Packing for a city break can be tricky because you’re likely to be doing so many different things from sightseeing to smart dinners. And you may only have one small piece of luggage.
I am famous for over packing, and having just spent three weeks away, mostly in the city, which included dinners, concerts, long walks I definitely took too much but I created a list of the items I wore frequently, that did double (or triple or quadruple duty) so that I can get it right next time.
The most important thoughts are:
Take pieces that work with others
Leave out linen and preferably pack things that won’t crush
Take things you can wash if necessary
Curate the shoes – it’s so easy to pack too many
Geox Jaysen sneakers are the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever put on my feet, you can walk miles and miles in them, they’re light to pack and you can even wear them in the gym as there’s loads of cushioning. They come in metallics, glitter (autumn) and plain leather. Don’t settle for less.
Low enough to walk comfortably round the Louvre in but chic enough to go with most things and even take you out to dinner if you have to walk. These J Crew leopard print pumps are perfect for travelling.
High heel neutral platform sandals that again will work with everything and again that you can walk in, because Geox uses their own cushioned insole and rubber sole to make walking as comfortable as it can be. And yes, my sneakers were Geox on my last trip, as were my heels, which allowed me to walk up eight flights of stairs to the balcony of the opera. Which is saying something. Having painful feet when you’re away is not only the worst at the time, but can spoil the days ahead.
I always want a bag that can look smart, I can use during the day and evening and that also can be carried hands free, and this top handle satchel by DKNY does both perfectly. It also has a zip top which is perfect for city travelling where people can all too easily dip their hands into your huge tote.
One pair of high rise skinny jeans with stretch in them will work for travelling, sightseeing and depending what you pair them with, out for a casual dinner.
You can wear a pair of smart cigarette pants everywhere. These by Max Mara are a blend of cotton and stretch – they’ll look great with heels and flats.
One Lauren Ralph Lauren ruched jersey dress will take you everywhere from a smart dinner to a gala depending on your accessories. And you can wash them as well. Just make sure that yours is the most flattering length for you. Too long and you’ll look frumpy. And they don’t crease either. Ever.
I’ve found that the most invaluable piece of clothing for the city is a jacket (preferably several). Something that will go with everything again, and smarten up any look from jeans to a dress. I love this jacket by LK Bennett which ticks all the boxes. It also comes in black with a black trim.
I always pack a black cardigan because it works on its own, over tshirts and tops, over a dress and over a crisp white shirt. This peplum hem cardigan by Karen Millen is lovely and just that little bit different. Bear in mind that this model is 5’ 10” tall.
Just in case it gets unexpectedly warm (as it just did in Paris) you need a top you can wear without anything over it. This top by Lauren Ralph Lauren has cap sleeves and a flattering pleat in the front to hide that enormous lunch……
Add to these 10 pieces basic t-shirts and a white or striped shirt plus accessories such as scarves and jewellery plus a lightweight coat and you’re done….