From the archives. Originally published in 2019.
I’ve got my fall packing down to a science. Rotating a few pairs of jeans for day and switching to black for the evening is a formula that’s worked well for me. I bring tees, knitwear, and shirts that are good layered or on their own. Coats and scarves are the best places to add variety so I like to have several for lots of styling options. I can put together tons of looks from the pieces above that are versions of my uniform at home. Using a fall color palette with a heavy dose of camel and black makes for easy mixing and matching. I’d add a couple of plain tees, gloves, hats and maybe a pair of sneakers, but that’s about it. Using my packing system of a carry-on and tote, I’ll still have enough space in my suitcase to bring home new purchases from my travels.
I’ll switch between dark, light and grey jeans for day and top with a jacket, sweater or blouse that’s weather appropriate. Lug sole boots will keep me comfortable for hours of walking but I could swap them out for sneakers if needed.
For casual dinners, I’ll switch to a leather (real or faux) legging or skirt and pair with a polished loafer or chunky heeled boot. I’ll bring one or two shirts that have a vibe appropriate for dinners, or I’ll just wear a thin black knit for a monochromatic look.
COATS & JACKETS
I like to have a variety of coats and jackets, so along with the required piece (trench or puffer) to get me through any inclement weather, I’ll pack a slim blazer and a patterned jacket to switch things up. If I know I’m going somewhere very chilly, a down vest would also make the cut and take up little to no space in the suitcase.
Scarves are key to keeping the looks fresh. I always bring at least three in varying weights. You’ll always find an oversized cashmere travel wrap in my tote for the flight. It’s one of the indispensable items I never leave home without.