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HEN DO PACKING DILEMMAS: SOLVED

Most of us have either been on a hen do or enjoyed our own at some point in time and so we all know the level of planning that goes into attending – even if you aren’t organizing the party yourself!

A dilemma that every hen will face is what to wear. Perhaps you are doing an activity during the day and then going for dinner at night, or maybe you are lucky enough to be enjoying a few nights away. Whatever the scenario, you need ot be prepared.

A few weeks ago, contributor Lisa from Just Bespoke was in just that position when she was invited on the ultimate hen party by online style destination, Shopstyle. She accepted immediately (all in the name of research for BLOVED obviously…), and then spent the next few days wondering what to wear for a day of diverse activities across London.

So, with that experience under her belt, here’s Lisa’s run-down of what to wear in every hen party eventuality…

TRAVEL

So, you’re off…but you need to get there first. Whether it’s a car journey, a flight or a quick hop on the tube, you want to ensure that you are wearing suitable clothing to travel in.

Personally, I would always opt for a loose trouser and layers but a relaxed dress could work well too.

DINING OUT

It is more than likely that at some point during your hen, you will be dining out – a girl has to eat after all! As it happened, we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at The Wolsely, but the same rules apply whether it’s breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. You want to look stylish and smart.

For daytime, I would recommend adding comfort into the mix too…you want to be able to enjoy what’s in front of you, where as at night, you want to look a bit more dressed up.

BACK TO SCHOOL ACTIVITY

Whether it’s a cooking lesson, learning calligraphy or in my case, perfume making at Jo Malone, you want to be relaxed and comfortable.

For me, this means a comfy flat shoe, some smart black trousers and a lightweight shirt, jazzed up with a simple necklace. Jeans are also good. Ultimately, its about looking stylish, but being able to roll your sleeves up, quite literally, and get stuck in!

ADVENTURE ACTIVITY

For the more adventurous hen, you might find yourself learning how to walk the tight rope, running around a city on a treasure hunt, or perhaps even getting in a helicopter for a thrill-seekers view of London (highly recommended)!

The golden rule here is no skirts or dresses. You will also definitely need a pair of trainers (I love these animal print ones by Nike), and I would also advise layers. It gets quite hot when you’re rushing around!

RELAXATION

After a busy day of activities, it is always nice to spend a bit of time relaxing. This could be getting pampered at the spa, going to the beach, or simply chilling out, chatting with your friends and catching some sun.

Light, loose clothing is great and swimwear is also great in case you get the chance to sunbathe or use the pool. Don’t forget your cover-up either – perfect to throw on in case you head out for a cheeky sundowner at the end of the day too!

HEN DO ESSENTIALS

Lastly, there are always a few items which are a necessity whatever the nature of the hen do. Firstly, you need a really comfy pair of shoes like the fashionable pair below from Ash at Sarenza – perfect whatever the activity. Likewise, you’ll also need a bag to take all your belongings in, a pair of sunnies to shield you from the sun (and to mask the hangover!) and some comfy clothing to hang out in in case you get some down time.

 

To get more inspiration for what to pack, you can view our ultimate Hen Party Packing list here.

The Hen Do Challenge was arranged by ShopStyle to celebrate the launch of their Wedding Hub.

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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