Travel Series: What to Wear

I frequently get requests to do posts on travel tips and since I’ve been traveling like crazy lately I thought it would be a great time to do the posts now. First off in the series is what to wear when traveling internationally. ( I say internationally because these tend to be really long flights where comfort is a factor. When I fly short 4-5 hour flights, I just wear what I would normally wear).

My rule is to be comfortable but not to look like you are wearing your pajamas (which I have seen people wear at the airport!)

Outfit #1: comfy sweater + leggings

As you know leggings and a tunic is part of my comfy uniform and it travels well too.

I always go for a pretty tunic so if I’m landing in a warmer climate I can take off my sweater and still look nice.

Topshop Sketchy Flower Bow Back Tunic

cheap leggings are my go-to’s

Delia’s Solid Legging

Cardigans that kinda have this built in wrap/shawl thing going on are the best for airplanes when you get cold, just wrap it around you! I’m weary of airplane blankets. Those things don’t seem to get washed too often.

Quiksilver – Half Past Shawl

I used to wear heels when traveling, especially when I traveled for business, but for leisure traveling I always go for flats and these are great for touring the cities too.

Patent Reva Ballerina Flat

Sometimes your hair doesn’t cooperate, especially after a 10+ hour flight so I like the keep soft squishy hats in my bag to cover up my weird airplane hair once I get off the plane.

Outfit #2: Blazer + Maxi Dress

You know I love blazers and this one is especially comfortable.

Monteau boyfriend blazer

My other go-to for traveling is maxi dresses as it’s minimal effort but you still look good. Plus I like the long length. It keeps my legs warm.

Ava Knit Maxi Dress

Even if you didn’t wear these on the plane, these would take up minimal space in your suitcase.

Perforated leather ballet flat

A big scarf like this helps keep you cozy but you can wrap it around your shoulders like a shawl too if you are cold.

Leigh & Luca Birdtoile Scarf

Outfit #3: Layering

Layering is my friend during the winter but especially when I travel. Airplanes can sometimes be super cold or super hot. On our ride to China it was super hot for the first 2 hours and then got really cold so you just never know what kind of temperature you are going to get. My solution is just to wear enough layers so I can take it off or put it on as needed.

This basic maxi dress is great to start with as you can throw anything over it and it will go together.

Striped Knit Maxi Dress

Add the shawl-cardigan over the dress

BCBGMAXAZRIA Purple Open Cardi Wrap

and then a warm fleece coat over that and guaranteed you will be warm!

Lucky Brand Fleece Peacoat

I travel in my Tory Burch flats all the time and love these ones!

Tory Burch Abbey Cap Toe Flats

Outfit #4: Adorably comfortable

I have to admit this is the most casual that I will go and it’s very rare that I do, but I figure there are people out there that will appreciate the casual-ness of this outfit 🙂

This comfy sweatshirt would be perfect for a plane ride. I like it because its a bit baggy but not overly baggy which usually just translates into sloppy.

C&C California Oversized Fleece Hoodie

And to compensate for the baggy top, leggings are the perfect pairing. I just got these and wore them on my trip and I LOVE them. They are super comfortable.

HUE Denim Leggings

I love my Minnetonka boots and I’m usually not one to wear boots on planes (the swelling is painful when you have to put your shoes back on!) but I wore these when I went to Taiwan and my feet were comfortable the whole time.

Minnetonka Triple Fringe

And the accessories to pull the outfit together, a beanie to help with any airplane hair issues,

Wool Blend Crochet Beanie

and a eternity scarf to add a pop of color. I like these that you can wear long like this or wrap around twice to create a big neckwarmer 🙂

Mixed Stripe Eternity Scarf

My handbag of choice when I travel is a cross-body bag. Having to deal with luggage and all the moving around, you never have to worry about your handbag falling off your shoulder or getting in the way like a shoulder bag or tote would do.

I love this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag and it’s a good size to hold all your essentials.

I actually bought this one just for traveling and I took it to China with me. I couldn’t have been happier with it. It’s a great bag and SO many pockets which came in handy when I needed to get to certain things quickly.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal To The Metal Sasha

When I travel I always have a handbag and a bigger carry on bag so I put my magazines and snacks in the carry on bag while my purse just carries my essentials.

Next up in the series I’ll talk about the essentials to carry in the handbag!

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  • Christina
    January 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Leggings and a nice tunic is my go-to. This is a great post!

  • Maritess
    January 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Great post Tiffany! I am also a leggings and boots kinda travelling girl.. easy to take off during security.. and I agree, a big carry on for just STUFF, and a purse for essentials.

  • Katie
    January 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I only fly a couple of times a year, but I always do a combo of #3 and #4 (layers with jeans and flats). You can absolutely be cute and comfortable at the same time! Love all your suggestions 🙂

  • DiamondsandTulle
    January 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I agree with all your outfits, except I don't do so well in dresses. I like to move around too much so leggings are always best or me.
    My friend got that exact MJ bag and I told that it was so perfect for traveling. I'd love to get it at risk of being a copycat. Great post!

  • janettaylor
    January 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Gorgeous cardis! 🙂

  • Diane
    January 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    such fabulous tips as always!

  • Savvy Gal
    January 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I am all for comfort when I travel. Leggings are my new fav now. Btw, don't forget to check out my new freshwater pearl necklace giveaway. : )

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    January 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Great set of outfits! I'm usually a cardigan and flats travel girl but I love all the options!

  • Lyndsy
    January 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Such great tips! I especially like the idea of the hat to cover crazy airplane hair! Thanks for the ideas!

  • Faith J.
    January 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Great post! I also like what Michael Kors told Nina Garcia when she asked him what a woman should wear on a plane. He said: a black cashmere turtleneck sweater, white jeans, and large sunglasses.

  • Ri
    January 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I love to read your travel posts/lookbooks/picks. I really love how you broke down a bunch of different travel outfits for comfort. I always travel in my worn-in Calvin Kleins and oversized ex-boyfriend's tee. Only thing I carry for luggage is my poor, old backpack. Ever since the airline lost my luggage, I carry everything on board with me.

  • issa
    January 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    that grey marc jacobs bag is PERFECT!!

  • Nicole Leigh
    January 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    These are such great tips!! I have that marc bag, too!

  • WendyB
    January 21, 2010 at 1:04 am

    I'm intrigued by the striped top in the scarf picture.

  • Fashion Therapist
    January 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    This is EXACTLY pretty much what I wore the last time I was travelling. Great list.

  • foxieracing
    January 22, 2010 at 4:38 am

    These are such great tips! I can't wait to use some for my travels, but the hubby and I have a habit of driving more often than flying right now. 😛 (Which makes it harder to be comfy AND cute, I think.)

    And I swear I'm the only girl ever who can't wear a scarf all cute and bunched up…. (And I have no idea what I'm missing, lol. Sad but true.)

  • Hanako66
    January 22, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    these are great tips and cute outfits and i have had my eye on that adorable bag!