Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Travel Uniform

travel uniform

travel uniform
works cited: gap pants; j. crew outlet chambray shirt; thrifted jacket; scarf from a street stand in london; target boots; moby dick bag c/o out of print

After my last few trips, I have finally settled on a travel uniform and I wear this pretty much every time I get on a plane now. Personally, comfort is my number one priority when I'm flying and I'm nettled by fashion websites trying to make over people in airports wearing yoga pants and putting them into stiff button-ups and tight jeans instead. If flying were glamorous like it once was, I'd understand the demand for snazzy apparel. But air travel these days is just a preview of the fires of hell--endless security lines, being stripped down and having to unpack your whole suitcase and repack it asfastaspossible because of the crush in the security line; a million delays and cancellations; having three layovers so your flight is cheaper; everyone and their mother bringing their crammed-full suitcases as carry-ons--so when I see people in yoga pants and pajamas, I think "smart move, sister." However, I'm not really much for yoga pants in public (except to yoga) so I've come to rely on my fake yoga pants--these gap black pants with a ton of stretch--paired with easy-to-take-on-and-off boots, a super-soft button up, and a big old scarf that doubles as blanket/pillow/personal screen. And of course, a really good book stashed in my bag (right now, this one). And on that note, we're off to spend the holiday with C's family. See you on the flip side!

37 comments:

Rebecca said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a safe and comfortable trip.

LNR said...

I always always always wear my cowboy boots when I fly, because they're comfortable, easy to slip off and pull on, and, sometimes most importantly, they have proven tried and true in the terrifying cross-concourse sprint in Chicago O-Hare to make a connecting flight to London.

Liz (26 and Counting) said...

I think this is a perfect travel outfit. Comfortable, yet practical. A big bag and a scarf are always a must for me.

Cara said...

But why resort to yoga pants and pajamas, when you've just shown us how to be comfortable and look good! Personally, any time I'm in an airport and see people in jammies and athletic wear, I usually mentally re-dress them in a cotton maxi dress. Looks pulled together, feels like pajamas!

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

I'm with you about the comfort thing. If I have to fly in the summer, I always wear a dress--which is the ultimate in comfort items.

Betsy said...

I totally feel ya! The Hubs and I don't travel on the holidays anymore due to the craziness at the airports. We went to see his family and have "thanksgiving" last weekend! The easy on and off boots and large blanket scarf are KEY! Happy Thanksgiving!

Hannah said...

I love that jacket so much!! When I'm home for t-day I'm going to do some serious thrifting...a jacket like that is on my wish list. Please oh please thrifting gods?

I so agree about the travel outfits! I think yoga pants are fine, honestly. I used to always fly in sweats, but then once I ran into one of my senior co-workers at the airport. He didn't bat an eye at my outfit, but I was so embarrassed. Now I usually fly in about what you described: pants to stretchy they are pretty much leggings, big scarf/neck blanket, oversized comfy (yet cute) shirt or sweater. And moccasins of course!

Sans Limites Crochet said...

Awesome! Thanks for travel wear tips! I always regret something I wear on a plane for one reason or another! Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving!

Haley Rogers said...

cute cute! and comfy :)
Happy Thanksgiving

Courtney Erin said...

Have a great trip! Your travel uniform looks a lot like mine (stretchy, really stretchy pants, a comfy top, a scarf, and easily removable flat shoes).

xoxo ~ Courtney
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kelsey williams said...

you're one smart lady! safe travels! :)

Lauren Alyse said...

I'll be travelling for Christmas...definitely have to keep this in mind!
Comfortable + Cute = my favorite outfits

Ki said...

Aww cute AND comfy - I should wear something like this on my super long plane ride to India!

Frannie Pantz said...

Have a safe trip and a lovely Thanksgiving! I am totally with you on traveling attire. While it's nice to look cute in the airport, it's even nicer to not be held up by hard to get on shoes, uncomfortable to sit in tight pants and the like.

steffy said...

I don't fly very often, but I do car-ride quite often to see my in-laws, and 7 hours in a car will make you re-think what you are wearing. I don't wish to look dumpy when I climb out to say hello, but I don't want to be uncomfortable. I mean, you get down to even the underwear needs to be perfect. My husband does not understand this. Men.

FutureLint said...

This is a perfect travel outfit! You look so comfy and cute! I love the mix of neutrals with a bit of blue! Have funnn!

