Reader Ashton from Florida asked for help with what to pack for vacation to Seattle in November. Well, this resident Northwesterner just happens to have a mom who lives in South Florida and visits regularly, so we have ya covered, mama. But, this is still a tricky challenge, even with experience on our side. I definitely want to recommend pieces that will be useful in both climates so dear reader won’t have to break the bank for one trip. Here’s what my mom and I have come up with:
–a wrap that can double as a scarf – here I choose this Jcrew Striped Cape Scarf that isn’t wool, so it could still be worn in Florida. I love that it can be a cape/poncho or wrapped around as a scarf. This would be perfect to wear on the plane ride, too.
–a vest for layering – I love that the green of this Abercrombie Military Vest adds a little more color to the ensemble. The vest will keep you a bit warmer without adding sleeve bulk under the raincoat. And it’s just nice to have another layering option in the mix. (This one fits TTS. I wear a Small in it, for reference).
–a lightweight sweater – I have and love this Rag & Bone Double Vee Long Sleeve sweater. It’s drapey and light and a great medium warmth perfect for fall.
– comfy, waterproof boots that can work for evening (it’s super casual up here) – These Sorel boots are my favorites. I have them in gray and they work in rain or even snow, apparently. Ha! They can pass as an evening shoe up here because, well, it’s usually raining so we forgo heels by September. The sleek black of this pair will be killer with the coated denim.
–a statement top that still works for daytime – I love stripes and this Jcrew Striped Bell-Sleeve top adds a little fun to this mix with a full sleeve and bright red. It would work with either jean or shoe for day or night. Add a chunky silver necklace to dress it up a bit for dinner out.
–gray jeans show less dirt – I liked keeping the pant palette neutral here with these Topshop gray jeans and gray is great at not showing dirt. You could go with a wash like this or a solid dark gray, like this Jcrew Toothpick pair.
–comfy leather sneakers – If you’re really on your feet a lot you might consider a leather sneaker, for comfort and for keeping feet drier than suede or canvas. I adore this burgundy Converse hi top. It’s a great color for fall to pair with the fun bright red.
–a lightweight rain jacket (obvs) – This is The North Face Laney Trench that Shana loves. It comes in a few colors, but black is just easiest to pack for travel. It’s light enough that it would be fine for Florida showers, too.
–a fun crossbody bag to wear under your raincoat but add a pop of color – Love this Frances Valentine Mini Ellen bag. I tend to tuck my crossbody under my raincoat if I’m out in the rain and this one looks like the strap would be very comfy. Here’s a cute one from Jcrew at more friendly price point, too.
–small packable umbrella (you’ll stand out as a tourist, but if you’re walking the city a lot you’ll want one! I like this deep red color)
–waterproof backpack for city wear or any shopping purchases – I always travel with a backpack anyway. If you know you’ll be out for most of the day you may want to grab a waterproof one like this.
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Overall, bring layers and darker colors, especially for pants and shoes. Canvas or suede shoes will get ruined. Waterproof boots are best if you plan to do a lot of walking around the city. Sometimes the rain is light in November but you just never know. One year we had minor flooding in December in Portland, so just be prepared! That’s when Lyft is your friend.
The nice thing about the fall here is that it’s not super cold. You can still get away with a couple of light layers under a raincoat and a scarf will be great to adjust to the cool from the warm Florida climate.
Ashton, you’ll get to see the Northwest in all it’s rainy, stunningly green glory. I hope you have a fabulous trip! We sure are hoping for that raininess right now as so much of our lovely land is burning from forest fires. Also, hoping for safety for everyone in Florida with the coming hurricane. Such weather craziness right now. Stay safe everyone.
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