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We're visiting London for a few days and I HATE dressing for hot weather but I'm always too hot in London, even when the weather is normal English misery! What can I wear please that will be reasonably stylish but not expose lots of flesh and that I won't melt in?
I possess various items but v few tops for some reason -
eg a couple of jersey dresses (one of which is quite dressy but can be dressed down too) a White Company maxi dress (but I think I'd be too warm in that) denim pencil skirt / denim mini but don't really like to wear the mini without tights lots of fifties style skirts skinny jeans and baggy jeans a couple of little cotton cardigans a couple of silk camisoles (but I don't really like showing the tops of my arms)
We're not doing anything that needs dressing up for.
Please help! I am TERRIBLE at casual holiday and weekend clothes and never know what to wear and always feel as if I've got it wrong.
Really anything goes in London, and you see people in every conceivable combination of clothes and styles. So whatever you choose you're most unlikely to feel out of place.
If it stays as warm as this, I'd go with dresses, with cardis in reserve, but if it's a bit cooler when you come would think skinny jeans and a few tops would cover most eventualities - eg a breton top and something a bit more 'teadressy'/ tunic-y. Wouldn't personally go for pencil skirts if you're going to be dashing up escalators or doing lots of walkning. Fifties skirts would be fine, with whatever tops you feel good in with them.
And comfortable shoes of course - sandals, ballerinas, plimsolls all fine (of course, plenty of people are wearing boots this summer but I think they'd feel too hot, even if they are special 'summer boots'). A bag that can be worn cross body is also useful for the tube and when carrying lots of shopping bags.
I've got ballet flats and some comfortable sandals with a small heel.
The BBC are predicting heavy rain on Thursday but still warm - arghhh.
Hadn't thought about the denim skirt being uncomfortable for walking - I think you're right and the fifties ones would be better. I usually wear them with a camisole and a cardigan though and feel too exposed without the little cardi.
Oh I know that, Valium but I HATE hot weather clothes and actually have so few of them that I'm struggling to pack. I can do beach holiday and I can do cold and rain but real summer in the UK panics me!
I've now put everything away again except:
1 cotton dress - red 1 jersey dress - black 1 pair of skinnies 1 t shirt - grey one cotton fifties style skirt - black and white 2 camisoles - one black cotton, one bright coloured silk 2 cotton cardigans - both grey but different shapes 1 pair sandals 1 pair ballet flats 1 brolly!
Definitely layers (camisole/cardigan etc) - it's been changeable recently, baking hot for a few days but going to be quite cool tomorrow I believe. But it will be as hot as hell on the deep Tube lines no matter what...
Whilst I've been going for coolest, most wafty clothes possible this week (I'm all about the cotton maxi or denim mini with loose t shirt) I cannot get over how many teenage girls are wearing opaque tights with denim shorts - I would be melting!!
I'm 25 weeks pregnant and loathe to buy any real summer clothes but am fearing I may run out of options and the meltyness might just prove too much to resist a bit of shopping.
I would wear 50s style skirts and camisole top. Or baggy jeans and loose long sleeved cotton tops to keep the sun off your skin. Tight pencil skirts / tight skinnies way too hot. And truly - all human life is here - we don't have an special London expectations of our visitors