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How to dress for traveling

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this yet, but next weekend, H and I are flying to Texas for a week to spend some time with his grandparents, who winter down there.  And I couldn’t be more excited!  It’s been a long time since I’ve flown anywhere, and I miss the anticipation and excitement that go along with it. I should probably also mention that airports are stressful.  Therefore, when I’m planning to travel, I try to dress for stress.  What does that mean, exactly?  Well, I found a very useful article on Lauren Conrad’s website (naturally) where she talks about what she wears when she travels.  And, I have to say, I would pretty much say the same things she did.  So, therefore, I’m going to alter LC’s list to make it my own, while keeping her concepts in place.

  1. Go simple.  When I’m flying, I try to be comfortable while also being at least a little fashionable – think skinny jeans or jeggings with a v-neck and a sweater.  LC said that she usually wears black for its sleek qualities, adding a pop of color or texture.  I like that, too, but I’m not much for wearing black.  I hardly own anything black.  So, for this trip, I will probably stick with my staple outfit.
  2. Wear socks.  I’ve made this mistake – don’t do it.  Do you want to walk along the grimy airport floor in your bare feet?  No!  No, you don’t!  Wear socks!  I usually like to go with a boot that slips on, so that I don’t have to deal with laces while I’m in the security line.
  3. Forget anything complicated.  I’m talking strappy, or full of buckles, or difficult to remove to go through security.  Anything that you need to buckle is a no-no – you’ll definitely have to take that off.  Baggy sweatshirts with small neckholes are another no-no.  You’ll have to remove anything baggy to go through security anyways, and pulling something over your head repeatedly will be annoying and lead to staticky hair.
  4. Minimize jewelry.  This is hard for me to write, now that I sell jewelry, but it’s the truth.  If it’s big and metal, security is going to want you to remove it, and that’s a pain.  I would suggest wearing one everyday necklace, and maybe a bracelet, but I wouldn’t go much further than that.
  5. Layer Up.  This, to me, is the most important of all of the things on this list.  Airports and airplanes are unpredictable when it comes to temperature.  Sometimes I’m freezing, to the point where I have to put my winter coat over my lap.  Sometimes I’m sweating, where I even turn on the overhead vent.[i]  It all depends!  And that’s why layers are important.  Start with a tee, layer on a sweater, maybe carry a scarf in your purse.  You can never be too prepared!

When I was in college, I traveled a lot, and I felt like I was a pretty savvy traveler.  Now that I’m a little bit older, I have learned even more, and these are some very important guidelines for travel clothing, in my opinion.  Easiest is best, right?

Now I just have to wait to actually do the flying to the warm destination…

Is anyone else traveling to warmer climates during this terribly cold winter?

-A.


[i] I hate those stupid overhead vents.  It’s gross, recycled air with germs in it.  I leave it off if at all possible.

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