I love traveling…but traveling this time of year has its up and downs for sure. I am so excited to be able to travel again, my friends. Even biannual trips back home to my little (now thriving) town of Bentonville, Arkansas are so exciting and beloved. But getting there? Ack, yeah…every time. What. To. Pack. and What. To. Wear?!
How I’m Solving Travel Clothes Confusion
I’m a notorious over-packer. I want options. I want to bring all my favorite things when I travel. Everywhere. But I have learned over the years I almost always pack things I never wear at all. So, I’m trying to hone my skills…starting with this outfit.
1. Start With Stretchy Mini-Flare Jeans In Black
For me, the easiest jean to wear when traveling is a pair of black, stretchy bootcut or mini-flare jeans. They make for simple chic outfits and can dress up or down. This pair doesn’t even have a zipper or typical waistband. They’re a pull-on!
That being said, as much as I adore this pair of FRAME Jetset Mini Boot Crop jeans, you can achieve the same easy travel outfit vibe with various other options. I’ve rounded up other comfy options here, including the awesome Ponte pants from Quince coming in at a cool $40. If you’re not set on denim, those would be a phenomenal option. TTS but size up if between sizes. Same for the FRAME pants. If you’re on the upper side of the sizing, I’d go up. I’m a 28/29 and stuck with the size 1 and they’re fitted and great, but I don’t have much wiggle room getting them off and on.
2. Add A Black (Or Blue) & White Striped Sweater
Next up is a striped sweater. For me, these classic stripes makes the outfit a little more interesting because of the graphic pop. A striped sweater is just versatile and wearable with a variety of looks. It’s great with blue jeans. I love how a sweater with blue stripes pairs with the camel coat. Again, I’ve rounded up some other options here a) because my rag & bone sweater is sold out and b) because there are some really fabulous options out there…
For example, this Reformation Cashmere Boyfriend sweater just might even be an even more versatile striped sweater option, especially for cooler temps (see it on me here in my recent try-on). It’s perfectly oversized and so soft. It’s easy to tuck in but also long enough untucked to wear with leggings or style in a more oversized look. Naadam makes a lovely striped striped sweater, too, that I’ve tried. It’s more fitted and little longer. It’s super cute. I included a couple of cotton options here, too, as some lighter-weight choices.
3. Bust Out The Black Lug-Sole Boots
Platform lug-sole boots are definitely having their moment again. Any favorite pair will work here, but I think that boots with a slightly taller shaft work best with a cropped, mini-bootcut pant. It gives a seamless look under the shorter pant. They still look fab with full-length pants and even dresses.
My pair from FRAME is sold out but again, but I found some similar options for you below. The Ganni boots are a team favorite — they look so cute over leggings, too.
4. Layer With A Classic Unlined Coat
Last but not least, a camel coat has been my fave for a few years now as my go-to fall and winter overcoat. I run warm so having an unlined option is best for me and I layer my sweaters underneath. It als not quite as heavy to travel with. But you know yourself and your locations, so opt for a heavier version if needed.
The camel coat is just classic and goes with everything. It makes this outfit feel warmer and chic. It can also jazz up a matching sweatsuit for those comfy days. For more ideas on how versatile it can be, check out my article from earlier this year where I style it up a bunch of ways.
Mine is Halogen from a few years ago at Nordstrom. My favorite coat brands for this style are Abercrombie, Banana Republic and Reformation. Here are some classic camel coat options.
Also don’t miss this adorable small suitcase!
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Photos by the lovely Posy Quarterman