How to Pack for London in the Fall with just a Carry On Bag

I've always dreamed of seeing England in the fall. 

When I think of it, I see fog rolling over hills of the English countryside, old estates and museums and cozy little coffee shops along the busy streets of London. I picture early morning walks in Hyde Park with a hot cup of coffee and a pastry to sit on a bench and watch the city as it wakes up. I think about bumping into Mr. Darcy or Prince Harry on the double decker bus (okay maybe this one's a little too unrealistic). 

And tea. Lots and lots of tea. 

While a British Invasion isn't in my cards this autumn, this hasn't stopped me from daydreaming and planning for the future. So I've put together a few ideas - some things I'd wear, do, and bring back during a week across the pond. If you're one of the lucky ones that's visiting Europe right now, or will be in the future - I hope this helps you out and inspires you for your adventures!

Above you can see what I packed. In my opinion, the lighter the bag, the happier I am!

For a week in England, I've planned to pack things that are really versatile, so they can get a lot of wear but are still fashionable. Here you can see everything that I'd bring which fits into a carry on and a large day bag (with room to spare for goodies!).

This includes:

    PLUS - One white cami for layering, 5 pairs of socks, 2 bras, 5 pairs of underwear (these can be hand washed quickly and dried overnight in between wears! You could pack a full weeks worth but I prefer the extra room for extra goodies.)

    carry on accessories

    Accessories:

    I kept these really basic - two necklaces (one simple, one statement), two bags (one day, one night), and three pairs of shoes. Comfortable black flats will go with everything but I've added some (comfortable) heeled booties to dress up some outfits. As Britain gets a lot of rain, it's essential to bring a pair of wellies! These will be worn on the plane to save room in your bag. You can pick up a cute umbrella too once you arrive! 

    Day One:

    carry on plane outfit

    My departure outfit includes a good sized day bag (which carries travel documents, small makeup/toiletries bag, phone, a good book and other essentials - with some room left to spare) and the heaviest clothing items that I'd bring being worn on the plane. Leggings and a t-shirt are really comfortable for on the plane and the Chrysalis Cardi can easily double as a blanket if I get chilly! 

    A comfortable outfit for doing a double decker tour and sight seeing for the first day in England. I'd tuck the top into the skirt to keep things extra classy and carry along my essentials for the day in my oversized purse. Hello Britain!

    Day Three:

    An outfit that's perfect for going from the museum to a business brunch. I love history so the Victoria and Albert Museum is at the top of my list for this day, as well as the Tower of London. I've packed heels that are comfortable enough for a day of low-moderate walking and long sleeves should be enough to ward off the autumn breeze. 

    Day Four:

    Another day of sightseeing - comfortable shoes a must! I've flipped our Chameleon skirt over to change up the colouring a bit and added a knit scarf layered over a cami. Rainboots would also work well with this look if we decide to take a trip to the country - and of course, my large day bag with the days essentials (Cardi included in case I need a scarf for extra warmth, and an umbrella!)

    Day Five: 

    The perfect outfit for visiting a friend and doing some local shopping! We'd grab brunch at Borough Market (I'd like to try a meatpie!) followed by a tour of her hometown and doing some souvenir shopping (shopping list below).

    Day Six: 

     A night on the town. My last day in London would include a tour of Westminister Abbey during the day, and a night at the Royal Opera House for a fine arts performance and dinner (Romeo and Juliet, anyone?) In just a few minutes our scarf has become a dress that's fit for a night at the opera - versatility at it's finest. 

    Day Seven: 

    Returning Flight. Multiple layers and Dressy Sweatpants are key to a comfortable flight home. With the right packing techniques there should be just enough room for everything we originally packed as well as all the souvenirs from the list below. Long live Britannia!

    carry on packing list for women

    Shopping list to bring home:

    A made in Britain knitted jumper, A Union Jack notebook (I have a notebook addiction! Perfect for jotting down random thoughts and ideas on the go), a tartan wool blanket, knitted socks, English biscuits and a box or two of tea to share with friends back home. Between the extra room in my day bag and carry on - there should be just enough room for these British beauties!

    Note: This is only 7 outfits out of 14+ combinations I came up. It'd be easy to extend the trip for another week (or two!) with some mixing and matching.

    How many outfits can you put together from our list? Get creative!

