London December Outfits

December in London offers a magical experience, from the twinkling holiday lights to the bustling Christmas markets.

This month can be chilly, so pack lots of warm layers that are easy to adjust. It might be cold outside, but public transport can get very warm, especially during rush hour.

Average High Temps:

  • Early December: 7°C (44°F)
  • Mid-December: 5°C (41°F)
  • Late December: 4°C (39°F)

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Typical outfits you will see Londoners wearing during December are jeans, boots, and jumpers. You can make it more stylish by choosing a colorful winter coat or wearing boots with interesting features.

The main priority for dressing for London’s December weather is comfort and warmth, however, you can add your own flair with printed scarves or stylish headwear such as berets or chunky knitted hats.

Christmas is celebrated throughout the entire month of December and festive lights are usually turned on towards the end of November. The entire city has a happy feel to it and if you are visiting during this time you may want to get into the festive spirit.

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A funny Christmas jumper, fun festive hats, and scarves will no doubt bring smiles wherever you go.

Even though it is winter many Londoners make the most of the festive period and enjoy dressing up to go out in the evenings. Sequins, sparkle, velvet, and festive colors such as red, green, burgundy, and interesting prints are all welcomed in London.

It is the perfect place to express your unique style. However, just make sure to bring warm tights or layer up with thermals under those festive outfits.

Essential Clothing Items

Dark Jeans or Trousers

December in London can be very cold, so be prepared with warm winter clothing such as jeans or wool trousers.

As London can be quite rainy during this month you will need a few pairs of thick comfortable jeans to wear both during the day and in the evening.

  • Fashion Tip: Go for high-waisted jeans paired with tucked-in knit sweaters. This not only elongates your legs but also adds a sophisticated edge to your look.
  • Pair it Up: Leather belts and ankle boots make for killer add-ons with jeans or trousers.
  • Dressy Event: If you are planning on visiting the theater, check the dress code. Most London theaters allow you to wear jeans; however, if you are attending a special performance you may want to dress up.
  • Example Combos: A black turtleneck, blue jeans, and black Chelsea boots.

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A Warm Padded Coat

You will need a warm padded coat to survive the cold London temperatures. London can be very windy and icy in February so you will need a warm coat that is insulated.

Wool coats are also great as they are both warm and stylish.

  • Fashion Tip: Opt for a long-line coat in a neutral color like black, gray, or beige. They are versatile and elevate any outfit.
  • Pair it Up: Long scarves and mittens go perfectly with these coats.
  • Material Matters: Wool-blend or down-filled coats offer the best insulation.
  • Example Combos: A wool coat in a bright color like red paired with dark jeans and a white knit sweater. Adds a pop of color to a cloudy day, don’t you think?

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Waterproof Boots

To navigate the winding London streets, a pair of comfortable waterproof walking boots are essential. Dark-colored boots are more stylish in London, especially when worn with jeans and a wool coat.

However, the style is up to you; as a Londoner, I see such a mix of different styles. It is definitely a very creative and expressive city to visit.

  • Fashion Tip: Chelsea boots or lace-up boots are both fashionable and functional.
  • Pair it Up: Waterproof boots and knee-length socks are a warm and trendy combo.
  • Example Combos: Black lace-up boots, dark skinny jeans, and a navy peacoat. Classic, right?

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Across-Body Bag

Across-body bags are very useful in London to carry your valuables and keep them where you can easily reach them and see them. Unfortunately, there are many pickpockets in London, so you should carry a bag that you wear on the front of your body or even under your coat.

If you are using public transport or taking photos, you will appreciate having a place for your essentials close to you, for ease of access.

  • Fashion Tip: Go for a leather or faux-leather bag in a neutral color to match with multiple outfits.
  • Pair it Up: Try pairing an across-body bag with a chunky belt for a coherent look.
  • Example Combos: A beige leather across-body bag, a matching belt, and a burgundy wool coat.

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Backpack

Bring an additional backpack to carry any larger items such as your water bottle, umbrellas, or snacks. If you are planning to do a spot of shopping, then a backpack will be useful to carry purchases as stores in England charge a small price for carrier bags.

  • Fashion Tip: A minimalistic black or gray backpack usually goes well with most outfits.
  • Pair it Up: Matching your backpack color with your coat or boots gives a coordinated look.
  • Note: If you visit any large venues such as museums, theaters, or galleries you will likely be asked to open your bag for security at the entrance. This is commonplace and just a safety precaution for entry to the venue.
Umbrella

You will need a sturdy umbrella during February in London. Although rainfall is less than during January and December, rain is still expected. Rain showers can start suddenly and often the daily forecast cannot be relied on. Bring a compact umbrella that you can easily fit in your backpack for ease.

  • Fashion Tip: Transparent or monochrome umbrellas look stylish and functional.
  • Pair it Up: A colorful umbrella can add a pop of color to a monochrome outfit.


December in London can be chilly, so pack lots of warm layers that are easy to adjust. It might be cold outside, but public transport can get very warm, especially during rush hour.

Packing List:

  • Long sleeve T-shirts
  • Thermal base layers
  • Thick Sweaters/jumpers
  • Shirts
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Jeans
  • Thick socks
  • Waterproof boots/shoes
  • Stylish leather boots
  • Festive outfits – something with a bit of sparkle
  • Long-sleeve dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Backpack or shoulder bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Tissues
  • UK travel adapter (3-pin plug)

With these tips, you’ll not only stay warm and dry but also make a fashion statement. London’s the perfect city to express yourself, so let your outfit tell your story. Cheers!

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