No one needs to wear heels or a dress to the airport. As every seasoned traveler knows, comfort is key when traveling, particularly when dealing with unexpected delays or changes of plan. But opting for comfort doesn’t have to mean forgoing style. Whether you prefer athleisure or timeless, classic separates, options abound for travel outfits that will get you to your destination looking polished and feeling fresh and ready for the adventures ahead. Here are a few key style rules we live by when hitting the open road.
Opt for Natural Fabrics
Natural fiber fabrics like cotton and linen are supremely comfortable for traveling because they breathe well, tend to be soft on the skin and allow natural ventilation, which is particularly helpful when temperatures and humidity levels change when traveling from one climate to another. But don’t be fooled into thinking these fabrics have to mean slouchy or sloppy silhouettes. Look instead to separates from the likes of Eileen Fisher — think wide-leg pants, drapey button-up shirts and cozy cashmere pullovers that feel like pajamas but look polished enough for a business meeting. La Ligne also makes high-quality basics like the Alycia Cardigan and Sport Jogger in French terry that get high style marks both on and off the road. Layers are also key when traveling, and no one does a cardigan better than Jenni Kayne.
If you think athleisure only means brightly colored leggings and slouchy hoodies, think again. Today’s athletically minded apparel companies are designing elevated and sophisticated basics with special features that can benefit travelers. Brands like Sweaty Betty, lululemon, Beyond Yoga, Alo and Vuori have travel-friendly styles including joggers that stretch without losing shape, polished pullovers with secret pockets for travel essentials and pieces made of materials that don’t wrinkle and are stain-resistant. Which means you’ll look as good stepping off the plane as you did boarding it. The best part about choosing activewear for travel? These pieces pack light and are easy to clean, which means you can arrive at your destination and simply toss your travel outfit straight into the washer and dryer.
Keep It Sustainable
Sustainable activewear has come a long way. Canadian-based tentree — the name is a nod to the ten trees they plant for every purchase — uses recycled materials to create a line of stylish basics. French-inspired brand Amour Vert partners directly with mills to create fabrics that are optimized for longevity while also making the lowest possible environmental impact. The line includes everything from elegant yet cozy loungewear to dresses that drape — and pack — like a dream. And for outdoor travel in the winter, no one does responsibly sourced down jackets better than Jackson Hole-based brand Stio. Stio’s jackets are functional, versatile and 100% climate neutral. Plus, wearing your puffy jacket on the plane means that you’ll free up valuable real estate in your suitcase, and arrive at your destination well-protected against the elements.
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