Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How I Wear My: Chic Traveling Outfit

About to take a car trip in March of this year. I never get tired of a striped top while traveling!

For this month’s “How I Wear My” post, Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I have been thinking about travel and one of us (sadly, not me) has just returned from an overseas trip.

No matter where you are going this summer, or by what mode of transportation, it’s always a fun challenge to be comfortable when traveling and yet look good too. Since most of the trips I take are by car, with two kids in the backseat, either one of whom can become carsick without warning, I feel I am combining some sort of laidback chic with a roll of paper towels, plastic bags, and a gigantic scarf and cardigan to toss over my Louis Vuitton Neverfull monogram tote as soon as the vomit starts flying. Kids! Don’t throw up on Mommy’s bag! Please!

This being the current state of travel in my house, all but the Louis Vuitton tote has to be machine-washable. Therefore, this is about as chic as it gets these days:

J. Crew Jackie cardigan and snakeprint infinity scarf, a great Xmas present from my MIL!

If I was going on a European adventure, like the kind Adrienne just returned from in Italy and Switzerland (lucky girl!), I would be wearing the exact combination she has on.

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Of her look Adrienne says:

“On the plane, I wore bootcut jeans with a little Lycra in them. I like to have that extra stretch for when the inevitable air travel bloat comes on. I also wore my black water resistant trench coat. Lucky I did because it was raining when we arrived in Lucerne.”

Hang who writes POUM! La Mode, one of my favorite new blog discoveries, is a Vietnamese designer who lives in Bangkok. I always love to see what she’s wearing and this post on travel was no exception. She writes:

“I often travel with my little son and usually by air, so comfort is always the priority but I try my best to look good and tidy ‘til the end of the trip. I always wear a T-shirt, cardigan/jacket, pants and flats for traveling. No belt, lace shoes, non-wired bra and panty with no metal charm. I often put jewelry in a little pouch in my bag and wear it afterwards. I have a cashmere shawl most of the time in my bag and use it in the plane.”

Hang of POUM! La Mode. She made those suitcase decals herself!

Marina of Antares: Alfa Scorpi

The always- gorgeous Marina, of Antares: Alpha Scorpii, lives in Kiev, Ukraine. She says:

“This is what I’ll wear for travel - stretchy jeans and lots of layering. I’m usually freezing while traveling by plane, but airport waiting areas can be really hot sometimes, so I love to have some options - to be able to put on something or to take off one of the layers. Also - big bag. I can’t travel without books, magazines, some hard candy, a shawl and sometimes a pair of socks (for the same reasons that I love layered outfits). And shoes - these wedges may look inappropriate, but they are really comfortable, so I have no problem with traveling in them.”

I love the shoes!

Sacramento of MIS PAPELICOS, who lives in Spain, just returned from a trip to Berlin. She writes:

“I always travel light when I know well the place I am going to. I just carry personal items and a case full of hope and wonder. 99% of the time in Berlin I have been wearing clothes from my daughter’s closet that fit (a miracle if you consider that we are 4 sizes apart, lol) and flea market finds.”

Sacramento of MIS PAPELICOS looking stylish in Berlin!

Jeannie of Gracefully 50 is going on a long plane trip this summer and about travel tips she says:

“I usually have a large scarf for times when the jacket/sweater might be a bit much. Of course, a very comfortable pair of sandals is a must, and I usually pack a pair of socks that I can put on during the flight. If the flight is longer than a few hours, I also pack my small travel pillow and my Kindle to catch up on some reading!”

Jeannie of Gracefully 50. I especially love the blue scarf and Louis Vuitton bag.

Bliss from Stepping My Way to Bliss has ideas on travel clothing I completely agree with. She writes:

“I usually opt for yoga pants and loose-fitting clothing while traveling especially when I know I will be sitting for a long period. What I won’t wear are sweatpants, sweatshirts, pajama-looking clothing—ever. It is easy to ‘spruce’ up an outfit so that while on the road, I can still feel ‘snappy’—even when I am tired, cranky and feeling a bit cramped.”

