Thursday, February 2, 2017

Airport to Street Style: Six Essentials

To get the most out of quick weekend trips, I often go straight from the airport into a full day of sight-seeing. This involves careful packing, and the perfect transitional outfit for comfort and style. Build your look with these essentials:

Sneakers or slides:

Sneakers are my favorite shoe for airport to street wear. They're comfortable, durable and easy to take on and off to get through security or sleep on a long haul flight, and generally stylish no matter where you travel. I recommend the Adidas classics or Nike Juvenate for maximum comfort.

Bonus - bring a pair of super warm fuzzy socks for maximum comfort on a red eye!'

Stan Smith Adidas via Macy's.

A great pair of leggings:

As a fitness fiend, I've found that everyone I know has their holy grail pair of leggings, and that it's different for everyone. Personally, my lululemon Fast & Free tights are my perfect travel companion. They feel like butter while still looking sleek, and they have discreet pockets for hands-free exploring.

Want to step it up a bit? I also recommend jeggings or supersoft jeans like the Topshop Leighs for a shorter flight.

lululemon leggings feel like butter.

The perfect pocket tee - only $25 at Nordstrom.
Super comfy tee:

Layers are key for for an all-day travel outfit, as the weather at your starting point and destination can differ greatly.  My base laser is usually a plain white H&M pocket tee. They're cheap, cute and come in a variety of colors. I pair it with a soft, lacy bralette and I'm basically in my pajamas for the perfect plan nap.

Lightweight jacket:

Camo goodness from Nordstrom Rack.
For travel, I typically go with a classic leather jacket or comfy bomber. They're universally stylish, comfortable and have plenty of pockets to stash essentials while on-the-go, and great for surviving a chilly day before you have the chance to unpack your winter coats. I typically pick up my jackets at Nordstrom Rack, but if you don't like to dig through the racks I love this lightweight Zara jacket and the Madewell bomber. Another fun, trendy option is a green safari jacket!

Embrace headwear:

No matter how much dry shampoo I use and no matter how much I pray to the good hair day gods, my hair never seems to survive a flight. Rather than making my roots sore by wearing a topknot for too long, I've embraced the baseball cap trend fully. It's cute, it's comfortable and lets you wear your hair long without worrying about flatness or greasiness.

I love a plain suede cap, but am also a big fan of American Needle's MLB hats and Aviate's airport hats.

H&M's take on the suede ball cap.

Find the perfect carry-on:

The perfect carry-on for an airport-to-street type of day is tough to find, because if you bring your biggest weekender or backpack you'll regret that after you log a few miles around the city. I recommend using a shopper like the Large Longchamp or Louis Vuitton Neverfull or stylish leather backpack to ensure that you have a safe place for essentials but avoid shoulder pain and traveler's fatigue.

Dagne Dover's hyper-organized Legend tote.

For more carry-on tips and tricks, check out my packing the perfect carry-on post.

What are your travel day style essentials?

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