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Date: 8/28/13 2:45 AM

I will be visiting Boston and New York in mid October which is a good incentive to get on with my autumn wardrobe. I would really appreciate some advice on getting the right look for the two cities. I have been to NY in high summer which was easy to dress for but now the weather is turning it's trickier. Jackets/coats/rainwear - what shall I pack in my " capsule" wardrobe and still feel good.
I am aiming to have space in my case to accommodate the spoils of several forays to the Garment District as excess baggage is not really an option - DH has no illusions as to the size of my stash having just had to organise the redistribution of weight in my first floor sewing room and will be completely unsympathetic to further purchases!

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Date: 8/28/13 10:47 AM

Oh my, you must bring your Anne Klein jacket that you reviewed. You can wear that with anything, dress it up dress it down. Slim black pants, jeans, anything! A cozy cashmere-type sweater underneath will make it winter. You might get tired of wearing the same jacket day in and day out but when you travel you are in new places and your outfit is always new to the people you meet.

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Date: 8/29/13 7:08 PM

I'd skip the dedicated rainwear and take an umbrella if the forecast is rain. But really, don't even think about packing until a few days before you go so you can see what the weather will be --it is so variable in October. I also second the cashmere sweater suggestion--they're light and can go over your shoulders if it's lovely and mild. A fine but toasty pashmina shawl that crushes to nothing and can go in the bottom of your bag is always part of my kit in the fall. NY in October is spectacular--you wil have a wonderful time.

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Date: 8/29/13 9:33 PM

I second the vote for checking the weather shortly before leaving.

Think layers. It depends a bit on if you tend to be chilly or hot, of course, but I think knit tops in slinky, cotton, or rayon with 3/4 or long sleeves will serve you well. You can squish up the sleeves if it does get unexpectedly hot, or add that jacket / sweater over it. If you have space, I'd suggest at least 2 sweaters so you don't end up wearing the same one each morning.

You definitely want a jacket. Sewliz sounds like she already has your bag partially packed for you.


An umbrella is a nice concept but it is often too windy to be effective. But this is why you check the weather shortly before leaving; hopefully you can skip the raincoat because they take up too much space.


(By the way, the shops in NY will ship your fabric home for you. )


P.S. As for 'look', you will look right at home with jeans and a nice shirt / sweater, although both cities are pretty flexible. New York of course sports a wider variety of looks than Boston, but there is a range in Boston as well.

-- Edited on 8/29/13 9:37 PM --

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Date: 8/31/13 5:15 PM

Thank you ladies for your help - I really appreciate the advice. I had forgotten I had that Anne Klein jacket, so thank you Sewliz. It will dress up or down and be perfect as a short coat. I am planning to make another version of the Angela Wolf fringed skirt and quilted jacket so together with jeans and a black cashmere sweater or two, some white t's and a pashmina I should be fine, and still have plenty of spare case space to fill

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