Please enjoy these summer traveling tips from Jane Ravvin.
Jane is a fashion journalist / stylist / expert; and I’m happy to say—a dear friend! We have been partners in (fashion) crime since our college days in the early ‘80s. For more about Jane, please visit her website: www.stylebyjane.com
It’s easy to look fashionable while still remaining comfortable. With grueling security checks and planes filled to capacity, you need to plan your outfit accordingly while still looking polished upon arrival at your destination.
Here are some helpful tips to make things easier:
Layer: start with a soft t-shirt or tank – and add a lightweight cardigan, jean jacket or trench. Planes and airports crank the air conditioning. A pashmina or wrap style scarf in your bag will ward off the cabin draft. I always take one as my blanket and then wear it over a maxi-dress at night.
Soft stretchy jeans or jeggings are perfect bottoms – they’re super comfy, stylish and never crease or show spills. A boy-friend jean is another good look worn with a bomber jacket.
Footwear: a slip on espadrille or ballet flat is ideal or even a chunky peep toe shoe-booty if you want more of an edge. Stay away from laces or high maintenance straps at security. No flip flops! Throw a pair of cozy socks in your carry on; they keep your feet warm and give you a break from confinement.
Carry-On Bags: big fashion statement so make it a good one! I like a cross body strap so that I can have my hands free. Skip the purse unless it’s large and just like a carry-on bag so that is all you need. Make sure it’s user friendly with some zip compartments and nothing falls out under the seat.
Accessories: minimize jewelry (again security deterrent). Wear one or two statement pieces – like a costume ring or watch but don’t mess with all the intricate gold necklaces etc. It’s actually a great opportunity to wear a piece that you never really wear. Throw your sunglasses in your bag for landing – again one pair – huge statement piece. Instead of packing a sunhat in your bag, wear a light-weight straw fedora … totally styling and you don’t have to worry about crushing it in your suitcase and even better – hides a bad hair day!