When you’re faced with images of supermodels strutting through airports as though they’ve just stepped off a catwalk, it’s easy to feel the pressure to glam up when you head off on your travels. A full face of makeup, hair with about as much bounce as a freshly sprung trampoline and immaculate head to toe style. They make it look so easy, right?
The reality is however, that the most important thing really is comfort. Because frankly, how anyone can sit comfortably in the confines of a plane seat for hours wearing leather trousers and sky high stilettos is beyond me!
This doesn’t mean you can’t look good though. Fortunately for you, off duty fashion is actually really on trend, and with brands such as Wildfox, Kenzo and Polo Ralph Lauren creating super stylish casual wear, it’s never been easier to nail airport chic.
If you’ve got a journey ahead of you and aren’t sure what to wear, here are some of our top tips for travelling in style.
Tracksuits are made for travel
Though many of us reserve our tracksuits for relaxing around the house, they actually come in incredibly handy when faced with a long journey. Whether you’re catching a flight or hopping on and off of trains, a tracksuit is the best choice for restriction free movement. Plus the hood works perfectly for hiding your sleepy face when you have a kip, because FYI, sleep is the best way to get through a long flight!
Polo Ralph Lauren are renowned for their high quality matching tracksuits, crafted from a soft jersey material and featuring comfy elasticated waistbands and cuffs. Go for the whole outfit or pair one item with some other laid back garments for a comfortable on the move look.
Alternatively, you can jazz up your outfit by opting for a fun slogan sweatshirt for some added warmth during your journey.
Layers are your new best friend
This one is especially important when you’re jetting between hot and cold countries, as weather can be unpredictable and you never know what kind of temperature you’re going to step out into at the other end. Plus some airlines love to rank up the air-con, leaving you suddenly regretting your vest and shorts combo when the cabin begins to resemble the Arctic after take off.
A long-line cardigan will work brilliantly as a blanket in disguise and is really transitional, ideal for wearing inside and out. If you’re travelling to a cold country, don’t forget your outer-wear. A long jacket is ideal for throwing on over the top of just about any outfit and a tailored design will make you look polished, even when the outfit you’ve gone for underneath is super casual.
To top off your look, a scarf is not only great for adding a bit of style to an otherwise understated outfit, but it is also perfect for doubling up as a blanket when the temperatures drop, so make sure it’s a big one!
The looser the better
For health reasons, as well as your own comfort, you’ll want to wear something that isn’t too tight fitting and restrictive when travelling. Baggy t-shirts have never been so valuable to you. The loose fitting style will keep you comfy for hours and by opting for a simple block colour, they’re ideal for wearing with just about anything. They can easily be dressed up at the other end with a bit of jewellery if need be.
In terms of trousers, find something with a bit of stretch in them, so that they are not too constricting. Leggings are ideal, as they’re incredibly comfortable and they allow your legs to breathe.
Carry a big bag
It’s equally as important that you have enough space to carry all your travelling essentials as it is for things to keep you occupied during your journey; because at risk of sounding like a whiny child, there really is nothing worse on a long flight than boredom.
Make sure you have a decent sized bag to hand, so you can store away everything from your passport and tickets, to snacks to keep your ‘hanger’ at bay. A spacious tote or shoulder bag should do the trick, as long as they have a secure fastening or zip up pockets to keep all your belongings safe. Choose one with a shoulder strap to avoid arm ache!
Treat your feet
You have to keep in mind that you may be required to walk some distance to your gate in the airport, or heaven forbid even run if you just so happen to fall late on time! In this case, you’ll want to be wearing comfy shoes that you can move easily in, so some simple trainers or canvas shoes work perfectly.
A slip on design is extra practical, as it will ease you through the security checks and allows you to slide them off during your flight if you feel the need. Think ballet flats or espadrilles. High heels are a no no.