Knowing how to travel fashionably can be a tricky thing to master. Whether you’re travelling for a weekend or for several weeks, knowing what to pack and what to wear can be pretty daunting for even the most seasoned traveller. Most people agree, however, that keeping your travel wardrobe simple and functional is the key to travelling stylishly. Travel like a pro with these tips for how to travel fashionably.
1. Plan Ahead
One thing I’ve learnt over time is to avoid throwing things into your suitcase or travel bag at the last minute. When it comes to how to travel fashionably, plan ahead and write a list of your wardrobe essentials. Research your travel destination to see the kinds of things that you definitely need and what you could do without. Take note of things like the weather and any cultural or customary requirements.
2. Keep It Simple
While you may be tempted to pack your entire wardrobe, you’ll probably be better off keeping things simple. Put together a capsule wardrobe of basic pieces that you can dress up or down for different occasions. Keep your travel outfits simple as well, especially if you’re travelling internationally. Security screenings at airports will often require you to remove items of clothing like shoes and belts, so save time and effort by avoiding clothes with excessive buckles, laces, and straps.
3. Mix and Match
To get the most wear out of your travel wardrobe, pack lots of separates that you can mix and match. Before you leave, play with different outfit options and see what tops and bottoms work well together. You’ll be able to get more outfit options from such a limited wardrobe and be less likely to look like you’re outfit repeating!
4. Embrace Layers
Much like the previous tip, learning to layer can help boost your style credentials when you’re travelling. Bulky pieces like coats and jackets can take up a lot of room, so lots of light and warm layers are a better option. This will also keep your travel wardrobe a lot more versatile. If you’re travelling in cold temperatures, wear your heaviest coat or jacket when travelling and keep it a fairly basic style that will work well with the rest of your wardrobe.
5. Choose Key Accessories
Accessories can make or break an outfit. Carting around a million different accessories in your luggage, however, can be pretty annoying. When it comes to packing accessories for your travel wardrobe, play favourites. Choose the ones that you get the most wear out of and that will complement the majority of your outfits.
6. Minimise Your Jewellery
Like accessories, jewellery can be pretty fiddly, not only for storing in your luggage but for wearing as well. Security checkpoints will often mean taking off your jewellery, so save time by wearing as little as possible and pieces that are easy to get on and off. Stick to your everyday jewellery and one or two statement pieces like earrings and necklaces.
7. Good Grooming
Unkempt hair and makeup is a dead giveaway for the unfashionable traveller. To be fair, it can be difficult to keep up a regular beauty routine when you’re travelling. Keep a brush or comb handy to smooth out your hair and keep your makeup simple. Things like chipped nail polish can also look unkempt so when you’re travelling, either keep up regular manicures or ditch the nail polish altogether.
8. Luggage Matters
One final tip for travelling fashionably is choosing some stylish luggage. Choose a carry on piece of luggage that’s more oversized ‘it bag’ than dowdy backpack. If you like things to match, how about a classic matching luggage set? If there’s one thing worth investing in, it’s some decent luggage.
The less time you spend worrying about your wardrobe, the more time you can spend enjoying your trip! These are just some tips to keep you looking your most stylish while travelling. What are your top tips for travelling stylishly?