What I’m packing for 2 weeks in London

I’ll be leaving for London soon, and am really looking forward to this trip! I have loads of activities and meetups with friends already scheduled. And lots more on my list to check out once I arrive; I’m sure I’ll have no trouble keeping busy. But before I go, I wanted to share my London travel capsule wardrobe: what I’m packing and why.

(You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned Paris. I’ve decided to postpone that part of the trip until next spring, as the girlfriend I was going to meet up with is no longer able to go. I’ll also be able to schedule more time in Paris then.)

My travel capsule wardrobe for London

So this is probably one of the most pared-down travel capsules I’ve packed to date. (10 pieces, not including shoes, outerwear & “underpinnings.”) There are a few reasons for this. First, because these pieces work so well in so many different combinations, it just didn’t feel like I needed more. I’m staying with friends, so will be able to do laundry if I need. And, I always seem to end up doing a bit of shopping in London 😉 🛍️ , so can supplement if needed.

It’s been cool and wet in London, and per the current forecast, doesn’t look like it’s going to warm up during my visit. So this capsule is pretty sweater-centric. I decided to go with brown/beige/camel as my neutrals, and add red as my primary color accent. (I’ll add more colors with scarves.)

Susan B's 2-week travel capsule wardrobe for London.

Planning a travel capsule wardrobe is always a matter of balancing practicality and style. Many clothes that travel well can be a little….bland. And more stylish pieces don’t always pack and travel well. But I think I achieved a pretty good balance this time. Breaking it down (photos have been lightened slightly to better show detail):


I’m only bringing 2 pairs this time, a pair of comfortable, stylish sneakers*, and a pair of weatherproof ankle boots (also comfortable enough for extended walking). The suede boots can dress up as much as I’ll probably need.

*yes, with socks. 🧦


Susan B's travel capsule wardrobe bottoms: jeans, coated denim trousers, ponte knit pants

Tops & pullovers

Susan B's travel capsule wardrobe for London: tops & pullovers. A red merino layering sweater, espresso silk blouse, striped cashmere crewneck sweater.
  • Merino crewneck. Mine’s a few years old, here’s one that’s similar. I’m always banging the drum about merino wool for travel: it’s lightweight, comfortable in a range of temperatures, doesn’t hold odors, and is usually washable (dry flat). A style like this can layer under shirts, other sweaters, jackets.
  • Silk blouse. This is my “dress up” piece. I purchased this top last year, and this espresso color works so well with the coated denim trousers. Even though the sleeves are puffy, they layer well underneath cardigans or jackets. Yes it’s a bit spendy; here are some options that are more budget-friendly.

Jackets & cardigans

Cardigans can be such versatile players in a travel wardrobe. Wear closed as a top/sweater, or open as a topper over another layer. This time I maximized my sweater options by including three!

Outerwear & accessories

Susan B's travel outerwear: a camel wool coat and packable down jacket

When I refer back to my prior travel wardrobe recaps from late fall, I’m reminded that I often wished I’d brought more outerwear options. My London friends have warned me that it’s turned chilly, and advised me to bring a wool coat. Both of the coats above are several years old.

  • Wool coat. This one is from agnes b., purchased in Paris in 2017, I think. I still love it, and don’t have as much opportunity to wear it Southern California. It’s quite soft and lightweight, but very warm. Here are a some with a similar look:
  • Packable down. My truly water-resistant raincoats are all a bit too lightweight for this time of year in London. So I’m bringing this one as an alternative. (Similar: Misses / Petite / Tall / Plus) It’s very water-resistant (even after all these years), lightweight, and packs down to nothing. But I’m probably going to shop for a good quality raincoat while I’m there.
  • Scarves. I’ll be bringing several, both for warmth and to add color and interest to my outfits. Shown at top: leopard print, printed silk.

I have room for a “wild card” or two, which I’ll select just before I leave for the airport.

You can find more travel-friendly styles in my SHOP. And for more packing tips and wardrobe ideas, be sure to visit my Travel Wardrobe Resource Hub. 🧳

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  1. Interesting travel capsule. I can see how this will mix and match well. I was surprised you didn’t add any long sleeve T-shirts as I find them useful when travelling at this time of year in the UK. Safe travels.

    1. Hi Maryann, I’m bringing a couple of camisoles and a couple of long sleeve tees to wear as base layers. I consider those “underpinnings” so haven’t counted them in the capsule here.

  2. Bon voyage Susan!
    Your trip sounds exciting and your travel wardrobe is great. I’m a huge fan of merino too.
    What a wonderful buy your wool coat was. I’m sure your new raincoat will be a great souvenir too.
    Have a lovely time!
    Best wishes,
    Julie x

  3. I am sure you will be very snug. We are having a lot of rain this year – a LOT – but not very cold. Still, more excuses (if any were required) to go inside and have a cup of tea and a scone. Enjoy the best city in the world.

  4. That looks so awesome – you’ve done a great job with those pieces. I will be anxious to read how it all works out for you when you return. Do you ever pack a thin layer of warm camisole – like a cuddle-dud or such? I know you don’t mention those items but I’m curious.

