How to Build a Fall Travel Wardrobe

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Last week I shared a post about my crazy travel plans this fall.  For the rest of the year, I’m going somewhere at least once a month, and actually taking TWO trips most of the months.  EEK.

With all that crazy coming up, I need to keep packing as simple as possible so that I don’t lose my mind!  So even though it’s only August, I’ve already started thinking about a few basic pieces that will be my packing staples through the fall and into the winter.  In other words, my fall travel wardrobe.

I’m also getting a jump start because…who doesn’t love fall clothes and fall clothes shopping?  I mean, all the magazines are doing it.  As a result, all this thinking about fall travel has me with a shopping wish list that’s three credit cards long.

The key to fall travel wardrobe planning – like most travel wardrobe planning – is layers!  This is especially important for fall travel, since the weather can fluctuate from sunny and crisp to downright cold in a manner of days.

Another key to planning a fall travel wardrobe is to plan around a very basic color palette.  No secret there!  I am planning around black and gray, so I’ll be able to easily mix and match.

How to Build a Fall Travel Wardrobe

Fall Travel Wardrobe

Start with black denim – preferably a skinny, stretchy pair.  I love the versatility of black denim and actually wrote an entire post here about why black jeans are so perfect for travel.

Add a pair of ankle boots and a pair of flats.

Add two printed tops for some interest – ideally ones that can be dressed up or down.  The tops in the collage are here and here.

Next: two t-shirts.  I’ve said many times on this blog how much I love Joie’s linen t-shirts for travel.  They’re lightweight and incredibly comfortable – and I love that I can wear them with skinny jeans for a very casual look, but they’re polished enough to tuck into a pencil skirt – an outfit that can easily be accessorized to be business casual.

Add one fitted sweater and one slouchy cardigan-style sweater.

For an outer layer, add a leather jacket or a long coat.  Your choice might depend on your destination, and just how cold it’ll be at that point.

Add another bottom: either one black skirt for business travel, or dark denim for personal travel.

For an accessory, pick a cozy scarf that’ll go with any of your outfits.

Finally, a classic black tote bag should see you through the entire season, and for years to come.

Dress it all up with a neutral statement necklace that will go with any of the outfits that can be put together with this travel wardrobe.

So there you have it!  14 pieces that I’ll be building my fall packing lists around.

What’s on your fall packing list?

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