Though I still have a few more sets of pictures that my sister-in-law took (that are much better than these), I just flew back to Illinois on Saturday and I wanted to share a little about how I dress for traveling. Since I'm a plane every few months going back and forth between California and Illinois, flying has become second nature for me. However, even sitting in the airport for two hours, on a plane for four hours, and in a car for three hours (a typical day traveling to where I live in Illinois) can't force me into sweats. Here are my rules for dressing comfortably for travel, without sacrificing style:
1. A comfortable dress with a defined waist — Everyone has things that they're most comfortable in and dresses are mine. I feel much less restricted and more relaxed sitting in a dress on a plane than in anything else. I always make sure to choose one that moves easily, but has a defined waist so that I don't have to worry about taking off a belt when going through security. This white Francesca's Collections one is perfect because it's lightweight and has a tiny, hidden bit of elastic around the waist.
2. Heavy shoes — This one is always a little tricky because I like to wear heavy shoes so that way I don't have to pack them, but I also want to be comfortable. This rules out any heels that I might pack (which usually isn't very many), but also my most comfortable pair of flats. I usually stick to a boot that's easy to take on and off. I always overpack, so making the weight limit with my suitcases is a constant struggle. Wearing my boots on the plane allows me to eliminate some extra weight in my luggage.
3. Some sort of layer — Like the shoes, this serves two purposes. I like to wear something a little heavier so that way I don't have to pack it, but it's also because it gets cold on the plane. I just got this denim jacket last week and I'm a little obsessed. I've been wearing it with everything lately, and it was just the right kind of layer for the plane.
4. Glasses — I usually wear contacts, but since I take such early flights, I try to sleep a little on them. This also eliminates any worry of contacts drying out or anything of that nature.
5. Skip the accessories — It's always a little strange for me not to be wearing any rings, but it's not worth the hassle of taking them off for security and potentially losing them. It's possible to stay stylish when traveling, but keeping it simple is best.
I hope this might help some of you next time you're traveling somewhere. While I took these pictures last week, this is exactly what I wore on Saturday and I can happily say that it lived up to the test. I apologize that these pictures are so bad and that some are out of focus. Everything I did last week was done in a hurry, and stocking up on pictures was no exception.
Dress: Francesca's Collections