  5. Love your choices – and particularly like the red cardigan, but the link was no good. Can you provide details so I can look for one ?
    Thanks !!

  6. If you’re in the vicinity of Covent Garden, do pop into the new Uniglo store, great choice of clothes. Also, the Diva and Chanel exhibitions at the V&A are amazing. Re shows, Crazy for You at the Gillian Lynne is a must see; Charlie Stemp is superb. Above all, enjoy your trip, making new memories xx

  7. Love this whole wardrobe! It will be perfect ~ the leather like trousers will fit in well. I have been seeing them all over Italy this past month. Have so much fun.

  8. Lovely travel wardrobe ! I know it took a lot of thought and planning. I’m getting better. I’m going to north Georgia for 3 days and I’m just taking booties and hiking shoes. I live in southwest florida where it’s still in the eighties so a dip into the forties will be refreshing!

  9. I have seen many travel wardrobes and I believe this is the best one ever. And no black! Have a fun trip and can’t wait to see what you find in London

  10. I hope you have a wonderful trip. If I were packing I would switch out one of the sweaters for another top. It is a beautiful wardrobe for London.

  11. The colors and textures look so rich, warm, and versatile. Thank you for creating and sharing such a great travel ensemble. Have a fantastic trip:)

  12. WOW! I love this post! You are going to look fabulous in London. I am lucky to be a Spring Gamine, as are you, and I get so many great ideas from your blog.

    Could you please check the link for the red button-up sweater? It may be broken.

    Have a wonderful trip!

  13. Hi Susan, Have fun, and you will look great. I have a home in the UK and spend a lot of time in London. You may already know this but the Chanel exhibit is on at the V&A. It’s sold out so the way to see it is to become a member of the V&A, which gives you access. It’s a FABULOUS show. Hope you get a chance to see it.

  14. Great selections ..do you do a check in bag or is all of this packed in carry on? Love London..have a safe and pleasant trip.


    1. It will fit in a carry-on, but I take a slightly larger bag that I check (so I have room to bring home any shopping finds).

      1. I don’t check bags but I do take a large “Mary Poppins” type bag that folds quite small and I end up with my 2 carry one because that bag becomes my “purse”!

  15. A few notes and maybe it will add to the help you give on packing. I routinely pack in a carry on which I did last Christmas season for 3 weeks in France and Germany. It is liberating. One of my key pieces was the Quince zip cashmere hoodie and another was a selection of packable down vests and jackets all of which can layer. I use Icebreaker merino pieces and they are fantastic. Eileen Fisher silk tee shirts come along too. BUT here is my newest travel workhorse: a Veronica Beard dickey jacket. Mine is navy and I brought 3 dickey inserts: a navy hoodie, a denim “shirt”, and a navy/cream stripe “sweater”. You can layer under them with a tee shirt or tank or even a merino wool item or a shirt. A zillion looks for almost no space in your suitcase. Have fun Susan…you deserve a break!

  16. Thank you for another interesting and helpful post. Your posts post having your colors done were so enlightening. I have been slowly changing my clothing from blue/black to warm colors and loving what a difference it makes in looks and mood. Literally life-changing. Have a safe and fun trip. And thanks for sharing your travels with us.

  17. Susan, you have outdone yourself. What a great capsule collection.
    The colors are so lovely together! I think I like the agnes b. coat most of all.
    Have a lovely time!

  18. Hi Susan, love this travel capsule, but the links for the sweater jacket are not working. They go to a nonfunctioning website.

  19. Hi Susan,
    You are quite a prepared traveler. I am a widow, and curious to know if you solo travel? I’m considering it, just not overseas? Be safe! Pat

  20. This is a really great selection and you are sure to come home having worn every item — or what I call a 100% score. And…..since you have that 1″ leopard belt which would take up very little room in your suitcase, why don’t you consider taking it along? It’d look great with your jeans plus any of your tops/pullovers and those truly perfect ankle boots! Bon voyage.

  21. What a terrific capsule wardrobe! perfect for you. I know you’ll have a wonderful time- how could you not? Glad you are getting a change of scenery especially after what has to have been a very sad and stressful time these past few months. Can’t wait to see your bulletins from London! Enjoy, enjoy.

  22. Susan your wardrobe for London looks great. I love those booties and wore them back east. I can’t wait to see the postings from your trip! Have a wonderful time!

  23. I love the coated denim trousers! And they look so cute on you. I’d like a pair, but as a summer I can only seem to find them in brown or black. Any suggestions?

    Have a great trip!

  24. My silk top underwear helps out so much with a thin warm layer it creates. I saw your Sezane red sweater. Sezane is big here in Paris, I never knew. Will go back to look at the cardigan. It looked more sophisticated. I didn’t like their more bulkier sweaters.

  25. I used one of your archived travel posts to help me pack for my recent London trip. This is maybe a dumb question – does the capsule include clothing you will wear on the flight over? Thanks!!

    1. Thanks Lisa, and yes it does. I’ll share in the recap but I wore the hoodie, knit pants and boots on the flight.