There’s just something universally enchanting about autumn, whether it’s the pumpkin spiced beverages, the chill in the air, or the changing of the leaves. Autumn is also the perfect season to take a city break. But – like any city break – it can require a bit of organizing.
To help, I’ve put together this article on how to pack for a short trip, and optimize your autumn outfits. So settle-in and get comfy as I run through my autumn break packing tips.
1. A coat that goes with everything
There’s a reason this is first on my list, and it’s because the coat you choose is likely making an appearance in the majority of the photos you take. So, it’s important to bring one that goes with what you’re packing!
I prefer a coat that’s neutral—beige, grey, navy, and tan are my go-to colours. This type of colour palette in a coat also gives you the flexibility to add patterns, prints, and florals to your autumn outfits without fear of clashing.
2. Jumpsuits or dresses with sleeves (and even better, pockets!)
Jumpsuits and sleeved dresses can make perfect additions to your autumn city break packing list. And, a special bonus if you can find them with pockets. There’s nothing quite like strolling around a city on a cool autumn day with your hands tucked away cozy in your pockets.
When choosing a colour palette for jumpsuits and dresses with sleeves, I’d lean more towards bold prints or solid, neutral colours. A bold pattern is both fun and can be its own outfit accessory, while a neutral tone will work well with all your other autumn outfits.
3. A couple of pairs of jeans or trousers you can dress down
It’s always important to pack a couple of pairs of jeans or trousers that you can dress down. While jeans and trousers in neutral colours may not be the most exciting items to pack, they’ll serve as the base for any of your outfits. Plus, in the brisk autumn air, they’re guaranteed to keep your legs warm – and they always pair well with an oversized jumper.
4.Waterproof shoes that you can walk in all day
My three favourite types of autumnal footwear for city break trips are:
1. Black or Brown ankle boots
You can’t go wrong with a comfortable black or brown ankle boot. Depending on your choice of clothing, you have the choice of either a black or brown pair to match your travel wardrobe. If your city break is short, these can also make for great everyday shoes.
2. Soft white leather trainers
These are a lovely transition shoe from summer to early fall, making them great for an autumn city break. They’re extremely walkable, and can be effortlessly matched with a variety of autumn outfits.
3. Colourful ankle boots
For longer trips I’d suggest bringing a pair or two of colourful or printed ankle boots as statement pieces. And, to make sure you’re making the most of your packing space, I’d recommend making sure they go with more than just one of your outfits.
5. A waterproof mac
If you’re expecting rainy weather during your trip, my next autumn city break outfit necessity is a waterproof mac. Now, depending on Mother Nature, this waterproof mac might turn into your everyday coat so it’s important to make sure it goes with everything! With that said, you can’t go wrong with neutral tones- grey, navy, tan, and beige are my recommendations to really pull together your autumnal city break outfit.
6. A medium sized bag
The goal here is to have a bag that’s light enough to carry around all day, while having the space to hold any of your extra layers. When traveling in autumn and putting together a city break outfit, my go-to is a cross-body bag that’s neutral; blacks, greys and whites, or browns, beige and cream, as these colours won’t clash with any patterns you might wear. Also, when traveling in a busy area, the cross-body is easy to swing to your front.
Last, but certainly not least, are the layers — jumpers, thermal layers, vests, scarves, hats, and gloves. These items are arguably the most signature parts of an autumn outfit.
Since jumpers and scarves tend to take up more space, it’s important to make sure they’re versatile. I like to pack a few outfits that involve the jumper over blouse combination. This allows you to keep the jumper on if it’s cool and take it off if it’s warm, and you’ll still have a nice top on. And, depending on where you go, accessories like hats and gloves can be great additions.
Hopefully you’re feeling a little more prepared and excited to pack up for your autumn city break!
Whatever autumn outfits you decide to create for your weekend trip, the most important thing is to feel good in what you wear. So have fun with what you pack and have a pumpkin spiced latte for me while you’re away!
Until next time,
Your personal stylist,