    With thanks,

    Brittany

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    The Adiona Maxi Dress

    Size
    0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
    Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
    Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
    Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
    Front Length 45" 45" 45" 45" 45"
    Back Length 55" 55" 55" 55" 55"

    Fit Advice: The Adiona Maxi Dress fits true to size, but we recommend to size up if you are in between sizes. The length can be hemmed by a tailor, or adjusted by  bringing the waist higher up the body to accommodate many different heights. The elasticized waist will flex to fit different waist sizes within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

    Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in the basic product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S), is wearing a size Extra Small in The Adiona Maxi Dress. Our model Kristi, shown in the styling shots is approximately 5'9" and a size 6-8 (M), wearing size Medium in the Adiona Maxi Dress.

     

    The Chameleon Maxi Skirt

    Size
    0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M)
    10 - 12(L)
    14 - 16 (XL)
    Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
    Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
    Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
    Length 39.5" 39.75" 40" 40.25" 40.5"

    Fit Advice: The Chameleon Maxi Skirt fits true to size. The wide waistband ensures no ‘muffin top’. However, if you are a bit smaller on the top and wish to wear it as a strapless dress, we recommend sizing down because the drawstring to adjust the length is in the hem. Hemming The Chameleon Maxi Skirt would be difficult. 

    Model's Measurements: Marah is shown in the product and styling shots is approximately 5'11", and a size 6-8 (M), is wearing a size Medium in The Chameleon Maxi Skirt. 

    The Chrysalis Cardi

    Size
    Garment Length (Laid Flat) Garment Width (Laid Flat) Bust 
    (inches)
    Waist 
    (inches)
    Hip 
    (inches)
    Height 

    Regular

    (xs - xxl)

    38" 39.5" 32"-41" 25"-34" 35"-44" 5'2"-6'0"

    Petite

    (xxs - m)

    35" 34.5" 27"-35" 23"-28" 30"-38" >5'4"

    Maxi

    (xl - xxxl)

    43" 41.5" 41"-52" 33"-45" 44"-56" >6'0"

    Fit Advice: The Regular Chrysalis Cardi is a one size fits most garment ranging from sizes XS-XXL or 2-14. It can be easily belted in multiple ways, however the Regular is not recommended for petite or shorter woman due to the volume of fabric - See Petite Cardi. The Regular is also not recommended for curvier/taller women due to fabric pulling around the bust or bottom - See Maxi Cardi.

    We recommend watching the how-to wear videos to see how much fabric drape and length you would like in your finished garment. If you are in between sizes, it is best to size up and the garment can always be tailored shorter to better suit your look - you cannot add more fabric unfortunately!

    The Petite is best suited for women 5'4" and under with a smaller frame, although it will also work on women above this height (depending on preferred length when styled). 

    The Maxi is best suited for all women under 6’0” with a curvier shape to eliminate any uncomfortable fabric pulling, although it will also work on women who are a bit less curvy (depending on preferred length when styled). 

    Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in the Black Petite Chrysalis Cardi product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S). Mandy shown in the Slate Grey + Navy Petite Chrysalis Cardi product shots is approximately 5'2" tall and a size 0-2 (XS). Anthea shown in the beach shot is 5'4" tall and a size 2-4 (S).

    *If you have any questions on sizing, please contact us - Remember it is best to provide us with your height and size range of garments that you already own! 

    The Dressy Sweatpant

    HIGH RISE FIT

    Worn higher up with rise sitting at natural waist. Straight leg tapers from the hip to ankle opening.

    Size XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16)
    Waist (inches)
    23" - 25"
    25" - 28"
    28" - 32"
    32" - 34"
    34" - 37"
    Hip (inches)
    32" - 34"
    35" - 38"
    38" - 41"
    41" - 44"
    44" - 47"
    Inseam (inches) 28.5"
    RELAXED FIT
    Slight drop-crotch look with rise sitting just above natural hip. Straight leg tapers to ankle opening.
    Size XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16)
    Waist (inches)
    25" - 28"
    28" - 32"
    32" - 34"
    34" - 37"
    36" - 39"
    Hip (inches)
    35" - 38"
    38" - 41"
    41" - 44"
    44" - 47"
    46" - 49"
    Inseam (inches) 28.5"

    Fit Advice: We recommend staying with your usual size if you are in between sizes. The cut on The Dressy Sweatpants is more generous and the fit is meant to be drapey and slightly harem. Therefore, it's better if they don't fit snug. 

    Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in the product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S) is wearing a size small in Black, Navy, and Smoke Dressy Sweatpant. Daria is 5'4" tall and a size 0-2 (XS) and is wearing an extra small in the Slate Grey Dressy Sweatpant.

