Packing for a city break is always tricky, especially at this time of year. Europe is walking that line between balmy Spring sunshine and freezing winds and April showers. Amsterdam’s weather is not that far from the UK’s, although hopefully, it will be slightly warmer than Manchester. I’m leaving tomorrow evening but I’m all packed except for toiletries, so these are the outfits I’ll be wearing in Amsterdam.
The weather forecast is basically cloudy all weekend, but highs of 18 degrees! Exciting! I mean, this does mean I’m taking the factor 50 but it also means my pale pins are coming out for the first time in 2018. I’ve packed a few different outfits for the different things we’re planning on doing, which is mostly cultural stuff. I’m super excited about the Keukenhof Gardens and the Van Gogh Museum, but also just for wandering around a new city.
For short breaks like this, I tend to plan my outfits out day by day, with a mix of practical outfits like this all black one with boots because you can’t go wrong with that. The cropped jumper and corduroy skirt combo is more for wandering gardens and blog photos because tbh I’m going to freeze unless I magically find some skin coloured tights that aren’t thirty shades too dark for me. Coat-wise I’m taking my big pink raincoat and my giant green trench coat since the raincoat folds up small and I can stick it in my bag for emergencies.
For warmer days I’m really excited to wear these yellow slingbacks I found in Primark and absolutely love. They’re completely impractical in the rain as I reckon a single drop of water will ruin them, but they’re perfect for wandering around museums and gardens in the sun. I’ve worn this dress in a blog post before when I talked about how different clothes make me feel, and I always feel great in it.
For wandering around markets and the last day I’m going with this oversized shirt and my black jeans because I figure I can tie it at the waist if it’s warm but it’s loose enough and warm enough to wear on the ‘plane. The shoes are ancient and from Clarks, and although they’re quite pretty and dainty-looking, I can walk all day in them and have done many times. We’re in Amsterdam for three full days, flying out late on Thursday and flying back late on Sunday. We’ve taken the Monday off work as well to do all the inevitable washing and catching up on sleep after several days of trekking around the Netherlands. I can’t wait for this holiday as it’s sorely needed, and no doubt you’ll be seeing a lot of it on the blog over the next few weeks!
Hit me with any last minute recommendations!