What to Wear: Fall Harvest Weekend
The leaves are a-changing and there's the fall harvest to take in. For your next weekend trip, take advantage of the bounty of the season. Plan a day at the apple orchards or make it a three-day vacation in the countryside: a charming bed and breakfast, picturesque local town, and real farm-to-table dining. Below, the outfits for an activity-filled autumnal weekend.
Hitting nearby orchards is a doable, last minute plan for lazy Saturdays. The setting is divine and the apples leave a lovely scent in the air. Bonus: you won't need to slave away when plucking the choicest fruit and stuffing in your Feed nature bag ($50). Many apple orchards are pruned for easy picking with long-handled baskets available for higher branches. All of which means, you won't snag your latest fall sweater accented with fun daytime metallic details ($450 by Rag & Bone). For pants, stand out from nature's warm palette in a cool blue. These cerulean corduroys by Hudson have stretch for comfort plus a mid-rise to guard against any unwanted exposure when bending or reaching ($176). Tuck them into tough boots that will probably look better with a bit of dirt on them anyway. These Nine West short booties ($149) worn with wicking Wigwam socks ($12) with go well with pants or casual dresses. Guard against sunshine with these tortoiseshell shades with '60s-style green lenses ($145). And finally, key in on the Thanksgiving meets cornucopia theme with a wishbone pendant maybe dipped in shimmering pavé-set stones ($100).
Planning to make a weekend trip out of it? Check into a sweet country inn before dressing for dinner. Suede is always in season for autumn and these cropped velvety soft leggings in rich brown ($495 by MICHAEL Michael Kors) will contrast nicely with a pair of slick burgundy and black pumps ($98). On top, go for romance. A floral print blouse in violet hues ($80 by Topshop) pairs well with a burgundy rabbit gilet ($1,265 by Helmut Lang). With texture and print in the ensemble, stick with minimalist accessories. This messenger bag in light brown ($158) is gorgeous for its simple design.
Americana items, and particularly those by heritage brands, are a no-brainer when it comes to country attire. One of my favorites is Mass.-based brand Penfield with its handsomely outdoor jackets and shirts, like this denim style with lumberjack plaid inset ($95). (Tip: No need to steal the boyfriend's shirt, there's a ladies version too.) If you're the type that can pull off just about anything, go for denim on denim, with a pair of jeans. Or a mustard-colored chino ($69.50 by Club Monaco) works just as well. Wear with Red Wing boots in red and brown—aside from being perfectly rugged, they will pick up the colors in the shirt. For extra style points, try a dressy baseball cap with a contrast corduroy bill ($32). And add function to your outfit by toting around a handy Leatherman tool ($59.55), to slice off a piece of hard-earned apple, naturally.
Temperatures dip at night in the country, which makes for perfect hearthstone huddling. For a cozy night in front of the fireplace, think cabin chic. A plaid button down shirt ($64.50 at Banana Republic) layers well with a cardigan sweater featuring nifty toggle closures ($416). A slim cotton pant like this navy canvas style ($34.99 and part of the Odin for Target collaboration) keeps the look sharp. Unless you're staying in, and feet are sheathed in shearling slippers, wear a broken-in brogue boot ($475 by Duckie Brown for Florsheim), which has a gentleman farmer quality to its design and coloring. In case, you're strolling back to the B&B on a cool night, these buttery dark brown leather gloves ($198) are the perfect extras in your weekend bag.
What to Do
Depending on your location in the country, you should be able to find an orchard or U-Pick farm within a short car ride. In the New York area, to venture out of the Big Apple. Near Albany, Applejacks Orchard in Peru, NY is on the smaller side, but it's well-manicured and features a plethora of other activities like a petting zoo, hay maze, and pumpkin patch. New York State also has several apple festivals scattered about, which often include live music, pony rides, or in the case of Wayne County, an apple tasting challenge over the month of October.
Washington, the country's bona fide apple state, had endless U-Pick options. Highlight: Jones Creek Farms in the Skagit Valley offers pick-yourself apples (along with several rare heirloom varieties), pumpkins, and other produce. Ready for an adult version? Head to the nearby Tulip Valley Vineyard and Orchard. Skip the mediocre wines and go directly to the stellar hard apple ciders. For example, the Fire Barrel is a traditional cider aged in whisky barrels, and the Burro Loco is made of a local blend of crabapples.
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I can't speak to how East Coast families head out to a fall farm event. Maybe they do wear $450 sweaters. If you want to head to Skagit Valley or Hood River etc, you might go with what the locals would wear apple picking: Eddie Bauer down vests, and cords, a Columbia waterproof shell jacket and hiking boots picked up from REI. Maybe throw in a Nike dri-fit shirt if it's really chilly.