As a traveller, you’re bound to pick up the odd bits and bobs from each country that you pass through. We always say ‘this time I won’t buy anything’… But let’s face it, that never really sticks! When asked where you got your outfit from, it’s pretty fun to go through each piece and name the city or country where you sourced it.
So your wardrobe might be bulging from worldly materials, but perhaps you’re missing some basic wardrobe essentials that will pack up small and help you look pretty darn stylish on city trips? Especially now we’re hitting the time of year where some places in Europe are still delightfully warm, but it’s beginning to cool off in other places. A time of year referred to as ‘transeason’.
There’s nothing more frustrating than having to pack for a variety of temperatures; for the warmth of the day, for cool evenings and being prepped for the odd rain shower. “Always be prepared” is a good mantra to keep but it’s a bit of a burden when packing. The secret is layering and having pieces that will have you feeling cool during a warm day, but you’re able to tweak the outfit for those cool evenings when the sun disappears.
It’s easy to look stylish when travelling, but keeping warm while looking cool can be troublesome. You’ve just got to have some wardrobe essentials that can adjust with the fluctuating temperatures and will easily fool people into thinking you’re not living out of a suitcase. Dress like a tourist? Not on our watch! Take a look at what layers we’re packing to keep warm during this ‘in-between’ season.
Soak up the sun during the day and embrace the long length in the evening topped with a jacket.
Shop some fabulous maxi dresses!
Blue Tile Print Dress, Boohoo / Canary Yellow Dress, Essentiel Antwerp / Classic Black Dress, Cheap Monday / Woven Stripes Dress, Warehouse / Block Strips Dress, Warehouse / Tie Up Little Black Dress, Monki / Knitted Maxi Dress, Asos / Button Up Stripes Dress, Asos
A brilliant piece to layer up, or you can stuff it in your bag for later! They also make pretty good beach cover-ups too.
Have a browse of some great shirts:
Long Sleeve & Maxi Shirt, Asos / Classic Denim Shirt, Asos / Flannel Shirt, Pop Boutique / Boyfriend White Shirt, Asos / Boyfriend Block Hem Shirt, Asos / Blue Delight Shirt, Only / Dark Denim Shirt, Asos / More Denim, Nordstrom / Plaid Button Up, Topshop / Oversize Button Up, Topshop
Airy for the day, then top with a jumper for the evening. It’s so easy to dress these pieces up or down.
Button up with some of these cute shirt dresses.
Red Trapeze Shirt Dress, Urban Outfitters / Sleeveless & Blue Shirt Dress, Urban Outfitters / Drawstring Shirt Dress, Urban Outfitters / Minimal Black Shirt Dress, Urban Outfitters / Neon Layers Shirt Dress, Urban Outfitters / Checked Shirt Dress, Noisy May / Denim with Patch Pockets Shirt Dress, Asos / Drop that Waist Shirt Dress, Asos / Oversized Checked Shirt Dress, Monki / Denim Shirt Dress, Oasis / Super Long Shirt Dress, Asos
Perfect for those who aren’t keen on skirts but want more of a breeze around the legs. Floaty, cool, covering and no worry of a stray gust of wind blowing your skirt awry!
Linen Two Piece, Asos / Boho Jumpsuit, Topshop / Stripes for Long Legs, Topshop / Classic Navy Trousers, Asos / Elegant Khaki Trousers, Asos / Denim Trousers, Sister Jane / Pleated Nude Trousers, Topshop / 70s Flare Trousers, Asos / Short & Girly, Urban Outfitters / White Swing Trousers, Nordstrom / Pleated Gaucho Trousers, Nordstrom
Snuggle in one of these warm jumpers:
Laced Trim Crop Jumper, Urban Outfitters / High Neckline Jumper, Asos / Striped Jumper with Funnel Neck, Asos / Colour Block Jumper, Asos / Purple Knitwear, Asos / Red Oversized Cable Knit, Asos / Camel Turtleneck Jumper, Asos / Rose Pattern, Vero Moda / White Chunky Cable Knit, Asos / Cable Knit Ribbed Jumper, Oasap / High Neck Cable Knit, Oasap
A blanket, a cushion, a neck warmer; a scarf has so many uses when on the road – it’s definitely an essential!
