This is an outfit I wore to London last week, unfortunately Liadh couldn’t come with me so we shot these pictures when I arrived home the next day. It was a flying visit and I was there for a work event but I did manage to squeeze lots in over the short space of 24 hours. I’ll be publishing a full day’s guide to London over on maven46 next week so have a read of it if you’re planning a trip over soon. One of the main things I wanted to do while I was there was to visit an area in London that I’d never been to before. My last few trips have been mainly based around Shoreditch, and while it is a great area I wanted to try something new. So my first stop was Notting Hill for breakfast at Farm Girl Café and my last stop was Peckham for some drinks with friends, I ticked off two new areas in one day and although very different, I really liked them both. Notting Hill was really picturesque with it’s pastel coloured rows of houses, and all of the trinket and gift shops along Portobello Road. I was there midweek so I didn’t get to see the market, but apparently it gets very overcrowded so I’ve heard a midweek visit can be better. I really liked Peckham too, it reminded me of Brooklyn in New York specifically Bushwick where I lived last year. Apparently it’s the new up and coming area, it has lots of galleries and exhibition spaces and cool bars, we were hoping to make it to one of the rooftop bars but it started raining in the evening so we had to settle for a bar built underneath the railway station- not a bad fallback option, and they made great Pina Colada’s!
The outfit was chosen mainly for comfort reasons, I was flying early in the morning and knew I would have a lot of walking around to do during the day. I originally planned on wearing just the dress but when the forecast predicted rain I threw my trousers on underneath too and so became the pinstripe-on-pinstripe outfit. I picked these trousers up last year when I worked in Topshop, and the dress came in earlier this summer. I waited for it to go on sale and managed to nab it for €13.50 a few weeks ago! I’ve been loving the slip dress style for the past while but I hadn’t found the right one to suit my shape until I came across this one. I love the way it falls straight down and doesn’t cling anywhere on the body, I went a size up to achieve this effect so if you are thinking of purchasing maybe consider that. The Birkenstock’s served me well throughout the day and luckily the rain showers that did arrive were very light so my uncovered feet weren’t compromised, for the most part the weather was really nice which is always a bonus when travelling. I’m already looking forward to my next trip over to London, it’s a great city with so much happening and given that it’s so close I don’t know why I don’t visit more often.
For a more in-depth guide to my day in London keep an eye on maven46 where I will be posting it this week as well as an exhibition review of Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, this years fashion exhibition at the V&A museum.
Photographs by Liadh Connolly.