Zara goes to Berlin

Zara tarten scarf and red vintage dressGuten tag! It’s time for a outfit post from my recent trip to Berlin. Of course the Zara I’m referring to is my favourite New Thing, my reversible tartan/herringbone woollen scarf from Zara. I spotted this beauty a few weeks ago but foolishly didn’t buy it at the time, only to go back to Cabot Circus to find it had gone from the shelves. Luckily, it appeared again the day before we left for Berlin – perfect timing!

These shots were taken outside the Reichstag building after our free walking tour, which I cannot recommend highly enough if you visit Berlin. Starting at the Brandenburg Gate, groups of 15-20 tourists are led on foot around the city by knowledgable tour guides. We saw parts of the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial, the Reichstag building and the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt, a square housing two neoclassical cathedrals and the Berlin Knozerthaus.

Our guide, Inken, spoke about her childhood growing up in Germany and the dramatic effect communism had on Berlin. Visiting parts of the Wall and hearing how it went up so quickly really put the history of the city into perspective – seeing normal buildings pockmarked with bullet holes was certainly surreal.

For early November, the weather was similar to the UK, if slightly chillier, so I could get away with wearing this vintage pinstripe dress (one of the dresses I found at the kilo sale) with a pair of black tights and my favourite Chelsea boots. The scarf and bowler hat kept me warm, though the blustering winds did try to sneak off with the latter on more than one occasion…

Auf Wiedersehen for now!

Red pinstripe dress – Judy’s Vintage Kilo Sale / Tartan/herringbone scarf – Zara / Green bowler hat – H&M / Green leather belt – vintage / Leather satchel – c/o Dr Martens / Tan Chelsea boots – c/o Topshop, Cabot Circus

Reichstag building in BerlinBerlin outfit post outside the ReichstagAutumn leaves in BerlinPosing outside the Reichstag buildingZara tartan herringbone scarf

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20 Comment

  1. Laura says: Reply

    NEED that scarf! xo

  2. Great outfit missus! I loved visiting Berlin and having a good nosey of the area, it’s amazing to hear some of the stories of people who lived with the Berlin wall cutting through the city right up until fairly recently. :/

    1. Thank you : ) It’s incredible to think how much history the city has accrued in such a short space of time.

  3. Tara O says: Reply

    Eeeep! I so want to go. Your scarf is so yummy, I love how much material there is. Best outfit backdrop ever? ;) xo

    1. You should! It’s such an interesting city. BTW this is THE largest, comfiest scarf I’ve ever owned – it should be mandatory for every man, woman and child to wear one :)

  4. Such a lovely set of photos, can I just steal your outfit please?!

    Maria xxx

    1. Ha ha! Thank you!

  5. Amy says: Reply

    I love that scarf, especially teamed with that hat!

  6. Love it! I just totally copied you and have bought the exact same scarf haha

    We will have to plan outfits ahead to make sure we don’t clash!

    1. Well then you’re in good company :) The beauty is that it’s reversible so even if we do one of us can just turn it the other way – genius! x

  7. Katie says: Reply

    Berlin is amazing :) You look fantastic <3 aw :)

  8. Helen says: Reply

    That scarf looks super snuggly. I’ve never been to Berlin before but I would really like to visit one day.

    1. I thoroughly recommend it – it’s such an interesting city and there is so much to see : )

  9. Berlin is so incredible! It’s the city I’d move to in a blink of an eye!

    1. Snap – though I’m not sure I could handle a German winter!

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  11. Love the outfit! That scarf is brilliant! It looks a lot warmer than I went to Berlin in January….we couldn’t feel our fingers for most of the trip! Sehr gut!

  12. Laetitia says: Reply

    Love your scarf!! Can you tell me the reference, so I can search for it in my country :)

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