You may be wondering if I’m going to start every post with a confession. The answer is yes, yes, I am. Today, I must confess that I’ve always envied travelers in airports who look put together. You basically just went to second base with TSA and you still look amazing. HOW?! Well, I decided a few years ago that I needed an effortless travel outfit that would slay the (airport) runway. It couldn’t just be stylish… it also had to be comfortable and allow me to breeze through TSA. Oh, and since I travel early in the spring, the outfit had to include a smidge of protection from unpredictable Central Ohio weather.
That’s not too much to ask, right? I’ve tried a few key pieces through the years and have finally landed on a go-to look that gives my travel style the coveted first-class upgrade it deserves. I’m fresh off our Mexico family vacation, so call this look a tortilla because it’s hot of the press! #momjokes
Denim Jacket – Old Navy denim jacket, size M in Dark Authentic Wash 10 – There was snow on the ground when we boarded our flight this year. That may actually be a first, and it makes for tricky outfit coordination. My classic denim jacket keeps me just warm enough between the car, shuttle, and terminal, and it’s perfect with all the breezy summer dresses I wear to dinner. I’ve had this one for years and still love it. Bonus: Old Navy/Gap/Banana card members can score 40% off your entire purchase May 2-6!
Graphic Tee – Old Navy graphic tee size M – Now matter how good I am about applying sunscreen, I know I’m going to need a day or two with a little less sun exposure. The problem is, it feels like a waste of space to pack it, so I just wear it! This Old Navy tee has the perfect vacay vibe I needed.
Linen Pants – American Eagle paperbag waist linen pants size M – I mean, if you don’t wear linen pants, did you even vacay, sis? I’m loving the paperbag waist detail. It comes with a coordinating linen belt, but I ditched it for my belt bag. You just can’t beat the comfort of linen pants. They keep me warm enough when I’m leaving snow at home, but I still fit right in on the beach. I’m usually a size 10, and the medium fits perfectly. I love the bold stripes, but here’s the black pair too, because, options.
Carry-on luggage – Rockland Rome Luggage set – After about 7 years, I decided to upgrade my luggage set. I opted for a hardsided set, but gave it to my husband because I missed the front pocket. This Rockland set is the best of both worlds: Durability of hard sides with the functionality (read: exterior pocket) of a fabric-exterior set. I’ve had this for three years now and still love it. The lavender set is hard to find, but there’s a black print version that’s also pretty chic and won’t get lost in the sea of solid black luggage.
Shoes – Dolce Vita Vana Espadrille Sandal – The right shoes can make or break you early in the trip, if you’re not smart. The last thing you want to do is struggle with your shoes while your kids are getting all squeamish going through the metal detectors. These slip-on espadrilles aren’t only smart, but stylish, too. A flat espadrille is the ultimate in comfort and the lace-up detail is always good. And well, the metallic is just the right amount of flash to perk any outfit right up.
Belt bag – Urban Expressions Sage Belt Bag – Don’t call it a comeback…or a fanny pack. I thought the “belt bag” term was just a marketing ploy to bring these puppies back, but it’s literally a belt, so I’ll allow it. Everyone who was following along my Instastories during my vacay made me realize how awesome my belt bag was and y’all were right! And it wasn’t even as nice as this one, so I made sure to upgrade. This belt bag comes in tons of colors and is the perfect size for my cell phone, room key, lip gloss and sunscreen stick, and one doughnut twist from the buffet.
Turban – Odella Top Knot Turban (Similar)- If you want to look cool and stay cool, wear a turban. It’s that simple. Everyone else will have on straw hats (even I had a packable hat perfect for my ginormous head/hair), which is totally practical and cute. But, on some days, I needed to throw in one more print to really set off my look. You know, full on “chic slay.” A turban does just that and was surprisingly cool and breatheable in sweltering temps.
Sunglasses – A New Day Women’s Cateye sunglasses – I’m wearing these sunnies my daughter picked out for me everyday. I initially purchased them so I wouldn’t lose my nice sunglasses while traveling, but they’ve been on heavy rotation, so I’m just gonna go with it. They’re sold out, but this pair is pretty dang close.
Lipstick – Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Jilted – I almost forgot how much I love this shade. I think it’s time to get it back into the rotation.
This post sure makes me want to head back to Mexico! Please share your vacation plans so I can live vicariously through you. If you want to see my vacation style in action, come follow my shenanigans and highlights on Instagram @beingtiarra and search #holahouseholders. It’s a good time. I promise.
Photos by Sweet Leaf Photography