Travel outfits should be comfortable, stylish, and versatile. But you know this already. What you might not know is exactly what pieces from your wardrobe will help you to best achieve this. That’s what we’re here for. While we love to see celebs at the airport dressed to the nines and decked out in heels, we don’t condone it. Instead, we bring you our top 10 practical, travel-friendly pieces, no matter your mode of transportation.
Scroll down to see the essential travel outfit elements and to shop our favorite examples of each!
On Jessica Alba: Gerard Darel coat; Jenni Kayne d'Orsay Flats ($495) in Natural; KENZO Kalifornia Leather Satchel ($895); Bric's Milano Spinner Trunk ($625) in Cream; Made Eyewear Hudson Crystal with Grey Lens Sunglasses ($124)
A scarf’s blanket-like tendencies will keep you cozy on chilly airplanes and add interest to basics while you’re jetting between terminals.
FINDS + Heather Taylor Woven Cotton Scarf ($158) in Cream
Flats, sneakers, ankle boots, sandals… Whatever your poison, just make sure you can run in them if need be.
Adidas Originals Superstar Women’s Sneakers ($80) in White
There’s nothing worse than sitting for hours in a rigid pair of pants. Easily avoid this potential mistake by having a slouchy yet polished pair of jeans on hand.
Mother The Dropout Slouchy Skinny Jeans ($196) in Graffiti Girl
There’s no time for zippers and pockets when you travel, so stick to a simple roomy tote to hold your essentials.
It’s a no-brainer that you’ll need to keep an eye on the clock when you travel. There’s nothing worse than missing a connection.
Larsson & Jennings Läder Leather and Gold-Plated Watch ($335) in Cherry-Red
Whether you’re coming from or going to a chilly locale or consider the air-conditioned airplane or train cold enough, you’ll need a coat, jacket, or sweater no matter the season.
If you want to hide a bad hair day, protect your skin, or just hide on travel days, invest in a chic, wide-brimmed, and neutral-colored hat. Bonus: It makes every outfit more stylish.
Skip the fussy blouses when you travel and wear a chic cotton tee instead. We love a striped version.
Saint James for J.Crew Short-Sleeve Slouchy Tee ($89) in Navy Ivory
Can you imagine a travel day without a pair of shades? We can’t.
Le Specs Hey Macarena Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses ($50) in Tortoiseshell
Even if you’re not wearing sneakers or boots, we advise bringing along a pair of cozy socks to slip into on the plane. Consider it an essential treat.