I had never traveled to Europe before in the late fall. The temperatures hovered around the ‘4os and made for chilly days. Also, there was quite a bit of rain. It was a different experience because I never was without my coat and I found that I was much more relaxed about what went under it.
Here’s what worked:
- This Patagonia coat with two layers worked really well although I wore the puffer by itself more.
- Turtlenecks were essential.
- Down vest worked under the coat, but not enough by itself. I could have left it home.
- The grey and black jeans were great
- I brought three sweaters and didn’t need them all. Should have left one home.
- This long Damask alpaca sweater worked well- light and really warm.
- My Smartwool socks saved the day.
- Scarves were my go-to: finished the outfit and kept me warm.
- My boots were my go-to footwear.
What didn’t work as well
- I only wore my tennis shoes once- too cold and wet.
- I didn’t wear my 3/4 length fancy top- too cold. I substituted my black turtleneck and added a scarf.
- My headband looked very Colorado. It’s fun to see the difference between the headband and the hat I purchased in Paris.
- If I hadn’t purchased the hat, I would have worn a stocking cap.
- I didn’t wear my cotton blouse- again, not warm enough.
All in all, my wardrobe worked well, but again I brought a few too many clothes. I need to follow my own advice: I will never see these people again, it’s okay to wear the same set of clothes over and over and (most important) comfort and warmth trump all!