Travel Series: What to Wear5:00 AM
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.
cheap leggings are my go-to's
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.
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.
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.
You know I love blazers and this one is especially comfortable.
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.
Even if you didn't wear these on the plane, these would take up minimal space in your suitcase.
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.
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.
Add the shawl-cardigan over the dress
and then a warm fleece coat over that and guaranteed you will be warm!
I travel in my Tory Burch flats all the time and love these ones!
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.
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.
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.
And the accessories to pull the outfit together, a beanie to help with any airplane hair issues,
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 :)
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.
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!