Summer holidays are a highlight of your year. Why not talk about summer travel style, and all the pieces I like to wear when I am on the go! To start it off, I am starting with the ‘airport look’, my go-to warm weather travel ensemble. Yes, airport looks are a reality now and let’s face it! People at the airports and everywhere who don’t know you personally judge you for what you wear and how you behave in public. Since we can’t fix the latter, let’s discuss how we travel comfortably keeping the style quotient right in place.
It’s pretty simple really – flats, denim or chinos, a striped tee/top, and a large tote to fit all your travel essentials! Everything you need to be put together and stay comfortable and casual. Let’s start from the scratch. First up, footwear.
I always start with shoes when I am putting together my airport outfits. This means flats. I tend to favor ballet flats, loafers, sliders, sneakers, espadrilles and summer sandals when I travel be it long haul or short haul. Remember the long walks from check-in counters to security-check, from immigration counters to flight gates? The flat I choose will then dictate they style and color of bottom I wear.
Cropped trousers/leggings/denim that hit just above the ankle are always my choice for wearing with flats. With a pair of loafers or ballet flats, to keep things classic and casual, I tend to favor a skinny blue jean (like this) without a heavy wash pattern. If I am wearing a pair of summer sandals that is a bit more traditional, like those gorgeous Kolhapuris here, I will favor a skinny white or black jeans with stretch (like this), or a blue jean in a very dark rinse. Similarly, if I choose a comfy espadrille, I can get away with wearing more baggy fit denim with a bit of distress and destruction, to keep it super laid-back. In any of those flat/jean combinations mentioned, you’ll have the option of adding my favorite casual travel top of all-time, the striped tee or a feminine stripe cold shoulder top!
The striped tee and cotton cold shoulder blouses has always been my go-to companion for summer travel style. In terms of color, I have found that two-tone stripes and brighter colors fall more on the casual-relaxed end , while black and white stripes in particular can be a bit more basic. Navy or powder blue stripe like this fall somewhere in the middle, being the most classic and versatile of the bunch. The silhouette of a striped blouse or tee has a huge effect on your casual outfits. The classic boat neck and long sleeve numbers can be worn with nearly anything and feels most relaxed to me- not to mention keep me warm on flights I always find to be too cold. A deeper scoop neck is feminine and perfect with a more stretchable jeans. But my more favourite is the one that is trending this season and how- the cold shoulder tops! It adds a slight edge, and read a bit more dressed up, therefore best with white skinny jeans.
Once set from head-to-toe, I always top off my casual travel looks with a medium to large sized tote. Tote bags are both functional and practical, and like all the other items on this list, can be dressed up or down depending on the pieces they are paired back to. This season, I am favoring the more expected, in fabrication, and detailing- the basket bags. You will notice in my last vlog of Packing Picks for Portugal below that there is a shell-shaped basket clutch, a shoulder basket bag with pink faux-leather details, and a fun option with a more dramatic shape from Cultgaia’s naturak Ark. Of course, there are some classic picks as well (all at differing price points) like the large straw and woven large tote I’m carrying here. So, regardless of your summer airport style outfits falls on the casual spectrum, there is a perfect tote waiting to accommodate!
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