If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re either traveling or planning to travel soon. We know it’s not easy to find ways to stay looking sharp while away from home, especially when all your clothes are packed up in suitcases instead of in the closet right across from your bed! But with these tips on how to be fashionable while traveling, you’ll be wearing the nicest outfits wherever you go!
Three coordinating colors are often enough
In deciding what clothes to pack, select three complementary colors and a number of different garments of each color. Pack these items in advance to be able to mix and match them to create new outfits depending on your mood or the weather where you are. As long as you’re headed to Paris or any other big city, any combination of black, white, navy, and charcoal will do. For vacations on the beach or elsewhere, khaki, off-white, and bright hues such as orange or yellow are best. A pair of jeans, a pair of nice pants, a striped button-down, a blazer, and a comfortable T-shirt are always good options. Ideally, you should wear each piece two or three times on your trip. Anything less is a waste of space.
Reduce the size of your shoes
Women, typically, do not need to bring more than three pairs of shoes with them on any trip. To prepare for walking in the daytime, pack comfortable shoes like loafers or tennis shoes. If you plan to go out in the evening, heeled sandals are a great idea. As opposed to the four pairs of footwear worn by women, two pairs suffice for men: one daytime option, usually in the form of a sneaker, and one dressy evening shoe, usually a pair of loafers. Lastly, it should be noted that lots of sportswear brands now make lightweight shoes that fold up and take up less space in your bag. There’s no reason to have one pair of shoes for occasions when women are expected to wear high heels and another for low-key events or men’s outings. Opt for the ones that can fulfill multiple needs rather than aiming for many options that are rarely or never used.
Workout Clothing Soars in the Sky
Nowadays, we see people in athletic gear not just in the gym, but all over town, including when they travel. In particular, they’re great to wear on a plane because they’re so comfortable and easily packable into any bag.
Women may want to wear compression leggings, as well as a long-sleeved cotton top and coat. Men may want to wear track pants and a track jacket, or a half or full-zip hoodie. And for either gender, you can also wear athletic shoes (like Nike Free running shoes) on your feet. Not only do they look great with athletic clothing, but they’re also very comfortable for travel—and you’ll be able to walk around easily when you land at your destination. Athletic gear is not just for working out anymore; it’s now an essential part of any fashionable wardrobe!
A few well-chosen accessories can have a big impact on an outfit, said Ms. Young. When I’m traveling, I always pack some pieces of costume jewelry, like a statement cocktail ring and a pair of oversized earrings. To deal with this issue, she keeps her makeup in a sleek pouch that can also function as a purse for nighttime excursions. For men and people who don’t wear jewelry, consider wearing a few pairs of brightly-colored socks in patterns that give the appearance of spontaneity. Wear one patterned sock and one solid color, or go all out with three different designs. This will help you stand out without looking too matchy or overdone.
Choose fabrics over styles
When you’re moving from place to place, all your clothes are going to get a little rumpled. That doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable, though. Choose fabrics that look good when crumpled up, such as linen and silk. Also, choose dark-colored outfits; black garments are easy to maintain, even on long trips with limited access to a washing machine. Leave dressy clothes for when you have time and space for ironing—which is unlikely if you’re on an extended trip! The one exception is formal events like business dinners or cocktail parties. For those occasions, pack something nice in case you don’t find anything appropriate at your destination. You never know what opportunities might arise while traveling!
Pick well-fitting items that flatter your body type
For many people, traveling is an excuse to get a little bit more adventurous in terms of style. That’s all well and good—but as someone who has done her fair share of globetrotting, I can also tell you it’s important not to sacrifice practicality or comfort for fashion’s sake. That’s why your outfit should be made up of items that flatter your body type and can be mixed and matched with each other in different ways. If you don’t know what kind of look suits you best, don’t worry: there are plenty of resources online that will help guide you toward what works best for your figure. And remember: no matter how stylish an item may be if it doesn’t fit right or isn’t comfortable to wear, leave it at home!
Don’t compromise comfort
Being fashionable isn’t always about looking like you stepped out of a fashion magazine. Comfort should be your primary concern, whether you’re on a plane or wandering through an outdoor market. You don’t want something that looks great in photos but makes it impossible for you to travel comfortably. Keep your outfit simple: Try pairing a cozy sweater with jeans or leggings and then finish with cute booties and a lightweight jacket that will keep you warm without weighing you down. When traveling, comfort is key! Choose outfits that are versatile: You don’t want to find yourself stuck with only one look while traveling.