When you travel a lot, as I have over the course of the past couple of years, comfortable travel clothes become a whole new category of your wardrobe. Truth be told, in life, I put style above comfort, but when it comes to flights and road trips, I've learned that you can and should have both. That said, building my collection of travel clothes hasn't been without a bit of trial and error (never wear high-waisted, 100%-cotton jeans on a flight), but it's those mistakes that have helped me plan my travel outfits more efficiently. The fewer options, the better, in my opinion.
Prepping for a trip of your own? Keep scrolling to find out which comfortable travel clothes (and accessories) I wear for every trip, and shop some of my favorites.
Slip-On Sneakers or Loafers
When going through security, the last thing you want to do is have to untie or unbuckle your shoes to get them off. Do yourself a favor and wear flat slip-ons.
Available in sizes 6 to 10.
Available in sizes 34 to 42.
Available in sizes 5 to 10.
Big (But Not Bulky) Scarf
As you know, the temperature in planes can fluctuate by the minute. You'd be wise to bring a scarf, which can easily be removed as temperatures rise in the cabin.
Stretchy Jeans or Treggings
Pants made of fabric with some stretch in them are paramount when traveling. Instead of sweatpants, opt for stretchy jeans or trouser leggings.
Available in sizes 14 to 28.
Available in sizes 23 to 32.
Available in sizes 24 to 32.
Chunky Cardigan or Pullover
This time of year especially, a sweater is the obvious, most effortless way to stay warm and comfortable.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Available in sizes 14 to 24.
If your head is cold, everything else will be, too. Cover it with something soft and stylish, like a cashmere baseball cap or beanie.
When you're schlepping through terminals, you'll want your hands to be free. Invest in a crossbody carry-on tote to help with that.
Soft Layering Tee
Speaking of fluctuating temperatures, layering is essential on travel days. I'm always sure to wear a soft Re/Done tee because of that.
Available in sizes XS to M.
Available in sizes 1X to 3X.
Taking your shoes off and staying awhile is the name of the game on long flights. Toss a pair of cozy socks in your carry-on and make that happen.
When going through security, it's always best to keep your jewelry simple and lightweight. I usually go for stud or huggie earrings with a pendant necklace, a watch, and just one or two delicate rings.