Travel style tips

I “travel” often, so I wanted to share a few travel style tips. I say “travel” because I go to Los Angeles a lot and I’m not sure if a 50 minute plane flight counts as actual traveling. Sometimes I do take the train though, which is about 7 1/2 hours, so that would count! I also love road trips and have gone on road trips to stalk follow see the Backstreet Boys on tour many times (*cough* Every tour since 2000 *cough*). These tips are geared more toward winter traveling because, it’s winter. Duh.

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*Jeggings: Gap. Sweater: Thrifted. Scarf & Sunglasses: Forever 21. T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters. Boots: Steve Madden (gift).

Yes, that is my house. Please don’t stalk me.

Tip #1: Dress comfortable: Stretchy or cotton fabrics that are easy to sit in for long periods of time are best. It is important to dress comfortably when traveling, because more than likely, you do not have immediate access to your clothes or a place to change. When I fly, I can get away with wearing jeans and maybe a chunky heel here and there, but especially when traveling in a car (bus or train) when you are sitting for long periods of times, I recommend jeggings or leggings (I need the stretch so I can curl my legs under myself to get comfortable), or a dress/skirt. Shoe wise, I would not wear anything with buckles or laces, giving me quick access to air out my feet get comfortable quickly. This particular outfit was for a drive home from San Jose, which is about 90 minutes from me, so I chose jeggings and because it was January, I had a sweater and a scarf to keep me warm in the car; knowing who I was driving with, I knew they would not want the heater on as much as I would. Which brings me to my next tip…

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Tip #2: Dress in Layers: It is essential to layering your clothing when on a long trip, especially in the winter. For example, depending on who you are traveling with, there is a chance that there will be a disagreement on the level of the heater in the car, which will then ensue a long, seemingly friendly, fight with each person trying to turn the heater up or down. Sounds innocent, but it can get violent; accidental scratches and swerving on the road are not worth the heat! If you layer, you can be as warm as you want, while the other can be as cool as they need to be. If it ends up warming up as the day goes on, you’re able to take off a layer or two.

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Tip #3: Pack Clothes with Remix Abilities: I start planning my outfits for my weekend getaways a few days in advance. I like to keep it simple and keep it to one bag (which is not always possible with me). I always choose those jeans that go with everything, one pair of flats and one pair of heels or boots, the jacket that can be casual or dressed up, and more accessories than separate pieces to make the outfit different. I love reading The Delightful Dozen to see how they remix their clothes.

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Oh, and some cute sunglasses are a given.

Those are really the only tips I have. I am aware that I mislead you into thinking I had some valuable insight into how to dress for travel, but honestly, it’s that simple.

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I would probably wear this on a flight as well. I’ve gotten pretty good at getting through security quickly: pull out your ID and ticket before you get to the front of the line, grab a bucket for your things even if you have to wait to put it on the conveyer belt, don’t fight and just take off you shoes and jackets/sweaters. Basically, just follow the rules they give you and don’t be that person who needs to “stick it to the man” or try to get away with sneaking things through. Boots can be controversial in the security line, but these slip on and off easily and don’t have any buckles so they are actually faster to get on and off than someone wearing sneakers.

By the way, I got that suitcase at the Antique Faire that is held in Sacramento every second Sunday of the month. It is equal parts cute and annoying. I used it to travel one time and I will most likely never again unless it is only for one night. The suitcase itself is extremely heavy when empty, but add 3 or 4 days worth of clothes and try to carry it all the way through an airport with the blunt, plastic handle? Well, you are just asking for blisters on your hand. Sadly, it was just a prop in this photo shoot.

All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography

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93 comments
  1. Love the sweater. Exactly how I like to travel. Either that or a cost pashmina.

  2. These are fantastic tips, I am also the one person in the car who always wants the heat on max, so layers are really important. You look very adorable here, I love those boots.

