My travel style has changed so much over the last few years. I used to automatically choose comfort over cuteness (think sweats, flip-flops or sneakers, and a hoodie), but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that both can live hand in hand.
Always, always, always bring a kimono. Seriously. No matter the time of year, it’s like you’re walking around with a ready-made blanket, and if you only wear a jeans (or leggings) and a tee with it, you will still look chic. The moment I saw the floral pattern on this one from Free People, I knew I had to have it. It comes in another color (that I’m debating on getting), but I knew these more neutral shades would pair well with so many different tops, dresses and rompers in my closet. I wore it with my fave skinnies from Old Navy and a black tee, and all I had to do was add a little jewelry to joosh it all up.
Say no to flip-flops. I included why I’ll never wear flip-flops again while traveling in this post, and even though that was based on going through the airport, I stand by that rule no matter what. Simple sandals are the way to go. Get some that have a little cushion and that are super easy to slip on and off.
Keep a hat on deck. Hats can make any outfit look cute, BUT, they also come through in the clutch when the weather is unpredictable. You may have left a climate that was cool and humidity free, but once you get to your destination it could be rainy or hella humid and BOOM. Frizz city. Having a cute hat ( I personally prefer fedoras) on deck will save you, especially if you’re someone that doesn’t like to put their hair in a ponytail or bun in public (I only wear these styles around the house. They’re just not that flattering on me with my hair at this length). Even if your curls or waves drop, your hat will help give the illusion that it’s still styled.
Totes are bae. I have to carry a LOT of stuff around every day, and I would not be able to function if I didn’t carry a tote with me. I can pack everything that I need into it (keys, wallet, camera, etc.), BUT, if I know that I’m going to at some point get my picture taken, I also tuck in a little crossbody bag or clutch if needed. That way, you won’t see me lugging around that same big bag in every post, but if we do decide to do something else after sight-seeing, I can just pull out my essentials and use my smaller bag. They’re good for that AND for giving you space to hold books, mags, and/or an iPad on a plane.
photos: Michael Butler, Jr.
Figuring out what to wear for trips doesn’t have to be complicated-be practical about where you’re going and what you’ll need so that you can look and feel great while you’re traveling in style.