Style Inspiration For a City Break

Paris, Milan, New York — so many cities are known for their focus on fashion and chic design, so when it comes to city breaks, you want to look the part. Of course, a lot of the natives will look like they’ve just stepped off the catwalk, and if you’re paying for a holiday, you might not be rolling in money and designer gear. So, here’s how you can look city-break ready, without breaking the bank!

A maxi dress

If you are planning on walking by the canals in Venice or exploring the museums in Amsterdam, a flowy maxi dress looks beautiful as well as being easy to wear, and will keep you cool if the weather is warm. Maxi dresses come in a rainbow of colours, and they’re so light you can pack several in your suitcase and not have them take up too much space. They are definitely a great thing to chuck in for the days when you want something easy.

Related: My Top 5 Reasons To Wear Maxi Dress in Summer

A coat or jacket

Although you may be hoping for beautiful sunshine throughout your trip, that’s not always the case. So make sure you have a smart cover-up that can be worn with every outfit, at any time of day. For example, a lightweight trench coat, or a printed oversized blazer will look stylish, as well as keeping you warm, especially if it gets a little cold in the evenings.

Comfortable shoes

Whether you’re a culture vulture, wanting to check out the museums, or more of a shopaholic wanting to check out the sales, you are likely going to be walking quite a lot on a city break. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style. Look for shoes with a good sole, that are breathable and comfortable but that will go with everything.

Some stylish sneakers or slip-ons will be good for walking around during the day, and sandals or heels can dress up an outfit for the evening. If you are going in winter, make sure you pack some waterproof boots with good grip to stop you taking a tumble!

A shoulder bag

Keep your valuables secure with a crossbody bag that you can wear with every outfit. It needs to be big enough to store your phone, purse, makeup etc, but without being too cumbersome as you walk around. Something that offers detachable straps is really versatile as you can mix it up and use it as a clutch if you’re going out of an evening too!

Related: Designer Handbag Guides


There is nothing more classic than a simple pair of jeans. They can be dressed up with heels, a blouse and blazer for a meal of an evening, or worn with a simple t-shirt and sneakers during the day — mix up your look with accessories and no one need know that you’ve worn the same pair for a few days in a row! They are a wardrobe staple and will help you blend in perfectly on a city break.

Related: 4 Chic Ways to Cuff Your Jeans

What do you wear for a city break? Let me know in the comments below.

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