Well, it's officially autumn and, naturally, all things pumpkin are hogging the spotlight. Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin bagels, bread, cream cheese, chocolates — you get the idea. And while this October baby absolutely partakes in the pumpkin palooza spanning from September through November, there's one element of fall that should not be overlooked or passed up in the name of pumpkin: apple — and, more importantly, apple picking.
Apple picking is, in my opinion, highly underrated. True, in some parts of the world apple season isn't the coziest because it starts before autumn technically begins (if you're going by the calendar), so weather forecasts can be hit or miss. However, even if the temperatures aren't dipping into the '60s just yet, that doesn't make the activity is any less fun — nor is it any less of a photo opp.
So if you're (maybe literally) sweating over what your apple-picking outfit should entail, don't. I've got you covered.
A Sweater Dress
I can barely contain my excitement for sweater weather and am (albeit, pathetically) trying to will temperatures to drop. But alas, in my neck of the woods, blustery days haven't hit just yet. That being said, just because it might be too warm for oversized knits in your area doesn't mean you can't break out a lightweight sweater dress for a trip to the farm. How you accessorize will ultimately depend on that day's forecast, but booties or sneakers are always a go. If it's a little chilly, play up the look with funky patterned tights.
A Matching Set
Take your favorite co-ord from the couch to the farm because I'm willing to bet you both could use the fresh air. If the matching set is monochromatic, add some fun accessories like a statement necklace or layered chains, but play down the jewels if you're working with a busier pattern. Minimalist jewelry or your favorite pair of sunnies will be plenty.
Personally, I've yet to hop on the shacket trend but this will be my year. They're the perfect addition for in-between temperatures — when you're not 'freezing' without some article of outerwear, but it's not exactly warm enough to go completely without. Pair the staple piece with jeans and a tee and you're good to go.
Jeans and a sweater will always be the quintessential fall ensemble, but because weather forecasts are so unpredictable for apple picking season, lightweight bottoms are fair game and leggings are no exception. Add some fall flair with a pair of combat boots and an open flannel, or simplify the look even further with a simple white T-shirt and your trusty denim jacket.
A Sweater Vest
ICYDK, those sweater vests your grandpa hoarded are hot right now, so you might want to shop his closet. Thanks in large to models sporting the layering piece as a solo top, sweater vests are being styled in a myriad of ways. Toss one on over a bandeau with jeans and sneakers, or layer it over button-downs, T-shirts, turtlenecks — virtually any shirt you see fit. Even if you end up sporting the staple as a tank, the fact that it's a knit will help channel the cozy vibes you covet.
Cropped cardigans, duster-length cardigans, oversized cardigans, and micro cardigans — all are acceptable apple picking attire. Wear the beloved staple with a pair of jeans to embrace the basic uniform, or opt for a crop top and trousers underneath for a slightly more elevated look (and I say slightly, because trousers are as good as everyday pants nowadays).
Don't pack these babies away just yet. Sundresses are the perfect transitional item from summer to autumn weather, plus they look amazing in pictures (you know you're doing this for the 'gram or even TikTok). If it's chilly, tie a light jacket around your waist as an insurance policy, and because you'll be tracking through the uneven, dirty ground, reach for a pair of sneakers on your way out the door.
Bodysuits are this writer's newest obsession (especially ones that have bras built-in, like Natalie Rogers' Bramis) because they're multi-faceted. They dress up a pair of denim and can dress down a pair of trousers, and act as a foundational piece for layering. For an apple-picking outfit, I'd style a bodysuit with ripped mom jeans, an open button-down or shacket, and a beanie.
A Graphic Tee
Graphic tees aren't just cool at concerts or made for teens — they fall under the Y2k comeback category and are more versatile than you might think. Brush the dust off your old favorite and pair it with ripped jeans and converse, or take things up a notch with leather pants and chunky boots.
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