Autumn is my favorite season for travel! We have a week in Northern California wine country (Sonoma and Napa) planned for later this month, and will probably squeeze in a weekend getaway somewhere closer to home toward the end of the year.
Fall Travel Wardrobe Ideas
While Fall (and Spring) are beautiful times of the year to travel, packing for those transitional seasons can be challenging because weather is often so changeable. You can’t rely on forecasts more than a couple of days out. Rather than trying to determine and pack for specific conditions, I’ve learned to think in terms of possible temperature ranges and be sure I have clothing that will work at either end of the range. Usually, this means packing lightweight layers that I can add or remove as needed.
Here are a few lightweight pieces you may want to consider for your Fall travel wardrobe…
When it comes to outerwear, I prefer not to pack a bulky coat. I found that too often I’m stuck having to carry it around, either indoors or outside when the day warms up unexpectedly.
A couple of years ago, I picked up one of the ultra light down vests (wearing in top photo) from Uniqlo in Paris. A few months later on a recommendation from a friend, I bought the compact down jacket. These jackets pack down to nothing, can be worn on their own or layered underneath a coat or raincoat. Like the vests, I think they run a little small. I sized up to a Medium. (This will definitely be going to wine country with me!)
And if you need a travel raincoat at a budget-friendly price, I was also impressed with how light these “Blocktech” coats are. They don’t have a lot of insulation, but you can layer up underneath for warmth if needed.
I bought one of the Lands’ End packable down coats a few years ago and have been quite pleased with it. Here’s this year’s version. The shell is water-resistant, and the feathers retain their loft even when wet. This style is offered in Misses, Petites, Tall, Plus and Petites Plus.
Travel In Style
I love my Eileen Fisher stretch crepe pants for travel, but often find myself wishing for something more like a trouser. Here’s a pair of wide-leg ponte knit pants (also offered in navy) with pockets! Regular and Petite lengths. Tall lengths also offered here.
Perhaps you’re going on a cruise, or to a warmer destination. This pretty reversible kimono jacket gives you two pieces in one, to help maximize your travel wardrobe.
Reversible pieces are a great way to get more mileage out of your travel wardrobe. This quilted jacket reverses to black, providing two completely different looks.
For more of my travel wardrobes, and to search for ideas by season, check out my Travel Wardrobe Resource page HERE. And I’ll be creating a special Wine 🍷Country Recap and Guide later this month just for my email subscribers, so if you don’t already subscribe, you can use the form below to do so now. 👇
Are you planning any travel this fall? Facing any travel wardrobe challenges?