Last summer I wrote about travelling in style and I thought this was a topic well worth revisiting, as so many of us are jetting off for our annual break. We all aspire to look effortlessly chic when we travel, but it’s not easy now that so much of the glamour has gone out of it (particularly by air). Long gone are the days when people dressed up to get on a boat, plane or train. Add to that the extensive security, the sheer volume of people and the waiting times – even the most chic and put together woman can look a mess by the time she gets to her destination.
Here are my top tips to make it easy:
- Dress well. By this I don’t mean you have to wear something dressy, but do make an effort to look put together. Dark jeans and a breton top are a foolproof combination – just make sure the jeans have some stretch. If you’re heading somewhere hot, wearing a lightweight knit (or light flowing trench) on your journey means you’ll have something warm to wear when you arrive back in the always-cooler UK
- Wear shoes you can get out of easily. You’re not always asked to take them off – but it’s best to be prepared. Elegant flats, loafers, sliders or stylish trainers are best (I love my silver sliders and Ash and Nike Flyknit trainers). If you choose heels, keep them at a mid-height – remember you’ll be walking miles of corridors at the airport, and your feet will swell on the plane
- Carry your jewellery. I always carry my jewellery in my handbag or carry on – I never ever pack it in my case. Carrying it rather than wearing it also means I’m not fussing with necklace and bracelet clasps and having to drop them loose into the plastic trays when getting ready to go through security. Don’t go mad – stick to the pieces you love and will actually wear
- Wear sunglasses for instant chic. There are so many reasons celebrities do this: instant glamour, hiding tiredness, not having to wear makeup, etc
- Don’t wear white or linen. They get grubby and crease like mad– you’ll look a mess at the other end !
- Wear items that you will wear on your trip. That way, they do double duty and you’re not packing even more.
Make an effort to buck the prevailing trend of slovenly airport wear and who knows, you may even get upgraded.