  3. Camille said:

    Great tips and I love your outfit! Traveling is a passion of mine as well. Thanks for checking out my blog and for your nice comment. I’m now following you on bloglovin and I’d love it if you followed back:) πŸ™‚

    http://latelystylish.blogspot.com/

  4. You look so chic! I absolutely love the whole look. Too gorgeous!

    Xx
    en la moda

    kristellouisa.blogspot.com

  5. Shawna said:

    Love this post & you really did have great tips! The only one I don’t practice nearly enough is the remix ability of what I pack… gotta work on that. As for the suitcase, prop or not, it’s adorable!! πŸ™‚

    ❀ Shawna
    http://serpentinestreets.blogspot.com/

  6. Linda said:

    Oh yes, definitely agree with all these tips!
    My family and I travel a lot, so I’ve quickly discovered the importance of all three bits of your advise.
    I usually wear skirts, but when we’re on the road, I stick to leggings and jeans. Accessories are a girl’s best friend when she’s on the road and wants to look stylish! Haha, they dress up any casual look.
    I love your basic, chic, “travel” outfit πŸ˜‰
    You look amazing! That scarf and cardi are perfect. And so are your boots!

    http://www.trendyteal.blogspot.com

  7. Danielle said:

    Definitely agree with all of these tips, this is how I love to dress for travelling to! So annoying that your suitcase is a prop only, it would be perfect if it was easy to transport! xx

  8. Ainusha said:

    Absolutely love this look,especially yr white cardigan,boots and scarf:)
    I used to say I travel when I go abroad,but sometimes i say I “travel” when I go to the next city in my country:)
    thanks for travel tips!!!
    http://www.stylefirstbyainusha.blogspot,com

  9. Lucy said:

    Thank you for your lovely comment dear!

  10. Laura said:

    Wonderful tips! I traveled to Romania last winter and I think everyone in my group thought I was crazy because I was wearing a dress for our travels – which included a couple of long layovers. But since I was wearing layers and the material was super comfortable, I felt great the whole time!

    thejoyfulfox.blogspot.com

  11. Natalie said:

    These are great tips, it’s also how I dress when travelling. You’re oufit looks great, I’m a sucker for everything cognac-coloured πŸ˜‰
    xo,
    Natalie

  12. Victoria said:

    Thanks for your comment!! Really nice outfits!! πŸ˜‰

  13. Ellen said:

    Love that suitcase! I think the best advice for travelling is layers as well, you really can’t go wrong if you are wearing a bunch of layers!

    xoxo
    Ellen

  14. Sarah said:

    You look very chic and comfortable.

  15. Robin said:

    This is a great travel outfit and some great tips as well!

  16. Jess said:

    great look and great tips! just followed on bloglovin and thanks for your comment hun πŸ™‚

    hapatime.blogspot.com

  17. Sandra said:

    Thanks for your sweety coment πŸ™‚ I like this photos so much, specially the coat!!
    A really great blog dear, ill follow your new posts πŸ™‚
    Coment my new outfit in http://s-justcarpediem.blogspot.com/
    Follow me and ill do the same πŸ™‚

  18. Excellent tips! I love your suitcase, and your entire outfit!! Great pictures.

  19. Simona said:

    Hi darling!
    I must tell you, that IΒ΄m in love with your cute boots! And I love your blog, would you maybe like to follow us each others? IΒ΄ll be very happy πŸ™‚
    Simona
    http://www.simimaus.blogspot.com

  20. Carina said:

    You look great, this is such a pretty and comfy traveling outfit! Thanks for the tips, I’ll be out and about in Europe soon πŸ™‚

  21. akiko said:

    Lovely outfit! I have similar boots and that’s my fav. Love your jacket so much πŸ™‚ xo akiko

    Style Imported

  22. Rachel said:

    Great post! I go to school on the east coast, so finding the perfectly comfortable yet not sloppy outfit for my too frequent 12 hr voyage back home is essential!
    Thanks for you lovely comment, visit again!

    http://colored–shadows.blogspot.com

    • I found it at the Antique Faire in Sacramento. Antique Faires/flea markets etc are awesome!

