What to Pack for London in the Fall

London Packing List

A white background with a photo of the thames and London Clock Tower at the top. Below is a layout of what you should pack for London in the fall.

T-shirt | Bodysuit | Blue Blouse | White Blouse | Sweatshirt | Black Sweater | Striped Sweater | Oversized Plaid | Raincoat | Sweater Dress | Trousers | Jeans | Black Trousers | Stirrups | Quilted Jacket | Sunglasses | Mask | Earrings | Loafers | Sneakers | Boots | Black Purse | Tote |

This packing list is a trip that also includes some time in Italy, so it is actually one of those multi climate vacations that confuse people with what to pack. In this instance, I would focus on what to pack for London in the fall and then make sure most of your selections will work for the Italy half of the trip.

This is because London’s weather can be so unpredictable that you need to bring enough that will cover most weather type situations.

Autumn like most people is actually my favourite time of year, therefore I always find it the easiest to dress in this weather. That makes it the easiest (and most enjoyable) to pack for as well.

What to Pack for London in Autumn

It doesn’t always rain in the UK but it does it often enough that you might want to consider a raincoat if you want to be able to walk around and enjoy yourself vs getting wet and miserable.

I’m a fan of a rain jacket that has a hood and that I can wear over the top of a bulky sweater if need be.

The ability to layer is an important part of packing light. It is how you can accommodate your outfit to unpredictable weather.

And while a raincoat is a must, rainboots are not. You won’t see a lot of rainboots unless you are mucking about in the country. Stick with a waterproof boot, or weather treat your leather boots.

While pricey, this weatherproof spray is known as the crème de la crème of shoe care. It works safely on even the most high-end leather footwear.

This is where I may lose some of you. Leggings/jeggings used to be the ultimate travel piece if not based on looks then for comfort.

Since leggings and jeggings are no longer considered “stylish” may I reintroduce you to the beautiful world of stirrups?

Yes. They are back.

Back with a vengeance.

The difference this time around is that we are chic-ing them up. They will be the elevated legging.

I’m not going to lie, I am totally feeling this trend which shocked even me. I ordered both this pair and the one I included in this post to see which I prefer. Mango also has a pair.

I’m envisioning it with a way oversized button-up (like I wore today), and a tweed Chanel-Esque blazer. See what I mean by chic-ing it up?

Anyway, they will be a very versatile bottom to pack.

Next up, a quilted jacket. There are so many out there at the moment in varying lengths, colours, and warmth levels. I’d go with a midweight coat that is slightly oversized, so that will give you the warmth you need on the days with colder temps.

If you want something longer and a bit dressier, this is a nice option.

Depending on which end of the season you will be visiting you might also want to consider a knit hat or scarf. But like I said, the chances are you won’t need this unless you are visiting at the very end of the season.

And because we are bringing stirrups you can skip by the tights for under dresses/skirts because they will do the job for you. See, versatile.

London Weather in Fall

If you are travelling in September it’s going to be warmer. The average high is 20°C and the low is 13°, but September also is known to experience a few days of and end of a summer heatwave so make sure you always, always check the weather up to the very last minute in case you need to swap stuff out.

October is primo fall weather with an average high of 16°C and a low of 10°C the rain will increase over September and you won’t have those last hot summer days to pack for.

November is when it starts to feel a bit more like the typical London winter weather with temps on average 12°C as a high and 7°C as a low. I personally find those temperatures delightful but that is probably because our winter weather is drastically lower than that.

Anything above 0° is balmy to me 😉

Okay so, I have been talking all about the London part of the trip because it is the harder one to pack for. Once you have figured out what to pack for London, you now think about how it will work in weather that is sunnier and warmer.

Also, this depends entirely on where in Italy you will be going some the weather varies greatly from top to bottom.

Warmer weather looks can be easily achieved by omitting layers and any outerwear. Button-ups are great for their versatility because they are lightweight and extremely easy to wear.

A blazer can work as both a light jacket and a way to dress up a look.

A sweater dress is also very easy to wear and weather appropriate for both places. In London you can layer it over pants, in Italy it can work well on its own if the weather requires it.

All in all packing for mixed climate is a lot easier than you think.

Pack for the harder climate, and then make sure you have weather appropriate outfits for the second that can be made from the pieces in the first (make sense?). Add in any specifics you will need for the warmer climate and voila.

Don’t forget your sunnies and a mask. Better to be safe than sorry.

London Outfit Ideas

A white background with outfit ideas for various outings in London.

What to Wear in London in Fall

A white background with outfit ideas from the pieces in the London packing list.

T-shirt | Bodysuit | Blue Blouse | White Blouse | Sweatshirt | Black Sweater | Striped Sweater | Oversized Plaid | Raincoat | Sweater Dress | Trousers | Jeans | Black Trousers | Stirrups | Quilted Jacket | Sunglasses | Mask | Earrings | Loafers | Sneakers | Boots | Black Purse | Tote |

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White Blouse | Black Trousers | Plaid Overcoat | Raincoat | White Tee | Stirrups | Purse | Blue Blouse | Jeans | Loafers |

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Sara is the founder and creative behind livelovesara. A George Brown College Fashion Styling Graduate, she provides advice on finding your personal style regardless of age and budget. She is always on the hunt for the perfect wardrobe piece and is a vintage and thrifting enthusiast who can't wait to share her newest finds. She is also trying to learn French.

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