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Sep 17th, 2002, 06:38 PM
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Eleanor
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Clothes

Leaving for London 11/23/02 and would like to know what type of clothing i should bring, casual is more comfortable.
 
Sep 17th, 2002, 08:25 PM
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I was in London just recently and can say that it is absolutely unimportant what you wear generally as a tourist. Obviously if you want to go to a nice restaurant, etc, same rules apply as at home, otherwise we saw every kind of person wearing every kind of clothing, really, no-one cares what you wear.
 
Sep 17th, 2002, 08:28 PM
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Basic facts: it will be cold. It will probably rain or snow. You will want a winter coat or down jacket. Layering is always a good idea because central heating can be very warm and stuffy. You will want some very comfortable shoes or boots that you have owned for a while and walked miles in before your trip.

Without knowing more about your trip, more detail is impossible. Will you be on business? Tourist? What sorts of activities -- museums, theater, outdoor events? Going out for expensive dinners or on a strict budget? Staying in London the whole trip or traveling elsewhere? Staying in an expensive hotel or a youth hostel?

I think if you post a more detailed header you will find PLENTY of fashionistas who will be happy to dish this thread from now til way past your departure date.

Just remember: it's a big city and you can certainly buy anything you need. Have fun!
 
Sep 18th, 2002, 09:17 AM
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Having traveled to European capitals during the winter, I think you would feel more comfortable on the "nicer" side of casual - simply because there are less tourists for you to blend with. I would suggest dark clothes and layers- cashmere and wool sweaters, layered over shirts, turtlenecks, etc. Nice jeans and slacks. Weatherproofed shoes (I like clogs or leather loafers) and either a rain coat or maybe a fleece jacket. I would still call this "casual" but not a sweatshirt, sweatpants, leggings, sneakers. You will feel appropriate and blend in any situation in a cashmere sweater and slacks. I only say cashmere because it is warm and lightweight to pack! I usually vary the dark clothes with pretty scarves and chunky costume jewelry... have fun!
 
Sep 18th, 2002, 09:57 AM
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I don't want to start beating up on Norma but your going to London not Iceland. It generally doesn't snow in London and the temp will be in the 40's most of the time. Down Jackets, wool sweaters may be fine depending on where you live but you might be overdressed if you live in the Northeast of Midwest. I would prepare for rain more then cold IMO. Last January we had to buy lighter coats because the temp were so warm. It truly is a crapshoot when you go in the winter.
 
Sep 18th, 2002, 10:17 AM
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db In England
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Agree with John - can't remember the last time it snowed in November in London!!!! blimey! its not that cold
 
Sep 18th, 2002, 10:54 AM
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Thank all of you for helping me out with my wardrobe. I am excited and nervous at the same time. I live in New York and kind of nervous of flying. I think my age a factor in my flying, I am 58 almost 59 but i know i can do it. Thank you for your help. I have also been trying to get an answer to the Hotel we are staying in, I have not had any replies so I am now wondering if it is a not so good hotel, the name of it is called York Hotel, Bayswater, I believe it is on Queensborough Terrace, we are budgeting this trip, my only concern is that it is a clean envoirment, it was part of the package deal. So if someone can help me out with this i would be so thrilled. Here is hoping someone can answer this question. Eleanor
 
Sep 18th, 2002, 11:00 AM
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Hey Eleanor -- I'm almost 56 and fly all over the world. There's nothin' to it, girl! You'll have a wonderful time -- London is a fabulous city.

To previous posters on weather in London: I've had snow in London in April. So best to be prepared. While it might be in the 40's most of the winter, it would be less expensive and easier to purchase a lighter jacket if needed than to have to go shopping for an expensive winter coat.
 
Sep 18th, 2002, 11:09 AM
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Hey Ms Marilyn thank you for your message. I have flown many times but for some reason it scares me , yes, i know that i can do it
 
Sep 18th, 2002, 01:30 PM
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You'll be fine flying, and you'll feel LIKE A TOTAL HERO when you get there. (even with jet lag!) You never grow if you don't push yourself....
best of luck
 
Oct 9th, 2002, 07:30 AM
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I'll be bringing my leather jacket to London...How does that fare in weather during October and November? or is a rain coat with lining the better choice?
 
Oct 9th, 2002, 07:53 AM
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Eleanor,
We went to London in February 2 years ago, and used only layers...the raincoat with lining, sweaters/vests of wool or fleece. If you think you'll get cold, bring silk underwear. It's lightweight and will keep you toasty.
 
Oct 9th, 2002, 07:54 AM
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ali
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You can't get more comfortable than in a burka.
 

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