I'm breaking into the fashion realm... this could be scary. But in all sincerity, I get stumped sometimes when it comes to packing for a place I've never been. I had no idea what I was doing when I packed a bag for Seattle, and let me tell you, my bag was full of stuff I never wore. Knowing what I know now, there are so many things that I took this go 'round that I wouldn't pack again. I do have some good news, though: some of the items I took were perfect!
I was in Seattle for a total of three days during mid-March; three days of adventuring through and exploring one of the most interesting cities I've visited. During those three days the weather was unpredictable as spring tends to be in the Pacific Northwest. One moment it could be warm & sunny, and then in the next instant it would be raining. Wearing layers was my life-saver & made it much more comfortable to travel in unpredictable weather.
This is a cumulative list of the clothes that I actually wore during my time in the city; and all three outfits ended up being functional and perfect for the unpredictability of the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully this list will help you be a better packer than I was!
Day One: Tourism Overload
Comfort is the key word of day one. I always strive for comfort above all when I travel, especially when I know I'm going to be walking a lot. If I could have changed one thing about this outfit, it would have been the fact that I didn't have anything to cover my head in case of an unexpected rainstorm, but an umbrella sufficed.
The first day in Seattle we did it all, from Pike Place Market to the Post Alley Gum Wall to the Space Needle. Seattle is definitely a tourist's paradise, especially if you're a sucker for good views and a good walk.
Get the look: Suede Banana Republic Factory leather jacket (old, similar here), cotton, navy tee-dress from Gap (old, similar here & here), navy tights, & forest green Hunter rainboots.
Day Two: Ferry Rides & Exploration
Layers, layers, layers! I told you I packed in layers and this outfit is the perfect definition of wearing multiple layers. I wore a comfy graphic tee with a chambray overlay and my Columbia rainjacket over top. With simple black jeans, a floppy hat, and my Hunter rainboots, I was prepared for the rain & comfy but still wore something that I would wear elsewhere. The hat was perfect for rain!
On day two we ventured via ferry to outlying Bainbridge Island, a small town with quaint parks & boats & sunshine - although we did hit a spot of rain before our island trek! Said shower happened while we were at Kerry Park (pictured above right), home to a great view of the Seattle skyline.
Get the look: Anthropologie Traveler's Tee (old, similar here & here), Old Navy denim/chambray button-up (old, similar here & here). black Gap jeans, green matte Hunter rainboots, black le pliage Longchamp tote, Target floppy black hat.
Day Three: Relaxing & Seeing Must-Sees
As you can see, I'm not afraid of a re-run! I love this jacket, and it was the perfect layering item, especially for the third day which happened to be chilly. I didn't plan on still wearing fuzzy turtlenecks in mid-March, but in Seattle it was still cold and damp. I was this close to pulling my favorite J. Crew turtleneck out of my suitcase when I realized how much stuff I had packed, but I'm so glad I didn't! Packing a variety of clothing items - like my turtleneck - is key in packing for unpredictable weather.
On our last day in Seattle, we were pretty tired and our list of must-sees had dwindled to just a few more stops so it was a fairly relaxing day in the city. I got a Pike Place Brew from the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market (which was so cool!) and sipped it while overlooking the Puget Sound at a nearby picnic table. We also ventured to Gas Works Park which ended up being one of my favorite places, as well as Volunteer Park, another cool area in a quirky neighborhood.
Get the look: warm & comfy J. Crew Factory turtleneck sweater, dark, high-rise skinny Gap jeans, my glorious Banana Republic suede leather jacket (old, similar here), and broken-in white Converse sneakers (not shown).
And Finally... A Cumulative Clothing Packing List for Seattle in Spring!
Remember, your list doesn't have to look exactly like mine! This is for reference and is by no means rules. If your style doesn't permit turtlenecks then just bring your favorite sweater! Plus, if you're going to be in the city longer you'll need more clothes than I packed! I also tend to stick with neutral colors - it's easier for me to mix & match & reuse - but if you love a bright pop of color then throw some of that in there, too. Clothes are a visual representation of our personalities so choose clothing items that best suit you.
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