Comfort Traveling: Maxi skirt + denim jacket (& London faves)

highgate blue maxi 1

Old Navy skirt (old, similar), H&M; scarf and kids jacket (similar), Gap flats (similar), Coach bag (review)

This is belated, but I wanted to share some final photos from London (saved my favorite places for last). I love knit maxi skirts for traveling, as they’re fairly breathable in warm weather, yet comfy to curl up in during chilly flights. I feel maxi skirts can be flattering on shorter women if the waist sits at or above your natural waistline, and the length just skims the top of your feet (basically as long as it can be without the risk of tripping/dragging). Since long skirts are often worn casually with flats, higher waist placement is especially important for creating a lengthening leg line.
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This old skirt from Old Navy petites is not great quality, but has gotten plenty of wear. Although the length required no hemming, I did have to take in the waist for the skirt to sit higher. Similar-sized ladies who prefer no alterations can try kids’ long skirts – I found one here in three colors (20% off one item w/ BTS2013) made of a similar material composition. The foldover waist is not a bad idea because you can adjust the length. I also wouldn’t mind a side slit, as I’ve tried on several long skirts that are too narrow for walking comfortably. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any additional information on the length and waist measurements for the different sizes of this kids skirt.

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I wore this outfit on a brisk but sunny day to visit Highgate (Northern suburb of London), and again on the plane ride home. I had one of the best meals of the trip there at the Red Lion & Sun pub. You probably won’t find me guzzling beers at any pubs in Boston, but this one was modern but cozy, served plenty of wine, and had hearty dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.
red lion sun 1 sunday roast
We were there for Sunday roast, which is a traditional British and Irish meal usually consisting of roasted meat with potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, veggies and gravy. Our table got each roast option available (roast beef, leg of lamb, or pork belly) and it was comfort food at its finest. If you’re in the area, you can also stop by High Tea of Highgate for a fill of afternoon tea and scones.
red lion sun sunday roast 2
Backtracking one day to Saturday, walking Portobello road was one of my favorite touristy activities in London. The road stretches through Notting Hill, and becomes a large street market each Saturday for antiques, clothing, books, food, and more (some stalls were receptive to bargaining, some not). There was also a pre-owned designer shoe store at the beginning of the road with an abundance of eye candy (sadly, mostly in size 8s).
portobello market scarf
I recommend going hungry, and going right when it opens to avoid heavy afternoon crowds. I found a few vintage souvenirs for friends, before catching whiff of something delicious.
portobello market tarts

Savory pie stand along Portobello Road

The delicious aromas were coming from Jamon Jamon, a vendor that cooks fresh paella street-side from scratch. They seared the meat and seafood first, then slowly cooked the sofrito, then simmered the rice in broth….all the laborious steps that hinder me from making one of my favorite foods at home (they even share the recipe online!). Given the fresh, local ingredients advertised, I had braced myself for an overpriced morsel of paella. The portions ended up to be huge and around 6 GBP – best deal of the trip, and a very satisfying hot lunch.
portobello market paella
We then wandered over to the West End shopping district to see the pretty Liberty of London store. I also popped into the surrounding shops looking for petite-friendly clothing, without success. Many stores – TopShop, Wallis, Miss Selfridge, and more –  had a “Petites” section with items that fit pretty small, but unfortunately all the garments I saw were lower quality and/or very young-trendy. I thought it was unusual that so many fast fashion stores had petite departments, because I don’t feel it’s hard to find short knit skirts, mesh dresses, or cutout tank tops that run small. It’s more so the trickier structured, tailored pieces like blazers, trousers, or sheath dresses that I really appreciate special sizing for.
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Left: Jamon Jam
on chicken paella   Right: Printed fabric selection at Liberty (from Nick’s IG)

I loved the ethnically diverse options when dining out in London. After having the traditional roast for lunch, we decided on Ceviche Peruvian Kitchen for a light dinner. It was on the pricier side for the portions, but made for a very yummy end to the trip.
chorizo and squid

Grilled chorizo and squid skewers, sweet corn cake
ceviche Alianza Lima ceviche – fresh sea bass, prawns & octopus in chilli tiger’s milk w/ sweet potatoes & corn

57 thoughts on “Comfort Traveling: Maxi skirt + denim jacket (& London faves)

  • Reply Anonymous July 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Mainly tourist activities, no kids, it'll be just me and my dad. He's a fairly typical, budget conscious Asian father haha. We love all types of food though, so no real restrictions there!

    Thanks so much for the response!

  • Reply SophiaXiong July 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach but that rings true for me, a girl that just loves food. These look yummy!

  • Reply Joules July 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I definitely like this outfit, though I have to say that the amount of walking my bf and I usually do on trips would be too much for my feet if they were in those flats. I pretty much have to wear some flavor of sneakers, which is really hard to work into an otherwise cute outfit. I've actually been spending a ton of time this summer researching ways to make this look good for a trip to Italy we're going on in September. Did you ever wear sneakers with your outfits when traveling? If you did, how did you pair them? Just curious…

    Style by Joules

  • Reply Chocolate Cookies & Candies July 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I live so close to London yet I don't know half of these places you've mentioned. I actually always run past Portabello because it's just so congested with tourists and head straight for Westbourne Grove where there are mostly locals. You look fantastic, Jean!

  • Reply mery1609 July 20, 2013 at 12:01 am

    awww! i', from Peru!!! * – *! And i just can't live without peruvian food, it's delicious! I'm so glad you think the same way! 🙂

  • Reply Betsy Yudio July 31, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Greetings from Singapore! I love your blog so much,and have been always become my inspiration. I bought the maxi skirt from Tilly's that you recommended as they provide international delivery service. I got size XS, and it's perfectly fit to my 5" tall body . To make the shipping cost worth I bought 2 colors plus their new leopard maxi skirt, and love them so much as I can also wear them as tube dress as what you recommended in one of your old post. Now i have enough maxi skirts for summer..oops it's always summer here all year long. 🙂
    Thank you so much!

  • Reply Anonymous August 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    jean can you come dress me , I am not good at it. I am 4'11 and need help.

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