Even though we missed most of the rain, as you may surmise from my outfits above, we experienced quite a few cooler days.
As I mentioned when planning this travel wardrobe for London, Normandy and Paris, I find packing for warm conditions more challenging. Traveling in early July, it wasn’t unreasonable to expect some heat. But most of the time it was cooler (60’s F) and quite pleasant. I’d packed for warmer weather than we (mostly) experienced, and for that reason alone I’d give this wardrobe a score of 6 (out of 10).
But let’s break it down…
You can see my original packing list here. I made two last-minute changes, adding a very lightweight wind-breaker/rain jacket, and tossing in an older pair of loafers that I didn’t have to worry about in either wet or muddy/sandy conditions.
- Eileen Fisher stretch crepe pants, of course. I wore them most evenings, and on a couple of travel days. I hand washed twice over the trip.
- Silk zip-front blouse (similar). This was my go-to top for dinners out in London and Paris.
- Jeans, skinny (similar) and boyfriend (similar). Wore one of these most days.
- Black long-sleeve tee (similar). Was the perfect weight to handle fluctuating temperatures. Also wore this for air travel days.
- The leopard loafers. Was so glad I’d tossed these in, as the sneakers suddenly started irritating my big toe our first day in London. Wore the loafers almost exclusively except for a couple of sandal days, and for dressier dinners when I wore the wedge heels.
- Long lightweight silk jacket (same style in navy). Perfect to dress up separates for nice dinners out in London and Paris.
- Olive chinos (similar style). Nice on warmer days, and as a break from denim.
- Linen 3/4 sleeve tee. Good for some color, and perfect for warmer days.
- White linen shirt (similar). Wore as a lightweight jacket on a couple of the warmer days/evenings.
- The linen dress. Was never warm enough that I wanted to wear it.
- The blue striped cotton blouse.
- The linen side-button sweater.
Wish I’d Brought…
- A pair of lighter-weight ankle boots. Seriously. I would have worn them on cooler days, and saw many women in both London and Paris still wearing some sort of ankle boots.
- A lightweight cardigan. (Actually I cheated one day and wore one I’d packed for the photo shoot.)
- A pair of slouchy or softly tailored black trousers. I’ll be on the lookout for something for future travel wardrobes.
Over the years I’ve found that I often refer back to these recaps when planning future travel wardrobes, to remind myself of what worked and didn’t. Do you make notes after you travel?