Friday is our departure day, so I have been trying to get organized and start packing so I can both pack light and have all the essentials. The weather in London can be very warm or quite cool during the summer, so I think I'll need a little of everything. As far as being the in the city, my sister, who is already there, says shorts are a no-no, which isn't a problem for me because that wouldn't be my first choice anyway. I am planning to try to stay classic in simple, primarily neutral colors, which allows for mixing, matching, and rewearing pieces.
blue or white) because it is appropriate everywhere. When traveling, extra bonus points if you can find a good non-wrinkle version. I actually found one I love at Marshall's that is slightly oversized and crisp right out of the dryer. A silk tee is nice for day or evening, and a cool heather gray tee looks great under a blazer or on its own. I like the "Matchstick jeans" from J. Crew, but in the summer I prefer a cropped look. Unfortunately, the ones that are sold as "cropped" are a bit short for my taste, so I had my regular length pair tailored to the perfect spot right above the ankle. A basic dress can also go from day to night. During the day I might pair it with a denim shirt, and at night, some statement jewelry (necklace - earrings - watch) or a scarf can dress it up. Because of the variable weather, a jacket is a must (love this one too), as are neutral, flat sandals--pick ones that are comfortable for walking! While I don't own it, I wish I were carrying this steal of a black bag. How great is that?
Something I always go back and forth on is whether or not it is okay to wear sneakers when traveling. On a long day they are by far the most comfortable choice you can make, but are they a terrible fashion faux pas? Luckily, I came across this Refinery 29 feature yesterday, and it convinced me to go for it! I'll be sporting my Nike Frees. As a carry on bag, I use a Longchamps short handled tote that I got for a steal in the Paris airport. It fits a ton.