Personal Shopper: An English Wardrobe for Casey

Casey writes: "Hi Outblush! I read your blog daily, and have purchased numerous goodies that you posted! You have a knack for finding the perfect items so that is why I turn to you. I will be in England from late June to early September working at a camp and I really need ideas for what to bring. We have uniforms while working but I get 3 days off per work and definitely plan on seeing as much Europe as possible! If you could help me find some essentials, especially in the clothes department, that would be great! I'm 5'3" and usually wear a size 0. I am still in university, so my budget is usually pretty tight, meaning the cheaper the better! Thank you so much, this site is a lifesaver!"

Magzilla reporting. And we should be best friends. For six months, I lived smack dab in the middle of London and traveled all over the country and abroad. You are one lucky lady. Take full advantage of the tube and train system. Buses are really awesome too! Anywho, on to the clothes. As a size zero, you are fortunate that you can wear most any style which is why there is a little sampling of everything for you. Comfy shoes (may want to invest in some insoles too regardless of what shoes you wear), comfy clothes that maintain style, a cardigan for any weather and some smart bag choices. Feast your eyes on these babies. Cheers!

1. Eyelet Border Dress ($35): It can get hot as blue blazes in England in June.

2. Slub-Knit Tee ($10): September can sometimes redefine the word "cold snap" in the middle of the afternoon.

3. Knotted Stripe Crop ($30): It's never too soon to be introduced to Top Shop.

4. White Crop Button Cardigan ($30): Because when you need outerwear, Dorothy Perkins is where it is at (I'm still wearing my pea coat I got for $40 in store).

5. VS Mini Skirt ($25 or 2/$40): You have to wear something to concerts in Hyde Park.

6. Cigarette Mid-rise Jean ($20): Need I explain?

7. Shift Shorts ($29): Daisy Dukes aren't always appropriate.

8. Straw Hat ($9): Walking around the country side never looked so good.

9. Collegea Wedges ($35 in bone, $50 in black): More comfortable than heels but we still recommend insoles.

10. Studded Chuck Taylors ($40): I couldn't have possibly worn mine any more than I did.

11. Chicken Coin Purse ($15): You've never seen so many coins in your life. Clasps are easier and faster than zippers. But Oyster Cards are even quicker for tubes and buses.

12. Leatherette Messenger Bag ($29): Cross-over bag = not-a-stolen bag.

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Pamela Daley

Posted on 05.29.11 at 6:48 PM

That was just a lovely wardrobe you put together for this lucky lass, Magzilla! Congrats :)(:

Found of You

Posted on 05.29.11 at 8:04 PM

I must agree. This is an excellent, budget friendly travel wardrobe. Everything goes together! Well done, co-worker.


Posted on 05.30.11 at 8:27 AM

Studded chucks, chicken coin purse? Best wardrobe ever! Now I need an excuse to live abroad for the summer!


Posted on 05.31.11 at 9:49 AM

These look great, thank you so much! Need to get buying asap so I can look as great as possible while in England. You guys rock!


Posted on 06.03.11 at 6:23 PM

You're a lucky gal. Have fun!

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