     

    The Evolve Top

    Size
    0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M)
    10 - 12 (L)
    14 - 16 (XL)
    Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
    Waist 20-22" 23-25" 26-28" 32-34" 35-37"
    Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
    Fit Advice: The fit of The Evolve top is drapey but tapers towards the hip. It tends to fit large. We recommend for you to size down from your normal size if you are unsure. The fabric on The Evolve top has a natural stretch that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 
    Model's Measurements: 
    Isabel shown in the product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S) wearing a size extra small in The Evolve Top.

     

     

    The Flipside Legging 

    Size
    0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
    Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
    Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
    Inseam 28" 28"
    28"
    28"
    28"

    Fit Advice: We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The Modal fabric on The Flipside Leggings is not as 'taut' as synthetic fabrics like polyester, so if you prefer a snugger fit with your leggings, size down. The Flipside Leggings are pre-shrunk.

    Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in the product shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S) wearing a size XS.

     

     The Minimalist Legging

    Size
    0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
    Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
    Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
    Inseam 28" 28"
    28"
    28"
    28"

    Fit Advice: We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The Bamboo fabric on The Minimalist Leggings is tighter than the Flipside Leggings. The Minimalist Leggings are pre-shrunk.

    Model's Measurements: Kristi, shown in the product shots is approximately 5'9" and a size 6-8 (M), wearing size Medium in the Minimalist Leggings.

     

    The Nomadic Crew Neck

    Size
    0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
    Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
    42.5 - 44.5"
    Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
    35-37"
    Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
    45-47"
    Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
    28"

     Fit Advice: The Nomadic Crew Neck fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

    Model's Measurements: Jamie shown in the product and styling shots is approximately 5'4" tall and a size 2 (XS) is wearing a size extra small in The Nomadic Crew Neck.

     

     

    The Nomadic V-Neck

    Size
    0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
    Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
    42.5 - 44.5
    Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
    35-37"
    Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
    45-47"
    Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
    28"

    Fit Advice: The Nomadic V-Neck fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

    Model's Measurements: Anissa shown in the product shots is approximately 5'2" tall and a size 0 (XS) is wearing a size extra small in The Nomadic V-Neck.

     

    The Reversible Pencil Skirt

    Size
    XS (0-2)
    S (2-4)
    M (6-8)
    L (10-12)
    XL (14-16)

    Waist (inches)

    23" - 26"
    26" - 29"
    29" - 32"
    32" - 34"
    35" - 37"

    Hip (inches)

    32" - 34"
    35" - 38"
    38" - 41"
    41" - 44"
    45" - 47"

    Length Total (inches)

    20"
    21"
    22"
    23"
    24"

    Fit Advice: The Reversible Pencil Skirt fits true to size, but it's suggested to size up if you fall between sizes. The pencil skirt offers a smooth silhouette that slightly tapers from waist to hips and down through to the hem, hitting just at knee length. A pencil skirt should smoothly skim your curves, so to get a perfect fit, first identify your largest measurement then choose the size offering that range while still allowing for some stretch. The fabric on The Reversible Pencil skirt has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

    Model's Measurements: Monica shown in the product and styling shots is approximately 5'6" tall and a size 2-4 (S) is wearing a size extra small.  

     

    The Revolve Dress

     
    Size
    0-2 (XS)
    2-4 (S)
    6-8 (M) 10-12 (L) 14-16 (XL)
    Bust (inches)
    27.5 - 29.5 "
    30.5 - 32.5 "
    33.5 - 35.5 "
    36.5 - 38.5 "
    39.5 - 41.5 "
    Waist (inches)
    23-24 "
    25-26 "
    28-29 "
    30-31 "
    32-34 "
    Hips (inches)
    30-32 "
    33-35 "
    36-38 "
    39-41 "
    42-44 "
    Length (inches)
    At longest, 38.5" Adjustable
    At longest, 39" Adjustable
    At longest, 39.25" Adjustable
    At longest, 39.5" Adjustable
    At longest, 39.5" Adjustable

    Fit Advice: The Revolve Dress is designed to fit drapey that tapers towards the hip. We recommend staying with your typical dress size. If your hip measurements are above the guide, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. The fabric on The Revolve Dress has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

    Model's Measurements: Isabel shown in the product and styling shots is approximately 5'10" tall and a size 2-4 (S) is wearing a size extra small. 

     

    The Wanderer Sleeveless T 

    Size
    0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
    Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
    42.5 - 44.5"
    Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
    35-37"
    Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
    45-47"
    Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
    28"

    Fit Advice: The Wanderer Sleeveless T fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

    Model's Measurements: Jamie shown in the product and styling shots is approximately 5'4" tall and a size 2 (XS) is wearing a size extra small in The Wanderer Sleeveless T.