1 May 2017

Pleated in Prague


 On our first day in Prague, our poor legs covered 19k: walking from Charles Bridge, all the way up to Prague Castle, then continuing up the hill towards Strahov Monastery - then all the way back down again, walking through quiet side streets as we made our way towards Mala Strana. 
We had planned on taking outfit pictures before we left: searching for a good shooting location allows you to discover the non-touristy areas of the city, and the change of scenery brings that much needed fresh blog content!

As we knew we'd be doing a lot of walking, I decided to wear Summer's Doc Martens on both days: it's just not worth walking around in pain! Forever trying to find that balance between I-want-to-be-fashionable and I-don't-want-to-be-cold-and-in-pain when I'm travelling! I know some people would carry another pair of shoes with them, but let's be honest, do you really want to be lugging them around all day when your rucksack is already heavy with bottles of water, camera, lenses and everything else you pack just because 'you never know!' ? No. Trust me, you don't!

So as the weather was really not great during our time in Prague, I thought I'd share some of my tricks for staying warm and not looking-too-much-like-a-clothes-potato. (no, this isn't a sponsored post!)


 Layering 

I purposely wore this Zara midi-skirt because of it's length and fabric: hanging just below the knees, it's surprisingly good at keeping out the cold, and thanks to it's texture, keeping your legs dry from the rain. Whenever I wear skirts or thin trousers (especially culottes) I wear some 'shaping shorts' (the kind you can find in H&M or Marks and Spencer): not for their body shaping quality, but because they give you that extra bit of warmth, passing unnoticed under thin clothing. I recommend buying some which fit from the waist down to at least mid-thigh (you don't know how hard it is to discretely re-adjust them when they bunch up around your legs). & If they fit around the waist they will be much more comfortable. 

It also gives you a bit of piece of mind when you're running around the London underground in a short dress or skirt: no-one is going to see your undies with this safety blanket! 


 Another tip is to wear 1 or 2 very thin layers underneath a blouse or a jumper: as long as they are tank tops (much more comfortable compared to t-shirts which just bunch up under your armpits!). If paired with shaping shorts, you'll barely notice the extra layer, as any extra fabric is concealed under the smooth material, preventing any 'lumpy-ness'. Again the best place to find cheap thin tank tops is in the H&M basics collection, which are often priced under £5. It's well worth investing in 2-3 tank-tops (black, white, nude) depending on the shape and colour of the blouse or jumper you'll be wearing over it.


 Underwear

Alright guys, venturing in to the slightly more intimate subject of underwear: if you're going out in miserable weather and you KNOW you can't wear a top underneath your blouse,  make sure you wear a padded bra. Trust me, you'll notice the difference! 


Long Coats

I've really grown to appreciate long coats over the past few months: most probably due to miserable London weather, and learning to expect rain whenever you make any plans. 
I have a horrible old memory of walking around somewhere with a short coat, rain soaking through the top of my jeans into my skin, a cold which doesn't leave you until you strip off and put on your warm pyjamas. You'd be surprised at how much warmer your legs will feel with a long coat too. So yes, long coats for the win! 


So, to demonstrate my effective plan to keep myself warm in 9° Prague: in these pictures I am wearing: high-waisted underwear, high-waisted tights, a cotton tank top, shaping shorts, a warm but thin jumper, a textured midi skirt and long tweed coat.
Despite my feet and legs hurting after hours and hours of walking, I was warm and comfortable. 

Holly is wearing:

Black cropped jumper: & Other Stories
Pleated midi skirt: Zara
Faux-leather rucksack: Zara
Shoes: Doc Martens



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Wishing you all a lovely day!

Holly x

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