Melissa Ventosa Martin

A fall weekend in the great outdoors is a special thing. On a recent trip to Aspen, my itinerary included days spent hiking + horseback riding with dinners fireside. I needed casual pieces that could be worn different ways and that transitioned from day to evening. Here are 7 essentials to pack for three days of mountain air -  whether that be in Colorado, Tennessee, Virginia or New York.

Courtesy of Raden

Before you pack, there’s the suitcase. And if you didn’t know about Raden, a great new luggage company that launched in March of this year, get acquainted! Their carry-ons come in a great range of colors and have a USB port to charge your phone. It’s a no brainer for travel.

Kira Turnbull & David Alexander Arnold

Always a travel staple for it’s versatility and comfort, denim now plays a starring role showing up on the runways from Gucci to Balenciaga. A great pair of jeans works for any travel activity and transitions to evening with only a shoe change (plus some jewelry and lipstick). I love Rebecca Taylor’s new denim line, Le Vie.    

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Kira Turnbull & David Alexander Arnold

A fine ribbed knit is my number one travel MVP. A perfect layering piece, this Henley from T by Alexander Wang has it’s roots in the great outdoors, but the silhouette and fabric make it chic enough to wear to dinner with a trouser or skirt.

Kira Turnbull & David Alexander Arnold

I always pack one statement piece to mix in with my mostly neutral wardrobe while traveling. There is something very American west about the embroidery of this Vita Kin skirt. It looks elegant with the Manolo slides and henley for dinner.

Courtesy of Manolo Blahnik

A flat from Manolo Blahnik is my number one must have travel item. They pack beautifully and can make any outfit elegant – like a Henley and jeans, for instance – and also are evening appropriate.

Kira Turnbull & David Alexander Arnold

A great rugged boot is essential for any outdoorsy trip.  They can be worn with your hiking outfit while exploring new terrain, or even with your jeans and a sweater for a casual day of shopping or sitting by the fire.

Courtesy of Stutterheim

A fall weekend outdoors requires some outerwear and Stutterheim is my go to. Known for their amazing raincoats, this new bonded cotton style is waterproof so you will be protected from any unexpected weather. 

Kira Turnbull & David Alexander Arnold

Layering is the key to dressing while traveling. A vest like this one by Gabriela Hearst is a great way to keep warm on those chilly mornings while giving your arms the freedom and mobility of not wearing a jacket. Plus, the quilting and vintage color blocking give this style a nostalgic 70’s feel.

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