What to wear on a city break
We all know the main elements – but it’s how you pair things together that’s the key! Whether you’re an urbanite at heart or a country bumpkin heading to the city for a taste of the cosmopolitan lifestyle, you’ll want to check out our city styling tips to make sure your outfit is more curated than confused…
To really nail city style, your absolute must-have accessory has to be your handbag. If you’re a light traveller you can get away with a cross-body bag or small clutch such as the Hicks & Brown Chelsworth Clutch - but if you’re the type that can’t do without your water bottle, organiser, and numerous other daily essentials (guilty), you’re best off with a mid-sized shoulder bag or chic backpack (we’re in love with the Fairfax & Favor Loxley backpack). Why not opt for a matching purse while you’re at it to really bring the look together?
Next up is the ultimate piece to make a statement and polish your look – the belt. A good belt can really be the difference between a good outfit, and a 'wow' outfit. Whether your ensemble is calling for tan, black, navy or an eye-catching pattern, we’ve got something to fit the bill with over 26 styles to choose from (our favourite is the Fairfax & Favor Ladies Blickling Reversible Belt – you can’t beat an accessory that comes with multiple colour options!)
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The Main Event
A timeless classic, jeans are really your staple piece for city outfits, providing practicality, comfort, and a simple base to build your style from. These Barbour jeans are our go-to as their matte denim look and slim fit are easy to pair with anything.
For true city chic, you can’t go wrong with a classic luxe jumper! Keep the colour pallette muted for a sophisticated style – we love the Barbour roll collar jumper as the wool and cashmere blend is irresistibly soft. If your look needs a bit of texture, opt for their cable knit Burne jumper (pictured) instead to add interest.
The good old British weather means that quality outerwear is a necessity almost year-round. If it’s looking milder out, this Annabel Brocks faux fur-lined cape is a tasteful stand-out addition to your city look. If you’ve not been quite so lucky with the forecast, then a warm coat such as the Schoffel Kensington jacket is a stylish way to keep toasty – and the best part? It comes in a choice of three colours, so you can be sure to compliment the rest of your outfit perfectly!
If you’re likely to be on your feet a lot – whether that’s hitting the shops, checking off the tourist spots, or bar-hopping – then a classic Chelsea boot is a no-brainer. The Grubs version is expertly made with soft Iberian leather and elastic inserts for optimum comfort.
If your trip calls for something a little more dressy (or you’re a seasoned pro in the art of heel-wearing), the Fairfax & Favor Kensington Boots will add the most elegant touch to your city look. Available in black, chocolate or tan, they’re crafted from premium suede and have been on our wishlist from the word go! Insider tip: these fit on the small side, so you may want to size up!
Now you've figured out what to pack for a city break, you’re going to need a travel bag to fit your expertly-curated outfits in! The AA weekend bag is a great multi-function piece with lots of capacity – or if you need a handy pocket for your frequently-used items, you can’t go wrong with the Ariat Weekender which comes in a choice of two tasteful colourways.
Keep in touch
We’d love to see your finished looks on Facebook or Instagram – whether your items were bought from R & R Country or you’ve just felt inspired by this guide, tag us on your posts showing off your style with #Randrinthecity and @Randrcountry.
PS: if you're an equestrian looking for more 'what to wear' guides, check out our previous blog, Looking Sharp In The Show Ring!
22 January 2020