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Travel Looks That Keep You Stylish

Traveling around the world is all about making memories, testing your limits, trying new foods… and snapping photos in all the exotic locales you visit. For all the Instagram photos you’ll want to post, staying stylish on the road certainly has its limitations. After all, there’s only so much room in your suitcase, especially if you’re sticking with a carry-on. You’ll want to look great, but also stay comfortable. As a mom who travels with her little one, trust me, comfort is key! Wrinkled items shoved in your travel bag can ruin a great look, and who knows when you’ll have access to a washer and dryer?


Travel Looks for Your Next Trip


Craft a look that will work for your trip and your travels by following our list. The right guidelines can help you maintain your sense of style and personality, without taking up unnecessary suitcase space. Whether you’re scooting out for a weekend road trip or traversing across the globe to find fairytale castles or other magical places, our tips for staying stylish will make sure all of your clothes are Instagram and #OOTD ready.



Wear an outfit you can dress up or down

Focus on flexible outfits, especially when you’re about to hop on the plane. Something more versatile can help you hit the ground running or maneuver an unexpected layover. Jeans and a t-shirt can easily be dressed up with a nice jacket and accessories while still being comfy for the plane. When you stick to basics, you’ll find it easier to extend the life of your wardrobe. A simple dress can be styled more ways than your worn out sweatshirt from the plane ride.



Pick a color scheme


Choose a color scheme of four to five colors before you pack your favorites. While most tips will tell you to “mix and match,” your color scheme is how you swap and style with ease. Now, even if you weren’t planning on wearing that skirt with that top, you’ll still have a cute and coordinating outfit. And having a set of rules, like a color scheme, will help you limit your options and focus on what you’re actually putting in your bag.


Bring your sunglasses
One of the best and most functional accessories to have on hand is a pair of sunnies. You’ll want a single pair that’s heavy-duty and can handle any excursion while also looking slim and stylish for an exotic brunch. Read more here for a wide selection of polarized sunglasses that look good while still being durable. The best part? Their entire collection is made to float, so you can really take a pair anywhere you go! 


Accent your outfit
Speaking of sunglasses — accessories can change an entire look. While you don’t want to pack your most expensive necklaces and earrings, one or two statement necklaces can really help you transition from day to night. What you’re really looking for is an “accent piece” that adds your personal flair to the basic essentials you’ve brought. Bring some inexpensive scarves or costume jewelry to help. 


Maintain your skincare routine
Sure, skin care doesn’t exactly sound like a style tip, but breakouts and undereye circles aren’t ideal when you’re making memories and posing for photos. Your environment will change dramatically from the airport to your destination and back home again. Bring a facial mist and moisturizer that will help your skin stay fresh and combat any signs of jetlag.  


Utilize your carry-on bag
Look at your carry-on as another accessory you can use throughout your time off. A slim backpack can be great for carrying your electronics and shopping through the streets of another country. We recommend using an oversized tote bag; it’s perfect to carry lots of little things and can be used for a beach bag. 




Stick to two pairs of shoes


Since shoes are so bulky to pack, you’ll save the most room by focusing on two key pairs. For walking shoes, an all-white tennis shoe or black ankle boot will mix style with functionality. And classic ballet flats are both easy to slip off in security lines and easy to dress up for special evenings.



Bring wrinkle release spray


Suitcases are notorious culprits for wrinkling clothes. No matter how neatly you fold or roll your wardrobe, you’re likely to pick up a few creases along the way. Whenever possible, stick to fabrics that are resilient to wrinkles, like polyester and nylon blends. We understand that’s not always possible, so toss a wrinkle release spray in your bag. If you need a carry-on size, you can pick up a 3 oz mister and just pour in a bit of the magic spray. It works wonders!


So travelers, get packed and ready to go. Fun and photo ops await! And don’t forget to check out all of our Travel Tips!


Nia McKenna

Nia is an Associate Editor at The Fairytale Traveler and self diagnosed travel junkie. Having traveled to 5 of the 7 continents, her love of good food and culture is a force to be reckoned with. When she isn't off adventuring with her husband, which she writes about on her blog CircaWanderlust, she can be found with a good cup of tea cuddling her pups and taking pictures of her food. She loves black and white movies and could listen to Elvis on repeat.

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