I was recently asked by a friend what she should pack for her upcoming trip to London this Autumn. I guess, living here; that I’ve never really had to think about what I wear in the different seasons, simply because I have access to my whole wardrobe all year round. However, the erratic climate could prove tricky for those planning what to wear in London whilst holidaying or working over here short-term.
Of course, I rely heavily on the packing recommendations of other bloggers when it comes to trips elsewhere so it made perfect sense for me to put together this post to help visitors to London!
The weather in England is pretty well-known for being a little tumultuous. And whilst we have four full seasons they tend to get a little blurred together – for example, plenty of rain in Summer and Sunny days in Winter. Therefore it can be a little tricky to figure out what to wear in London.
Honestly, I wear jeans day in, day out. If I’m not at work then the chances are you’ll see me in a pair of trusty denim jeans. They aren’t too heavy to make you overheat when battling the crowds on Oxford street and are also durable enough to face whatever the weather throws at you!
Pick straight or skinny leg, black or dark wash denim if you want something really versatile. Those kinds of jeans work just as well during the daytime as they do for evening drinks at the Shard.
My favourites are the Molly jeans from River Island – they fit so well and come in plenty of finishes. I also love Gap jeans – they are always very comfortable and nicely fitted.
Basics to wear in London
As with any packing you need to get the basics of what to wear in London right. If you put together solid basics you will find it a lot easier to pull together outfits regardless of the weather.
Layer Layer Layer. Layers should be an essential on your list when you are deciding what to wear in London. The great thing about choosing layers is that they give you so much versatility.
Of course, it depends on how long you are planning to stay in the city, but as a minimum, I would suggest a couple each of vests, short-sleeved t-shirts, long-sleeved t-shirts, lightweight (thin-knit) jumpers/sweaters and leggings. If you keep your basics in a neutral colour palette then they will be a lot easier to mix and match and pair together. To add interest use some simple patterns such as stripes. I like Uniqlo and H&M in the UK for layer-able basics.
I also love Boden’s machine washable cashmere jumpers – they are lightweight and keep their shape. They also come in some fab colurs.
I love a good pair of shoes, although I don’t always choose practical over pretty. If you were only going to pack one pair to wear in London then I would definitely suggest ankle boots.
From September-March I practically live in my tan leather and leopard ankle boots by Joules and my black block-heeled ankle boots from Zara.
If you have room in your case for a few pairs then I suggest adding a comfortable but dressy pair of flats and some trainers to wear in London. Dressy flats are wearable day or evening and trainers are perfect for all the miles you’ll clock up exploring the city.
An Autumn Jacket
Like I said above – the weather can be pretty erratic. One day you’ll be stripping off your layers to sunbathe in a pretty London park; the next you’ll be freezing cold and ducking into a cafe for a hot chocolate. This is especially the case in Autumn. So it is pretty important when deciding what to wear in London, and what to pack, that you choose a decent jacket.
Your Autumn jacket doesn’t need to be as heavy as your winter coat but a lightweight trench is unlikely to cut it on the really cool days. I tend to choose something like a Biker jacket to wear in London during the Autumn. I love my burgundy Zara one from last season as it adds a pop of colour to my monochromatic outfits and is thick enough to wear on cold days. It’s also nice enough to wear as an evening jacket so is super versatile.
Zara do similar leather or faux leather biker jackets every season too – I’ve got my eye on a black one next!
Scarves are a staple of any Londoner’s wardrobe. This is mainly because they are so versatile in our constantly changing weather! I adore a tartan one I picked up years ago in Scotland but I like to have quite a variety to choose from! I love Joules for bright and colourful scarves and the fox one below is just too cute!
No list of what to wear in London in Autumn would be complete without an umbrella.
A bright red one would be my choice – I’m a lot less likely to leave it behind when travelling if it’s easily visible!
A cross-body bag is something I take with me EVERYWHERE I travel – I like having my hands free to take photos and read maps!
The Cambridge Satchel co do gorgeous leather bags in fab colours.
And there you have it – my essential packing list for a trip to London in Autumn. If you follow this packing list you’ll be all set for your visit – no matter what the weather throws at you! Hope you found it useful!