Now that summer is finally kicking in, you’re probably gearing up to go on your next big vacation. You also probably have your outfits lined up and ready to go, whether it’s mix-and-match basics or lots of statement dresses. While you’ve got your vacation outfits packed, it’s as important to think of what you’ll wear when you’re going to and from your destination. Being in transit is no reason to make some style sacrifices; with the array of clothes available, it’s totally doable — easy, even — to look stylish whether you’re gearing up for a long haul flight or riding a night train.
Here are our must-haves when it comes to travel chic:
Airplanes, airports, and even buses are notorious for being insanely cold, so you should always have one sweater that you can pull on at a moment’s notice. We at Live in Limbo love pairing an oversized sweater with a simple midi skirt for a sophisticated look that you can comfortably take a snooze in. This is the kind of outfit that looks equally great with sneakers as it does with flats, making it an option that you can wear on your flight but also on a last-minute dinner in the city.
Investing in a great pair of shoes can do wonders for your travel outfits, especially if you get a pair that goes with anything. Low heeled Chelsea boots like this pair from Nordstrom are a sensible choice, and the pull-on style means it’s easy to throw on in case you’re running to your flight. As far as shoes go, boots are a great option: not only are they all-weather, but they’re also made for exploration either in the city or in the mountains.
Fabric plays a huge role when it comes to choosing travel-ready pieces. Denim, for example, can feel too restricting during long stretches of transit. Knit options, on the other hand, are flexible and breathable. These options from Woman Within combine comfortable knit fabric with a straight leg cut, which is more suited for travel compared to skin-tight cuts. These pants are like sweaters in that they’re easy to dress up or down, so your entire travel wardrobe could just consist of different kinds of pant options.
Flannel shirts are a fall and winter staple because of how versatile and comfortable they are. This means flannel is also great for travel, especially considering that these kinds of shirts go with almost anything. You can throw a sweater over your flannel shirt and let the plaid collar peek through for some interesting pattern play, or else tuck in your flannel shirt into a midi jersey skirt to keep things feminine. If you’re planning to go somewhere warm, flannels also make great pseudo-jackets in case the evenings get chilly.
When it comes to travel, nothing beats a backpack. Traveling light helps you avoid overpacking, and a good backpack ensures that your back stays supported throughout your trip. Black is always a default option, but you should try venturing out into different color schemes. This maroon Osprey option keeps a streamlined look while still standing out against a sea of black and navy packs. Just make sure your bag has lots of back support and mesh webbing for some ventilation.