Because I knew we'd be walking miles each day and spending plenty of time in the (cold, wet, rainy, windy) outdoors, I dressed primarily for comfort rather than style:
Which of course meant that I totally stuck out as a tourist! I so wanted to blend in, but a periwinkle Mountain Hardwear windbreaker in a sea of black wool coats is pretty hard to miss. I saw so many pretty wool coats both in the shops and on the people and I have some cute versions in my own closets that I could have taken instead, but they wouldn't have had the windproof or waterproof qualities of this one.
For shoes, I knew that wearing white tennies is a dead giveaway that you're an American tourist. I don't even own white tennies except to exercise in, but I did have to find a pair of shoes in which I could comfortably walk miles. On my first trip to London, I took a pair of Doc Martens Mary Janes, which while cute, are not exactly known for being soft and comfy to walk in.
Clarks Privos in solid black and they were money well spent! They were incredibly comfortable and never once rubbed and I know I'll get plenty more wear out of them here at home. Towards the end of the trip my feet were tired, but only from being unaccustomed to being on them so much, and not because of my shoes. My shoes stuck out just as much as my coat did to mark me as an outsider--I never saw anyone else wearing anything similar on their feet. Nearly every girl I saw was wearing boots of some type; generally mid-calf, flat heel, black or brown. I've been looking for a cute pair of flat boots but I couldn't guarantee that those would feel good for the amount of walking and standing we did, so I'm glad I had my Privos.
To blend in with the crowds of London girls we saw riding the Tube and walking around the city, here's an example of what I could have worn:
And because I clearly need more ways to waste my time on the Internet, I made another Polyvore set of the slightly more dressy London look:
In short, the most important elements of the silhouette are:
- Boots. Mid-calf at least, sometimes knee-length. Mostly flat heels.
- Skinny legs: skinny jeans, leggings or opaque tights, all tucked into the boots.
- Coat: black, gray or tweed wool. Most often belted, frequently mid-thigh length. ALWAYS worn with a scarf.
And now if you'll excuse me, I believe I need to go shopping for boots!