I have several trips planned this month and am so excited! Travelling can be exhausting, especially around the holiday season, but in my opinion the experience is always worth it. Of course, it can be a struggle to stay stylish on the go when you are juggling itineraries, chasing flights and hauling around days or weeks worth of luggage. Here are some of my tips to instantly up your chic factor when travelling with minimal effort.
Keep Your Clothes Fitted When Travelling
Yes, comfort is key when you are on the road, and there is no sacrificing that. However one of the easiest ways to look put together not messy is to make sure your clothes fit you well! I’m not saying wear a tailored dress or fresh pressed suit, just keep the silhouette neat and clean for a much more polished overall effect. That can mean a change as small as wearing leggings instead of sweat pants or a cozy cashmere sweater instead of an oversized baggy sweatshirt. You will be equally comfortable but look way more stylish!
Carry Functional Accessories in a Neutral Color Palette
You know that you need your ID, phone, and if you do the print version, a boarding pass handy. Keep the essentials together in a clutch you can easily whip out and tuck back in your tote bag to avoid the dreaded bag lady style fumbling around. Bonus points if you have a jacket or blazer that let’s you keep these items in your pocket. And if you only make one switch, trade in your ridiculous noodle pillow for an inflatable version. It’s impossible to look chic wearing one of those! I carry one that folds flat and can be easily inflated once I’m on board.
Dress Appropriately for the Destination
American tourists can be notoriously easy to spot, especially in the summer! Instgaram has changed some of that since everyone wants to get the perfect shot for the gram, and what you are wearing is half the battle. Putting a little effort into your OOTD not only helps make sure you get great pictures to document your trip, it can also help you more seamlessly blend into the style of the destination. When I was in France this summer I stuck to a a few simple slip dresses, comfortable walking sandals, and tailored shorts and blouses instead of denim cutoffs and t-shirts. My Paris wardrobe was wildly different than what I would pack for somewhere like Bermuda or Aruba, where I was all about pop colors, fun chunky jewelry and colorful scarves to accessorize. Plan your looks based on where you are going and what you have planned to blend in, look stylish, and get pics you will love!
Always Pack Classic Accessories
Sometimes unexpected things happen when traveling. Things spill and leave stains, the weather refuses to cooperate and your hair ends up a mess, the airline loses your luggage. You may have to pivot your outfit or pickup some cheap clothes on the way, but one way to always salvage your look is adding timeless, classic accessories. Things like dark sunnies, simple hair clips, and small stud earrings can easily take a basic outfit up a notch. Just do yourself a favor and keep them in your carry-on!
What are your essentials for staying stylish on the go? Let me know in the comments and shop some of my favorite travel accessories below!