Today I hop on board a plane and this is my “I’m travelling but need to be comfy and not worry about security” outfit. I’ve worn it on the last several flights and I’m hooked. Why? Besides from being pretty (important when you step off a plane and right into a high profile restaurant with friends), it’s extraordinarily comfortable and practical. That’s right, comfy and practical without being a sweatpants combo.
The dress is 100% cotton, doesn’t hug the body and no wedges from all that sitting. The knit sweater is warm and soft – perfect for those cold airplane rides (especially since you don’t want to be using those nasty airline blankets which they actually don’t clean that often). The boots are easy to take on and off with one zip but they’re warm and comfortable for long walks through airports, running to connecting flights or hailing down cabs on the street. And the bag? It’s huge, soft and organised on the inside for a day trip or just as a great carry on (and perfect as a pillow!).
When I travelled across Canada last summer, I wore a simple black cotton dress and had a simple sweater along in case it got cold. My girlfriend who always wears old pants and tank tops asked why I was so fancy for a trip. Yet I wasn’t the one who fidgeted with my pants, had to role them up for playing on the beach or felt awkward when we checked into a 4 star hotel. Dressing nice doesn’t have to equate being fancy or uncomfortable just as being comfortable doesn’t always mean jeans and a t-shirt.
I’m a pretty simple dresser and a simple traveller so this is how I get by. I don’t want to rush to a hotel, change then head out. I don’t want to pack an outfit for travel and one for the trip. I don’t want layers to worry over or 16 pairs of shoes. I need something that works and an outfit like this – it works.
I think this is pretty European; in both France and Denmark you see people dressed well but simply. For the French it’s chic for the Danes it’s hygge. It’s being practical (a hat to add if it’s raining or very cold or a lighter sweater if it’s summer) but also being a bit stylish so you can go from the library to a dinner party at 8.
The next time you travel (car, train or plane), make sure you’re going to be comfortable – just expand what comfortable can look like.