images of me wearing these outfits captured by my mother (above at the Savoy as we awaited the taxi to take us to Heathrow), but I by no means wore them for the camera. Rather I selected items that were both chic (in my mind) and comfortable, and kept to a simple color palette as the base so that most items, if not all, could mix and match effortlessly – navy and ivory were my primary colors and everything else worked with at least one of those colors, if not both.
Upon returning home, I made notes of what was missing and what would have made my wardrobe and thus my traveling and enjoyment all the more comfortable and me more confident. I have included that list at the end of this post.
For any of the items that are no longer available to shop, I have found similar items.
For travel days on the plane to and from (9+ hour flight)
As I shared on IG (see post below), we were fortunate to have scooped up super affordable tickets back in September and fly Business Class. With that said, we were able to lay down during the flight and in our own private area, so I packed my pajamas and I did wear them catching more than a few hours of sleep going to Europe and a couple on the return flight. Changing out of my denim jeans made it all the more comfortable to fully relax.
~Polène Numero Uno shoulder bag (mine is in a light sage green that is no longer available)~
~Serena & Lily Positano Linen Pajamas (multiple colors)~
~I read and finished book #3 of the Maisie Hobbes series by Jacqueline Windspear – Pardonable Lies~
To the Museum or Dinner
The pair of jeans I purchased I realized may have been a size too large, but for ease and much movement for walking, they were quite nice, and look better than this picture depicts. I loved this jacket; I simply removed the matching belt that came with it and used the light brown leather belt I had purchased last year from Sézane.
~Sézane Artemis Belt (similar to one no longer available from the company)~
~Navy camisole (similar, as mine was purchased many years ago from J.Crew)~
Westminster Abbey for Easter Service and Easter Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s
Unfortunately Theory’s ivory silk belted blazer I purchased at The Outnet this winter is unavailable anywhere online. I found a gem when I came across it which is why when it became covered in soot while waiting for the tube due to a crowd of very enthused Crystal Palace fans (as I shared in my IG Stories – see highlights – Brit Trip ’22), I became quite worried this jacket was ruined. Thankfully, upon giving my jacket to the concierge at The Savoy, they were able to take it to their dry cleaner, and within 24 hours I had my jacket back and the soot was removed. Phew! I have tried to shop a few similar below.
Attending Easter service at Westminster Abbey was something my mother was quite excited to do, and I was happy that we were able to attend. While I am agnostic, the history and grandeur and magnificence of not only the building but diverse congregation was a memory I will never forget. Oh, and the bells and the organ. Quite an experience for the senses and the sermon was quite moving.
~similar, I purchased an ivory silk camisole from J.Crew that is no longer available: J.Crew Asceno silk camisole in blush~
Dinner, the theatre, walking through parks
~similar: Valentino navy silk pants~
~similar to the Polo Ralph Lauren belted denim jacket (upper left-hand corner), no longer available: Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara belted denim jacket~
Walking in Les Jardins
What I realized I need to adjust, add or tweak for my wardrobe for upcoming trips
- A smaller, more streamline crossbody bag for walking about the city or to markets. I love my Poléne shoulder bag, but it was too bulking AND I need a top zip bag or a simpler flap top close bag as Poléne became a bit cumbersome.
- Chelsea ankle boots (with about a 1-2″ heel) for colder weather (even though we didn’t have it on this trip, having these would be ideal for spring, fall and winter).
- Choose a tote for carry-on that has a larger drop in the handle and is slightly bigger for contents (I traveled with this navy leather tote from Cuyana and while I love it for everyday tote needs, I need something a bit more for travel and carry-on. Having a zip-top (which Cuyana’s design does) is a keeper of an idea. Love the zipper top.)
- Pack sunglasses – not metal, oversized
- A nice watch so I don’t have to look at my phone all of the time.
Overall, the packing and outfits went well, and wearing scarves instead of jewelry (I only wore small hoops part of the time) was a great idea not only for security lines at the airport, but for warmth, adding a touch of style and finding the items with ease.
If you will be traveling soon or anytime during spring, I do hope this gives you some ideas. Needless to say, to be able to have the opportunity to pack up and travel was priceless. So grateful to be on a plane again and touching down in both of these beloved countries.