The travel bug will be hitting us soon and whoever said that travel clothes are simply boring T-shirt and shorts or jeans? You don’t want to finally arrive at your destination looking like you just rolled out of bed, though. There are fashionable travel clothes that will not only help you look stylish but are also comfortable to wear. Luckily, you don’t need to choose between fashion and function for your transit #OOTD. We get some inspiration from Instagram to highlight some styling tips on how to choose your travel outfits.
The best fit for your travel outfits
Loose fitting, easy tailoring is the best choice when traveling, especially regarding your pants or bottoms of choice. Avoid tight, constricting pants it won’t be comfortable especially when you will be spending hours in a small cabin. Choose materials with some stretch to them further adds to your comfort level.
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Go with patterns or darker tones when travelling. You might get spills from drinks thanks to those wobbly tray tables as well as turbulence. And when you arrive, you might need to cram into a public transportations that won’t be very clean. So be prepared for the worst. Moreover, you don’t want to really highlight the fact that you’re a tourist to potential pickpockets, so opt for clothes that are darker, earthy or in neutral colours. It will help you blend in and be more low-key.
Scarf or shawl
A scarf or shawl is a must when you travel – even to tropical countries. Some Airlines don’t hand out blankets or pillows on flights and some places. A scarf or shawl will keep you warm and comfortable, work as an pillow when rolled up and will add some chic to your outfit when you arrive. Do look at tutorials on ways to style a scarf. It will be very useful when you pair up with different clothes.
Some temples in Asia will not allow you to enter if you’re wearing sleeveless tops or shorts. Hence, your handy shawl can be used as a make-shift long skirt or to cover your arms. This will save you the hassle of having to queue and rent shawls.
Love lightweight layers
It might be sunny where you’re going, but the AC’s most likely going to be cranked up on your way there. Navigating uneven temperatures can be a pain, so make sure to bring layers that you can easily take on and off to adjust.
A light cardigan or trendy kimono top should be enough if you’re vacationing somewhere tropical. Grab a heavier jacket and add a scarf for destinations with cooler temperature.
You might not be able to actually wear pajamas to the airport, but you can come pretty close. With the rise of athleisure, it’s socially acceptable to rock joggers and leggings in your regular #OOTD. Take advantage of the trend for the most comfortable clothes you’ll ever wear while in transit.
Be Smart about Your Shoes
Like your clothes, you don’t want your shoes to be too restricting. They still need to be pretty sturdy, though. And if you’re flying out, some airports may also require you to take off your shoes, which can be a real pain if you’re wearing something with fussy laces.
Look for a pair you can easily take on and off, but is still easy to move around in. Opt for lifestyle sneakers from your favorite sports brands or ballet flats for some pure comfort and support.
Ditch the Accessories
Avoid wearing anything metal. This is to avoid the hassle of getting screened at the airport. Wear trousers that don’t need a belt (another reason why leggings are awesome), and limit yourself to a watch that you can easily take off if needed.
Minimise your makeup
Apply less makeup as and avoid eyeliner as it might not look as good after hours of trying to sleep in your seat, and the heavy foundation is for sure going to clog up your skin. The air in the plane can get very dry so you don’t want your foundation to crack up either. Stick to a light layer, such as a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream, and a coloured lip balm.
Bring the Right Bag
Besides your luggage, your carry-on bag needs to be big enough to hold all your travel essentials (jacket, camera, beach reads etc) but not too bulky, and still stylish enough to be worthy of your Instagram posts. Make sure you get one that’s easy to secure, too. It should zip up and have thick, sturdy straps. A cute mini backpack or a tote bag is your best bet.
As much as you enjoy dressing up while traveling ensure that you use these tips so that your clothes as comfortable, fashionable and sensible.
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