We’re home, after a very full couple of weeks in France and the UK! While it’s all still fresh in my mind, here’s my Travel Wardrobe Recap for this trip.
My France/UK Summer Travel Wardrobe Recap
Overall, I was pretty darn pleased with how well this travel wardrobe worked. I wore almost every piece at least once. At the last minute, I swapped out that black floral silk top for this one, which can be worn either as a top or light jacket. And for my “Wild Card,” I threw in a white linen oversized shirt (similar) which turned out to be a lifesaver in Paris during an extreme heat event.
That “canicule” had not yet been forecast at the time our departure. Had I known, I would have substituted some lightweight trousers for one of the other pairs of pants. But I was able to find a pair of navy linen trousers on sale (similar) that worked well during the heat wave in Paris. I also bought a light cotton sack dress in Beaune, but after wearing it around for a few minutes in hot/humid conditions, remembered why I don’t wear dresses without tights: chafing.
So overall, I’m giving this summer travel wardrobe an 8 out of 10.
- The sneakers and the sandals. Both were completely comfortable in the heat, and for hours on my feet.
- The lantern pants (similar / Plus). They were polished enough to wear out to dinner, but comfortable in the heat.
- The tiger print top. On all but the warmest days, it worked well as a casual top and also with the silk jacket for evenings.
- The leopard tee. It was comfortable in the heat, but also layered nicely under a jacket on cooler days.
- And yes, the white linen shirt (similar / Plus ) which was cool in the heat, while providing coverage from direct sun.
- Boyfriend and slim leg jeans. Were my go-to’s on all but the warmest days.
- The navy pleated floral top. Dressed up my basics for warm evenings.
- The silk jacket (similar style / Plus). Lightweight and easy to throw on for evenings.
Wish I’d Packed…
Hindsight is 20/20 of course, but in the future for travel between May and October, I’ll anticipate heat waves and include a few lighter pieces, like that pair of linen trousers. And yes, more color! (But that’s a more overarching project, which I’ll be writing about soon.)
I wore the ankle boots once, on the outgoing flight. I inadvertently left the navy cardigan on the back seat of the rental car 😫when we dropped it off in Dijon, and didn’t realize until a few days later. Though I wouldn’t have used it for the rest of the trip, I’m quite sorry to have lost it. I wore the lightweight grey v-neck sweater once, on the flight home.
I hope this summer travel wardrobe recap was helpful! How do you pack for extreme heat when traveling?