5 day capsule wardrobe for Italian city break - please help!

(61 Posts)
abigboydidit Tue 03-May-16 19:43:51

I am being whisked away for a birthday trip with my husband in early June. I will have no kids and am unbelievably excited but also incredibly unprepared and short on time. I have 2 pre-school children, work full time, live in a cold part of the U.K. and haven't been abroad in over a decade, so nothing I own fits the bill confused I am reasonably tall and a size 8-10 but have absolutely no boobs/bum and can't pull of proper trendy blush Where do I start? All help appreciated. Grazie smile

MadSprocker Tue 03-May-16 20:10:05

Advised on a Venice trip thread, comfy shoes or trainers if you are doing lots of walking. It will be sunny and hot. If you are visiting churches you need to be modestly dressed, eg no short shorts, and shoulders need to be covered. Where are you going?

abigboydidit Tue 03-May-16 20:32:34

Oh - I will look for that thread. Rome! I have ancient hill walking sandals that are v comfy but not exactly stylish. I guess I have time to break in something new though? confused

TurnOffTheTv Tue 03-May-16 20:35:56

Take a good raincoat, the rain can get crazy!

Yes to comfortable shoes!

Maybe a couple of column jersey dresses, either midi or maxi according to preference? They could be worn alone or with a light shirt/jacket and trainers/flats in the day time, or dressed up a bit with a necklace, bangle, whatever in the evening.

Cotton ankle length or 7 eighths length jeggings maybe?

abigboydidit Tue 03-May-16 21:01:12

Oh - I like the idea of dresses. But not sure my stomach is flat enough to balance my flat chest sad Hadn't thought of leggings but that's probably easier to source than shorts. What could I put with to avoid looking like gym wear though? Off to Google column dresses..and padded bras blush

8FencingWire Tue 03-May-16 21:12:56

Why don't you take one dress, one scarf and a pair of sandals. Then when you get to Rome, spend a morning in the shops smile

8FencingWire Tue 03-May-16 21:14:59

You'll boil in leggins!
Some harem type trousers and a boob tube type of top, you can wrap the scarf or get a cotton jacket over the top!

abigboydidit Tue 03-May-16 21:22:51

Haha! Sadly I hate shopping - which is why I am in this situation! I like harem pants but have never fm found ones long enough or that don't look like a Mumsy pleated waist type affair (I have a slight csection overhang although am boy overweight). Any recommendations appreciated.

abigboydidit Tue 03-May-16 21:23:53

Building up an idea though of what I need. A dress, scarf, light cotton jacket and some kind of lightweight trousers?

abigboydidit Tue 03-May-16 21:24:27

Boy overweight?! confused Not overweight that should say.

JackandDiane Tue 03-May-16 21:34:34

no one will care

all tourists look shocking in any major city

abigboydidit Tue 03-May-16 21:35:07

True! Shocking I can cope with but my fear is sweltering and cross blush

Allalonenow Tue 03-May-16 21:37:50

The pavements in Rome are ankle wrenching, take sturdy flat shoes.
Take a secure bag, across body, not a backpack style as these are slit at bus stops metro etc.
Just take a couple of colours, maybe black and white or black and grey, and add colour with a light scarf or beads. You will never be overdressed in Rome!
It will be very warm in June, so light things only.

Have a wonderful time, go to the opera if you can.

hownottofuckup Tue 03-May-16 21:39:01

hmm bit bitchy

JohnCheese Tue 03-May-16 21:57:55

Trainers. Light clothes - it will be hot. T shirts with shoulders covered. T shirt dress. Good sunglasses. Matters a jot what you wear as long as you're cool and comfy. Book whatever you want to see now, if you can, queues can be horrific.

And I second not taking a backpack. You will be pickpocketed <bitter experience>

abigboydidit Wed 04-May-16 12:07:13

Thanks everyone. Have found some sketcher shoe things I think should be comfy and soft enough not to kill my feet. Found a nice skirt on Lipsy site of all places (thanks to Dressipi) and ordering a couple of day dresses there to chose between too. Think a pair of lightweight trousers, couple of tops and should be sorted?

daftbesom Wed 04-May-16 12:29:52

Nothing to add except to suggest a sunhat (I prefer the cotton, foldable type) - even if you never, never usually wear a hat. Will make a huge difference to your comfort outdoors.

Have a great time, OP!

EmpressofBlandings Wed 04-May-16 12:47:41

It won't probably be THAT hot - average temperatures are going to be mid-20s. If I were you for tall and skinny I'd take some nice comfortable non-jeans trousers, that roll at the ankle, a pair of leggings, some dazzling white t shirts, a linen or cotton shirt, or maybe two, a cardigan, a light jumper, one plain shift dress in case we went somewhere smart, some comfortable shoes (posh plimsolls like Skechers or something) and some comfortable but reasonably smart sandals. Sunglasses and a packable straw hat, one big necklace to add to whatever everyday jewellery I have, a biggish slouchy shoulder bag (big enough to take guidebook and a bottle of water). Mac/umbrella if the forecast was bad. Travel in the trousers or leggings with appropriately layered tops.

Have fun! Go to the Pantheon, it's lovely.

SeaRabbit Wed 04-May-16 13:28:03

Take a couple of jumpers - it is likely to be hot but I was in Italy at that time about 5 years ago & it was cold - I only had one thin cardigan & was freezing. As a friend who travels a lot says - if it's hotter than you think, you can buy T shirts easily & cheaply - jumpers are more expensive.

I loved Rome - seconded the Parthenon and if you can get to Ostia (about an hour's train journey) it's wonderful. Very well-preserved Roman buildings, not very well-known, so peaceful.

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 04-May-16 14:42:36

I'd get a pair of trousers like these from Uniqlo and a shirt like this also from Uniqlo. Slap a pair of nice sandals on.

MintyChops Wed 04-May-16 16:02:28

Have a look at the Vivienne Files, so helpful and utterly addictive!

I thought this might work well for you as it may not be boiling hot in June and this has good layering suggestions..... Have a fabulous trip!

MintyChops Wed 04-May-16 16:05:40

I love this too; I would love to have all this lot in my suitcase, no kids and Rome waiting for me!

myusernamewastaken Wed 04-May-16 16:08:27

I went to Rome in May a few years ago....it was warm but not unbearable...I wore maxi dresses and pretty sandals....btw i wasn't pickpocketed but just be aware as you would in any city x

polyhymnia Wed 04-May-16 16:41:26

Second Osbtheon - our favourite spot - and Ostia ( closed Mondays). And very comfortable shoes. The cobbles are really hard.

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