fashion :: four days away, what to pack

Destination: Rouen

I’m off to France for a few days with university on a bit of an immersion-into-the-language field trip. We’re doing quite a bit of sightseeing and visiting different parts and places of Normandy so what I wear is going to be important. The weather in Rouen isn’t going to be much sunnier or much warmer than in Lancaster, so at least I know to pack a raincoat and a warm jumper, yet I refuse not to take my sunnies.

Here’s my day by day plan of what I’m going to wear.

Day 1: Arrive in Rouen

As we don’t arrive in Paris (Beauvais) until something like 3pm, I’ll be in comfy clothes to travel in. The plan is to get the train down to Manchester Airport so I’m going to be opting for trainers for definite. I always feel the chill on aeroplanes so I’ll probably don my fur gilet with some sort of long-sleeved top and jeans. This is what I’m thinking:  

Once we’ve made it to the hotel, we’re going to be exploring Rouen. I’m hoping to get changed and perhaps have a shower. It’ll be about 6pm so I feel I’ll want to be a little more dressed up but will probably chuck my converse on. Hm, let me think. Perhaps this.

Day 2: Seine Valley

I am super excited for this day. We’re off to see Claude Monet’s gardens and as an art lover, this is one of the things that sold the trip for me. Once again, I’m feeling trainers or converse as we’ll be walking about, but I may wear a pretty dress. It’s going to be all about those blooms. 

I have a new floral cut out bomber jacket from River Island that’s so gorgeous. It’ll look perfect over either a smart dress or a day dress. 


Later in the evening we’re dining in Honfleur. I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to change so I may chuck a dress in my bag to wear with this bomber jacket. Day to evening as simply as that. 

Day 3: The Coast

Now, I know France well. Not just because I’m a French student, but I’ve spent nearly every summer there for as long as I can remember. I know never to trust the weather. So, since we’re off to the coast I know to wrap up warm. The weather forecast suggests it’ll be a little iffy all weekend, and I don’t want to catch a chill from the sea breeze. I’ll probably opt for a few layers on this day. Perhaps this blouse with jeans, layered with my black shacket from Topshop and a scarf, if necessary. 

Day 4: Gisors and home time

Gisors has a 11th century castle that we will be visiting for a couple of hours in the morning, before heading off to the airport for our flight home. I, like on day one, want to be super comfy for the travel in the car and the flight too, so I’ll go for my jeans and a loose-fitting jumper and a scarf. Easy peasy.
So there you have it, my decisions for what to wear on a four day mini trip. Knowing me I’ll end up switching these outfits up the morning of each day in the hotel room, but at least I’ll have plenty to mix and match. Hopefully, the weather will be kind and those sunnies can come out after all. 




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