On vacation, your ensemble is just as important as your itinerary.
Heaven forbid we actually look like tourists!
Put the Sloane Rangers to shame with British Prep’s guide to
keeping it cool on the “KR” by packing like a princess…
Wrap up in style
Whether you’re visiting Britain in the winter or summer months – you’ll need a cosy cover-up for our unpredictable weather! Opt for a classic knee-length coat to keep warm in winter, a Burberry inspired trench for the spring showers, and a cropped jacket for the summer months. A good blazer is essential to dress-up a pair of jeans or add a stylish twist to your favourite dress; pack one that will coordinate with the majority of your outfits.
Follow in the Duchess of Cambridge’s footsteps and be sure to pack a pair of classic nude heels. Not only do they make your legs look longer, they will go with everything, which will save space in your suitcase. If you’re visiting the UK during the winter then opt for dark heels instead, they’ll look better teamed with opaque tights on cold nights.
Sightseeing doesn’t have to be unstylish. Swap trainers for something just as practical but a lot more sophisticated, such as a pretty pair of ballet pumps, classic tassel loafers or riding boots (depending on the weather). The London Underground can get overcrowded and hot so consider wearing layers with something cool underneath to keep you comfortable when jumping on and off for the different sights and attractions.
When lunching in Chelsea, make sure you dress to impress. You want to look your best for when you bump into Prince Harry! Coloured skinny jeans are a great alternative to traditional denim that will take you from Buckingham Palace to The Bluebird. Team with a crisp cotton oxford or a horizontal striped tee, patterned silk scarf and sharp blazer to look rah-vashing! If you’re lucky enough to be lunching on a sunny day then opt for a pretty summer dress, pashmina and ballet pumps. Don’t forget your sunnies; think classic Chanel or Raybans.
If you’re planning to immerse yourself in British culture by escaping to the country or indulging in afternoon tea, then be sure to look the part. A tweed or Barbour’s iconic wax and quilted jackets will look fabulous teamed with a check shirt and cords for a visit to a country estate or castle. Dress codes for afternoon tea aren’t as strict as they once were (most are ‘smart casual’) but it’s still a great opportunity to embrace the traditional attire. Floral tea dresses teamed with heels and top handled bags look very elegant. Add a fascinator or pretty hairband if you’re visiting a top-notch hotel. One can never be overdressed after all, as the wise Oscar Wilde once said.