I haven’t done a Friday Fashion post in a while now, mostly because I’ve been traveling like mad. So this week I figured, why not a travel edition of Friday Fashion?
When I travel, I love comfort mixed with fashion. Call me strange, but it really upsets me when I see people at the airport wearing “juicy couture” sweats (or just any sweats) or their work out clothes or whatever. You’re going out in public… you can’t at least put on some clean jeans and a sweater?
I travel often. Internationally and domestic. So don’t give me the “comfort” or “long flight” or “redeye” b.s. I have done all those things, and I do them as fashionably as possible. Maybe it’s from living with a stylist in L.A. for years, but I wouldn’t dream of getting on an airplane in my pj’s. I have too much respect for myself and my fellow travelers.
So here’s my advice for some tailored, inexpensive travel options. I like these staples because you can use them over and over again in a variety of settings while traveling, and at your destination. They’re comfortable but also chic and they are very affordable. I bet you it takes me about the same amount of time to pop this ensemble on as it does for the girl or guy in sweats.
It’s not about being fancy, but it is, to me, about presenting myself to the world. And frankly, I like me, so I like showing up like a put a little effort into my clothes (because I like to put a little effort into my life).
To my fellow chic and tailored travelers in arms… I salute you!
Friday Fashion: Tailored Travel
1. Purple Pashmina: This is the most expensive thing in the line-up and thankfully, it was a Christmas gift from my mom years ago. I love pashminas. They work as blankets on the plane, scarves under coats and class-up any sweater or long sleeve tee at your destination. I love the pop of color that purple provides. And besides it’s the color of royalty. ($89)
2. Grey Cowlneck Coat: I found this coat at H&M in Munich, Germany and I had to have it. The collar can be worn in a variety of ways and it just looks chic. Doesn’t matter what you’re hiding underneath, it looks great on the plane or on the ground. It’s simple, chic and fabulous. ($60)
3. Black Ballet Flats. These in the picture are Chloe and fabulous but too expensive for the Duchess. So mine are actually a very fancy brand called Target. You may have heard of this fabulous store… They’re comfy, they’re chic when paired with skinny jeans or tights and they are compact for travel. They go with everything. ($22)
4. Passport Cover: Call me crazy, but I don’t always like flashing my passport around at the airport and hotels abroad. These cute covers offer fun colors, a more personalized passport, and they offer protection so mine doesn’t get beat up with all the travel. ($15)
5. Black Tights: Travel to Europe in the fall can be chilly – but I always prefer dresses and skirts to pants. So to keep my legs warm, provide a little modesty (I’m not one for hoochie momma hemlines) and to give every outfit a little pop of chic, I like to wear tights. You can buy black tights of all variety pretty much anywhere… so I’m not linking for you! These were Target, ($10).
6. Royally Awesome: This trip to Europe, I focused on editing and finishing up my first book! That’s right, the first Duchess book will be released in November via print-on-demand and in Kindle edition. It’s called ROYALLY AWESOME: How To Live, Think and Be Epic Daily. I’m so excited to be finishing up the last pieces of this project and releasing my book to the world! I always have to have a project when I travel! ($2.99/Kindle Edition).
Hopefully these tips have inspired you to step up from travel game just a bit. Whether it’s to Phoenix to visit your sister, or Germany to visit your brother, you can be chic anywhere in the world for cheap. It’s not hard, and for that matter neither is travel!
“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” - Paulo Coehlo, ALEPH
I have absolutely always found that to be true!
Happy travels – may you always be chic!