Floral Scarf, Urban Outfitters / Striped Scarf, Urban Outfitters / Oversized Knitted Scarf, Urban Outfitters / Yellow Blanket Scarf, Urban Outfitters / Boho Orange Scarf, Urban Outfitters / Beaded Ethno-Scarf with Tassels, Urban Outfitters
This screams transeason. It’s for those days that aren’t quite sweat inducing, and those evenings that are on the cusp of goosebumps.
Look sharp in one of these:
Faux Fur Gilet, Topshop / Grey Longline Jacket, Topshop / Faux Leather Biket Jacket, Topshop / Blue Pinstripe Blazer, Asos / White Pinstripe Blazer, Asos / Burgundy Tailored Jacket, Topshop / Blue Utility Jacket, Asos / Camel Duster Jacket, Asos / Heavy Jersey Jacket, Asos / Mustard Jacket, Topshop
Wear it on the place to save on space in your luggage. A denim jacket is that much needed versatile layer that can go with everything. See this pearl DIY project over at StyleSlicker.
Try out these denims:
Long Duster Jacket, Urban Outfitters / Vintage Wash Denim Jacket, Asos / Denim Anorak Jacket, Urban Outfitters / Denim Workwear Jacket, Urban Outfitters / Colourblock Denim Jacket, Urban Outfitters / Cropped Denim Jacket, Noisy May, Cropped Denim Jacket, Oasis / Slim Denim Jacket, Asos
For when it gets more than a touch cool in the evenings, this will strictly keep out that pesky breeze.
Keep warm, look cool:
Black Leather Jacket, Banana Republic / Black & White Leather Jacket, Helmut Lang / Leather Jacket with PU Sleeves, Asos / Leather Jacket with Waterfall Front, Asos / Textured Biker Jacket, Asos / Suede Leather Jacket, Asos / Cream Faux Leather Jacket, Noisy May / Black Faux Leather Jacket, Noisy May
Light Trench Coat
For dodging the rain. Check the weather forecast, but perhaps take this classy number anyway – a good trench coat is a definite must-have.
Belt up in one of these trench coats:
Classic Cotton Trench Coat, Mango / Maxi Trench Coat with Waterfall Front, Asos / Drape Trench, Asos / Khaki Military Trench Coat, Asos / Creme Classic Trench Coat, Asos / Black Classic Trench Coat, Asos / Indigo Trench Coat, Asos / Double Breasted Trench Coat, Nordstrom
These look great with bare legs and warm feet will make a world of difference when the temperature drops!
Take a walk in these:
Gold Heel Boots, Topshop / Embroidered Ankle Boots, Asos / Fringe Ankle Boots, Topshop / Chelsea Ankle Boots, Asos / Chelsea Ankle Boots, Asos / Peeptoe Ankle Boots, Free People / Suede Ankle Boots, Free People / Chic Leather Ankle Boots, Free People / Woven Straps Ankle Boots, Free People / Slip On Ankle Boots, Free People / Western Inspired Ankle Boots, Free People / Black Ankle Boots High Heel, Free People
Plimsolls or Sneakers
Exploring deep into the night? These will keep your feet comfortable and a darn shade warmer than your sandals, whilst still allowing your feet to breathe. The trainer below is from a personal ethical favourite brand of mine; Indosole. They take old tires in Indonesia and re-purpose them into soles for their trainers.
Put a spring in your step:
Cut-Out Flatform Sneakers, Asos / Black Slip On Sneakers, Asos / Black New Balance Sneakers, Asos / Keds Sneakers, Asos / Lace Up Sneakers, Asos / Pom Pom Sneakers, Asos / Fringe Sneakers, Asos / Flatform Espadrilles, Asos
Warm travels definitely help with the packing mission, but when in the transeason, the day outfit might not translate to an evening outfit that leaves you feeling warm. With a limited wardrobe, it sucks when you’re literally left out in the cold and shivering in your thin maxi dress. The day’s warmth becomes a distant memory and you’re damning the day that you thought you’d be fine with one thin jumper and a scarf. Don’t be that cold woman and pack some key pieces that can shield you from the evening chill!
Choose which jacket to take wisely, pack quality jumpers, remember to layer and finish off with a scarf – voila! You’re ready for the elements.
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