October 23rd, 2013

On the road

Well, I survived another school visit weekend and the Chloe flats were perfection. Super comfortable and practical. However, when my sister read my post on them, she suggested that sneakers would be better for my trip to see her in London. Besides an enormous amount of walking, rain is an issue.

This may sound strange, but I try to look like a mother at school events. Or at least, not like a fashion-insider. I did a very good job this past weekend, except the Aquazzara pumps were possibly a bit much for an evening performance– whatever. In London I plan on being comfortably chic with a touch of urban toughness, a mom abroad if you will.

Here’s what I’m thinking of taking: I hate to admit it, but I’m a tad over the fisherman knit, I love this boiled-knit wool Isabel Marant sweater instead. I will wear a long sleeved T underneath. Let me wax poetic about cords! I am completely into corduroy right now, feels very ’70s in such a good way. The Pandora is still my favorite bag, and for traveling, it’s brilliant. An LL Bean zip-top tote is all I’ll need for a weekend away.The Givenchy wrap bracelet has been my go-to piece for a year now, it’s more subtle than an Hermes Collier de Chien, but the same effect. And sneakers. As much as I would love a Saint Laurent pair ($$$), these Adidas have served me well for years.

Not sure about which coat/jacket I will take, TBC…

Sweater, pants, tote, bracelet, T, scarf, bag, sneakers.



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  • I’m in complete agreement on the llbean tote. I travel a bunch and only like to go carry-on. I had a XL black one made with long handles. I can fit everything I need — it goes in the overhead easily and in a pinch can squish under the seat. The price can’t be beat, they last forever and they remind me of my childhood. Just perfect!

    LFROctober 23rd, 2013  1:39 AM

  • Couldn’t agree with you more about the Pandora being a fantastic travel bag. I just used it for a week in Paris and it was chic and functional. Please do post your coat. White sneakers?

    MadDashMomOctober 23rd, 2013  2:11 AM

  • Your list looks remarkable similar to mine for a few days in Belgium for half-term. However I am taking a CDC bracelet, a soft taupe Kelly and a pair of Converse! Don’t forget a brolly and sunglasses for the crazy London weather! Enjoy and go see the P Klee show if you have some time.

    MMSOctober 23rd, 2013  2:41 AM

  • lovely selection of pieces – perfect for travelling to Europe right now cosy and comfy. A coat suggestion might be a J crew field jacket or a short pea coat- both great basics for the current temperatures in London.

    melanieOctober 23rd, 2013  2:47 AM

  • Welcome to London! Layering is definitely the way to go here (as in your earlier post), and not just for temperature control: colour & print combinations help counteract grey skies! Hope you have a great trip and will look forward to postings.

    SarahOctober 23rd, 2013  8:11 AM

  • Love this look. A pair of Ash sneakers would be so London chic with this outfit. I also love using the largest Longchamp Le Pliage as a weekend bag. Have fun in London!

    illysiaOctober 23rd, 2013  8:18 AM

  • Did you not get comfortable booties? I love sneakers though as well, but I’m always worried about cold and wet feet!

    KathyOctober 23rd, 2013  9:11 AM

  • Great post, Preston! Agreed that ballet flats in London are not a good idea. I visited two years ago in March to see my son, who was studying there at the time and we took the Tubes everywhere. Ballet flats would never have handled that. Because we were also stopping in Berlin, I brought a great pair of low-heeled ankle boots that got me everywhere and held up in the rain. Also brought my Barbour International jacket and I was good to go.

    kimOctober 23rd, 2013  9:36 AM

  • I like white sneakers, even though they are considered uncool outside the gym. I do not wish to look like a postal worker; white socks with black sneakers is a gross look to me and any other color sock with sneakers is “old person”, in my opinion. Happy to hear other thoughts!

    AprilOctober 23rd, 2013  10:12 AM

  • April, I had a deep love affair with my Jack Purcell sneaks and as the weather got chillier and I needed to wear socks (which I only like to do with my running shoes), I found that off-white or light grey socks in a thin merino worked well. Calvin Klein made my favorites. They were thin enough to not add bulk, but the wool kept my feet warm. You might want to check out Falke too.

    kimOctober 23rd, 2013  11:00 AM

  • Very chic and also practical for all the walking in London.
    What about a Burberry trench as a coat?

