Are you planning a sunny getaway to escape the chilly winter or vice versa? While knowing what to pack might be easy, choosing an appropriate airport outfit is not. How do you pick clothes that work for two drastically different climates? The last thing you want to be doing is lugging around a heavy winter coat in a tropical destination, or instantly feeling the cold in a cooler destination. Here’s how to balance these opposite worlds in style.
Even if you’re traveling somewhere hot, it’s bound to get a bit cooler at night. Consider your travel outfit your ‘just in case it gets cold’ clothes. This will leave you more room to pack your lightweight, beachy clothes. The trick to choosing a great transitional airport outfit is to consider your layers carefully. Try to go for seasonless pieces as much as you can.
If your flight isn’t too long, jeans are an excellent option for bottoms. They’re thick enough to keep you warm on your way to and from your local airport, but you’ll still be able to wear them in the evenings on your holiday. If you’re in for a long haul flight and want to be as comfortable as possible, try some semi-lightweight wide-leg pants - somewhere in between linen and denim. Look for smooth materials and elasticated waistbands (fleece pants are a fantastic choice). Stylish, comfortable, and versatile - what more could you want?
Now comes the strategic layering. Use a t-shirt as your base as you’ll probably want to be walking around in only a t-shirt once you reach your destination. On top, you’ll want to wear light and easily foldable layers that you won’t have to lug around. For example, a hoodie or sweatshirt that you’ll be able to tie around your hips or neck. A cardigan in a thinner knit is also a right choice (they also look fantastic layered over a t-shirt and shorts for an evening beach stroll). Make sure your coat or jacket isn’t too thick. Ideally, you should be able to roll it up into your luggage upon arrival, so try to leave a bit of space when packing. Puffer jackets are a great option because they’re easy to compress.
If you’re traveling from somewhere warm to somewhere cold, it’s much easier to dress appropriately. Jeans or wide-leg trousers will still be your best bet for bottoms. You don’t have to layer up right off the bat, just make sure you have a sweater or coat easily accessible for when you land. Pack it at the top of your suitcase so you can pull it out before leaving the arrivals lounge.
As for footwear? You can’t go wrong with leather sneakers. Keep your canvas versions in your suitcase for the journey. They lie flat, unlike leather sneakers, and your feet will get soaked through if it ends up raining on your way to or from the airport. If you plan out your outfit correctly, it will indeed be a bon voyage.