Traveling Abroad & What to Wear

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You know what I truly do not understand? Those girls that travel looking like a million bucks. I’m talking full on makeup & hair, heels, dresses, etc. I just can’t do it.

For me, comfort is always the priority. That, and well, of course I still want to look cute and somewhat put together.  Traveling in the states, I’m not as opposed to getting dressed for the shorter flights but when it comes to traveling abroad or even across the country to Cali, I think I’ve finally mastered the optimal travel OOTD that will keep you looking equal parts cool AF and chic AF.

And honestly, I have no idea if this ever crosses anyone else’s mind but just in case it does, I thought I’d throw together a few tips and pieces to complete your best travel look for long flights. Let’s dive in.

The Base…

When traveling abroad, you can either find me in a pair of black leggings or joggers. I am all about curling into a ball or cross my legs or throwing my legs into the next seat if it’s free. Sorry but you just can’t do that in jeans or a dress or even shorts. I like to keep it breezy and lightweight and flexible so these are always my go-to.

Now that you have your comfy bottoms, throw on a breathable tee or lightweight button down. A v neck is always a top pick. If it’s a little chillier, I’ll go for a striped or denim button down. These make for great versatile pieces that you can easily dress up once you land (more on this below) and you can easily throw over lighter layers for a cold plane situation.

When it comes to shoes, you have a few choices. I’ll either keep it super casual in sneakers, go with a slightly more cool vibe in loafers or if I’m feeling more laid bac, I’ll opt for flip flops or basic sandals. Depending on your TSA status, taking off shoes can be a real pain. I also tend to take my shoes off in flight so I like things that I don’t have to lace up, buckle, zip, etc.


The Change-Up…

With that cozy combo, you can’t go wrong. But how do you take it up a notch when you land? For most international flights, we land super early before hotel check-ins which means there’s lots of exploring or walking around before having a chance to shower and change outfits completely. I like to keep a few things at the top of my bag or in my carry on that I can easily throw on to take my look from travel-friendly to chic traveler.

Black jeans. I’ll say it once and then I’ll say it again, I LOVE a good pair of black jeans. I truly believe they make any outfit chic AF and edgy and cool. Swap the leggings for your favorite pair of black jeans and your looking is basically complete. If black jeans aren’t your thing, you could also do a casual pair of ripped boyfriend jeans or even a linen wide leg trouser.

When it comes to accessories, I like to tie on a silk scarf around my neck or bring out a colorful little crossbody to make the look come together.

Depending on where you’re going, you might want to add a light jacket. I usually pack two jackets on every trip – my denim jacket and a leather one. I also love a good trench coat. I hate having them in my arms when I’m traveling so I keep them at the top of my suitcase so then I can pull one out for a morning of exploring.


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Photos by Shelby Gordon 



  1. 5.8.18
    Tabitha said:

    Great post and tips! Even traveling through car, I always have to dress comfy and laid back. I agree that leggings and leggings are the best way to go and are lifesavers.


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