Whenever I travel, whether a domestic flight or a few hours in the car, I crave pieces that are comfortable and stylish.
During summer 2015, I was flying to Boston every two weeks. I had flown before, although, never at such a high frequency. Once I realized the toll frequent flying takes on you, I knew I had to give my travel style an upgrade.
What I love about the information age is all the media at our fingertips resulting in infinite possibilities for being inspired.
I had a total Mean Girls moment that July when Kim K starting wearing jumpsuits with long cardigans to the airport. They weren't flowy '70s jumpsuits either, the fit was snug. Thus, my search for the perfect jumpsuit onesie was on!
Now, you may be wondering why a onesie, right? Do you remember growing up how comfortable the leotards for dance class were? For me, it was bliss.
I imagined myself in that Kim K jumpsuit onesie no longer having to pull my shirt down after putting my luggage in the overhead bin, no longer hurrying to adjust my waistband or spanx between sitting and standing, and, best of all, feeling secure because my curves were safely contained.
Despite my desire to find this multifaceted garment, exceptional onesies were hard to come by. My search didn't turn up any substantial results until I found the one above from Tobi.com.
It's everything I want in a travel garment: flattering, functional and comfortable. It comes in two of my favorite shades, black and nude. Being that I love neutrals, it was hard to chose only one. I'm glad I ordered it in black because it conceals anything you might get on yourself while in transit, and it's slimming.
The lesson to learn from this is wear what makes feel good. Travel style should be about comfort and functionality first and foremost, and those descriptors mean different things to everyone. A onesie may not by your definition of comfort. Only you know what works best for you.
I, however, am fully prepared to take a few side eyes the next time I fly Eppley simply because no one is going to stop me from wearing what makes me feel good.
Open shirtdresses, long cardigans, and long, lightweight coats are your friends! This denim shirtdress, last seen here, instantly adds movement to any look as do the garments listed above. They also frame the body resulting in an elongated silhouette. Yet, that's not the true lesson to learn about these garments.
Creating layers is possibly the most important lesson when creating a travel look. Venturing out into the unknown is what makes travel so exciting, and it's what also makes planning an outfit challenging. Fortunately, now you know to dress in layers and you'll never be too hot or too cold again.
With summer travel just beyond the horizon, stick to breathable fabrics since it's wicked hot when you board and much cooler once you reach cruising altitude. Depending on where you're traveling, it may be the same temperature where you live, but the humidity level is not.
If you remember to check the weather beforehand, great. If not, no matter. Layers allow you to adjust to your surroundings and comfortably enjoy the next adventure.
The last lesson I quickly learned is: it's not always the best idea to fly in heels. This lesson is especially critical when you're running through Logan Airport at 5:30 in the morning so you can make your flight and get to work on time in Omaha. (Still haven't missed a flight yet!)
I wear high-heel shoes for almost everything. Cobble streets? Check. Sailing? Don't scare me. Traveling? Yes, depending on a couple factors. Below is how I determine what shoes to wear.
For this look, I went with my adidas slip-Ons. I found them at Costco probably six weeks ago for $24. I had no idea how much I was going to wear them.
Turns out they are super comfortable and supportive, and they go with everything! I originally bought one pair in black (seen here), and I went back two weeks later and bought the same black pair and one light gray.
Whatever shoes you decide on for your next adventure, remember you can always pack another pair in your carry-on.