I would have easily made this mistake. Let's just say I'm a huge fan of the color pink.... some might think I am a walking reminder of breast-cancer awareness month (with all the pink I wear). In London, I'll wear a lot of black, navy, brown and creme. This means more playing with make-up, shoes and accessories.
2. Comfortable shoes are a MUST! However, tennis shoes are a no-no!
Not a problem, I am a total boots-whore, and I plan to get some cute oxfords this winter to wear with tights/dresses! Which ones?
3. Bring my favorite American foods!
I will definitely be bringing Orbit Gum. I'm not sure if they have that there!?? What else?
4. Rain gear!
Should I bring rain boots or buy them there? And for some reason, I don't think a plastic poncho will fly in London. Maybe I will get a belted raincoat like the one on the left? The tan, peacoat style of this waterproof wonder is very Burberry-esque... but about $200 cheaper!
5. NO t-shirts and jeans!
Oh, dear! Well, it's a good thing I love dresses and skirts. How many pairs of jeans should I even pack? 1-2 or more like 3-4? Also, what is the status on leggings in the U.K? I feel like American women have been depleting the trend for the past couple of years. Is it going strong in London? Or are leggings the equivalent of rolling out of bed in your pajamas?
6. Hit up Primark, Topshop, Monsoon, New Look, and Zara.
I heard Oxford street was fabulous. I wonder how it compares to the Mall of America?! Are there any other shopping places or flea markets I should find? What is the equivalent to Forever21 in the U.K (aka cheap and trendy)?
7. A great piece of traveling advice:
"GET AN OYSTER CARD and learn the tube as quickly as possible. If you do this, you will avoid looking like a tourist, which should be your ultimate goal in life. Nothing is more annoying than a hoard of people standing in the middle of a tube station, staring at a map, holding up lines by fumbling with unfamiliar currency, standing on the wrong side of the escalator, and talking loudly for the duration of their journey."
-Shelby, University of Puget Sound '13
Thank you for all of the advice so far! Any additional tips for living and dressing in London would be GREATLY appreciated.