Ok, so I’m not referring to what you’re travelling in with regard to planes, trains or automobiles; rather what in terms of the clothes you’ll be in on your journey!
Do you have a bit of a travelling uniform? What wardrobe essentials make you a happy traveller? Do you possess the equivalent of a clothing “comfort blanket” that you wear all the time when you’re on the move?
No doubt the time of year and destination play a large part in your decision making, unless you’re one of those folks who goes on summer holidays and forgets about the travelling home part of the journey (shorts, flip-flops and UK weather? I’m talking to you! We know you’re freezing! Don’t pretend you’re not!).
My own travelling outfits are dictated by the time of year I travel, the corresponding climate and my never ending desire to look like one of those effortlessly stylish women you see floating about in European capital cities.
My fail safes are generally built around two types of trips.
So…Here’s what I’m travelling in:
For A Spring/Autumn City Break:
Classic Trench Coat
Mine is a Marks & Spencer’s Autograph (available in the UK) rainproof version. It keeps me going while I dream of Burberry (one day), and helps me channel my inner Audrey Hepburn.
Ok, so I’m not French. But I can try to at least look French, and these are a good start. Plus, these shoes are practical, cute and smart.
Jersey ¾ Sleeve Top
Jersey is a comfort win! Usually, I go for something with an interesting print or detail. That way, I feel a bit more fancy and a bit less tee-shirt.
Layers, layers, always layers – and always in a colour that will go with everything else I’ve packed (erm… that’ll be black, then).
Stretchy Skinny Jeans
With the right amount of stretch, these are comfy travelling pants that you’ll keep wearing after you arrive. Plus, if the sun’s out, I always turn the bottoms up and in. Voila! Now they’re cropped jeans! (teamed with ballet pumps – ultimate Spring or Autumn city chic)!
The more massive the better. Turn it into a shawl; roll it into a pillow. Or, just use it as a tool in the eternal bid to look stylish.
For Summer Sun Holidays:
Wide Leg Linen Trousers
What can I say? Comfy style that never dates, and who cares if they end up creased to bits? That’s the beauty of linen! Oh, I generally steer clear of white, though. Just in case you can see my knickers through them (not good), or more likely, in case I spill my dinner (shamefully, this has been known to happen more often than is acceptable. Oops).
Simple. Comfortable. Cool. Enough said.
Cotton or Linen Fitted Shirt
Layers again (just in case it’s cold on the flight), and a cover up against the burning sun if it’s too hot when you arrive.
This always works, so I work it hard. My denim jacket will be my friend until it’s so worn out that it actually falls off me and I’m forced to buy another. Oh, and when it’s not being worn, it shoves into any bag pretty easily!
In a rich tan brown colour that goes with everything. These are good for when you’re messing about manoeuvring luggage because they strap on your feet well, and are a bit more sturdy than flip-flops.
Thick Fluffy Socks
I get cold feet on planes, so a big pair of fluffy socks will always be in my bag.
I should probably also mention (though it goes without saying) that sunglasses have to be my ultimate travelling outfit accessory. They are functional, fashionable and will always be friends for eyes that have been forced to stay open far too long!
So, what do you travel in? Let me know in the comments!