Since the season of holiday travel is officially upon us, the question that gets asked frequently is, how do you stay looking chic but comfortable? I am of the opinion that you can look good and not feel confined by your clothing if you make the right choices when it comes to travel attire. There will be none of that pajama bottom wearing foolishness going on over here, nor shall track suits be making the cut. I cannot condone that nonsense even for children who are traveling. Airports are still places where you will be seen last time I checked, so why do folks think it is appropriate to don attire best left for nocturnal travels?
Plane travel for me calls for three major things, warmth, comfort and pretty. Since everyone knows that planes are notoriously chilly, I must have layers that I can peel off and on as my needs arise. When I travel I am normally going from a cold climate to a humid, hot one so I wear clothing that can morph. My go to outfit is a maxi dress that I can layer a tshirt underneath, add a cardigan or a wrap, throw on a bold necklace, simple silver hoops (you may want to leave the jewelry off until after passing through TSA.) Some pieces of jewelry set the scanners off and you DON’T want to be the one holding everyone else up… can you say dirty looks. Finish the look off with ballet flats= instant polished! When I arrive at my destination, off comes the cardigan, tshirt and flats to be replaced with a pair of thong sandals stashed in my carry on and I am ready to embrace the gorgeous weather.
Road travel has most of the same requirements as airplane travel but I feel comfort is even more important. A plane ride is usually just a few hours where a road trip can be at least a day or longer. I took a mini road trip this past weekend to Canada, so a few minor tweaks were needed to maintain the pretty and stay comfortable. I never venture to cold weather locales (I am a hot house flower, lol) but friendship trumps personal desires sometimes, so we hit the road and headed up North. Since there was not a bit of warmth on the horizon, I took great care to stay warm while being stylish. A nice, chunky knit sweater with my skinny jeans tucked into knee high wedge heeled boots served me well, topped off a with a flyaway cardigan that I wore here. It was an 8 hour drive each way, so comfort was the name of the game, nothing constricting or tight allowed. I can truly say I felt relaxed the entire trip, never uncomfortable and looking good.
While traveling make sure you are prepared for delays, emergencies and entertainment by stocking your boarding bag with a few goodies. How I wish this was my boarding bag! My boarding bag is separate from my carry on, I carry all my immediate needs in there so I am not caught lacking, better safe than sorry. I never leave home without a travel roll of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, travel pack of Clorox Wipes and seat covers. These items became important when stopping at rest stops that were not the most hygienic. Snacks, communication/music (for me its all in one on the Blackberry) Kindle, change of clothing, and travel documents are in there to provide me with hours of entertainment if need be. Depending on the type of trip and length, the laptop may even need to ride and of course no travel is complete without a camera to document momentous occasions.
I pray that those who are fortunate enough to travel this season, stay safe and travel stylishly!