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Chic travel, with comfort.

Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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Dorien said...

This really does look like the perfect outfit for travelling - pretty yet comfy! Have a great Thanksgiving!
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Janelle said...

"But air travel these days is just a preview of the fires of hell"
haha this line just cracked me up :)

Kathie said...

You certainly travel in style!

Z said...

as someone who is reading this in an airport, I completely agree! The fact that I am here in jeans and a structured shirt is shocking to me - I am notorious for arriving to vast family welcomes in sweatpants and a dirty hoodie. Glad that your "chill" outfit is so stylish!

the other emily said...

I think you've hit the perfect-flying-outfit nail on the head - strategically comfy layers that can be adjusted mid-flight, can handle the myriad indignities of modern travel, and still look completely put together. Enjoy the holiday!

Daily Jenn said...

I agree! And I'm totally impressed with your travel outfit - you've still managed to look so stylish :)

Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday :)

elanor, said...

i totally understand the want for comfort when flying. i don't understand when chicks wear spike heels and tight little dresses. i would never wear sweat pants/yoga pants...but there is also a limit! haha i love your boots. <3 xx

Susan Borland said...

ugh, I hate traveling at the Holidays. You are so right.
Sometimes I get anxiety wondering if my bag will fit into the overhead compartment because I, like you, refuse to check a bag for $40 so I can bring my own shampoo.

ok, I'm getting off of my soapbox.
love,
SUZE

The Jones said...

This definitely looks like my travel uniform...I've got "fake yoga pants" that were $4 on the clearance rack at an Old Navy outlet :D I usually throw them on with a really soft t, a cozy oversized sweater, a nice lush scarf, some legwarmers and boots. It's just the perfect outfit for lots of rushing and sitting.

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jackie mae said...

I hear ya! I'm traveling tomorrow and I think that I will be wearing something very similar to your look. Not worth it to sit for hours being uncomfortable!

Alison said...

It's almost impossible to be comfortable otherwise on planes so might as well wear comfy clothes, although I am not against sweats so your standards might be a little out of my league.

cakesandshakes said...

I feel like you about travelling, it isn't particularly glamourous and while there's no need to show up at the airport in PJs, comfort is key. I'm facing a ten hour flight tomorrow, and will be wearing a similar stretchy pair of black pants, UGGs and a nice tunic. Also, I pack a blanky, hate those static-y ones they give out on board :-)

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Terri said...

I hear ya on travel comfort. My flight takes off later today, but I had to wear something work appropriate and plane appropriate. I'm wearing really stretchy black skinny jeans from The Limited, and t-shirt from Target and a boyfriend-style cardigan. It's a good casual work outfit that I can keep wearing until I land later today. Enjoy your holiday plans!
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Annie said...

Love it...those boots are so cute. Gotta be comfy!

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Bog-Bog said...

Cute jacket!

Claire Girodie said...

You can not imaging how much I praise you for writing "no yoga pants in public" - Yes, there are way to be comfortable in a correct way.
(and I am still not accepting 'pajama days' at school - 1st, showing yourself in pjs is incredibly private - 2nd how can you be efficient when your appearance says 'relax, I just want to do nothing!' - I try to swallow this and after the (usual boring) explanations, I let my children leave the house in pjs - you don't want them to stand out the crowd right!)

Anyway, being French, Ithought this way a cultural thing (you dress for yourself but also to show respect to the others), but my friend, I am happy to see that our cultures meet!

Claire (Balltimore, MD - grad student and TA at UMD college Park ;) )
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wildchild said...

ha i'm definitely one of those yoga pants girls. but this week, i was just expecting to be stopped by the fashion police for what i was wearing. my flight to houston was the morning after my 21st birthday, at 6:15 a.m. Needless to say, I was still drunk, zombie-ing to the airport at 5 and we had taken a cab to a friend's house near the airport the night before. and i forgot boots, or sneaker, or anything other than flip flops. but it was freezing in rochester. so i was making my way around the airports of america in flip flops with socks underneath them. white socks. i was a mess. a hot, drunk, asian-slippers mess. ha. you've perfected the art of flying outfits and i obviously have not.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

wildchild--haha, hilarious. at least you were comfortable, right? and you couldn't have looked worse than most of the people in airports these days.

amandafiona said...

I have a very similar travel uniform - it also involves multiple layers for the stupidcrazy variable temperatures one encounters en voyage :)

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