How to Pack for a Fall Trip to Washington D.C.

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Packing for a fall trip to Washington D.C. can be tricky. The weather is usually pretty mild, with average high temperatures at about 64 degrees, but evenings can get chilly. Between visiting the monuments and checking out the beautiful autumn foliage, you’ll probably spend a lot of time outdoors. How do you pack for warmth without going overboard, while staying within your carry-on luggage limits? Stick to these essentials from Vineyard Vines and you’ll be good to go. Here’s what to pack for visiting D.C. in the fall.

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1. Sweater

I look forward to sweater weather all year! They’re cozy, comfortable, and flattering on all figures. I especially love this cozy and easy-to-wear cashmere cable crew sweater, which is great for layering or wearing alone.

what to wear in washington dc
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2. Down vest

You really cannot go wrong with a good down vest for every member of your family. These provide warmth right where you need it, without smothering you. They’re perfect for when there’s a chill in the air, but still plenty of sunshine to be seen. And the best part is how packable they are.

what to wear in washington dc
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3. Long-sleeve tops

These are versatile wardrobe staples I won’t leave home without during chilly months. You can easily layer them under a sweater and/or a down vest, depending on just how cold it is outside. Stick with neutral colors so you can mix and match. My personal favorites are this effortless relaxed Henley, this mixed media sweatshirt, and this super soft button down flannel.

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4. Long-sleeve dresses

My girls and I love long-sleeve dresses because it means we can dress up without sacrificing warmth, and there are plenty of styles in store for 2017. I can’t get enough of this lace-up sweater dress that’s perfect for a date night or a family dinner. And this girls’ cowl neck dress is both adorable and comfortable.

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5. Scarf

Aside from being practical, there’s something about a patterned or textured scarf that instantly ties a look together. They’re great for the whole family, and anyone well-versed in cold weather will tell you layering is the key to comfort. Long or short, flannel or fringed, infinity or traditional, there’s a style for everyone! Not only have scarves kept me fashionable and warm, they’ve also saved my hair while being caught in the rain and hidden a freshly stained shirt after lunch. They take up very little space in my carry-on and can easily fit in my purse if the day gets a little too warm.

what to wear in washington dc
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With these five, comfy items, you’ll have stylish options on-hand to choose from, without having to give much thought to what you’ll wear while on vacation. Stick to one color palette so you’ll be able to add or subtract layers as needed with ease.

What are your fall wardrobe must-haves?

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About Carmen Sognonvi

Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

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