What to Wear in the UK Plus Size Outfit Options

What to Wear for the United Kingdom Plus Size Packing Light List Outfit Options 1-12 #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesaraBlack Tunic Top • H&M+ | White T-shirt • H&M+ | Blue Cotton Blouse • Violeta by Mango | Striped Linen Shirt • Violeta by Mango | Blue Peasant Blouse • Simply Be | Grey Pullover • Violeta by Mango | Black Cardigan • Violeta by Mango | Trench Coat • Marks and Spencer | Casual Denim • H&M+ | Dark Denim • H&M+ | Black Trousers • H&M+ | Striped Cropped Trousers • Violeta by Mango | Yellow Wrap Dress • Violeta by Mango | Black Dress • Violeta by Mango | Blue Scarf • BCBGMAXAZRIA | Yellow Scarf • J.Crew | Hat • Off 5th | Sunglasses • Boohoo | Sneakers • Adidas via Asos | Slides • & Other Stories | Red Shoes • Toms via & Other Stories | Black Purse • Nordstrom Rack | Blue Crossbody • Asos |

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You know when you are eating something sweet and it’s so rich that you are almost gagging but it’s still so good you don’t want to stop eating? That just happened with some chocolate truffles. It actually happens all the time but I try to finish it otherwise someone else will eat it on me. Unattended or abandoned food is not safe here ;)

Also that cold that I had? The one I thought was going away decided that it wasn’t ready to vacate quite yet. Several symptoms just won’t let go, and I’m going on week four of a stuffy nose and slight cough. I would have been concerned but those are the two symptoms that have stuck around for Roo too, and she got sick at the same time as me. I guess this is just a hanger on’er. 

I fell victim to the Zara sale. Remember that pink tweed jacket that I got a while back? While I love it, it was actually my second choice. My first choice had more of a blue fleck than pink, 3/4 length sleeves, a collar, and buttoned up the front in more of a blazer than jacket style, but it kept selling out in my size. I’d get an email when it came back in stock and then when I added it to my cart it would be out of stock again. Very frustrating in the grand scheme of First World Problems, so when the Zara summer sale started and I saw they restocked it and it was $60 cheaper I was excited. Then it sold out again with seconds (I swear it was seconds) so I gave up. On Mandat afternoon Merle and I went to pick up some groceries and we have to walk by the big Zara to get there. As I was walking by I made eye contact with my jacket. There were 4 in a messy little row. Side note: Have you ever seen how chaotic and messy Zara gets especially during sales? It must really suck for the workers to maintain that. When I worked retail I would have to hold my breathe and walk away when someone rifled through my neatly folded tees. I can’t imagine the amount of work it takes to get it cleaned up after closing. Long story short, I pretty much dived at the rack to check and they had it in my size so I carried it to the cash in a death grip (you know. In case someone tried to snatch it like they do in movies) I kid only slightly. 

This brought me to the realization that I have a thing for jackets. I never really realized that until yesterday but I get really upset when the weather gets too hot for me to layer a fun/cool jacket over whatever I am wearing. Some people have a thing for shoes I apparently like jackets. Now on to the real meaning of this post.

I will be short and brief after a long-winded story. These 24 outfits (12 above and 12 below) are the outfit options that I put together for the What to Pack for the UK packing list from last post. The details from the trip are in the original post but I wanted to point out to those that may have not seen it that this list is plus size and meant for a 3 week trip to the UK for the end of June to middle of July, so technically early summer. The trip it is requested for is mostly casual with a few dressy nights. The colour palette was mostly blues with a few colours added, while staying away from browns/beiges. Whenever I make a packing list I tend to include mostly solid colour neutral pieces, while adding a piece or two in a bright colour or pattern. I also like to add some colour variation using scarves and sometimes a shoe. A fun colour or print shoe can add so much to an outfit, everyone should have at least one “fun” coloured shoe.

