The Perfect City Break Outfit For Spring

spring city break wardrobe staples

For some reason, I always find putting together a city break outfit more difficult in spring. In winter, your outfit’s going to be covered by your coat 80% of the time, so no-one’s going to know you’ve worn that sweater three days running. In summer it’s all lightweight fabrics and swimwear which take up practically no space in your carry on.

Spring, though? Spring packing is a bit tricker. Mostly because the weather can be, at best, unpredictable. One minute it’s gorgeous sunshine. The next, it’s pouring with rain. You’ve got to be prepared for all eventualities, which inevitably means you end up packing everything but the kitchen sink.

The Perfect Spring City Break Outfit

With my third trip to Amsterdam on the horizon (a city I’ve already visited in summer and winter, but never in spring) I decided to get organised and create a city break outfit that would work for the entire weekend, whether we’re wandering along the canals in the sunshine or sheltering from the rain in a bar.

Basing my travel outfits around a couple of key pieces means I only need to pack tops and accessories that go with both items which means more room in my carry-on to bring home a year’s supply of stroopwafels and cheese. Priorities, people.

Wardrobe staples are basically the foundation of every outfit you put together so, in my opinion, they’re worth investing in. I don’t mind paying over £30 for a pair of jeans when I know I’m going to get the wear out of them, and I’ve never regretted buying a good quality leather jacket to throw over dresses, jeans, and everything in between.

So, surprise surprise, I’m packing these for Amsterdam along with a pair of espadrilles I picked up at Office last week. They’re not *quite* the Chanel espadrilles of my dreams but do I have £495 to drop on a pair of shoes? NO I FLIPPIN’ WELL DON’T. I’m all for investing in key pieces but, y’know, girl’s still gotta pay rent.

Throw in a t-shirt, a sweater (I’m *always* cold on planes), a cute top to wear while I sip cocktails in that fabulous Amsterdam rooftop bar I basically fell in love with last time I was there, and you’ve got yourself a fierce, functional city break outfit.

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Jacket – ASOS | Bag – Marks & Spencer | Jeans – ASOS | Espadrilles – Office | Broderie anglaise top – Miss Selfridge

Sunglasses – old ASOS, similar here | Watch – ASOS | ‘Girl Power’ pin – Zabby Allen

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I think it goes without saying that I’m ridiculously excited to go back to Amsterdam, especially because this time I’m going to be travelling with two of my fave blogging gals, Sophie and Sam. It’s been way too long since I had a girly weekend away. Bring on the stroopwafels, coffees, cocktails, and my favourite thing about Amsterdam: the canals!

What are your spring city break wardrobe staples?

Photos by Joanne Crawford.

Beverley x

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  1. says

    Beverley you look fab! I looove the top. I’m a sucker for anything frilly, and it looks bad ass but feminine at the same time paired with the leather jacket. The bag is gorgeous too. This outfit is exactly like something I would pack for a city break.

    • says

      Thank you so much, Deimante! I’m not normally one for frills but I think with the leather jacket it makes it looks a bit less girly, which I like :)

  2. says

    Gorgeous outfit. I absolutely love this! I’m all about simple, classic outfits for travelling that are made a bit more fun with something like a bright bag or lovely shoes. Love your lipstick too!

    • says

      I’m exactly the same! Something simple and classic that goes with everything is so much easier to style when you’re travelling, and jeans and a leather jacket basically work with everything else in my wardrobe! The lipstick is Seventeen Mega Matt in Lava You a Lot xx

    • says

      Thanks so much, Jodie! Normally to be honest during the day I take a larger tote or my Kanken Classic (there’s no way I’d be able to take my DSLR around with me otherwise). I tend to take a smaller bag to use at night, though, and take a smaller camera :) x

  3. says

    YOU LOOK AWESOME <3 I always end up looking a mess when I'm travelling, and Spring is a v.tricky one. You've nailed it!

  4. says

    Hey lovely! It was so fab to meet you at the Trek America event the other week! :) Just catching up on your blog after Jess mentioned you in her Trek post, I’m absolutely LOVING this post – that bag is so dreamy and you’ve styled it to perfection with the red lip!

    Hayley xo

    • says

      Thank you so much Hayley! It was my first outfit post so I was kind of nervous about publishing it, but the response has been so positive! :)

  5. says

    Hello Beverley, you are looking so gorgeous in this outfit. I just love your blog. I liked that red sling bag the most. Thank you so much for sharing such an awesome blog.