Travel Pretty

2 Mar

Nobody likes a frumpy globetrotter. (Easier said than done.) It takes thoughtful style planning to avoid the “frump girl” vibe on a red-eye or road trip. So, at a reader’s request, we’ve pulled together this guide to frump-free travel. Bon voyage!

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Challenge: Constant change in temperature. It’s hot in the taxi, cold on the airplane, plus it’s snowing in your departure city and 100 percent humidity at your destination. Dressing in layers is a pragmatic must. Solution: Wearing a tailored outer layer like a blazer, trench, or structured sweater is the secret to looking pulled together and having the necessary ammunition for changing temperatures.

Challenge: Comfort during long plane, train, and automobile trips. Jeans get all bunched up. Many more elegant pant or skirt options wrinkle. Solution: Leggings are the secret under layer. Even if you don’t typically wear them, leggings are the new travel essential. (You can wear a shirt / dress that’s long enough to make them function primarily as tights if you’re uncomfortable with their form fitting nature.) They’re wrinkle-free, lightweight, stretchy and cheap.

Challenge: They charge you to check a bag! Looking disheveled comes not just from what you’re wearing, but what you’re carrying Solution: Invest in a big bag with structure. Tucked inside a sophisticated bag, no one will ever suspect you’re addicted to US Weekly or are a habitual over-packer.

Challenge: Fitting all the shoes you need for your trip into your suitcase. Solution: Wear your heaviest, clunkiest shoes (boots) on the plane so you don’t have to pack them. And, pack all black or all brown shoes so you only have to bring one purse. On Laura’s trip to San Francisco, she packed: black flats, black suede boots, grey suede heels and grey boots and carried a grey suede purse.

Here’s to hoping we’re all headed somewhere really fabulous soon!

Related post: Gift Guide: Frequent Flyer

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3 Responses to “Travel Pretty”

  1. Anne Marie March 5, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Thanks for these very practical tips, Jill! I definitely rock a pashmina scarf when I travel.

  2. Lauren Niehaus (@laurenniehaus) March 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    As a VERY regular traveler, but terribly poor packer, I have to agree with “going black” or “going brown” …. From shoes to clothes to jackets, pick a color scheme, resist the urge to pack 5 pairs of heels ( I still can’t do flats, sorry ladies) and even if you do have to check a bag, this will (almost ) always ensure your luggage is under the 50lb weight limit 🙂

  3. Admin March 24, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    Thank you for the tips, Lauren! You are certainly a pro traveler (I do wish you were in town more so we could hang out)!

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