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The Perfect Travel Outfit

As we get ready to leave for Ireland I thought it would be a good time to share what I like to wear when traveling.

Despite the allure of celebrity airport fashion (I have absolutely fantasized about getting off a plane and looking like this) I know the reality is I need to be a bit more pragmatic.

While I tend to put an emphasis on comfort while flying, I think this outfit still strikes a good balance between practicality and fashion.

Pants

Boulder is pretty uninspiring from a fashion perspective, so whenever we are traveling I get excited about what to wear.  I used to never wear leggings while traveling because it seemed like such a bummer way to start off a trip.

But then I discovered Nordstrom’s Zella Leggings.

A girlfriend had been telling me about them for a while but at the time I wasn’t in the market for another pair.

Surprisingly, especially since I went to college in Vancouver (the birthplace of Lululemon and athleisure wear) I never wore leggings during my time at university.  Then, when I graduated, I treated myself to a pair of Lululemons and quickly berated myself for not jumping on the bandwagon earlier.

I’ve had the same crop Lulus for a decade now.  When it became clear I really needed a fresh pair, I thought I would just buy the same ones again, but couldn’t stomach the $120 price tag along with reading so many reviews that the quality had gone down.

I ended up buying a pair from The Gap for next to nothing on mega sale.  I do not like them.  They are a itchy and the crotch is saggy and I’m always pulling them up. Not awesome.

Finally, I headed my bestie’s advice and bought the Zella Live In Midi Leggings.  Praise be!  They are so comfortable, flattering, a decent price point, and very sleek and streamlined without looking too sporty.

Layers

Base Layers

On top I always wear a tank top and a black sweater.  Black looks sleek and is always the safer color in case of spills etc.

I love this sweater from Kit and Ace because its breathable and pill resistant fabric.

Jacket

My jacket depends on where I’m going and how heavy of a layer I need as I always like to wear my bulkiest coat on the plane to save room in my suitcase.

If I’m not going somewhere too cold I switch between my Burberry Trench Coat  (also like this one and this one) and my Barbour jacket.

My Barbour jacket is my preference because I like the front pockets with button closures as they are perfect for keeping your passport and phone safe but accessible (especially as you go through security).

Scarf

If it is warm out, I don’t tend to wear a scarf during domestic flights but I love taking a blanket scarf on international flights.

This one comes in such pretty soft and neutral colors.

Socks

I have heard one too many horror stories about complications from blood clots after or while flying to not invest in a good pair of compression socks.

I insist David and I both wear them on longer-haul flights.  It’s a no brainer.  It’s also nice to land and not have completely swollen feet.

Sometimes I put them on ahead of time and sometimes I change into them after we board the flight.

Shoes

While I used to hate the idea of wearing sneakers on the plane, they are mighty practical.  Also, now there are so many more cute options, many of which are leather.

I love white sneakers.  Really into these and these.

I know that people like the Adidas Superstar , and while I love the look and price point, unfortunately I just don’t find them that comfortable and isn’t that really the whole point?

For a slightly less sneakery sneaker, I love these (I have them in dove).

Purse

It’s taken me so long to figure out my favorite travel purse.

Here is my criteria:

  • Large enough to hold my laptop
  • Pockets for organization
  • Zipper so my stuff doesn’t fall out underneath the seat
  • Outside pocket for easy access
  • Not so expensive that shoving it under my seat or surrendering it to an overhead bin stresses me out
  • Durable exterior

For a while I traveled with a great tote bag but it didn’t have a zip closure so I was always stressed about things falling out of it.

Then I traveled with my Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour  which was so pretty (and took up too much space to pack in my suitcase so if I was bringing it on a trip I really had to carry it on) but I was stressed about the leather getting scratched and the handles didn’t fold down so it wasn’t easy to fit in an overhead bin.

Now I travel with a similar version of this Tory Burch tote.

I got mine for under $200 so I must have hit up a sale (I feel like there is always a sale to be had with Tory Burch).  It hits all the points of my criteria.

I also think the basic large Longchamp Tote is an easy option.  The one downside for me is that it doesn’t have an easy access outside pocket.  It’s nice that it is so light weight and can easily be stuffed in a suitcase as well.

While this may seem super basic, it really does make traveling so much easier.  Now that I have a “travel uniform” that suits all my needs, it’s just one less thing to think or worry about.

Plus, since I wear the same thing almost every time, I have inadvertently developed a system.

I always know where everything is, which pocket things are located in, and never get flustered about misplacing something.  Going through security and customs is a breeze.

What do you like to wear when you travel?  Any travel tips for making the experience easier?

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2 Comments

  • Reply Brittney HearnMay 7, 2018 at 8:13 am

    This is the perfect travel outfit! I completely agree that the Adidas Superstars are uncomfortable. I barely wear mine because of this but I do wear my Adidas Stan Smith’s when I travel. Once broken in they are the best!

    Totally agree about the Zella live in leggings too! My first pair still fits like they day I got them. I’m on 4th pair now and cannot live without them.

    • Reply AnnaMay 7, 2018 at 11:11 am

      That’s great to know about the Stan Smiths!

      You are the one that turned me on to the Zella Leggings I am eternally grateful.

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