Travelling in Style
I don’t know about you, but I have a very definite image in mind when I think of a tourist. For me, it’s ill-fitting jeans and a backpack. For you, it may be sunglasses and a selfie stick. But I’m pretty sure neither of us wants to be that tourist when we travel.
Whether you’re travelling for fun or for work, to shop or to sightsee, travelling in style immediately puts you in the right frame of mind to be the best you possible. Travelling in style presents your best face to the locals and whomever you may meet, and equally as importantly, travelling in style doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort or practicality, as we’ll explain below.
One fundamental rule of travelling is to plan ahead. Wherever you’re going, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
At the airport
Don’t neglect to plan your airport outfits. They’re just as important as the ones you wear after you land, and a good airport outfit will save you a lot of hassle and frazzle on the way.
Don’t just head straight to the tees and jeans, either: there’s reason to believe stretchy, loose outfits are a lot more comfortable, especially for long haul flights. Blogger Jean Wang of Extra Petite recommends leggings or a stretchy knit maxi skirt. I’d go for the latter. Figure-skimming silhouettes are super stylish right now, and they strike a nice balance between dressy and casual.
Another great option if you are going for jeans is to top it off with a trench coat. Besides adding a (literal) layer of visual interest to a basic outfit, doing so also adds a modicum of warmth when you’re shifting from the commute to check-in to cabin. (We know how erratic air-con temperatures can get!) Get your inspiration from our favourite style icon Audrey Hepburn, who looked super classy at airport customs in 1968 with her tailored trench coat.
Cop that style even if you’re going to a summery locale with our Travellers Trench Coat, which offers a vest cut in two versatile colours (black or khaki). Even better: as a top layer, it can go over several kinds of bottoms, from shorts to jeans, even after landing, and you can choose to wrap it with a belt or tie it with a sash.
Versatility is key when packing. One of the best tips I’ve ever heard is to start your packing with a colour scheme in mind, and make sure to pack all outfits in accordance with this colour scheme. This means you still have some leeway to mix and match your separates and accessories when you reach, depending on how you feel that day, and you’ll still look put together.
One trick to help you with this is our Abracadabra Reversible Parka. Like its name suggests, this parka is pure magic. One piece gives you a warm and stylish cover-up in two super on-trend colours. Pick this if you’re likely to run into some chilly winds wherever you’re travelling to!
As a final level-up to jetsetter extraordinaire, incorporate little nods to the mood and season of the destination as you pack. Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine ‘Kate’ Middleton, is well known for planning her outfits in such a manner for her royal engagements. For example, the Duchess chose a dress with orchid-like prints by Singapore-born designer Prabal Gurung for her trip here in 2011. Doing so is the Duchess’s way of showing respect to her hosts wherever she goes, but for the lay traveler, it’s a way to fit right in with the locals. Like the Duchess of Cambridge, do some research before you go – you won’t regret it when you land!
Travelling that’s stylish, versatile, intelligent, and comfortable? We’ll take a one-way ticket right there, please.
Photo credits: Gal Meets Glam; Extra Petite; Thread Theory; Google; Pinterest