Packing for a fall northern city trip when you live in a warm southern climate can be a challenge. First, most southern cities (even the larger ones) don’t typically encourage as much foot traffic, so the first challenge is chic, comfortable clothes appropriate for walking around during the day that can easily transition to dinner at night. Next, there’s a balance between fairly warm days in the city and cooler temps at night. I recently spent two days and three nights in New York City and managed to keep the packing light.
My entire wardrobe for the trip consisted of one skirt, one pair of jeans, a nice thick pair of riding leggings, a chambray shirt, a blousy black tank, one gauzy white top, a thick draped cardigan and a casual blazer. Bring two pairs of shoes – one very comfortable pair of flats and one (still fairly comfortable) pair of heels, or just stick to another pair of flats if that’s more your thing. To keep everything balanced, stick to neutrals that can mix and match.
I also packed sleep clothes for both nights, carried one neutral cross-body purse the whole trip, brought one pair of running clothes and tennis shoes, and toted a bag on the plane with a big scarf to double as a blanket. Jewelry helped add or detract from each outfit going day to night.
On the plane ride to New York, I wore a casual skirt, chambray shirt and my flats. That night I added the blazer, switched to heels and dressed up the look with some funky earrings. One of my goals for the trip was to take a run through Central Park, so I was thankful I packed my running gear the next morning and then grabbed coffee after. If running or brisk walking isn’t your thing, you can skip this and stroll through the park in your flats!
I changed into my jeans, tank and layered with the gauzy top. Later that day the clouds rolled in and I wished I had my scarf with me, so I should have tied it onto my cross-body. Lesson learned! Before rooftop drinks that evening and later dinner, I changed into my leggings, ditched the top over my tank and switched to the thick cardigan, paired again with my heels. The cardigan was thick enough to provide some warmth as the sunset over the city that night.
For the plane ride home the next morning I had the option of my jeans or leggings, with a casual tee. I like to be comfortable but put together when I travel and the blazer, thick cardigan or even scarf provides an extra layer that’s easy to shed when returning back to warm Dallas!
Our trip was brief, as I tagged along to one of Johnny’s business trips, but it was nice to feel some cooler weather before it reached us down south!
Black Banana Republic Skirt (similar) | J.Crew Riding Leggings (similar) | Club Monaco Chambray Shirt (similar) | French Connection Tank (similar) | Club Monaco Linen Top (similar) | Zara Draped Cardigan | J.Crew Cotton Blazer (similar) | Sam Edelman Flats | Vince Heels (similar)