Do we follow our own packing advice? You bet we do. More than that, we constantly road-test and hone our advice, because there’s always room for improvement.
On a recent trip to London and Oslo, I packed using the tips and tricks from my story on how to pack light, be comfortable, and look cool in Europe. I stuck to my own advice (except I brought two extra pairs of shoes), and always felt appropriately dressed.
Here’s what I wore, how I wore it, and where you can get similar pieces.
For a Boat Ride
In Oslo, I took a boat ride through the fjords, and luckily the weather was perfect. I was happy I brought an extra layer just in case, but was comfortable in my casual jeans and t-shirt.
I took my mom out to a Mother's Day brunch at my favorite London restaurant, Bluebird, which is a little on the fancier side. I wanted to look polished, but still needed to be able to wear the outfit for the rest of the day. This ensemble worked great, and I was happy to have the scarf for added warmth later in the day.
For a Casual Evening
Even though casual in Europe is still kind of dressy by American standards, it doesn't have to be fussy. This outfit is simple, chic, and comfortable, and great for a casual dinner or meeting friends for drinks.
For a Formal Dinner
While not part of most European vacations, I attended a gala dinner at the Oslo Opera House, and that meant packing a wrinkle-free yet formal outfit. This jumpsuit got the job done and was super comfortable all night.
For a Walking Tour
I spent most of my days in London walking around or relying on public transportation, so I needed comfortable shoes and cool outfits. This pairing kept me comfortable all day as I strolled through markets and gardens—and was still cute enough for my Instagrams.
For Rainy Days
This outfit would have been great if it rained, but luckily I didn't need it. I love traveling with this rain jacket—the inner layer zips out for warmer climates, and it covers most of your legs so you don't need an umbrella.
For a Bus Tour
For a bus tour around Oslo, I knew I would be in and out of a lot of sights and museums and wanted to make sure I was warm enough for the bus and air conditioning. This outfit was comfortable and chic.
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