Apple picking season is right around the corner!! As a basic fall betch who loves all things apple cider (especially donuts!) scented candles, fresh-baked bikes and pumpkin spiced lattes, I always go apple picking every September.
When it comes to fashion and apple orchards, I’m your gal. In this post I’ve gathered up all the best styles you can shop online right now to wear apple picking, plus photos for inspiration.
I always travel up to the Sierra Foothills to go apple picking in Apple Hill, the best orchards in California (or, sometimes Sonoma!) Our apple season is September, but yours may run a bit earlier or later depending on where you live – typically September to early October.
What To Wear For Apple Picking This Fall: 12 Outfit Ideas For Apple Picking
If you’re staring at your closet asking yourself, what do you wear for apple picking? I think the cutest outfits for apple picking are the ones that really go hard on fall vibes. I’m talking cozy sweaters with denim jeans. Gingham dresses with a straw picnic basket. All that basic fall stuff I know you love.
When styling apple orchard outfits, remember that the orchards will be mostly green with little pops of red. So, whites, light tans, red and orange colors look really nice.
What shoes should I wear for apple picking? A pair of boots is always a good options, or if you’re more comfortable in sneakers, that works too! Just be sure to wear some durable to make your way around the orchard!
These are my favorite outfit combos and pieces I look for when styling a cute apple picking outfit:
- A pair of tall brown boots (these my favorite boots available this season!)
- Hunter Boots (especially handy on rainy fall days at the orchard)
- Thrifted straw basket or picnic basket
- Red gingham dress (paired with a denim jacket)
- Blanket scarf (that’s also cozy for winter outfits)
- Plaid or tweed jacket
- White maxi dress
- Overalls (this pair comes in so many sizes!)
- Flannel shirt
- Vintage straight leg jeans (with ankle boots or slide on clogs!)
How to Take Amazing Apple Orchard Photos
After you nailed down outfits to wear apple picking, you still need a bit of planning to ensure you get the best photos at the orchard as possible. Since I got every fall and always take a ton of photos, I have a lot of tips and tricks up my sleeve. Here are my 3 top tips for having the best photoshoot at an apple orchard!
Go In The Evening
Have you ever tried taking photos under trees at Noon? You’ve probably noticed harsh shadows and bright light blowing out the background.
Not ideal for photos. Plus, in many places, early September is still pretty warm. I can attest from personal experience that apple picking at Noon when it’s 90 degrees out is not ideal.
Instead, head to the orchard in the late afternoon or early evening. If you can get there within an hour from sunset, that would result in amazing photos without harsh light! It’ll be cooler, too.
This is KEY for good photos! Bring a straw bag or a straw picnic basket to style with the apples. You can fill it up with apples and carrying it around to look like a legit cottagecore babe. Bring a plaid blanket, too! You can sit on this or wrap it around your shoulders to really style out the photoshoot.
Take a bite out of an apple. Toss them around a bit, get some movement in there with your photos. Don’t just stand in the middle of the row smiling. You dressed all cute in a fall outfit so really sell the mood! When in doubt, start picking the apples from the tree to take candid photos. They’ll turn out great!
What to Expect When Apple Picking
The process is really simple actually. After you’ve found an apple farm near you (a simple Google search of “apple farm near me” should do), there are different rules and forms of payment (i.e. by the basket or by the apple) so read carefully!
Upon arrival, you’ll likely be given a basket or container to collect the apples you’ve picked. Be sure to bring something like a reusable bag or basket to carry your treasures home!
Next is the fun part! Picking apples. The best way to pick apples is to ask the experts. Those working at the apple farm know it best and can lead you in the right direction!
After you pick your apples, simply pay at the front and head home, or stick around for a picnic. I love hanging out, having a picnic, drinking apple cider and eating apple cider donuts!
Tips for Apple Picking
- Pack the essentials: sunscreen, water bottle, picnic blanket (and snacks!), picnic basket and cooler for drinks
- Enjoy the view! Sometimes we get so focused on picking apples, we forget to take it all in 😍 Nature’s beauty is something we shouldn’t take advantage of (especially in the fall!)
- Avoid bruising your apples after you’ve picked them! Gently place in your bushel or bag.
- Use your apples: make something special like a pie or cobbler or simply throw in a salad!
I hope this helped you plan what to wear apple picking this fall! When in doubt I love to look at Pinterest outfits so if you found this helpful, I would love if you pinned this post to Pinterest so other people can find it!
Here’s to fall and leaning into our basic fall betch. And making a LOT of apple pies. Soon enough I’ll be writing up holiday gift guides (time flies!)