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The trick or treaters have come and gone, the candy your kids collected or the left over candy you didn’t hand out is forever staring you in the face (so you might as well eat it, right?! Because all of the witches have flown away on their broom sticks and there is no one to magically make it disappear!) and when you walk into the mall you hear “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and you say “no kidding” as the stores somehow magically over night turned their space into a Winter Wonderland!  It must be November 1st!  The holidays are inevitably upon us now, there is no more denying it!  Thanksgiving, when more travel is done in the United States at one time than any other time of year, will be here in less than 4 weeks which means Hanukkah will be too as they start on the same day this year-quite the anomaly and once Thanksgiving passes…we all know what that means, Christmas!  This is a fabulous time of year filled with family, friends, scrumptious food, plenty of good times and lots of travel.  I love suggestions and requests; this blog was a suggestion and I think it is perfect timing for it as the busiest travel season of the year is here.  What to wear when you travel can be tricky, you want to look nice and put together but you want to be comfortable as well.  Long gone are the days when people travel in this:

Pan Am

Even when traveling for work, we like to be as comfortable as possible in the airport and not wrinkle what we are wearing to our business meeting.

So whether you are traveling for work, pleasure and/or the holidays, here are my tips on what to wear to be comfortable and still look like you would want in the event that you run into that long, lost friend in the airport!

First, let’s start with bottoms as I think this can be the most difficult wardrobe piece to pick out when traveling.

Leggings are a comfortable choice for sure!

You may remember these from the "Dressing for Two" blog I recently did.  These are not only a great staple for the closet but a wonderful travel companion.  You can pair them with just about anything!

You may remember these from the “Dressing for Two” blog I recently did. These leggings from Zara are not only a great staple for the closet but a wonderful travel companion. You can pair them with just about anything!

Going somewhere as soon as you arrive?  Make a statement in these fun, floral print leggings from fab'rik.

Going somewhere as soon as you arrive? Make a statement in these fun, floral print leggings from fab’rik.

If you are the type that loves to wear jeans all the time and therefore when you travel, here are some of my favorite travel denim:

 

BLANKnyc denim is perfect for travel.  They have the perfect amount of stretch in them without falling off of you, making them super comfortable.  I own them in multiple colors and styles.

BLANKnyc denim is perfect for travel. They have the perfect amount of stretch in them without falling off of you, making them super comfortable. I own them in multiple colors and styles.

 

It is very fitting that these pants are camo, because are they leggings or jeans?  They are denim leggings from Zara, the best of both worlds!

It is very fitting that these pants are camo, because are they leggings or jeans? They are denim leggings from Zara, the best of both worlds!

If you need to be a little dressier but still want to be comfortable, a great trouser is the way to go!

 

You can sit for hours in these Zara, elastic waist trousers!

You can sit for hours in these Zara, elastic waist trousers!

These Theory stretch Trousers can be dressed up for meeting or down for drinks with a friends, a great addition to your travel wardrobe.

These Theory stretch Trousers can be dressed up for meeting or down for drinks with a friends, a great addition to your travel wardrobe.

 

Let’s move on to those ever fluctuating temperature when you travel.  You could start off in Texas and end up in Chicago or have the air on you full blast in the plane or be sitting on the runway for an hour with no air at all.  The moral of this story is to wear layers that can easily be put on and taken off.    Make sure your additions fit in your bag or carry-on nicely in case you find yourself not needing them or taking them off to go through security. If you can, start off with a simple top such as a nice, v-neck t-shirt in a sold color, or a plain long sleeve knit top, you can build from there.  Then you can add:

This versatile, leather sleeve detail cardigan from fab'rik will be great when traveling and when you arrive at your destination because it will with just about anything!

This versatile, leather sleeve detail cardigan from fab’rik will be great when traveling and when you arrive at your destination because it will go with just about anything!

Plaid flannel is back in!  This tunic will be comfy and can be thrown over a t-shirt if need be.  Pair a scarf and flat boots with it and you will be ready to meet up with people as soon as you step off the plane!

