London, I love you London. I am finally sharing a few blog posts from my trip to England. Three of my best girlfriends and myself kicked off our summers by spending a week in England, splitting out time between London and The Cotswolds. The trip was magical, inspiring, recharging, and honestly life-changing in a number ways. When I leave my children, it has to be for something that brings me endless joy, fills my cup for weeks to come, allows me to see people I cherish, affords me the opportunity to experience the world, and/or gives me the chance to be a version of me that isn’t solely a mother. This trip checked every one of those boxes.
For my first post recapping the trip, I’m sharing my guide for what to wear in London. I’ll also be penning a post on what to do in London for 3 days, revealing my list of the very best of London, and sharing our Cotswolds itinerary. Time to dive into the London fashion…
London, the vibrant city that effortlessly marries history (oh the history!) and modernity, holds a place of distinction as one of the most fashionable cities in the world. Its ever-changing weather, with its infamous four seasons in a day, demands sartorial adaptability (there’s a reason the trench coat is king in the UK!). In bustling London, wearing the right clothes not only allowed us to seamlessly blend with the locals but also ensured our comfort, regardless of what the unpredictable British climate threw our way. If I’m being honest, we wore a bit more color than your average Londoner and we had sensational weather (5 days of brilliant weather and two days of rain – pretty great for England) so that gave us more flexibility when dressing.
What to Wear In London
Londoners have perfected the art of dressing in comfortable yet stylish ensembles, effortlessly exuding an air of laid-back sophistication. London girls definitely give off a cool girl vibe. So, as you plan your outfits for a visit to the British capital for any trip you might have, I’m excited to share a curated round-up of wardrobe essentials that will keep you both chic and comfortable during your London adventures. Summer is a sensational time of year to visit London so my outfits are geared toward that and our trip but my fashion rules for London hold true no matter the time of year.
7 Outfits For London
Crisp Cotton Poplin and Cozy Cardigans
A day of exploring a city like London involves lunching at a beautiful restaurant (because London has the MOST beautiful restaurants), window shopping, and lots of walking. A crisp cotton poplin shirt dress does just the trick on a late spring or summer day in London. It’s easy and comfortable but tailored just so, making you feel very put together and ready for the city. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also recommend a cozy cardigan to throw over your shoulders. It’s exactly what you need to have on hand to wear in London in spring, early summer, or autumn and a must for a London packing list.
My Samsoe Samsoe light green cardigan is so soft and delicious to wear. I’m actually surprised that it feels almost like a neutral in my closet because it goes with so much! The color is surprisingly versatile. It’s also a phenomenal price for the high quality.
Sweater Dresses and Chic Sneakers
This knit Pearl by Lela Rose dress is one of my most favorite items I’ve purchased this year! I love the tangerine color, I love the comfy knit fit, I love the chic silhouette, and I love the memories I have attached to it now from wearing it on my 33rd birthday in London! I’m obsessed with this similar goldenrod knit and satin Simkhai dress that is breathtaking for summer going into fall. It would be a stunning dress to add to your packing list if you are traveling to London between now and the end of November. It goes day to night! Speaking of knit dresses, this dress packs all the fun! What a chic way to dress in London.
When you pack for London, you absolutely need a fantastic pair of chic city girl sneakers. Leave your flip flops at home because you’ll be walking tons to take in all the architecture, to explore the different unique neighborhoods, to go shopping, to tour the museums, and to walk off the delicious meals. We did all of this the day I wore the above outfit to enjoy London in summer. My Loewe sneakers were a splurge but one I’m so glad I made. They are über supportive and walk the line beautifully between being incredibly fashionable and incredibly practical. The sneakers come in a lot more colorways including this green pair that I am obsessed with (similar for less here and here) and think would be perfection for London in fall or London in winter.
A last key element of this London outfit is the trench coat that I threw on in the morning before the day warmed up and no longer called for a layer. When packing for London in all four seasons, don’t forget to pack your trench coat. The one I brought is probably 10 years old from Club Monaco but I rounded up some similar styles below. J.Crew is uber reliable for always having a classic trench coat but I also think I am ready to invest in a Burberry trench that I’ll have forever.
Since I’ve had my random Club Monaco one for so long and worn it time and time again, I know I’m ready to take the Burberry plunge. A rain jacket is also a great addition to your suitcase year round for a trip to London and, of course, you’ll need a fabulous winter coat when the temperatures drop in London.
Statement Little White Dress and Little Black Dress
London calls for a knockout little white dress or little black dress depending on the season. We were in London in May, so a little white dress it was! It’s always nice to rely on neutral colors too when in a city like London. I wore a lot of color on the trip so it was a great change of pace to blend in with the locals a bit more in my neutral white. I accessorized by staying within the same color palette and wore all white on white. It was fresh and fun.
I bought this Simkhai Dress (found in more sized here: one, two, three) statement white dress in January from Hampden knowing I was going to save it for my birthday night in London. It brought the party vibes as does any fabulous little white or little black dress. Below are some more stunners I have my eye on right now.
Tea Time Florals
You can’t go to London in the spring or in the summer without packing a floral frock. Afternoon tea is the perfect time to embrace a floral ensemble. We went to the most magical Coronation afternoon tea at The Goring Hotel that was truly a golden experience for the memory books. We all opted for tea time florals because floral prints suited the daytime occasion so well. I love our mix match florals!
Feathers and Fringe
If you’re reading this in preparation for a trip to London, then you’re going to need to pack some feathers or fringe. It’s London! We had so much fun going out every night to the liveliest restaurants before going out dancing. The atmosphere definitely called for feathers, which is why I opted for one of my favorite styles from La DoubleJ, the ‘Swing Dress‘. A great bonus to wearing feathers is that you get to accessorize really simply because the feathers have all the fun. I wore these strappy sandals and called it a day. If it was the fall or winter, I’d swap these sandals out for a pair of ankle boots.
Best Travel Outfits for London
Flying to London from the states requires an overnight flight across the pond. Instead of sleeping in a pair of jeans on the flight or feeling a bit underdressed for the start of the trip in athleisure, I opted for a beautiful and comfortable 100% washable and dryable cashmere set from Kilte Collection. I wore my sneakers on the plane for warmth and because sneakers always take up a decent amount of space in a suitcase. To top it off, I brought an eye mask and was all set for a comfortable and chic jet set.
Fall Outfits for London
Fall is such a sensational time to visit London. The leaves turn, the air gets crisper, and the cheeriness of the city approaching the holidays is felt all around. I feel like the London uniform thrives in the fall too. London just suits herself so well to delicious layers, chic footwear, and timeless accessories like silk neck scarves. I’ll be sure to update this post and share some winter outfits for London too as we get closet to the season.
You’re all set for a trip to one of my favorite cities with this guide for what to pack for London. Review your trip plans and travel rituals and then slip into this washable cashmere set for the plane (it’s what I wore on our overnight flight) as a great alternative to a pair of jeans. Ready, set, go! Don’t forget to check back in a few days for more London posts.