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I went clothes shopping today, and had a fairly successful time, amazingly enough. I find the fashions at the moment to be unflattering to the extreme and totally not ME - I have never, even when young and smooth of skin and slim of build, worn frilly things or low cut necklines, and it seems almost impossible to escape either of these features. I did get a very lightweight black kind of petticoat skirt that I think will be suitable for Venice, and a black sleeveless t-shirt with a turtle-neck that I can put a scarf over for visiting churches (and a jolly bright pink and orange striped scarf to fit the bill). I also found this amazingly flattering kind of empire line t-shirt in bright fuscia - it has three-quarter length sleeves, but may be useful for an evening on any of my stops. And I got some dark grey capris that are made specifically for travelling - very light-weight and easy to wash - which I imagine will be my staple garment. I'm trying to travel as light as possible and take as little as possible and it's a bit tricky when I will be in two different climates. Oh well - if necessary, I shall buy something where ever I am!

I am inspired by a_d_medievalist to shop for shoes. I am most comfortable in sandals, which will be entirely suitable for Venice, but worry about London and Cornwall. I did see some rather nice Merril sandals today, though - a bit lighter and strappier than the ones I've been wearing, but still with a good sole for walking.
Sigh. I envy those with minions to haul around suitcases carrying many changes of clothing :)


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Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
I live in Merril sandals half the year. To the point that I've retired my walking boots for good - they've got a better profile, I am safer with my ankles not enclosed, and you can walk through water without hassle. They're equally good for town walking, because they're more cushioned than my usual footwear.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That's good to know.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
Sandals will be absolutely fine for the UK in summer. I live in them myself.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yay for sandals! I live in mine at home in the summer - and really Victoria's climate is much like yours.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
I will be in two different climates

And that's just while you're in the UK. :)

Forecasters say we're in for a hot dry summer and at the moment, it looks like they might be right. The weather is glorious. Even here in the North West of Wales we've got temperatures in the mid to high 70s F. However, it's so changeable, that you could end up shivering in freezing torrential rain.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yes - the last few summers you've had much better weather than we on the West Coast of Canada.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
I live in sandals from May to September as a minimum, even in wet weather like we had last year. Venice will demand sandals, of the uber-comfortable type. I really wouldn't bother with more than one change of shoes which cover the entire foot - if the weather's dire, we do have shoe shops, even in the South West!

I'm so looking forward to seeing you again!
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Me too!

And yes, uber-comfortable sandals, and then maybe one pair of uber-comfortable not-too-clunky shoes to wear on the plane and on rainy days.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Glad I'm not the only one who likes sandals. And I'm not into frilly things either!
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