I am not ashamed to admit that I am an obsessive holiday list maker. On my first trip to New York I made not one, but ten, lists, divided by area, of places to see. I equally love making lists of outfits though. I should supposedly love it more but this is a fashion and travel blog so we can work with it. Having only experienced the extreme heat of Dubai or the freezing temperatures of an East Coast winter, I was beyond excited to be able to ‘winter’ it somewhere a little more moderate. No more North Face.
This first outfit was a staple and contains a few of my favourite items in my London winter wardrobe. The black coat I am wearing was my first investment in a proper winter coat, the kind I had imagined only men on Wall Street or in Scotland Yard wore. My Scotland Yard coat was a Ted Baker one and that made me ten times happier than a mere beautiful coat from anywhere else. In the picture above I’m wearing it open but the coat, which also comes in lovely shades of beige and pink, can be closed right across the top, shutting the cold air away from your neck. I am wearing my other holiday staples too, a scarf from Accessorise that went with every combination of clothing (I kept my collar pallet simple and pink, grey, and black), and my carefully chosen but regularly worn Tory Burch cross body in a pale neutral pink, and a pair of wonderfully soft Ted Baker (cough, do I need to say pink?) gloves with their signature rose gold bow.
Underneath I had on a simple grey Jack Wills a-line skirt and a high neck jumper from Asos. You may still be able to catch the coat at Ted Baker, which is having some massive sales around Dubai, or online, but I feel the cards off the market and the gloves are a touch difficult to find in store. The Tory Burch cross body is available in stores across Dubai.
This next outfit features a few other wardrobe staples I used to make up much of my holiday looks. Two of the items below were gifts. One from my boyfriend and the other from his lovely sisters. Rather than leaving you to guess, the Reiss coat (perfect for Dubai weather as well) was his and the faux fur stole from Ted Baker was theirs. I have secretly longed for a faux fur stole for longer than I know so I can’t quite describe how excited I was when it came out of my Christmas gift bag. I still haven’t got my head around it frankly. Because I was boringly faithful this winter my bobble beanie was also from Ted Baker, as was the delicate but embroidered jumper I had on under the coat. My stretchy pants with the slightest military detailing in the pockets were basic old Stradivarius however, and while snug still managed to be flattering.
Below the coats I usually wore a combination of things along these lines. As you may see below that would be sweaters (a chunky wool Jack Wills classic sweater cannot be beaten, neither for warmth nor long term usability) and checked skirts (this one is from Oasis but I have far too many from all over the place). I got exciting and wore my scarf a little differently below. My outfits were all simple and created by using a very basic set of items but I hope they provide a little inspiration for how to put together simple, long lasting, and largely affordable winter looks for a few weeks in London. I went the whole trip without donning a single pair of jeans and for this I could not be more proud (I am only half kidding).