Regardless of a trip's duration, we can all agree on one thing: comfort is key (but that doesn't mean we don't want to still look cute!). From coordinated sets to organized carry-alls, here are the travel outfits our team swears by:
I know myself. If I allow myself to head back to the hotel to take a shower and get changed, I will leave five hours later (or never). There are few things I love more than hanging around a hotel in a robe and ordering room service. I used to wear a heavy wrap every time I traveled, but that was before I'd been on an airplane when the A/C broke. Now, I wear a light layered that won't wrinkle, like a trench or duster, which is perfect for transitions and a variety of different weather. I also always have a big pair of sunglasses on hand for arrival. That being said, there is one major exception to this "rule": Any time I fly longer than 10 hours, I'm in sweatpants. Lately I've been loving matching suits from The GREAT.
I wear the exact same thing almost every time I travel because it's simple, keeps me warm, and looks better than pajamas while feeling like pajamas: black Lululemon leggings, Aeri's 'Real Me' Bralette, a cotton black tank top, cashmere travel scarf (if it's chilly!), and my trusty Madewell denim jacket with sneakers (similar here) or boots if I'm traveling somewhere cold (since they take up so much room in the suitcase). I pack a sweatshirt in my carry-on to pull out once I'm on the plane. It's simple, cute enough, and easy. I keep the outfit in a separate compartment in my suitcase for the duration of the trip (to keep the gross plane germs where they belong), then pull it out for the flight home. I also never wear makeup when I travel to help negate travel-related breakouts. The one exception to this outfit? If I'm on a flight two hours or under, I'll just wear whatever I'd plan on wearing once I'm off the plane (like I did here).
I remember learning that my best friend from college dressed up whenever she headed to the airport—I was appalled. Why would anyone put on some of their favorite clothes during the travel process, where you'll inevitably stress sweat (I'm always running late), spill (turbulence!), and/or sit in a germ-infested plane for hours?! I've stuck to the same uniform since college: black Lululemon leggings (preferably with pockets on my outer thigh for easy phone access), a white tank top, a vintage sweatshirt (tied around my waist), a black leather jacket (or the heaviest jacket I plan on bringing), and a pair of shoes to exercise in (which would otherwise take up too much space in my suitcase). Comfy, casual, and ready for whatever the travel experience throws at me.
I always joke that my airport style is somewhere between a hobbit and an off-duty celebrity: The goal is to remain as covered and hidden as possible, all while combining multiple layers of clothing. I want to make sure I'm comfortable in any weather and, should my baggage be lost, I'd be okay walking around my destination. Without fail, I always pick the same outfit each time I travel: A soft, grey tee, velvet sweatshirt (similar here), vintage denim jacket, black high-waisted leggings, a blue cashmere scarf (similar here), Stan Smiths, a baseball hat, sunglasses, and my overly-organized carry-on. It's warm, can hide any airport grime, and is easily worn at my destination.
Depending on the time of year, catch me at LAX in one of two airplane outfits: When I'm en route to Minnesota around Christmastime (or really any time from October-April, let's be honest) I'll probably be wearing black Athleta leggings, black leather ankle boots, a knee-length black parka, and fuzzy mittens stuffed in my pockets. Yes, I wear the parka on the plane, and if I get too hot (like if there's turbulence and I start sweating), I roll it up and stuff it behind me for some much appreciated lumbar support. Last week, I traveled to Mexico which meant trading the parka for a sweatshirt and my snow-ready boots for some Nikes that double as my workout shoes. Unlike everyone else, I'm a "more is more" gal when it comes to leggings.
Call me the "road warrior", but no pressure. Although I do fly often (especially to visit family and friends in Canada), since moving to California my husband and I have become experienced road trippers. I too have a pair of travel-ready black leggings in my closet—but for a long car ride, I like to turn up the comfort while taking satisfaction in knowing that other drivers can only see above my shoulders. My uniform is a pair of comfy, worn-in jeans, a lightweight tee and some slides that I can also wear at my destination—I like to keep myself somewhat presentable for the gas station. I also make sure I'm wearing a strong sunscreen (I consider this a part of my travel uniform) on my face, arms and anything else that's exposed as I cruise through in the HOV lane. *Dog optional.
I fully embrace one of two extremes while traveling: I'm either that person dressed head to toe in a vacation-ready outfit complete with accessories (sunglasses, jewelry, a hat, etc.) or I'm in the most basic of sweatsuits (jogger pants and a crewneck) and white sneakers. For short flights, I will brave the cold air in a flowy dress and sandals just for the sake of being ready to step off the plane and into vacation mode instantly. For longer flights, however, I maximize comfort and warmth in my favorite black sweatsuit. The ease and loungewear feel it provides is unparalleled and there's something to be said about an outfit that makes you feel like your still in you pajamas but look pulled-together enough to appear in public.
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