How to Travel Comfortably yet in Style

Travel Chic

It’s the middle of winter and the temperature has been frigid lately here in the northeast. What better time to plan a spring break getaway? Aside from fantasizing about what you’ll wear on vacation, you should also think about what to wear when you’re on your way. The goal is to look good but stay comfortable, especially depending on how long your flight is!

One of the things to consider when picking out your travel outfit is how to make it easy on yourself when going through the TSA security line. Pick a pair of shoes that easily slip on and off without pesky laces to worry about, such as every-trendy cowboy boots, which have a slight heel to add some glam.

Something else to ponder is whether you’re usually hot or cold on airplanes. You never quite know what it’s going to be like on the plane, so the trick is to either wear layers, or go for a light jacket and scarf to keep you warm just in case, but wear a short-sleeved shirt underneath that won’t make you feel too hot either. Also, make sure that the jacket isn’t too bulky, since you’ll have to probably carry it on you for the duration of the flight.

As for pants, I usually go for jeans because they fit well, are always comfy, and go with pretty much everything. And unless you enjoy taking multiple carry-on bags with you, go for a large handbag like this tote, which will fit most essentials and will keep your stress at a minimum.

Belts and jewelry are accessories that will add some chic to your wardrobe but you may want to think twice about wearing a watch since it will be one more item to take off while on the security line. Finally, never, ever forget to bring pair of sunglasses. Why? Well, you can hide your tired, jet-lagged eyes (believe me, you’ll be glad you have them with you once you arrive at your final destination), and those peepers should always be protected from harmful UV rays.

So, what are some of your airport fashion must-haves?

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Channeling the ‘80s Through Carrie

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I don’t know about you, but I live in a constant state of ‘80s nostalgia. As a child of a time where big hair and crazy print fashion were not only acceptable but in, I’m a little biased. And don’t even get me started on the music—I have more 80s artists on my Pandora stations playlist than from any other decade. So don’t judge me when I say that I was really curious to see what the CW’s new show The Carrie Diaries would do to my beloved 80s.

This former Sex and the City fan was afraid the storyline would not match up to my vision of a high school, pre-NYC Carrie Bradshaw. And I may not have been wrong about that, but then again, I’m not really into the show for the story; for those of you who don’t know, the show, which is based off of Candace Bushnell’s prequel novel by the same name, takes some liberties with Carrie’s backstory, but I won’t go into that because I’m not here to prove factual inaccuracies.

I am, however, thrilled with the music and fashion inserted flawlessly into every episode. Billy Idol, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Talking Heads, New Order, Modern English—these are just a few of all the musical greatness that has already graced just the first two episodes! This alone is enough to hook me, but what keeps me coming back for more each week is the awesome 80’s style choices. As a friend of mine said, now that Gossip Girl is gone, we needed a fabulous fashion replacement that was equally a love letter to New York City.

We all know that fashion is cyclical, and clearly the 80s have made a fashion comeback in recent years, but I couldn’t help but laugh this week when I saw AnnaSophia Robb (in character as Carrie) wearing an almost identical sweater to one I just got from Gap about two months ago. Maybe that’s what’s so enthralling about the fashion on this show—that while it’s nostalgic, it’s also something we might totally, or actually, wear today.

Let’s have a look, shall we?

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What’s so great about 80’s fashion is that you could pretty much mix and match anything and it would work. In a way, it was easy and uncomplicated. Neons, sequins, patterns, animal prints, polka dots, solids, stripes—you name it. The rule was there are no rules. Anything goes!

What do you think? Would you wear any of these looks from The Carrie Diaries? As for me, I’ll be tuning in next week in hopes of hearing The Cure on a future episode and to see how I can inject even more color into my own wardrobe.

Men in Blue

You may have heard there was a little party thrown in D.C. earlier today. Yes, POTUS Barack Obama’s second and final presidential inauguration took place in our nation’s capital just hours ago and all eyes were on fashion, of course! But while everyone loves talking about what the First Lady is wearing, it was Jay-Z’s Tom Ford suit that stole the show. And while having an always stunning Beyoncé on your arms definitely helps turn heads, I couldn’t help but be drawn to how sharp this man–whom we’re used to seeing so often in black and white–looked in this suit with a complementing scarf, tie, and dress shirt in slightly varying hues of blue.

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This got me thinking about navy blue suits. They’re like the coolest guy in school’s sidekick/best friend—slightly less popular and always second-in-line despite his unassuming charm. When you think of men’s suits, black comes to mind first but usually that’s if it’s a black-tie or otherwise super formal affair. When you need a suit that doesn’t scream wedding or funeral but rather job interview or business attire, you might opt for a gray or brown, for the somewhat conservative appeal. But navy blue… it pops! Especially when paired with well-matched tones, as Jay has so eloquently done which his inaugural style choices today. (Correction: Just kidding! It’s come to my attention that Jay’s suit is actually not navy blue but rather a blueish gray. It’s all those blue accessories he had on that threw me off. Time to go get my eyes checked. He would look great in blue, too, though!)

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Take Javier Bardem, for example. Now, this man needs no help in the sex appeal department—just listen to him speak! But see how amazing this navy blue Dior Homme suit looks on him? Sleek and sophisticated, it speaks to you; telling you that, yes, Señor Bardem is ready to chat you up and buy you a drink. Okay, maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part (for all of us!). But seriously, had this suit been black, or gray, or brown, he may have seemed a little less fun, no?

I leave you with this final photo of another fashion-conscious man who knows how to wear a navy blue suit. And well, I couldn’t leave Justin Timberlake out because he’s all about suiting up. Suit & Tie, anyone?

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Who do you think wears a navy blue suit the best?


This post was submitted to IFB’s Project #80: Menswear