While the temperatures at this time of year can lean towards hot, it can also get cold and damp in a blink so clothes that are loose, and breathable will work for the heat while adding a sweater over top will transition you through cooler days easily. *The UK is currently having a heat wave, so pay attention to the weather.* Remember that your travel outfit comes from the pieces in the list as well, and is not in addition to. It’s always a good idea to wear your heavier, more layerable items on the plane (planes can be cold) so that you can pack less.

Have you found any good sale deals lately?

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What to Wear for the United Kingdom Plus Size Packing Light List Outfit Options 13-24 #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Black Tunic Top • H&M+ | White T-shirt • H&M+ | Blue Cotton Blouse • Violeta by Mango | Striped Linen Shirt • Violeta by Mango | Blue Peasant Blouse • Simply Be | Grey Pullover • Violeta by Mango | Black Cardigan • Violeta by Mango | Trench Coat • Marks and Spencer | Casual Denim • H&M+ | Dark Denim • H&M+ | Black Trousers • H&M+ | Striped Cropped Trousers • Violeta by Mango | Yellow Wrap Dress • Violeta by Mango | Black Dress • Violeta by Mango | Blue Scarf • BCBGMAXAZRIA | Yellow Scarf • J.Crew | Hat • Off 5th | Sunglasses • Boohoo | Sneakers • Adidas via Asos | Slides • & Other Stories | Red Shoes • Toms via & Other Stories | Black Purse • Nordstrom Rack | Blue Crossbody • Asos |

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What to Pack for the UK Plus Size Edition

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Black Tunic Top • H&M+ | White T-shirt • H&M+ | Blue Cotton Blouse • Violeta by Mango | Striped Linen Shirt • Violeta by Mango | Blue Peasant Blouse • Simply Be | Grey Pullover • Violeta by Mango | Black Cardigan • Violeta by Mango | Trench Coat • Marks and Spencer | Casual Denim • H&M+ | Dark Denim • H&M+ | Black Trousers • H&M+ | Striped Cropped Trousers • Violeta by Mango | Yellow Wrap Dress • Violeta by Mango | Black Dress • Violeta by Mango | Blue Scarf • BCBGMAXAZRIA | Yellow Scarf • J.Crew | Hat • Off 5th | Sunglasses • Boohoo | Sneakers • Adidas via Asos | Slides • & Other Stories | Red Shoes • Toms via & Other Stories | Black Purse • Nordstrom Rack | Blue Crossbody • Asos |

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I was asked a question regarding my What to Pack for the UK in Summer list that I posted in April. They wanted to know if I could change and adapt the list to their needs. They are going to the UK at the end of June to study for 3 weeks, and it will be mostly casual with an occasional dressy outing. The two points that I had to take in to consideration were that they are 50+ and plus size. She wanted to know if I could do another list (like the original) but in Plus Size and focus more on blue, green, and maybe some red and/or patterns. I said I would be willing to give it a shot and this is the result.

Since the request is for early summer I included pieces in cottons, linen, and loose, flowy fabrics that will work well with heat. But in the flip side I included denim, a couple of sweaters, and a trench that will be easy to slip on in the air conditioning or cooler evenings, and damp rain.

I picked the yellow dress mostly because I love a good wrap dress but I also adore the colour. It seems like a perfect summer dress to add a nice splash of colour to a relatively neutral wardrobe. It was mentioned that because of her colouring she tends to avoid tan, sand, and beiges so instead of those neutrals I opted for grey and black. In order to have some sort of cohesiveness neutrals are important to build your wardrobe on.

As for footwear once again I was flummoxed. I always think that a walking shoe or sneaker is necessary, but because it will be technically summer I wondered if a sandal was a good choice. I decided that I would personally bring a slide, a sneaker, and some other kind of flat if it was me. Three choices that will easily go with whatever you are wearing any day of the trip. For some people the red striped Tom’s shoe might be a bold choice but I think that if you are wearing mostly neutrals it is nice to add a “fun” colour or print shoe to the mix. It livens things up and can make a statement.

I put together 24 outfit options for these pieces and they will be in the next post.

