The Formula for the Perfect Travel Outfit

the formula to the perfect travel outfit

Whenever I spot a woman at the airport dressed to the nines, I don’t know whether to envy her glamorous ways or feel a little sorry for her. Sure, my converses and country road bag certainly don’t compare to D&G Stilettos and a Louis Vuitton Carry On, but I can’t imagine having a particularly fun time shuffling through the airport or sitting on a long-haul flight in such poised attire.  On the flipside, I should probably be banned from leaving the house when sporting my standard travel day look (think untamed, frizzy hair, a bare, pale face and a mishmash of colour-clashing, slouchy clothes).

When it comes to travel outfits, there must be happy-medium between the ‘i-just-got-out-of-bed’ and the ‘i-just-stepped-off-the-runway’ look.  I’m talking travel outfits that are simultaneously casual and effortless chic, clothes that will be comfy in the confines of your airplane seat and still look on-point once you step off your flight.

In my determination to unlock the formula to the perfect travel outfit, I’ve taken it to the professionals. If anyone knows how to bring travel and style together, it’s the hybrid fashion/ travel bloggers of the world. It’s time to get inspired- here are some of my favorite jet-setting females rocking their best travel clothes!


1. Jessica Stein from @TuulaVintage


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Jessica is a constant source of inspiration when it comes to combining travel with fashion. Who thought sporting a simple loose blouse, leggings and a pair of patterned flats could look so good? Originally a Sydney girl, she spends half her life on planes and the other half frolicking through beautiful destinations wearing equally beautiful clothing. With that much flight time under her belt, safe to say she’s got this comfy-yet-stylish travel outfit thing down pat.



2. Emma Lucey from @EmmaLucey

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Emma is forever on top of the latest everyday fashions. Even in transit, she has mastered the balance of looking great and remaining practical in her travel clothing choices. Take a leaf from her book- layers are key! Even if your final destination is a tropical paradise, the inside of an airplane generally doesn’t come with as much humidity. Packing a few extra layers never goes astray, especially when the air conditioning on your flight is set to arctic blizzard mode.


3. Chiara Ferragni from @ChiaraFerragni

Originally from Italy, the center of fashion, Chiara has become nothing short of a fashion icon on a global scale. When she isn’t walking the catwalk in elaborate frocks from Valentino or Louis Vuitton, she’s rocking the sports luxe look like it’s nobody’s business. You can’t get clothes much more comfortable than sneakers and a sweater on a travel day, and what once may have been considered a little daggy is now conveniently #ontrend. Chiara, teach us your awesome ways.



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4. Nicole Warne from @GaryPepperGirl

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Nicole takes sophistication to a new level. Her outfits will literally make you swoon, especially when she is prancing around Paris in divine frocks. When you trade the background of the Eiffel Tower for the terminal of an airport, Nicole’s look is a little more pared back- jeans, a basic top, cute pair of flats and a statement scarf. Not only does a scarf add a little flair to any outfit, it’s also a great multi-purpose accessory for a flight (perfect for doubling as a pillow or a blanket if you are flying budget)!


5. Julie Sarinana from @SincerelyJules

Jules absolutely nails a cool, laid-back aesthetic in everything she does- shining through both her fashion sense and her photography. Her travel clothes strike a perfect balance of casual and super cool, and she proves that comfy, stretchy pants that look fashionable exist. Wearing pants made of materials other than restrictive denim are substantially more comfortable for a plane ride (no more excuses to wear jeggings).



Now, here is something you might have never considered- fashionistas aren’t the only ones wearing designer brands on flights. Whilst you might be scrambling to make sneakers look presentable, right in front of your eyes, the cabin crew on-board your aircraft are dressed to impress. Since the 60’s, designers have been collaborating with airlines to create stylish, distinctive and functional uniforms for their crew. Bold colors, geometric cuts and clean lines are popular amongst Australia’s biggest airlines, with each design unique to the brand.


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You may not be able to match the designer status of your cabin crew’s outfits, but next time you fly, maybe you’ll be a little closer to finding clothes to travel in that strike the perfect balance between comfort and sophistication.

As for me… Trackies can be stylish, right?

N x


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  • Reply
    Adelaide Haynes
    October 19, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Great complitation!
    I love wearing comfy jeans or tights with a loose fitting top.
    Also, the scarf idea is the best travel discovery I ever made!!!! Perfect for when the aircon kicks in a bit too much and you just want some sleep :)

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    Velysia Zhang
    October 20, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I adore tuulavintage the most. She always look fabulous and travel alot!

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    October 20, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Great post, loved your opening line – “Whenever I spot a woman at the airport dressed to the nines, I don’t know whether to envy her glamorous ways or feel a little sorry for her.” I find there are times when I make an effort for the plane trip (like going home for Christmas), but if it’s me and my trusty backpack then casual and comfy is the way to go :)

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    January 8, 2016 at 7:17 am

    I would gladly wear any of these outfits, though I like the first one the best. Fun post!

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    Dee Schweitzer
    January 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Great topic that I have experience with as a frequent traveler for business and personal trips. I was also a flight attendant in the days when women dressed up the whole 9 yards with gloves and heels for any airline travel. So this is not about getting on a bus. For getting on a plane, you can travel comfy and still dress business casual or like a jetsetter on the way to the party. Tips: go for layers; yes scarfs and accessories can make it or break it; black and bling bling sparkles under a jacket, or basic Travelsmith wear. Up up and away is the way to go.

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    encircled (@encircled_)
    May 18, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Love these outfits. Agree that they’ve mastered comfort + chic!

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    Dee Crabtree
    June 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Cute outfits but I noticed a couple of them aren’t wearing socks. Unless you have TSA pre-check and don’t have to take off your shoes, you really want to wear socks. Going through security barefoot? Ewww. That said, they do all look fabulous.

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    September 4, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Emma Lucey is one of my faves! I always envy how good her outfits look while she’s traveling!

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    March 28, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Would have to go with Julie. Her shoes r the best for walking airports.

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