i’m currently in london for the second time this year, and both trips have been at least 3 weeks long. my wardrobe has changed a bit since the last time i was here, and i was definitely much smarter about how i packed this time around. it also helps that my temporary apartment has a washer/dryer, so i did not need to pack as many basics.
i laid out my pieces on my bed beforehand, and i did not pack anything that could not be worn at least two ways. for example, every dress can be worn with a blazer or a cardigan, or two different cardigans. every skirt matches at least 2 tops. i think you get the idea.
i packed: 1) 3 skirts; 2) 4 blouses; 3) 4 sweaters (1 sleeveless, 2 short sleeved, and 2 3/4 sleeved); 4) 1 pair of pants; 5) 3 dresses; 6) 1 blazer; 7) 2 cardigans; and 8) 2 camisoles.
this is everything i packed in terms of clothes, for work and pleasure. my closet has a lot of building blocks, so i can create a lot of different outfits with a limited number of pieces. its kind of amazing to realize that while i miss my other clothes, i don’t really need any more than this to make almost every outfit i want to wear.
not pictured but with me are: 1) my raincoat, with a removable fleece liner. because this is london. 2) work out clothes (several gray t-shirts and 2 pairs of running capris). the gray t-shirts i work out in triple as casual weekend shirts and sleepwear. 3) underwear and socks. 4) shoes (2 pairs of flats, 1 pair of short rain boots, 1 pair of running shoes, and 3 pairs of heels (black suede, tortoise shell, and snakeskin). 5) 2 scarfs (one pink check, and one blue leopard). 6) 5 pairs of earrings. 7) two bags (1 crossbody and one shoulder bag).
everything fit in 1 large checked bag. not bad, eh?