In Boston we have a distinct fall season. Starting at the end of September and early October, you can feel a chill in the air and see leaves on the trees starting to turn. As the temperatures drop, you’ll want to be prepared with plenty of layers. While temperatures typically range between 46°F (8°C) and 61°C (16°C) during the fall season, New England weather can be unpredictable. Your best bet is to be prepared for a variety of scenarios. To help you with packing for your Boston trip, we’ve put together some tips as well as a sample packing list!
1. Keep it classic.
To fit in with the locals, we recommend including some classic pieces in your trip wardrobe. Bostonians dress somewhat conservatively and favor neutral colors and timeless staples. Key pieces like striped shirts, a classic tan trench coat will help you look like a local. If traveling for business, we recommend dresses for women and suits for men in neutral colors, like black, gray, navy and tan. If you’re here for vacation, a pair of well fitting jeans and comfortable t-shirt will serve you well! Jewelry and accessories are an easy way to dress up any outfit (and won’t take up much room in your suitcase).
2. Leave your heels at home.
Boston is a very walkable city, with lots to see, so comfortable shoes are a must. Whether they’re boots, sneakers or ballet flats, you’ll be happy to have a sensible pair or two with you. Some historic areas of Boston, like Beacon Hill and the South End, have rocky cobblestone sidewalks that will be difficult to navigate in heels. We recommend only bringing heels for special occasions, like a nice dinner out, where you know you’ll be taking an Uber or a taxi directly to your destination.
3. Layer up!
Having a variety of layers will ensure that you’re prepared for all types of weather. From short sleeve shirts to warm jackets, you’ll want to have options on hand. Two pieces that we most highly recommend are a rain coat and a down jacket. A waterproof layer like a rain shell will be essential if you get a drizzly day while in Boston. We also highly recommend bringing a puffy down jacket. It’s a key piece that will be lightweight and won’t take up much room in your suitcase, and will you keep you warm on cold days. To help you figure out exactly what to wear in Boston in the fall, we’ve put together this packing list:
- base layers for extra warmth on cold days (think tank tops for women)
- comfortable short sleeve shirts
- long sleeve top
- cardigan or light pull over sweater
- down vest
- rain jacket
- sensible footwear that's comfortable for walking
- ballet flats for women
- sneakers or tennis shoes
- boots with no heel, or a low heel
- trench coat
- warm down coat (like a North Face)
- light scarf
- large purse, backpack, or canvas bag
- a camera to capture your trip!
Looking for more inspiration about what to wear in Boston for fall? We recommend checking out local fashion bloggers including The Boston Fashionista, Style-Wire, and A Boston Blazer.
If you’re looking for further assistance with planning your fall trip to Boston, we welcome you to contact us at the Inn. We work hard to find the best New England fall activities so we’re able to guide our guests. We look forward to hearing from you!
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