What To Pack For A Chilly City Break

Heading on a romantic winter city break but not sure what to pack? I’ve got you covered. As you may have seen, Mackenzie and I recently enjoyed a wonderful break in one of my favourite Italian cities, Florence (or Firenze if you’re a local). I’ve always thought it was one of the country’s most beautiful places with sensational food as well as amazing art and architecture so we had a very spoiling few days where we got some time to really explore. A few days away without Honor meant I could take carry-on only (which is bliss for a long haul regular like me) so taking hard-working wardrobe staples and things that work for both daytime exploring as well as evenings out are essential. Read on to discover what to pack for a chilly city break.

Duvet coat

This coat, which we are affectionally calling the garbage bag is THE thickest, warmest, cosiest coat I’ve EVER worn. If it wasn’t so long I’d happy ski in it. Duvet style coats are a real early 2020 trend and it’s literally like walking around in a cloud. So this is the first thing you need to pack for your chilly weekend away…but you’ll need to wear it on the flight so as not to take up all your suitcase space. Go for classic black or navy because it goes with everything and add some colour in your clothing underneath.

Rollneck sweater

The best sweater for travelling as you can cosy up on the plane and wear it to relax during the day as well as on a night out- it’s a really good day to evening layer. A duvet coat with a big collar and a rollneck worn together means you don’t have to pack endless scarves to stay warm. A lot of places crank up the heating when it’s cold outside so the simpler the outfit the better. Keep your polo neck fairly thin and not too fitted- wear it over jeans for exploring the sights and tuck it into a mini skirt for dinner. No need to pack another chunky jumper.

Over-the-knee boots

I love over-the-knee boots for a weekend away. I wore mine over skinny trousers for extra warmth and then with a dress or skirt which was still so cosy. My boots are navy- I do love black but with such a thick black coat it’s nice to have something in another colour and although mine have a little block heel- over the knee boots are a great choice if you want to wear flats that aren’t trainers. I literally wore these the whole time we were away, and they’re great to travel in.

Mini skirt

A mini skirt is so easy to pack and is another hard working multi-outfit piece. I brought my leather one as it’s a bit smarter and is so easily dressed up with my over-the-knee boots and some jewellery. I’ve been loving leather trousers recently but this skirt is so comfy and so much easier to wear than I thought it would be. Adding different textures to an outfit makes things so much more fun and I’ll be wearing this right through Spring. This is also a great way to add the pop of colour that I mentioned above.

I’ve also linked to some of the accessories I took with me including tights, sunglasses and jewellery. I love using everything I brought with me on a trip and working out how to make different outfits out of a few key pieces. Let me know what you pack for a chilly city break.

What I’m Wearing: Coat by Norma Kamali, Jumper by Summersalt, Boots by Marion Parke, Skirt by Topshop,  Bag by Elleme, Shades by Ray Ban, Earrings by Missoma.


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