If you’re in need of a getaway this fall and Charleston SC is on your list, you’ve made the right choice.  Once you’ve planned your trip and it comes time for packing, there’s something you should keep in mind: fall in Charleston SC is unique.  In terms of weather, it’s still fairly hot.  Not “dog days of summer” hot, but warm enough for t-shirts and flip flops, which can present a bit of a challenge for the fashionista whose fall wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without their favorite flannel shirt, wool sweater, or boots.  So what should you pack for your fall Charleston vacation?  Use these tips to incorporate the fall fashion trends we all love while visiting the #1 City in the USA.

The key to packing for fall weather in Charleston is picking pieces that can be mixed, matched, and layered.  For a casual daytime look, layer a basic tank with a breathable blouse in your favorite print with a pair of sandals (or sneakers to be comfortable walking the city). For a fun and flirty evening look, rock a romper or casual dress with heels. If you’re worried about being chilly bring along a jean jacket or cardigan.

Don’t worry gents, we’ve got you covered, too. Your favorite graphic tee or short sleeve button down with shorts will be perfect for exploring the market downtown or relaxing on Folly beach during the day. Don’t forget your favorite hat and flip-flops!  For a stylish and comfortable evening look, pair a basic cotton v-neck or button down shirt with casual khakis and step into a pair of boat shoes or loafers.

With temperatures reaching the mid- to upper-80s most days, feel free to pack a swimsuit and enjoy some time by the pool, or on the beach – if you’re staying at one of our Folly Beach properties!

For Ladies:

  • Swimsuit
  • Basic tank
  • Cotton/linen tops
  • knit sweater/lightweight cardigan
  • Shorts/skirt
  • Romper
  • Sandals/sneakers
  • Sunscreen & cover up
  • Hat

For Gents:

  • Graphic tee
  • V-neck T-shirts
  • Button down
  • Shorts
  • Slacks (for a formal evening)
  • Flip-flops/sneakers
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat

Ladies, if your fall travel to Charleston is for a bachelorette weekend, a girl’s weekend away, or a fall destination wedding, you’re going to want to include some glam nightlife attire. Charleston has a vibrant nightlight, with simply incredible restaurants, cocktail lounges and rooftop bars. Popular spots for cocktails on a girls weekend in Charleston include, the Citrus Club, Camellias, The Honey Hive and Felix.

Still looking to bring that fall feeling into your look? Choose solids and prints in classic fall colors (burgundy, olive green, mustard yellow, or earth tones) or textures, but always check the weather before you pack, because you never know whether it’s a cold front or a heat wave that Charleston’s is serving up. And, as you explore the city and capture all the photo-worthy streetscapes and historic homes you’ll want to be cool and comfortable.

We’re fortunate for temperate weather in Charleston in the fall and PLENTY of fall events to attend – and, if you’re traveling with the kids, don’t miss the Coastal Carolina Fair! Whether you’re wandering the historic cobblestone streets, attending an event, or hitting the beach, fall in Charleston is one of the best times to visit. Start planning your trip with us and you’ll be ready to pack your bags!