What to wear in Switzerland in Autumn
Autumn in Switzerland may be beautiful, but dressing for it can be tricky. What works in the morning is often too warm by lunchtime. So just like the other seasons in Switzerland, dressing for autumn requires easy to peel off (and put back on again) layers. Here is a guide to help you get started with your autumn in Switzerland wardrobe or packing for Switzerland list.
My autumn wardrobe consists of long pants and jeans mixed with lighter comfortable to layer t-shirts and blouses. Little Z, on the other hand, wears dresses and leggings, or a short t-shirt over a longer one, which are easy to shed or put back up as the temperatures change.
Hoodies, Cardigan and Co
This time of year, I am mixing things up with hoodies for sport and at home and cardigans and jumpers for more dressier occasions. For my kids, a zip-up hoodie is the top layer of choice for almost all autumn long.
Softshell jackets are perfect for in-between weather, especially when the wind blows. The outer shell is usually water-resistant, while the inner fleece is snuggly warm. Warmer than a rain jacket, but less than a ski jacket/down jacket.
Rain Jacket (and pants!)
We always travel in Switzerland with a rain jacket; you never know when a short shower or a day-long drizzle will begin. I have a hiking raincoat and a dressier rain coast which is excellent for all occasions. As well as her standard raincoat, Little Z has a fleece-lined raincoat and overalls for colder days, as well as rain boots.
Great to layer on top of both cardigans/jumpers or just a t-shirt - vests (especially light down vests) are an essential part of autumn.
Ultra-Light down jackets
If you are coming towards the end of autumn, an ultra-light down jacket is an investment to consider. I usually break out these type of jackets if the weather is going to be under 10C.
This is the time of year I have to remind my kids to pop back their singlets on. The Swiss call the "Unterliebli" and give an additional layer of warmth. For us, thermal singlets aren't needed yet but become a consideration the closer we get to winter. However, I will say we always pack thermals when we are camping this time of year.
Shoes for exploring the cities
While I try to wait as long as possible to whip out the boots, by the time October hits the battle is lost. Before then, wear my loafers (without socks) as long as possible or dressy trainers like converse. Whatever shoes you bring make sure they are comfortable for long distances on uneven old town cobble stones.
Shoes for the mountains
Before the snow begins to fall in the alps is a perfect time to get in some more hiking. Depending on your route you will require either trekking shoes or over the ankle boots. Whatever you wear needs excellent tread and waterproof isn't a bad idea either. Make sure you wear in your boots before you attempt a long hike and always pack blister plasters just in case.
Hats, Gloves and Co
Autumn is for slowly transferring from sunhat to a thin woollen hat, especially for the young kids or if we are up in the mountains. Gloves are still not needed unless you plan a trip to the glaciers.
By September I am wrapping my neck warmly with my pashmina scarf and using it as a wrap, an alternative to a cardigan.
Yes, it is foggy, yes it will rain, but when it clears you will be glad you have packed your sunglasses.
And now you are ready for autumn in Switzerland. Have I forgotten anything on my "what to wear in autumn in Switzerland" list?