I hope this gives you some inspiration :)

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What I Wore This Week

 

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Lace Top • Zara (similar here and here) | Jeans • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Adidas | Purse • vintage (similar) | Watch • Daniel Wellington |
Outfit 2 –  Kimono • Zara (similar here and here) | T-shirt • Hot Topic | Shorts • H&M | Shoes • Adidas |
Outfit 3 – Black Lace Top • Zara (similar) | Jeans • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Converse |
Outfit 4 – Pink Kimono • Zara (similar) | Jeans • Zara (I cut off the fringe) | Shoes • Adidas | Purse • Vintage (similar) |
Outfit 5 – Shirt Dress • Zara (similar) | Purse • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Etsy | Watch • Daniel Wellington |

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Have I ever mentioned that I live by a really big mall? Like, a 5 minute walk from everything I could ever need. While on most days it is really convenient to be able to walk to get whatever I need within minutes, on other days it can be dangerous to my wallet. Zara is having a big sale right now and it took everything I had not to go down and check out what was there. I seriously put on my shoes and went to leave 4 times on Saturday but reigned it in each time. That is my version of self control ;)

I totally waited last minute to buy Tom’s Father’s Day gift this year. I’m usually much more prepared but I couldn’t decided what to get him. Merle and I were out shopping together and we were walking through the linen and bedding section of the store. She reminded me that he said that he wanted a new body pillow (his is super sad looking) so we decided a new body pillow and pillow case were a good start. Then last evening around 7:00 I told him that I had to run down to the store because I forgot to buy deodorant (I actually did) but in reality I also want to do a quick perusal and find him another gift to go with the pillow. The girls decided they were going to come with me and ride their bike and scooter, which ironically makes the trip take longer than it does when we walk.

After walking from one end of the mall to the other, we ended up in Urban Outfitters because they always have fun kitschy gift ideas. There was this neat cell phone magnifier in the form of an old fashioned television that I thought he would get a kick out of because he is always watching things on his phone, but I went with a record instead. They had the Beatles double album which is a fantastic album so I figured it would be good to add to his collection. As a final touch I had the girls go into the Urban Outfitters photo booth and take some fun photos for him to put in his card. Everything went well until the last photo when it managed to capture Roo in the middle of falling off her stool. I was going to make them do a retake, but then thought, “nah, that’s totally her so it’s perfect.” For breakfast I made him Eggs Benedict  (my favourite too. Everything tastes better with Hollandaise). All in all I’d say he had a good day.

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I have a plus size UK packing list coming up this week, as well as I am working on an updated Starter Work Wardrobe/Capsule. 

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What to Wear for One Month in Europe Outfit Options

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Striped T-shirt • & Other Stories | Black Blouse • & Other Stories | Blue Striped Short Sleeve Blouse • & Other Stories | Navy Blue Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Grey Cardigan • & Other Stories | Cream Pullover • & Other Stories | Trench Coat • H&M | Black Pants • & Other Stories | Tan Wide Leg Pants • Top Shop | Jeans • H&M | Skirt • & Other Stories | Embroidered Dress • Zara | Black Wrap Dress • Marks and Spencer | Bathing Suit • Tart Collections | Blue Scarf • Mango | Black Floral Scarf • & Other Stories | Hat • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • Quay | Booties • Everlane | Sneakers • Converse | Navy Blue Flats • Everlane | Grey Purse • Matt & Nat | Black Crossbody • Liebeskind Berlin |

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I’m watching Beetlejuice while finishing this post because we found the DVD for $1.00 at Value Village on the weekend. I love this movie. The kids love this movie. So much that Merle was Beetlejuice for last Halloween. We are big Halloween people in this house and they are already planning what their costumes are going to be this year. They are leaning towards one being Dobby the house elf and one Wednesday Addams.

Tom came home from work last night saying that he hurt his ankle at work. He rolled it and now it’s swollen and bruised. I will admit that he is definitley not the “suffer in silence” type of person. Everyone and their dog were woken by his “pirate giving birth” noises while he hobbled to the kitchen this morning. Let’s hope it heals fast for both his sake and mine.

