Looking to liven up your travel look a little?
By Sara K
When on the move, it’s not always easy looking chic and fabulous. Lugging around heavy bags, while going halfway across the world on scraps of sleep and far too long without a hot shower, doesn’t leave much room for primping. These essential and handy items can spiff up your look instantly though, and can be used in a variety of situations. Go from feeling uncomfortable and drab, to rolling like a jet-setting star ready to fly the friendly skies – or cruise the open road – in top style.
Let’s start out the fashion lineup with a true classic. The good ol’ scarf doesn’t get enough praise for all that it can do. First off, it simply pops some flair in the neck area in lieu of a necklace, as necklaces tend to break when luggage pulls on their chains or catches on their charms. For more attitude, scarves can take the duty of a belt if needed, go on a ponytail or as a headband in the hair, or hang from a purse to paint a touch of color and individuality. The possibilities really are endless; don’t be afraid to get creative!
Scarves have the bonus of warming you up when it gets chilly on the airplane, while sightseeing, or wherever your travels may take you. In case you end up anywhere with stricter dress codes, a scarf can assist with that as well. On top of all this, they’re lightweight and a breeze to pack.
Continuing with roady-friendly accessories, a suave hat or smooth set of eyewear can not only be lifesavers, but instantly put a spring in your step too. When those sunny vacation days get to be a bit much, a cool splash of shade is all you need to survive. Wear both for double darkness. They’re also perfect for covering your resting eyes while in transit or waiting around in airports or train/bus stations. We can’t forget to mention the punch and sass they add to any outfit, casual or not. Be sure pack at least one of these big hitters!
Next up, the ever-versatile ballet flats. They’re comfy, they’re cute, they’re simple to slip off in the security line or in the car when your feet feel cramped. Something about them is whimsical, and reminiscent of our favorite old shoes from childhood that we wanted to wear every day and everywhere. Well, luckily while roaming around, you can (and will want to!) wear them every which way you go. They make everything so much easier, even when it comes to packing. Their flatness means they can squeeze into even the tiniest of nooks left in your bag…so you can store an extra color if you want. The same can definitely not be said for those towering heels we always wish we could pack! Even more, with ballet flats’ ability to dress up or chill out an outfit, you might consider having another one or two pairs of these power players around.
Larger parts of your outfit aren’t immune to rebuffing either, so will get a quick mention here. Wear colorful or printed leggings with a jazzy cotton tunic for an ultra-comfortable and trendy way to travel. Throw a couple cotton dresses into your suitcase for the same effect, of which can also be used for any number of outings and occasions upon arrival. Excellent! These outfit essentials are such flexible, useful items to have on any journey you embark on, whether it be for a quick weekend getaway or round-the-world expedition.
A fun twist is to combine your road wardrobe revamping with some special souvenir shopping, because why not? Local flea markets often have curious selections of hidden gems – and at hard to beat prices – to help you spice up your travel outfits in no time. Clothing boutiques that are unique to an area can also be interesting to peruse. Having wearable souvenirs to enjoy for years to come are much better than nick-nacks collecting dust. Treat yourself!
With a few basic and practical items, whether you bring them with or buy them en route, you’ll be miles-high with style.