Aspen, Colorado is a world-famous ski town. So, while it may be easy to pack for a winter vacation, choosing attire for summer in Aspen summer can be a bit more challenging. You'll need to be prepared for many more activities during summer months, from rafting the Roaring Fork River and hiking the Ute Trail to perusing high-end shops and dining in upscale restaurants on Aspen's downtown mall. This guide will help you choose the perfect summer style.
Know Aspen's Summer Climate
Aspen's climate is generally moderate and dry during the summer (with the exception of frequent and fast afternoon thunderstorms), with high temperatures averaging 80 degrees Fahrenheit in July and 77 degrees Fahrenheit in August.
However, Aspen's weather is highly variable hour-to-hour. The truth is, you'll never get by wearing just one thing. Aspen mornings can start out with temperatures in the low 40s, and as soon as the sun goes down, the temp drops, too. Visitors should be prepared for both warm hikes and chilly dinner outings. Packing one or two warm layers is a good idea, especially for those visiting from warmer climates who may not be accustomed to the cooler mountain air.
It's also best to prepare for a variety of weather conditions. Brief wind events and thunderstorms frequently roll through town with little warning. And in some cases, unexpected winter weather can make an appearance during spring and summer months. For most, Aspen summer fashion requires layers plus waterproof gear that can be added or removed as the weather changes throughout the day.
Summer Attire for Outdoor Activities in Aspen
While vacationing in Aspen during the summer months, you'll have plenty of options for outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. If you're planning to spend a day away from your vacation rental and enjoy the natural beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, it's important to be prepared for any activity:
- Wear layers that can be easily removed as the weather gets warmer throughout the day.
- A swimsuit, as well as a waterproof bag to carry it in, will let you enjoy water sports like rafting and kayaking.
- Pack a warmer, mid-weight jacket.
- Pack a lightweight and waterproof (or at least water-resistant) jacket.
- Bring water shoes or hiking boots, depending on your chosen activities.
- A baseball cap or sun hat will protect your face and head from the powerful mountain UV rays.
Summer Fashion for Aspen Shopping and Dining
The casual vibe that influences Aspen summer fashion (and that you'll see locals embracing) means anything goes when it comes to getting dressed for a day of shopping and dining. Aspen summer style typically consists of jeans and comfortable shoes.
Of course, some of Aspen's boutiques and dining options are considered upscale. So many women choose to put extra effort into their hair and makeup, but it's certainly not necessary.
The town's shopping district is lined with cobblestone streets which aren't easily navigated in high heels. Ballet flats, sandals with a low heel, or comfortable sneakers are recommended for women. Men should consider comfortable loafers or running shoes.
While a light top is usually all that's needed during a typical day in Aspen, it's always a good idea to carry a light, waterproof jacket wherever you go.
Other Necessities to Pack for Aspen Summers
No matter what type of activities you're planning for your Aspen summer vacation, there are several items you should be sure to pack.
In addition to packing summer clothing, you'll want to leave some room in your suitcase for extras like sunglasses, lip balm, and sunscreen.
If you're planning on hiking or taking other outdoor excursions, you'll want to prepare by bringing along some of the following items:
- Binoculars to view wildlife and landscapes
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Hiking trail guidebooks and/or a smartphone with a hiking trail app
- A large water bottle
Aspen's summer style is both flexible and casual. As long as you're prepared for the varied weather that you're sure to encounter and the plentiful outdoor mountain activities, you'll be ready for anything and truly enjoy your summer vacation in Aspen. Contact Frias Properties to plan your next Aspen vacation!