Wondering what to wear on a road trip? Make certain to choose a wardrobe consisting of comfy yet FASHIONABLE, weather-appropriate items that easily transition from day to night.
Interested in hitting the open road? Road trips are a great way to explore and get away from the everyday routine—whether you are heading out on a simple day trip or traveling across the country. Pile your best friends or family into the car, load up your iPod with an energetic, road worthy play list (you’ll certainly want songs you can sing along to, for me is a 90's playlists) and throw a pillow and blanket in the backseat. Most importantly, dress comfortably! Attempting to pull off an entire outfit change in a rest stop bathroom is neither glamorous nor adventurous. But you can always change your shoes or jacket.
Below are 5 tips to stay stylish while on the road.
1. WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES
Comfortable shoes are the mos important item of travel outfits–whether you’re gearing up for a road trip, a cross country flight or a cruise to the Caribbean. Shoes that won’t pinch or cause horrendous blisters are sure to keep you happy throughout the duration of your trip.
Ballet flats are a popular choice among many road trippers, as they are the perfect marriage of comfort and chic style. They often feel like wearing a cozy pair of socks. Plus, they are super easy to slip on and off in the car and for walking around in during breaks, or to stretch your legs and fill up on coffee (hey, you have to stay alert!)
Sandals are another popular, time-tested footwear option for long road trips, especially if you are either driving during or heading to a destination featuring warm weather. I am not a great fan of them if you are flighing since airports and airplanes tend to be really cool. I will suggest to go for sandals if you are driving and know for sure it will not be cold.
Sneakers are my favorite suggestion, as they too are effortless and super trendy!
(You will look fashionable without even trying) While sneakers are not quite as easy to slip on and off, they are ideal for colder climates, as they keep your feet nice and warm. Also, you will be able to explore around easier with sneakers since you may encounter with dirt, little stones and rain.
Sometimes if I know where I am going is a little town and the walk will not be too much for me, I will pack a pair of boots or my favorite shoes to walk around the town and just wear my sneakers during the trip.
2. BRING A LARGE HANDBAG
A large handbag another important road trip accessory. You’ll need ample space to stash all of your must haves including tissues, makeup for touch ups, hand sanitizer, cash for snacks, etc.
The best thing about a large handbag is there is truly no limit to the travel essentials you can throw in: library books, a Kindle or iPad, a stylish, , gum, scarves, bobby pins—the list goes on and on. It’s also nice to have all of your items snugly tucked away in one convenient place.
For short road trips I tend to also bring a smaller purse, so I can just throw my essentials like wallet, phone and lipstick to walk around the town without carrying a heavy purse.
3. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR SUNNIES
This is another item with an important two fold purpose: style and sun protection. Big lenses are typically the best choice for most road trip adventures, as they help to protect your eyes and hide a little bit your face if you feel tired or if your make up is not on point. (I use this trick all the time) Also if you are on a road trip, you tend to take pictures randomly and sunglasses will help you look more put together.
4. COMFY PANTS
Just like comfortable shoes are an imperative part of road trip attire, so are comfy pants. Roomy boyfriend jeans and stretchy, black leggings are perfect for long drives. Both of these options ensure you won’t be annoyed by pinching or synching around the waist during the duration of your trip.
Boyfriend jeans are just baggy enough, which enables you to move comfortably while traveling. Black leggings, or yoga pants, are the socially acceptable form of sweatpants—they are undeniably comfortable, and stretch perfectly to accommodate all body types.
The best part is both boyfriend jeans and black leggings can be paired with a brightly colored long hem jumper, an over sized sweatshirt or a soft, breezy tee to achieve an effortless, laid back aesthetic.
Nothing is more annoying than an uncomfortable pair of pants, and this is especially true when you’re stuffed into a moving vehicle for an undetermined amount of time. Think ahead and dress for relaxation. Believe me this will help you enjoy your trip a lot more. Also, your pants don't have to be the main point of focus for your outfit, so stick with black. I don't tend to use gray since sometimes that color makes the pants look more like pajamas.
5. DRESS IN LAYERS
I always recommend layers, for EVERYTHING! Adding a jacket always elevates your outfit, 3 piece outfits look more put together than 2 piece.
When setting out for the open road it is also incredibly important to dress in layers. If you leave in the early morning hours before dawn, a drastic temperature fluctuation is almost inevitable—and it’s best to plan for this.
When temperatures are projected to be cooler it is always nice to have a soft sweater or zip up hoodie with you. These additional clothing items can also be easily tucked away in the aforementioned large handbag when not in use. Infinity scarves are another great option for layering up when preparing for a long day—or days—of travel. They don’t take up much additional room and can easily be packed away. That being said, they also provide much needed warmth before sunrise, after sunset, or if the driver is blasting the air conditioning at full capacity.
Dressing in layers also means that you will not have to make a special pit stop to change outfits because your are going to look and feel great already, which will get you to your destination that much faster. Scarves, sweaters and jackets can be easily removed or thrown on while the car is in motion, guaranteeing comfort for the longevity of the road trip.