  23. The boots are such a great colour – and I love your cute suitcase.
    BSB baby! lol!

  24. whole heartedly agree with all of these tips, especially the dressing in layers one! Planes can be so cold so bringing a light sweater or cardigan is an essential πŸ™‚

  25. Natalie said:

    Ah! That sweater is so amazingly big and cute! Loving it! πŸ™‚

    xo,
    Natalie

  26. I love the oversized sweater, perfect to cuddle up in for those cold planes, and you are still looking so chic. love your luggage as well!

  27. luvvleighb said:

    Oh you look so cozy! But the boots dress you right back up! And that suitcase! I adore it! So cute! I was just talking about how I really need to find an antique suitcase… but it’s more for a decoration aspect, not conveniently functional aspect.
    Luvv, Leigh B

  28. Josie said:

    Very comfortable looking! And perfect for traveling πŸ™‚ Every time I travel I always make it a habit to bring a cardigan, even if it’s going to be warm. You never know if you get stuck in a place that is a little chilly!

    -Josie, 8bitgrayscale

  29. tanja said:

    you really tell ME I’m looking good? Oh god, thank you! You look way more amazing than me πŸ˜‰ I love this outfit!

  30. Clare said:

    Hello Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by and leaving the lovely comment πŸ™‚ Your travel tips are really helpful, love that your advice is fashion-wise as well as travel-wise. Me, I always get into trouble when travelling for choosing outfit that’s too complicated and not comfort-wise hehe πŸ™‚

  31. Steph said:

    I love the stylish yet comfy look. Perfection. And I agree, I usually wear tights when traveling, so comfy. (:

  32. i def think layers are important for traveling!! saves a lot of space cuz you can rewear things w/ different coordinating pieces!

  33. Love this outfit!! And thanks for the visit and comment! =)

    abeautifulmaybe.blogspot.com – xo,

  34. Thank you for sharing this tips. I should packed this when I’m travelling. =)

  35. Eva said:

    Love your chunky scarf and that cool cardi! xoxo

  36. That suitcase is so cool! It’s a shame it’s not very practical.

    I have an old suitcase that I decoupaged and now I use it as storage for sewing supplies! That way, it’s still useful, and looks pretty cool as decor.

    darladear.blogspot.com
    darladear.etsy.com

  37. helena said:

    ypu are so stylish and pretty, congratulations for an amazing blog!!

    laflordelys.com

    helena

  38. Lizzie said:

    This look is so cozy and cute! Those sunnies look like they were made for your face….so perfect!

    xo
    Lizzie
    placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

  39. Fabiana said:

    You look adorable!Follow each other?
    xoox
    Faby

  40. B.Weber said:

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I love your blog and am following now πŸ™‚ I love this look and the suitcase is to die for!

    HauteStandards

  41. Harriet said:

    I love your sweater – looks perfect – comfy and warm!

  42. lisa said:

    Very sensible advice. I also like having lip balm, lotion and sunglasses within reach at all times. You never know when you’ll need them while you’re traveling!

  43. Hello! I am a new follower via bloglovin’. This is a cute post about travel style- I definitely take advantage of dressing in layers on the plane too! I travel to L.A. to see my family very often. It’s become somewhat of an art! You know, the checking in, going through security, then finding your terminal and gate? haha, piece of cake for me now πŸ™‚ Glad to be a new follower- can’t wait to see more posts from you!
    xo, Larissa
    http://livingincolorstyle.blogspot.com

  44. Thanks for the tips, I travel a lot and always follow this tips.

    Layers for weather changes, somtime in planes or in buses it’s cooler than outside.

  45. Fatima said:

    Lovely !

    modas-diva.blogspot.com

  46. That suit case is just to die for! And I’m totally with ya on the layering and comfort factor. I travel A LOT and get hot and cold at different times of the trip so layering is super important. And I love how you did it with style. Glad I saw your blog. Thanks for sharing xo

  47. hey sweetie!thanks for stopping by and your lovely comment! I love your casual still chic look and would love to follow each other! What do you think?
    xoxo,
    Fashionhypnotised girl

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