Plaid flannel is back in! This tunic from fab’rik will be comfy and can be thrown over a t-shirt if need be. Pair a scarf and flat boots with it and you will be ready to meet up with people as soon as you step off the plane!

 

This faux leather drape jacket will give you structure (in the back) and comfort at the same time (stretchy material).  It can also be easily thrown in your bag and goes with just about anything!

This faux leather drape jacket will give you structure (in the back) and comfort at the same time (stretchy material). It can also be easily thrown in your bag and goes with just about anything!

If you want something a little more utilitarian for your travels, go with this hooded, army green jacket.

If you want something a little more utilitarian for your travels, go with this hooded, army green jacket.

A scarf is a great way to add detail to an outfit and an easy item to thrown on when traveling and chilly!

A scarf is a great way to add detail to an outfit and an easy item to throw on when traveling and chilly!

The next stop on our “what to wear when traveling” journey is foot wear.  As we all know, when in the airport security line, we must remove our shoes to go through the sensors.  This rule may change (hopefully sooner than later) but until then, remember to always either wear socks or keep a pair in your bag to put on in security-the airport floor just can’t be the cleanest place in the world!

 

I love to wear these footies when wearing shoes such as flats that show a great deal of your foot.  It helps keep your shoe from getting stinky and you don't have to walk barefoot through security.

I love to wear these footies when wearing shoes such as flats that show a great deal of your foot. It helps keep your shoe from getting stinky and you don’t have to walk barefoot through security.

This sneaker, also found in the "Dressing for Two" blog will look cute and you will be able to run from one end of the airport to the other in them.  While the laces aren't necessarily ideal, you can tighten them but not tie them to make them easier to slide on and off as necessary.

This sneaker, also found in the “Dressing for Two” blog will look cute and you will be able to run from one end of the airport to the other in them. While the laces aren’t necessarily ideal, you can tighten them but not tie them to make them easier to slide on and off as necessary.

Want to wear a flat but have somewhere to be?  These ballerina flats from Zara have a great tonal detail and will go with most things.

Want to wear a flat but have somewhere to be? These ballerina flats from Zara have a great tonal detail and will go with most things.  This would be a great time to wear the footies!

A moccasin/loafer is a great way to travel!  I love these in Bordeaux!

A moccasin/loafer is a great way to travel! I love these in Bordeaux! Again, a great time to wear footies.

A woman always needs a pair…or 3…or 5 of flat boots in her repertoire!

This is a classic boot that can be worn forever!

This is a classic boot that can be worn forever!

Another boot that will stand the test of time!

Another boot that will stand the test of time!

This boot strikes my eye for travel because the neutral color will go with everything, a great addition to your travel wardrobe.

This boot strikes my eye for travel because the neutral color will go with everything, a great addition to your travel wardrobe.

Simply because I love them, the last stop on the “what to wear when traveling” train is accessories!!

A crossbody is a fabulous travel accessory!  Put in your larger bag and take it out when you just need to run around with a few items.  I am obsessed with this one, you can hide the tassel to dress it down if need be, it is compact but has plenty of space and compartments when opened up...and a what a great color!  It also comes in black and other styles/colors.

A crossbody is a fabulous travel accessory! Put in your larger bag and take it out when you just need to run around with a few items. I am obsessed with this one, you can hide the tassel to dress it down if need be, it is compact but has plenty of space and compartments when opened up…and a what a great color! It also comes in black and other styles/colors.

Something that holds a lot, can be closed/zipped and put over the shoulder are key elements for a great travel bag.  This one has all of that including a crossbody strap in case that is easier for you-LOVE!

Something that holds a lot, can be closed/zipped and put over the shoulder are key elements for a great travel bag. This one has all of that including a crossbody strap in case that is easier for you-LOVE!

Need something a little larger, this weekender is your answer!

Need something a little larger, this weekender is your answer!

It never hurts to be prepared, this folding umbrella with metallic detail will ensure you can pick your umbrella out in a crowd!

It never hurts to be prepared, this folding umbrella with metallic detail will ensure you can pick your umbrella out in a crowd!

 

Happy, safe and stylish travels!  If you need help with your travel wardrobe, please feel free to contact me for an appointment, I would love to help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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