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How to Travel in Style - While Staying Comfy

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If you've been following along on our Instagram Stories, you know that I spent this past week in NYC. Some people think I am crazy, but if I am flying anywhere that takes more than 4 hours to get to, I always book a red eye. My rationale is that I'd rather spend the time on the plane sleeping and have a full day when I land. But regardless of how long the flight it, I have one firm rule when it comes to travel - always dress comfy

My Go-To Red Eye Look

I find figuring out what to wear on a plane to sometimes be trickier than planning what to pack. I'll be honest, I want to look nice when I land and also feel presentable at the airport. That said, there have been a few overnight flights where I have defaulted to leggings and a hoodie. But over the past few years, I've managed to come up with a formula for staying comfortable without sacrificing style while traveling.

How to Create a Comfy Travel Outfit

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1. Invest in a good, soft pant - Whether it's a black ponte pant or elevated joggers (these Alexander Wang satin joggers have been my go-to for years), find a pant that is comfortable. I prefer an elastic weight for longer flights.

2. Wear layers - Plans are notoriously chilly (or freezing!). I like to head to the airport in a coat, long sleeved cotton shirt and a sweater. That way I can peel off layers once I am inside the terminal and wrap up again after take-off.

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3. Bring an oversized scarf - This is the key to any travel look. First, an oversized scarf looks fabulous wrapped around any outfit. Second, it can double as a blanket if you are taking a red eye.

4. Skip the heels for statement flats - a white sneaker, studded flat or printed slip-on is the way to go when it comes to what to wear to travel. They are easy to take on an off and can elevate a basic outfit with some interest.  

5. Don't forget socks - if you are someone that just feels better in a stacked boot or heel, than go for it! Just remember to pack a cozy pair of socks in your purse to put on once you are situated in your seat. Otherwise, by hour #2 your feet are not going to be happy in your shoe!

This is the exact outfit that I wore on the plane to NYC - and once again the outfit was perfect. So go ahead, and create the version that reflects your style. And most of all, have fun!

Stay Stylish,

M&K

Outfit details: Chloe cashmere sweater ( similar ), Alexander Wang satin joggers ( similar ),  Sam Edelman satin slip-on sneakers

Outfit details: Chloe cashmere sweater (similar), Alexander Wang satin joggers (similar), Sam Edelman satin slip-on sneakers

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Travel Style Take 2: What to Pack for a 10 day Trip

How Do You Travel With Less AND With Style

I've helped many clients over the years pack the perfect travel wardrobe. It's part science and part art. Many people err on the side of fear and plan for too many unknowns or add a few extra things at the last minute (does that sound familiar?). I have developed the opposite problem--perhaps being too minimal in my travel wardrobe.

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Make Your Own Rules

I believe less is more and when you have an action packed schedule, clutter only holds you back. Last summer I blogged about what I discovered traveling with less. While I loved the ease of packing up an going, there were a few times when my uniform felt, well boring. This year I pulled Megan in to help me pack and counter balance my urge to purge. Even as I write this, I already cut three items in the photo above to lighten my load (no workout gear and no floral dress). However, on this trip I will only be gone for 10 days (not 15 like before) covering two countries. I have the space to keep a few extra options.

Skip The Bulky Clothing

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The one draw back for me was including a few bulky pieces to pack. The one shoulder crew shirt packs a punch but doesn't save space. To offset this I nixed the floral dress (not versatile enough and too bulky with lining) and made sure the other tops I chose were very compact and light weight. 

Pack Evening Wear

Last year I learned that in warmer climates, a change of clothes in the evening is a lifesaver to keep fresh (I blogged about it here). This trip I packed a few evening pieces--most were worn --but running back to the airbnb nightly rarely happened (there was too much to see). What I loved was wearing my jumpsuit or a dress for the day and packing my espadrilles in a bag to dress up my look at night. 

Pro Tip: When packing and you're tight on space roll your clothing and utilize packing cubes. They'll keep you organized on the go and save space and time by eliminating the daily repack.

The Packing List--My Equation

Shoes (3)

Dresses (2)

Jumpsuit (1) 

Bottoms (4)

Layers (5)

Tops (5)

Accessories (5)

Other

Stay Stylish, 
K&M

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Jetlag Style: What I Learned from Traveling Abroad with Less

Enjoying the royal palace in Sevilla

Enjoying the royal palace in Sevilla

A few weeks ago I shared with all of you that I would be challenging myself and traveling abroad with a small travel capsule (see the post here).  Now that I'm freshly back, I've been reflecting on the experience. Would I do it again? Yes. Would I change anything? Mas o menos.

Here are some of my learnings along with the outfits I had on repeat (and continue to wear post trip). 

 

Embrace the Awkward- Limited options and fluctuating weather means odd combinations at times. Wearing sneakers with some "looks" was not a natural choice, but comfort was key when walking all day. A slightly sporty look dominated my days, but I was a happier camper for it.

Focus on What Really Matters to YOU-Were there times when I wanted to breakdown and run into the nearest Zara to pick up a new top or add in shorts? Yes--and that would have been okay, but at the end of the day what I found wasn't worth its weight (literally).

Choose Bulletproof Items-Life happens and in my case it was a full glass red vino poured on my lap. Thankfully 90% of it came out of the four key pieces I was wearing....my blue poly blouse came through like a champ. Had it been silk, my top would have been toast and I would have lost a good portion of my capsule. Leave your delicate items at home.

Spain is the Perfect Place to Have a Shoe Breakdown-I had planned to buy a pair of sandals or espadrilles in Spain. This idea was expedited when my one pair of sandals broke walking across town. A few hours later I was re-heeled and ready to go with two new pairs of Spanish shoes.

Stay Stylish,

Kimberly

 

***a special thanks to Kelsey Johnson for making my outfit shots shine!

Posted on June 10, 2016 and filed under Capsule Dressing, Style Stories, Tips & Tricks.
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