We’ve all been there—standing in front of our closets, thinking about what to pack for an upcoming trip in a suitcase that can barely contain ten outfits. The dilemma often boils down to a simple yet seemingly complicated question:
The Journey of Dressing for the Journey
The clothes we choose to wear while travelling can make or break our overall experience. Trust me, because I’ve been on both ends of this. I’ve packed the most ill-planned outfits because they looked good, and the super-comfortable ones that simply looked awful. Eventually, I found my glass slipper – something that matched my sense of style and left me comfortable. I was elated! I felt like I cracked the code.
From the comfort of the flight to the ease of exploring a new city, our outfits play a crucial role while travelling. It’s almost an art form – balancing style and comfort while travelling, ensuring we look fabulous without compromising on ease, while also preventing overpacking!
So, shall we embark on this sartorial journey together?
Here are 13 Trendy Tips for Practical, Comfy Travel Outfits
1. The Importance of Comfort: Our First Priority
Let’s get one thing straight—comfort is king when it comes to travel, at least for me.
Imagine being stuck on a long-haul flight in tight jeans, or walking through the airport in high heels. Not the best idea, right? That’s why choosing the right travel clothing is essential. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton or moisture-wicking materials that keep you cool and dry.
A cotton maxi dress or a pair of joggers paired with a moisture-wicking T-shirt can be your go-to outfit for a comfortable journey.
2. Layering: The Art of Adaptability
One of the most practical travel fashion choices we can make is to master the art of layering. Whether we’re going from a chilly airport to a humid destination or vice versa, layering allows us to adapt without having to pack separate outfits for different climates. After all, none of us want to pay excess baggage fare, right?
A light scarf can go a long way in adding both style and functionality to your travel wardrobe. Similarly, a lightweight denim jacket can be thrown over a summer dress for those chilly aeroplane cabins, while a pashmina scarf can double as a blanket.
3. Functional Footwear to Walk the Talk
Our feet carry us through airports, city streets, and even some spectacular hiking trails. All this makes functional footwear non-negotiable. Choose shoes that offer good arch support and are made of breathable material.
A pair of sneakers can be both stylish and comfortable for walking around, while a pair of strappy sandals can be perfect for a beach destination.
4. Versatile Bottoms: One Pair, Multiple Looks!
When it comes to bottoms, versatility is key. A pair of well-fitted jeans or comfortable leggings can be paired with multiple tops, saving us valuable luggage space. If you’re travelling to a tropical location, a pair of lightweight linen pants can keep you cool and stylish, as they did for me in Lakshadweep.
A pair of black leggings can be worn with a tunic, a casual tee, or even a dressy top for different occasions. For men, a pair of chinos can help you go from day to night with just a change of shirt.
5. Wrinkle-Resistant Clothing to Look Fresh Off the Plane
Nobody wants to start their vacation ironing clothes. Honestly, I dread carrying an iron with me, even if it’s one of those mini iron boxes. Opting for wrinkle-resistant fabrics like polyester blends has helped me tide these issues because they can withstand the rigours of travel.
A wrinkle-resistant blazer can elevate a simple outfit and is easy to care for. For a more casual look, opt for wrinkle-free khaki pants or a jersey dress. These materials will keep you looking fresh, even after a long journey.
6. Functional Bags to Carry Yourself in Style
A stylish yet functional bag can elevate our travel outfit while providing the necessary storage space. Bags with multiple compartments help keep our essentials organized. A chic backpack or a sleek tote goes a long way.
A backpack with a laptop compartment and smaller pockets for essentials can be both stylish and functional. If you’re looking for an added feminine touch, a crossbody bag with compartments can keep your hands free and your belongings secure.
7. Neutral Colour Palettes are the Safe and Stylish Choice
Neutral colours like black, white, and beige are not only easy to mix and match but also less likely to show stains. They offer a sophisticated look without loads of effort, making them a smart choice for travel.
I always carry a neutral coat or jacket that can be paired with almost any outfit, making it a versatile choice. Similarly, a black maxi dress can be dressed up or down with the right accessories.
8. Accessories to Add Flair and Finishing Touches
Accessories can make or break an outfit. When travelling, I opt for versatile pieces that can complement multiple outfits. A statement necklace or a pair of classic sunglasses adds a touch of glamour without taking up much space in our luggage.
A pair of hoop earrings can surprise you by elevating a casual outfit, while a wide-brimmed hat not only adds style but also provides ample sun protection.
9. Adapting to Cultural Norms
When travelling to different countries, it’s essential to be aware of and respect local customs and dress codes. For instance, some religious sites may require covering our shoulders and knees. Always do your research and pack accordingly. While travelling to Bali, I packed full-length cotton pants and long skirts, which made it easy for me to visit all the temples on my list.
Carrying a lightweight long-sleeve cover-up can be a lifesaver when visiting religious sites in countries like Thailand or India.
10. Dress for the Locale
Different destinations call for different types of clothing. For instance, if you’re heading to a tropical paradise, breathable fabrics and bright colours are your best friends. On the other hand, a city might require a more polished look.
For a trip to Phuket, a flowy sundress and flip-flops are ideal. If you’re heading to a cosmopolitan city like Paris, think about packing a chic black dress and comfortable ballet flats.
11. Dress for the Weather
Always consider the season of your destination when packing. Summer travel allows for lighter fabrics and fewer layers, while winter travel will require heavier clothing and more accessories like hats and gloves.
For my summer trip to Greece, I packed a few pairs of stylish shorts and tank tops, while my February trip to New York when winter was at its peak, a heavy coat, thermal leggings, and a beanie saved me from freezing!
12. Pockets: Function Meets Fashion
I can’t recall the number of times someone’s complimented me on an outfit and the first thing I always say is – It has pockets!
Pockets can be a lifesaver when we’re on the move. They allow us to keep essentials like our phone, wallet, and keys within easy reach.
A utility jumpsuit with multiple pockets is both stylish and functional for a day of sightseeing. Similarly, there are plenty of maxi dresses with pockets that are super chic!
13. Choose your Fabrics Wisely
The fabric of our clothing can greatly impact our comfort level. Natural fibres like cotton and linen are breathable, while synthetic fibres like polyester may be more suitable for colder climates due to their moisture-wicking properties.
For a hiking trip, opt for moisture-wicking fabrics that keep sweat away from your body. For a leisurely beach vacation, a linen sundress is perfect!
In Closing: The Journey Must be a Stylish and Comfortable Travel Experience
Travelling is just as much about the journey as it is about the destination. And part of that journey is feeling good about what you’re wearing. From the importance of comfortable travel wear to the art of layering and choosing functional bags, the right outfit can immensely influence your overall travel experience. Considering cultural norms is just as important as packing for the weather.
The next time you’re planning a trip, take a moment to consider your outfit choices. With the right balance of style and comfort, you’ll not only look good but also feel good, making your trip all the more memorable. After all, life’s too short to wear uncomfortable clothes, especially when you’re exploring the world!