FASHION, TIPS & TRICKS
WHAT TO PACK FOR A 14 DAY WINTER CITY TRIP
When the leafs start falling, the days are getting shorter and you can't leave your house without a fashionably styled beanie on your head, many people dream away by looking at warm, tropical destinations. Granted, a holiday is the perfect way to get out of the daily routine of going to work in the dark and coming back home in the dark too.
However, you don’t need to book an expensive tropical holiday destination to regain some positivity and warmth. While it might not be the warmest destination, a trip to the beautiful wintery North of Europe will guaranteed leave you feeling energised, happy and maybe even a bit warmer.
A few weeks ago I took a city trip of 5 days to the capital of Sweden and whole Stockholm was very cold, there is so much to see and do that when you dress for the occasion, you won’t feel cold at all!
The key to travelling up North for a city trip (this is not very suitable for hiking e.g.) is to pack simple warm basics and proper shoes. I got so many weird looks for wearing bright red pants and white sneakers, because the streets of Stockholm are covered in sand (I think this is to avoid getting slippery when it freezes) and your white shoes won’t stay white for too long. However, if you have leather sneakers and boots, your shoes will not only be easy to clean, your feet will stay warm and dry too.
Another tip is to layer. I wore stockings underneath my trousers to stay extra warm and long sleeve t-shirts under my sweaters. You don’t have to pack a lot either! 2 sweaters for a shorter stay and 3 for a longer stay is more than enough. Have a look at what I brought to Stockholm with me in the overview I made.
As you can see, you don't have to bring a lot to look different every day and still be warm and comfy. Pack 2 coats so when it rains or snows you can wear your wadded raincoat and when the sun's out, you can go for classy in a long wool one. The same goes for the shoes. When it rains, wear your Chelsea boots (seen a lot in Stockholm) and when the weather is nice again, wear comfy sneakers. Sometimes when going out, fancy clubs and restaurants have a no-sneaker policy, so bring classy shoes with you for the evenings. Pointed heels always work and look classy, but you can also go for comfy and go with pointed flats.
I paired my outfit around the pants, but of course you can choose whichever pants you like. You don't have to wear red, it can be any colour or shape you like, but at least keep it high(er) waisted as I find that tucking clothes into your pants, instantly makes the look more put together. Also there are no skirts in my list as I found it way too cold to wear them. ;)
Accessorise by wearing a beanie, scarf, gloves and even sunglasses (the sun is bright up North) during the day. Not on the list but also very convenient: pack a clutch for the evenings and a waterproof (leather) backpack for during the day.