What We Wear in London

Last week I went on a weeklong excursion to London to explore the rainy city post-Olympics, as well as  do some shopping as London is home to some of my (and Vera’s) favorite shopping destinations! Here are some of my favorite attractions in the city, best places to shop and of course, what I wore!

Favorite shopping areas:

Soho – Soho, particularly around Carnaby Street, has some amazing stores which I loved not only for the merchandise but also for how it is displayed and how the stores are designed.

Benefit’s store, designed like a sweets diner, is too sweet to skip out on!

Some other favorites were Dahlia, which had a gorgeous mix of girly with London punk, Fornarina, whose store had an amazing liquid staircase, and Lazy Oaf, which displayed sunglasses on skull lamps.

Notting Hill – This neighborhood has shopping destinations which offer very unique pieces. From the famous Portobello Road market on Sundays to vintage shops that sell amazing treasures, this is a great destination for one of a kind items.

Primark – Vera and my guilty pleasure, this store sells the trendiest clothes, shoes, bags and accessories for ridiculous prices. The biggest one in town is located on Oxford Street; our advice is to get there as the store opens, it gets really busy and crowded very early and the lines to the fitting rooms get impossibly long. As you can see, my friends and I went a little crazy!

Camden – This northern London neighborhood is home to a multitude of markets, thrift and vintage stores that offer trendy and unique items for very good prices. Camden is known for its goth population and punky bars, so here you’re sure to encounter crazy platforms and spikes on everything.

Art for the Soul:
The amazing thing about London is its museums are free, except for some temporary exhibits, so it’s absolutely a must to visit and see what’s on.

I love visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum every time I’m in town, it has extensive art collections and impressive architecture.

Now on display is a very cool Ball gowns exhibit showing gowns from the 19th century throughout the ages, and contemporary gowns by some amazing and influential designers.

Another very cool exhibit currently on display at the V&A: innovations in furniture. My favorite piece was a chair made by fashion designer Issey Miyake from leftover fabric rolls from his garment designs.

Exhibition Road, on which the V&A Museum is located, is now hosting an outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring works by acclaimed British sculptor Tony Cragg. It was very interesting to see how the crowds interacted with the artwork.

The Tate Modern always showcases amazing pieces by the most influential contemporary artists; Now on display is a special exhibit by British artist Damien Hirst. Some of my favorites at the museum were a sculpture by Marisa Merz which, although it was constructed out of aluminum plates, is somehow so organic and “alive” and reminded me of floating sea creatures.

Other works that I particularly liked were pieces that incorporated video art and installation to create unique thought-provoking effects.

The British Museum is a must-visit even just for its architecture. The museum’s inner court roof was designed by Foster and Partners in 2000 and is absolutely awe-inspiring not just in itself but in the dialogue it creates between old and new architecture and in the beautiful natural lighting that is created in the space.

Favorite unexpected event
Notting Hill Carnival took place on the weekend of August 25th; the event was like one huge street party that included dancing, music, African drums and a very festive parade. The beer was cheap and the atmosphere was jolly!

What I Wore
“Chic Tourist” outfit – For travelling to any urban destination around the world, my motto is to keep it comfortable but never neglect the chic! I wore stretch skinny jeans, a light loose blouse and a jacket in case it got chilly. I wore moccasins which are very comfortable to walk in all day, but are also chic and classy. I kept it interesting by accessorizing with a pearl bib necklace and pink lipstick.

Day to Evening outfit – When exploring around a big city all day you must be prepared for anything. The best idea is to wear an outfit you can transform from day casual to a more evening look. I wore a high waisted black skirt with a loose green blouse, opaque tights, and moccasins. I made the outfit cool for day or night by wearing a print scarf and a rope and gold necklace.

For drinks on a chilly evening I added a fur vest.

Rainy Day outfit – Even in August London is very rainy and at times chilly; the best idea is to wear layers you can take off when going indoors or on the underground, and put back on when strolling outside. I wore a loose long sleeved T-shirt with a print skirt, tights and leather booties. I piled on the layers with my fur vest and warm jacket.

Vera’s favorite London outfit- Vera worked her layered look in layered tops, striped knit cardigan, miniskirt worn with tights, leather booties, scarf, and layered necklaces.

Don’t forget to take your camera and an umbrella!

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xx
Vera and Rony, What We Wear

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31 comments
    • Thank you, we’re thrilled you enjoyed it, thanks for reading!
      Will be sure to check out your blog! <3

  1. heidihuxley said:

    ahhh i’ve never been to london before, its quite like melbourne really. And your fur vest is soo chic! perfect length for the chilly weather and goes with everything :D

    • Thanks Heidi!
      I would love to visit Melbourne it sounds so cool! <3

    • Thanks Ingrid!
      Will be sure to check out your website! <3

  2. WOW! You almost make me want to go to London…
    even though it would only be for the shopping. :)
    Cheers,
    Laura

    • hahah almost?? damn, we’ll try harder next time!
      Even if you go just for shopping it’s so worth it!
      Thanks for reading :) <3

      • I’ll have to consider it on a stop over next time I am flying in or out of the area. :)
        It’s hard to resist shopping!
        Cheers.
        Laura

  3. I love London! such a beautiful city! Thank you for sharing all of these pictures!

    xxMeredith

    • We also love it!!
      Thanks for reading Meredith :) <3

  4. Kimbercrafts said:

    Sounds like a fun day of shopping and exploring. The gown exhibit looks especially awesome!

    • It was amazing, especially for fashion addicts like us!
      Thanks for reading :) <3

  5. beyourelle said:

    omg ive been dreaming about going to London and heading straight for primark for some bargain shopping!! Im jealous!xx

    • hahah we always dream about that! Primark is just amazing, I went shopping there at least three times during the one week I was in town!
      Thanks for reading :)
      xx

  6. Love this post! I used to live in London right under Regents Park. It’s been years since we’ve been back and I love to see posts about one of the most amazing cities in the world!!

    • Regents Park is beautiful, must’ve been amazing to live right by it! London really is amazing, I enjoy it every time I visit!
      Thanks for reading :)
      xx

  7. Jeni Johnson said:

    Great photos all the art sculptures were very interesting. Also luved the green with the scarf outfit!
    Hugs-

    http://www.jentendesigns.net

    • Thanks Jeni!
      will be sure to chek out your website :)
      xx

  8. Cassie Hunter said:

    Great post! I had the pleasure of visiting London last summer and it was by far my favorite European city for shopping. I love the pictures.

  9. I think other website proprietors should take this website as an model, very clean and magnificent user friendly style and design, let alone the content. You are an expert in this topic!

  10. wow lovely post ! and you are looking lovely too… xoxo

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