Regardless of whether you’re traveling by land, air, or sea, leaving one place for another is a transportive experience — literally. And no matter where you’re headed, your trip starts from the moment you leave your abode… so, why are you still wearing your beat-up sweats to the airport? To make your adventure feel all the more special (and save space in your suitcase!), your traveling outfit should be as put-together as what you’re going to be wearing on your trip. No need to sacrifice comfort, though — there are plenty of strategically cozy pieces that are mega stylish, as well. Now, put down those shearling boots and step away from the velour: We’ve put together a mini handbook to travel style that you’d be wise to commit to memory.
Buy A Good Suitcase You’ll Use Forever — Unless you’re an extremely light packer or super-infrequent traveler, you’ll want a suitcase that’ll last you at least 250,000 miles (that’s 10x around the world, for the Frequent Flier-savvy). And don’t worry about getting it beat-up — if there’s anything more depressing than an unstamped Passport, it’s a suitcase without scuffs.
Stella McCartney Croc Effect Faux Leather Suitcase, $1,880, available at Net-A-Porter.
Side-Zip Booties Are Your Security Gate Friends — When you’re juggling three plastic bins, trying to fit your laptop back into your bag, and hoping that your boarding pass is in your back pocket (and not behind the metal detector), you don’t want to deal with a shoe that’s got anything more complicated than a simple zip. We realize there are plenty of ballet-flat travel fans out there, but we’re partial to boots — with chilly plane temps, grungy airport floors, and possible terminal-to-terminal sprints, we like a heavier shoe to protect our toes.
DV Dolce Vita Booties, $129, available at Bloomingdale’s
Fancy Pants: Opt For Silk Trousers — Silk is not only warm, but also super thin, and when you’ve got to stay put in a micro-mini seat, you need all the wiggle room you can manage. We love a silk trouser with a bit of stretch for extra-long flights.
J.Crew Silk Colorblock Pant, $128, available at J. Crew.
For The Sleep Mask-Shy, Wear Sunglasses — In super-sunny terminals, sunglasses help protect your peepers while also helping you get away with your less-than-bright-eyed visage. But our favorite use for sunglasses is in-flight nap time. For those that like to doze off with a little privacy, a sleep mask isn’t always a feasible option — choose super-opaque lenses to block out window glare, and to keep other people from interfering with your beauty sleep.
BCBGeneration Sunglasses, $20, available at BCBG.
Never, Ever Forget Your Blanket Scarf — Even if you’re flying to a tropical island in Hades, your flight is going to be freezing, so don’t forget a scarf that doubles as a blanket (we’ve regretted it each time we’ve left it behind!). A lighter-weight cotton scarf won’t take up much room for warm-weather trips, and a heavy knit scarf will always beat those staticky pillows and fleece throws, any day.
Collection by Giada Forte Gold Thread Scarf, $235, available at La Garconne.
Turn Your Tech Case Into Your Travel Wallet — Many fashion brands are making iPad, laptop, and tablet cases with extra pockets. We find it super handy to use one of these cases as a travel wallet to file our passports, boarding passes, itineraries, and other pertinent documents. Not only does it make finding your stuff a breeze, but unlike a travel wallet that you aren’t used to carrying around with you, a tech case is usually part of your daily, non-travel arsenal — you’ll never mispace your things on the road again!
Gap Two-Tone iPad Case, $49.95, available at Gap.
Kate Spade Birdseye Pom Trouser Socks, $28, available at Kate Spade.
Photo: Sachin + Babi
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