What To Pack For Autumn In London
If you're heading to London this fall, you'll need to look good and dress appropriately for the weather. Everyone thinks that London is the city of rain, but it's really actually quite nice in the autumn, and actually doesn't even get too rainy. Personally, I think it's the best time to visit because you get that English weather feel, but without it being too cold.
Now, from all my posts about Primark, you'd think they're paying me to advertise for them, but I swear I'm not (although I wouldn't be opposed to that). For my upcoming trip to London this fall, I know I'll be spending at least a few hours in Primark, and in preparation for that, I spent some time on the website, scouting out the clothes I want to buy so I don't go over budget this time (I do every time because it's impossible not to want to buy everything in the store). So for this fall fashion guide, I'm using all Primark items, because they're all affordable, go up to plus-sizes and are the cutest items available.
Perhaps one of the biggest staples in ones closet would be their coat. If you're wandering around London, you'll need a good coat to keep you warm, but obviously you'll want to look good too. Don't worry about getting anything waterproof or with a hood, because that's what an umbrella is there to do for you. (Faux) leather jacket are the go to coats for something light and they go with everything. If you want to go a bit classier, and have room in your luggage, a longer coat in a blush, camel or black color can make your outfit pop.
Since London doesn't get too cold quite yet, bringing a mixture of sweaters and lighter tops is a good way to go. However, London is one of the fashion capitols of the world, so going for a chicer piece will allow you to blend into the ranks of women who know they need to dress well every time they leave the house. Take one basic black sweater, but also add in something fun so you can switch it up. Body suits are super in this year, and the turtleneck style is great for fall. Stay away from patterns while traveling and take more single color or color-blocked items so you have more clothing combinations to work with.
BOTTOMS & DRESSES
If you have a pair of black skinny jeans, you can pretty much wear them with everything and be good. But if you want some more variety, take a skirt with you as well. Don't forget to bring tights or long socks with you as well. You can't go wrong with dresses either (but remember that it can get breezy in London in the fall). Pinafore dresses (or jumpers as we'd call them in America) are the trend at the moment, and you can pair them with one of your tops for a new look.
If you're going to be spending your entire day out and about in the city, you might want to purchase a fashionable backpack to put all your things in, so you don't have to worry about working around a purse. But if you're a traveler without a camera or don't have much, a basic tote purse works well and goes with any outfit. There's nothing better than an oversized scarf to drape around your neck and shoulders as you go out into the city. A nice fedora hat will make your outfit go from zero to amazing. It might not be quite cold enough for gloves yet, but having a pair in your purse just to be safe isn't a bad idea.
It's always the hardest to me to decide what shoes I'm going to take on a trip, but for London, you won't need too many pairs. A good ankle boot should be your first choice, as they look good with any outfit and many are waterproof or high enough to keep rain off of your feet. For the dryer days, a cute lace-up ballet flat will add to your look and won't take up much room in your suitcase. If you're super worried about rain, you can bring a pair of wellies, but you probably won't need them.