Her go-to travel pieces are ones I fall back on as well:

Bliss of Stepping My Way to Bliss. Hello, gorgeous scarf!

Bliss's jewelry. Bling makes everything better. Isn't that the most beautiful bracelet?

Amy of Low Carb High Style says of her look:

“I happened to put this together the week I was going on a trip and, unsure what to wear on the plane the night before we left, I realized this outfit had all the elements of something good to travel in. Comfy pants and tank, and a layer to stay warm or take off if the plane was hot. I simply changed out the shoes for a pair of wedges I was planning on taking along anyway!”

Amy of Low Carb High Style. I need a white watch like that!

Laura of Who Planned This? writes of her ensemble:

“I will be traveling with my four kids on Friday, without their father. I need to be comfortable and ‘well’ dressed so I can get through security easily and help my kids. I like my TOMS for comfort and ease, red jeans for comfort plus durability and lots of layers for warmth. Simple jewelry finishes off my look.”

Laura of Who Planned This?

Terri of RAGS against the MACHINE lives in Kansas and tells me she takes a fair amount of trips by car, just like me. These terrific photos come from Bemidji, Minnesota, (with the Paul Bunyon statue) and the fireworks stand is in Iowa, just before crossing the state line into Missouri.

Look closely, it's Terri from RAGS against the MACHINE.

I love the pop of color over neutral pants. Perfect!

This lady is da bomb.

For July, in the spirit of Independence Day, Adrienne and I are going to be working those most patriotic of colors, so join us for “How I Wear My: Red, White and/or Blue” on July 3. They aren’t just patriotic, they are classic summer colors, and so very nautical (think of those wonderful Breton sailor stripes!), so whether you wear all three together or go with two, or even one, show us your red, white and/or blue!

Do stop by The Rich Life (on a budget) to see what else Adrienne has to share on chic traveling outfits. I’m sure she looked gorgeous while on vacation!

And Happy Trails to all the fine foxes who participated this month.


Adrienne Shubin said...

This very well may just be my favorite How I Wear My post.
You look adorable and gorgeous in your first photo and I love how you prepare yourself and your Louis for your kids' carsickness.

Everyone looks so chic and ready to travel in style.

Thank you for all your hard work playing hostess this month. I am already looking forward to next month's red, white and blue post.
xoxo, A

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

That picture of you in the blue sweater is gorgeous, Jill...perfect color for you! I haven't traveled anywhere lately but the market!! But, hopefully I will return for your next collaboration.

Serene McEntyre said...

Everybody looks FABULOUS! And actually, I think you are quite chic in your travel wear. But truly, I think you could make a velour track suit look chic and elegant!! Hugs! ~Serene

triskelos said...

Thank you so much for asking me to participati in this great round-up! Traveling outfits are one of my favorite outfits ever, so I had a blast participating))

lowcarbhighstyle said...

Thanks for hosting, so much fun to see everyone's outfits!

Laura said...

Thanks for hosting :-) I found some great new blogs and some great new ideas !

steppingmywaytobliss said...

Jill, thank you for such a great post and including my two cents worth. Everyone does look very chic in their travel duds...much better than the average traveler I usually see. Great ideas!

gracefully50.com said...

I love the plastic bag w/LV! Too funny!
You're just too cute in your stripes. Thanks for letting me share.


Hang T. Tran said...

Hi Jill! You look cute in the first photo. Everyone looks chic in their travel outfits. Thanks for hosting this great idea. Perfect for summer time ^_^
Oh, I love all the kids paintings at your background :)

Rebekah Bonde said...

There is everything practical and casual chic in well-fitting denim, a cardigan in the most flattering color, and a scarf. I also wear my striped t-shirt with bootcut jeans and trench coat when I travel, too. It's classic and comfy at the same time, and can be laundered easily should one encounter peptic-challenged fellow travellers no matter their age.

LR @ Magnificent or Egregious said...

I know how your kids feel, I used to get carsick all the time as a child!

Love your striped top, I love stripes. The others' outfits are great too.

Veshoevius said...

Great post and great outfits from everyone. Ironically I couldn't send you a pic as I ended up going away on holiday myself!

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