This is the outfit options portion my What to Pack for One Month in Europe packing light list from Wednesday. Thirty outfits for 30 days. If you pop over to the original post it gives the background information for the trip. The list had a challenge that there were religious restrictions on the clothing choices. Everything needs to cover the shoulders and be past the knees. Since there are so many different destinations in this one trip they are going to encounter a lot of different temperatures from extreme heat to cooler temps, sunshine, and rain. Everything I picked should cover all situations that may arise. I hope that these options lets you see how many outfits you can get from smaller, carefully curated travel wardrobes.

It’s been a long day and I just realized that my shirt is on backwards so I am signing off. Have a great weekend!

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What to Wear for one month in Europe Packing Light List Outfit Options 16-30 #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

 

Striped T-shirt • & Other Stories | Black Blouse • & Other Stories | Blue Striped Short Sleeve Blouse • & Other Stories | Navy Blue Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Grey Cardigan • & Other Stories | Cream Pullover • & Other Stories | Trench Coat • H&M | Black Pants • & Other Stories | Tan Wide Leg Pants • Top Shop | Jeans • H&M | Skirt • & Other Stories | Embroidered Dress • Zara | Black Wrap Dress • Marks and Spencer | Bathing Suit • Tart Collections | Blue Scarf • Mango | Black Floral Scarf • & Other Stories | Hat • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • Quay | Booties • Everlane | Sneakers • Converse | Navy Blue Flats • Everlane | Grey Purse • Matt & Nat | Black Crossbody • Liebeskind Berlin |

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What to Pack for a month in Europe in Summer

What to Pack for a month in Europe Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesaraStriped T-shirt • & Other Stories | Black Blouse • & Other Stories | Blue Striped Short Sleeve Blouse • & Other Stories | Navy Blue Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Grey Cardigan • & Other Stories | Cream Pullover • & Other Stories | Trench Coat • H&M | Black Pants • & Other Stories | Tan Wide Leg Pants • Top Shop | Jeans • H&M | Skirt • & Other Stories | Embroidered Dress • Zara | Black Wrap Dress • Marks and Spencer | Bathing Suit • Tart Collections | Blue Scarf • Mango | Black Floral Scarf • & Other Stories | Hat • Nordstrom | Sunglasses • Quay | Booties • Everlane | Sneakers • Converse | Navy Blue Flats • Everlane | Grey Purse • Matt & Nat | Black Crossbody • Liebeskind Berlin |

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I had a fun request this week, it was a bit more challenging that usual. What to Pack for a month in Europe in summer, but due to religious reasons all clothing choices must cover the shoulders and be below the knee. The trip covers cities such as Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Munich, Salzburg, Venice, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast from August to September. In many of these cities that is the hottest month of the year, so looser clothing, and breathable fabrics (linens, and cottons). But in several of the cities the temperatures average only low 20°C’s and have a higher chance of rain which is why I also included a trench, and booties for coverage in that weather.

Her chosen palette is navy, cream, blues, and black, with some neutrals to balance it out and I tried my best to stick to that. The pieces that I picked are going to be so easy to mix and match so that you have suitable outfits for each city. To make this easy I made sure to pick things from various styles that can al go together, some “French” (stripes and black), boho (embroidered, and loose skirts), as well as classic, and casual pieces.

Use your accessories to change-up the looks like small scarves can be knotted around the neck , folded and wrapped around your hair when you have a messy bun or up-do, or even tied around the handle of your purse for a nice added touch. Longer scarves are shawls, swimsuit covers, and even protection from the sun or rain in a pinch. Simple jewellery is best, small hoops, no rings (or just wedding ring you have one), a small bangle or watch, or a dainty necklace. Keeping everything simple makes it easier to mix and match your pieces and take them from day looks to-night looks.

I’m not partial to heels since many European cities have uneven or cobblestone roads which can make walking a nightmare without proper footwear, but if you feel the need to include a pair so that you have a really dressy shoe option than it is easy to do so. I included a cardigan, and a pullover for travel, air-conditioned locations, and cooler night times (or damp rain days).

Remember that your travel outfit comes from the pieces in this list not in addition to. Thirty outfit options for this list can be found in this post.

I hope this gives you some good ideas.

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