Fall Flora Fashion

By Kristen Castillo

August 1, 2017 5 min read

Though it's getting chilly, that doesn't mean your gardening has to stop. Instead, bundle up for the elements with some chic and cold-resistant gear.

Maat van Uitert, a backyard gardening expert and author who runs the website FrugalChicken, says fall is a critical time for gardeners.

That's when harvesting happens and when you'll be doing a final weeding to set your garden up for springtime success.

"Without the right clothing to keep you warm and dry, you're going to struggle with enjoying your outdoor chores, especially as the temperature plummets. And that'll certainly affect the health of your plants the following year," she says. "Suit up in the right gear, and you'll be much more productive."

Prepare for the end of the season in practical, yet snuggly style. Here's a head-to-toe guide for what to wear while gardening in the late summer and early fall.


Keep you head and ears warm with the perfect headgear.

Van Uitert, who's also author of "Organic By Choice: The (Secret) Rebel's Guide to Backyard Gardening," recommends hats made with polar fleece or fleece hats lined with a wicking fabric, because they absorb sweat better than wool or other synthetic fabrics.

In chilly, rainy weather, she likes to wear beanies because they retain body heat and keep hair dirt- and weed-free.

When it comes to hats, there's one big question: Do you want the hat to cover your ears? "Keeping them covered will keep you warmer, but not everyone likes the sensation," says van Uitert.

Many stylish hats have earflaps that can be tied on top of the hat when not covering your ears.


Protect your hands with good gloves. In addition to keeping your fingers warm, the right gloves can safeguard your hands and arms from dirt, debris and stray branches.

Many glove styles stay soft even when wet, and some are available in longer lengths to cover forearms.

For example, the Serius Workman Dakota work-tough gloves, are insulated with a heatwave thermodynamic lining, as well as reinforced fingertips. And the Winter Touch gloves from Gold Leaf Gardening Gloves features a thermal lining to keep your hands warm.


Bundle up your body before you step into the garden. Layering is key to feeling comfortable and warm. Start by wearing a few long-sleeve shirts.

Jackets with hoods are ideal for chilly weather, advises van Uitert.

"As you work in the garden, you might get too warm for a head cover," she says. "But if you end up sweating, you also want to make sure you don't get too cold -- with a hood, you can just slip it on and off as needed."

She prefers jackets made from quilted fabrics, explaining they're warm and waterproof, but not bulky or constrictive.

"Perfect for a final weeding or planting a late crop," van Uitert says, "They also look more stylish than other options, so you can wear them to casual social occasions or to brunch."


Keep legs toasty with warm denim pants lined with polar fleece.

"Fleece keeps your body heat trapped, but the thick fabrics also provide an extra barrier, so if you happen to trickle water on your legs while spraying fall plants, the liquid is less likely to seep through and make you even colder," says van Uitert.


Make sure feet are snuggly during the cooler gardening season. Wear warm socks (wool is cozy!) and double up, if necessary.

Step into waterproof shoes, too.

"Especially in the fall, when it gets nippy, muck boots will protect your feet," says van Uitert. "I tell my readers to buy them a half to one size larger than you usually wear so you can double up on thick socks to keep your toes toasty."

Happy harvesting! With the right gear, your fall gardening will be protective and productive.

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