What to Wear in London, AKA, I am SO not posh.

The good news: Nette and I embark on our London adventure in less than 2 months!

The bad news: We are both freaking out about having nothing to wear.

I know, first world problems. But hear me out.

We all know I’m not a fashion blogger. Hi, I can’t be trusted to dress myself. Especially since my larger-than-life CrossFit booty has caused a upheaval in my pants-that-fit options.  My wardrobe right now is seriously lacking in acceptable options and far too heavy on “oh honey, please do not leave the house in that”.

Then recently, my friend NotMary let me (Miss Fashion Clueless) in on a big scoop after her visit across the pond. London is a seriously hip fashion city. I’m talking swank. Style. Put-together. Done up. On point.

Oh, man. And it hit me that the last thing Nette and I want to do is go over there and look like silly Americans desperately trying to fit in. Sadly, my current wardrobe of fat pants, Lulus and tshirts certainly won’t cut it.

So, like any good crazy woman, I started a Pinterest board to start brainstorming. A place to put dreamed-up outfits for our high tea at the Ritz. Gorgeous frocks for our posh dinner at the Dorchester. Accessories. Sightseeing outfits. Coats, because let’s also not forget it will be November in London, so we’re expecting temps in the mid-50s as a high and quite chilly at night.

Next, I started shopping and picked up a few key pieces with the help of my trusted style advisor Bertie.

What to Wear in London: Banana Republic White Oxford

What to Wear in London: Banana Republic White Oxford

You simply cannot go wrong with a classic white oxford. On it’s own with jeans, boots and pops of colored accessories, or as a layer piece under sweaters – the options are endless. I consider this staple purchase well worth the investment.

What to Wear in London: J.Crew Chambray

What to Wear in London: J.Crew Keeper Chambray

I’ve been stalking the perfect chambray for months and decided to pull the trigger with this one… but it was full price and the budget was already whining. Bertie advised me to wait a bit until it went on sale. Would you believe the day after our mall visit J.Crew made this blouse 25% off with free shipping?? DONE. It should arrive any day now! (NOTE: Their 25% off Fall sale is still going on, so hop to it!)

What to Wear in London: Banana Republic Safari Print Halter Dress

What to Wear in London: Banana Republic Safari Print Halter Dress

Bertie picked this piece out for me. Let me just tell you that I never argue with Bertie. Her style and taste is beyond flawless. I put this frock on and stared at myself, speechless. Because holy crap, it’s one of those dresses that make you think “I can’t possibly be that hottie in the mirror”. Not to mention, it was marked down from $130.00 to $32-something. Picture this in the fall, with a black cardigan (or leather jacket, rawr!) and tights and tall black boots.  Or the white Oxford, a scarf and my brown Fryes. Totally layer-able OR appropriate with sexy heels and tons of bling for a night on the town in London.

What to Wear in London: Tommy Hilfiger Cable Knit Stripes

What to Wear in London: Tommy Hilfiger Cable Knit Stripes

When I found this sweater for a mere twenty dollars, it was a no-brainer. Put that white Oxford underneath and pair with skinny denim and cute flats. Boom. Sightseeing attire, for sure!

Next up, I realized I can utilize some pieces I already have:

What to Wear in London: Banana Republic White/Black Silk Geo Dress

What to Wear in London: Banana Republic White/Black Silk Geo Dress

This gorgeous number may be perfect for dinner at The Dorchester!  Many thanks to Bertie, again. 😉

What to Wear In London: Lands End Black Wrap Dress

What to Wear In London: Lands End Black Wrap Dress

This Lands’ End faux wrap dress is super comfortable and would be adorable paired with a denim jacket and boots.

What to Wear in London: Frye Campus Boots

What to Wear in London: Frye Campus Boots

Like maybe my beloved Fryes.

What to Wear in London: Classic Denim Jacket

What to Wear in London: Classic Denim Jacket

And this denim jacket I had completely forgotten about!

What to Wear in London: Silver braided cap toe jade flats

What to Wear in London: Silver braided cap toe jade flats

Or these! Nette went on an online shopping binge and a few days later, these arrived at my doorstep!! I adore them. And I think I win for having the best friends.

So after these key purchases, some generous gifts and a little rummaging in my closet, it turns out I may not need to break the bank for my London/Fall wardrobe after all. I’d still feel better having more pants options – brown/beige skinny jeans, especially – and while I love my Fryes, I’m not sure my feet will tolerate full days of walking all over London in them. So I’ll be stalking sales on pants + flat, tall, brown riding boots + flat, tall black moto boots. For those, I’m going to hit DSW, Express, Gap and sales at J.Crew, Banana, Ann Taylor, etc. And oof, I still need something fancy to wear to high tea.

Feel free to chime in with suggestions, veto my ideas and/or follow along my style mishaps on Pinterest.

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FOOTNOTE: Suggestions from texts/emails!

  • “A black blazer would dress up any outfit. Pair with distressed jeans, hip tee, boots and blazer with oversized scarf, loopy earrings and a hobo bag.”  Thanks, G! 

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What to Wear in London, AKA, I am SO not posh.

10 Responses

  1. WAIT. Drop everything you’re doing and go to Ann Taylor Loft immediately. They’re doing 25% off all pants (denim and cords included) today, and they have a whole bunch of styles that fit every single body type. My mom, my two sisters and I have 4 different shapes between us and we all manage to find pants that fit at the Loft. Go. Right now. Your London style will thank you. Also, I’m picturing that Banana halter dress with a brown leather jacket, brown tights, knee high boots, and that bag you took when you went to play pool when your family was in town.

    Sam Merel September 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm #
    • Stalking their site now – 30% off everything?? Whoa! Thank you! Oooh, Netstr is bringing a brown leather jacket – I think I like your combo even better than the black/black!

      50Peach September 13, 2013 at 9:40 am #
  2. If I can share I one recommendation from 3 years of London residency, take scarves. They dress everything up/add colour and are practical in blustery weather. One or two shawl/pashminas and maybe a silk. As far as attractive walking shoes, I swear by Toms ballet flats. They’re cushioned, if you can believe it! Otherwise beautiful selections :-)

    Heili September 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm #
    • Good advice from a seasoned expert, thank you! We are definitely covered with the scarves and Toms I have yet to take that leap, but excellent advice overall. Yay!

      50Peach September 13, 2013 at 9:42 am #
  3. I have an insane amount of scarves. Insane I tell you! We are covered there. And Flats?! Covered there too. Peach – we’ll be posh before we get there. Or at least fake the crap out of it! These are really awesome tips!

    Netstr September 12, 2013 at 8:01 pm #
    • Scarves and flats? It would also seem you have jackets enough for a different one every day of the week! Sheesh, girl. Can I have your closet? :)

      50Peach September 13, 2013 at 9:42 am #
  4. You seem ready to me! ANd you should be proud of getting such good deals!

    Stacie September 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm #
    • Couldn’t be happier about the sales! More in the bank for trip money! 😀

      50Peach September 13, 2013 at 10:55 am #
  5. I am very flattered by this post. :) I love shopping with you. So happy you and Nette are getting sorted.

    Bertie September 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm #
  6. Can I just tell you that you are silly? Your style is awesome – how can you think you are not fashionable? And you are going to look amazing in London!

    Michelle Longo October 6, 2013 at 9:04 am #

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