    LilyOctober 23rd, 2013  11:21 AM

  • Like!!!
    Might want to add waterproof Dansko clogs or Aquitalia waterproof boots. Those puddles get deep!

    ToriOctober 23rd, 2013  11:22 AM

  • I loved every piece in this post except for the Adidas sneakers…. I have never been a fan. However, just after reading this I spotted this post on Elin Klings blog:


    Seems like Adidas are having a moment; I may have to re-think my stance.

    MaureenOctober 23rd, 2013  11:39 AM

  • That is a great selection. I just came back from a week in London and here are my lessons learned re: packing 🙂



    BiTiOctober 23rd, 2013  12:31 PM

  • Just curious as to how large a tote you will take? The LLBean comes in medium, large and X-large.

    SusanOctober 23rd, 2013  12:48 PM

  • Can’t wait for your visit! Your proposed pieces sent me to the shops today for items to wear while you are here. You will, as always. indeed look chic in London.

    EricaOctober 23rd, 2013  1:52 PM

  • I love when you post complete destination and seasonal looks. I love my finn comfort sneaker in a gun metal patent leather for all day walking. I will have to give Adidas a try. I would bring a rolling bag to save my shoulder, but I am on the west coast. Have a terrific time and cheer on the 49’ers as they play in London this weekend!

    LynetteOctober 23rd, 2013  4:43 PM

  • I was in london a few weeks ago. Bringing a small travel umbrella is a MUST . the umbrellas in the hotel are too big and it is great to have one that tucks into your day bag. Even if it starts out sunny in London, it pretty much seems to rain every day. People in London dress very chic! Especially the men. I was surprised. Your adidas will make you look like an american tourist!
    I wore converse when i was running around and booties in the evening. Brought a couple pairs of low heeled booties. Loved wearing my leather pants in the evening. Go see “the Bodyguard” if you have time. It was wonderful. And the food in london is terrific.
    I lost a gorgeous snakeskin obsedia bracelet traveling. It snapped off so be careful! I believe it fell off in the plane when i was taking off my layers so better to pack it than wear in on travel day!!!! Love the isabel marant top. I want it!!!!! Safe travels!!!

    PaulaOctober 23rd, 2013  5:32 PM

  • Just got back from London, don’t forget a trench coat !

    GwendolynOctober 23rd, 2013  9:20 PM

  • Just returned from London this week..my Aquatalia boots/booties did the trick for the weather and comfort.. Umbrella tote a must and layering was key.. Dark t shirt, cardigan, and black waterproof “cape” …..tennis shoes would certainly be comfy but not sure about white…

    Mary BethOctober 23rd, 2013  10:41 PM

  • I love your choices and agree they should be perfect for London. However, I find flat (ish) dark leather booties/Chelsea boots to be most comfortable walking around. As for outerwear, if you’re going to be only in the city, it shouldn’t get that cold, so a light waterproof utility/field jacket with a hood would be enough – umbrellas are a bit of a nuisance especially on such a short trip. I would always pack a light cashmere cardigan or sweater plus an additional scarf (the silk twill 90cm square variety).
    Have a great time!

    SilkPathDiary.comOctober 24th, 2013  5:41 AM

  • We really love that Givenchy wrap bracelet and definitely agree – it’s a nice refresh from all of the Hermes leather pieces.


    Tory & KerryOctober 24th, 2013  8:55 AM

  • I got that zip top LL Bean tote in black a few years ago. I had my initials put on it in grey. Looks like a much more expensive item than it was.

    AprilOctober 24th, 2013  9:43 AM

  • Oooo no….speaking as a Londoner, no way with those sneakers…..trust me x

    TiffanyOctober 24th, 2013  10:39 AM

  • Are the Adidas comfortable? I’ve worn ballet flats on our past 3 Europe trips and they did the job, but it was summer. Contemplating a return to London this winter, but facing the same foot ware dilemma. Lots of walking, plus unknown weather conditions. And don’t want to take up valuable space in the suitcases for boots. My converse are great for short jaunts, but super unsupportive and uncomfortable to make it til cocktail hour. Cheers, Laura from http://www.cocktailsandgelato.com

    LauraOctober 24th, 2013  12:02 PM

  • For comfort and similar chic look I go with the Adidas Original Gazelle in Black. The black hides the dirt from running around in potentially dirty or rainy conditions.

    KarenOctober 26th, 2013  11:59 AM


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