Traveling has given me a healthy appreciation for being comfortable, simple and chic at the same time.
I always cringe when I see girls in their leggings, a shirt that barely covers their bum or stomach, and/or wearing these awful boots with 50 straps that they take forever to remove at the security checkpoints.
Even wearing heels at the airport is not a good idea.
When I go straight to the airport from a client’s site, I take the time to at least change my trousers and my footwear, but I never try to wear heels when I’m at the airport, lugging my carryon and (perhaps) having to sprint for the gate.
Men aren’t so much better in terms of being able to be comfortable and organized either, with their laced boots and not understanding that “EMPTY YOUR POCKETS” is not an idle request made on a whim.
Here’s my go-to travel outfit:
Comfort is key. I don’t like wearing anything too tight, too loose, or too short.
I also want to look somewhat chic, because you’d be surprised how many people I run into at the airport when I least expect to see them.
Besides, looking nice should always be a bare minimum requirement before you leave your home!!
Other Tips for Traveling:
- If I wear jewellery, I always remove it & store it while I am in line for the security check
- I wear layers, so I can remove one when it gets too warm or add one if it gets cold
- I always put my liquids in the sealed bag before I get to the airport
- …and the liquids in the sealed bag are in an easy to reach pocket, or in my purse
- My laptop is also in my purse, not packed away (iPad doesn’t need to be removed)
- I try not to wear my winter coat — I pack it away instead & rely on the cashmere wrap
- I never check in any bags unless I absolutely have to; carry-ons only!
If you want some celebrity inspiration, WhoWhatWear had a few travel outfits featured.
I picked out my favourite:
Ashley Olsen’s look is the closest to my ‘ideal’ traveling outfit. Flat shoes, a warm comfortable coat, and a big enough bag to hold your in-flight entertainment.
One thing I will point out is that they all seem to have sunglasses on. This is to hide their tired, red eyes that everyone gets when they travel.