I'm Just Back From Mexico City—Here's Everything I Packed

I’d like to start this article by saying I love (with a capital L), Mexico City. This is the third trip I’ve taken to Mexico’s capital, and every time just gets better and better. The city has undergone a powerful cultural awakening and has seen an influx of young people who are revitalizing the local art, party, and fashion world. There are certainly no short of cultural activities—from contemporary museums, modern architecture, an incredible restaurant and cocktail scene, not to mention the shopping! Plus, from local markets to higher-end boutiques, the city has a booming fashion scene, which is clearly reflected in its city inhabitants.

So what do you pack if you’re planning a trip to Mexico City this fall? As it happens, this time of year is a wonderful time to visit with sunny, dry, and pleasant temps in the 70s during the day, (and 50s at night)—so lightweight layers are a must. Another thing to note is the city sits at 7382, feet which means it’s always a little bit cooler and drier than its coastal neighbors, but the sun is strong year-round, so whatever you do, don’t forget to back your shades. 

I generally find Mexico City locals are casual yet stylish and are slightly more conservative in their fashion choices. Many women favor skirts, jeans, and pants over shorts, and at night they definitely make an effort to dress up.

I recently visited the D.F. for Mexico City Fashion Week—scroll below to see everything I packed and the essential pieces I recommend bringing with you to make your vacation as comfortable and stylish as possible.

Tops

From casual T-shirts to pretty colorful blouses, you'll want to pack a handful of lightweight tops and thin (but warm) layers that you can have on hand for hot afternoons and cooler evenings. Make sure your options can easily be mixed and matched with jeans, pants, and skirts. 

Comfortable Shoes 

You'll likely be doing a lot of walking in Mexico City (and there is no lack of uneven sidewalks and cobblestone streets), so a comfortable pair of shoes (that you don't mind getting caught in the rain in) are a must. I packed a pair of sneakers, smart comfortable flats, chic boots, and a nice pair of versatile, heeled sandals.

 

Jackets

A lightweight and versatile blazer is relaxed and will add instant polish to any outfit. A denim jacket is also a great option to have on hand. I'd also recommend a trench coat or raincoat because, while fall is technically dry season, it can still unpredictably rain a lot, particularly in the late afternoons. 

Jeans & Pants

You'll get plenty of use out your jeans in Mexico City (opt for one with a little stretch for extra comfort). You'll also need a stylish pair of trousers for the evening—I took a cool leather pair.

Skirts

A pleated midi skirt that you can dress up or down is the perfect piece to wear with tees, blouses, and lightweight knits. Wear with sneakers or flats during the day and heeled boots at night.

Dresses

Pack a couple of effortless cotton dresses for pleasant fall days walking in Chapultepec Park and for drinks in Roma afterward.

Accesories

Mexico City dwellers love to accessorize. Embellish your outfits with chic gold jewelry, a cool poncho scarf wrap, and sunglasses. Bring a statement pair of earrings for an evening out.