“Style is the only thing you can’t buy. It’s not in a shopping bag, a label, or a price tag. It’s something reflected from our soul to the outside world—an emotion.”—Alber Elbaz
I travel at least 3 times a year…
to see my parents that live in the countryside of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region in France. They are retired and have chosen to live there, completely aligned with and surrounded by nature, which is just beautiful. I try to visit them as much as I can. So this counts up to 3 trips a year mostly in spring and the end of summer, and one trip in the winter to go to Bordeaux with my mom for a long weekend. We have made it a tradition to go to Bordeaux after the Christmas holidays, to visit the museums there, stroll around, stay in a nice hotel and do some shopping.
Then of course I try to travel with my friends to new places too, doesn’t necessarily have to be far. Hence, I thought I’t be a great idea to make a travel list of essentials to wear ( and pack- but that’s for later ) that I can look into when needed.
The punch line of all of this, is : Keep it simple
Focus on neutrals and simple style but upgrade with a pashmina scarf that you can use as a blanket to snuggle in on the plain.
Poncho’s or a big waterfall style vest is also an option.
Smaller scarves are super handy to stop the drought in your neck area but are also brillianr to tie your hair or use as a headband when your hair doesn’t look that good when getting off the plain.
Go for upgraded sweatpants if you really must. I’m a bigger fan of a loose boyfriend jeans. or straight legged jeans. They are just as comfortable.
Stylish sneakers or even more polished, loafers make good for an comfy but classy trick.
The combo of a leather jacket and a jersey maxi dress with jumper in an other fabric to throw over that, is another trick in the always chic section.
But if you opt for black or blue boyfriend jeans or straight legged one, instead of the black dress, you’ll have far more options to make cool combinations with.
I talk about black or darker colours, because you hardly can see stains on these . You won’t have to change if you spill your coffee for instance. They also don’t show sweat marks.
Also, don’t underestimate a chambray shirt. It can be worn plain or worn knotted with a cute shirt or top underneath. It usually can be worn with the function of a vest, especially those of heavier fabric. Combining 2 shirts over each other can make pretty cool combinations too.
It’s always a good idea to wear your heavier clothes and layer up, this way you are prepared for any type of weather when you land.
Belgian lingerie designer Murielle Scherre from lingerie brand la filled d’o, designs underwear that can easily double as swimwear. This saves you money, time and you get to choose out of a whole lot breathing suit options where you can easily mix tops and bottoms, instead of the few swimsuits you have lying around in your closet.
It’s always a good idea when travelling to pack things in a blend of polyester so that they don’t have to be ironed. Light polyester also dries very fast, so does the ecological alternative Tencel.
Accessories don’t take up much space but can truly transform an outfit.
To keep it super simple here, this is the list with key phrases. I wanted to go for key words, but that’s clearly not going to happen ..
- Chambray shirt and under that a soft comfy black fitted t shirt
- Vest on top
- Easy on and off shoes. Loafers with no show socks. In some airports you have to take your shoes off to go through customs, so you better be prepared.
- Luggage: go for something with a print or something chique instead of a cheap plain looking carry on or suitcase.
- Scarf to tie your hair or to cover your neck
- A poncho or a big scarf to snuggle while closing your eyes for a bit.