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Travel Tip: Dressing with Savvy While Traveling

It’s time….life has kept me really busy.  Today’s feature post is about dressing with savvy while traveling.  I was inspired by a recent CNN article, ” Why Look like a Slob While Traveling?.     If you are like me, you people watch while in airports and on airplanes, it can be fascinating.   First, we’ll start with what NOT to wear:

1.  Lingerie/pajamas

2. Sweat pants or cutoff sweat pants

3. Ladies:  See-thru clothing of any kind

4. Men:  baggy pants or jeans revealing your body parts or underwear

5. Tshirts with offensive, lewd, or foul language

6.  Clothing that is too small or too tight

7.  Never wear white.  (Generally very difficult to keep clean in the airport and airplane space)

8.  No headscarves, headwraps, etc.

Historically, airline travel was synonymous with professional, business, or church attire for both men and women.  As we evolved into the 90’s, this trend changed dramatically.    What we see today is a reflection of the evolution of society and our values, with individuals not adhering to any norms.     Now, moving along to my advice for travelers..here are some tips to assist with wardrobe selection.

1.  Comfort is king! (Choose fabrics that are comfortable, lightweight and wrinkle-resistant)

2. Clothing should be clean and pressed!

3.  Choose solid colors in black or neutral tones.  (No USA flags, stars, stripes)

4.  Wear comfortable shoes.  (Shoes made for walking, not the 5 inch heels some women wear to the club)

5. Bring along a sweater, jacket, or scarf for layering as temperatures vary inflight.

In closing, travel is fun and adventurous, however , the way we dress while traveling does not need to be over the top.  While travel attire is a personal choice, we need to remember clothing is a reflection of who we are (our personal brand).  Traveling is now a commodity, in a public space, and our attire should not be offensive to TSA, airline employees,  or other travelers, particularly children.    I welcome your feedback on this topic, make it a great week!

2 responses

  1. I like all your tips, but I respectfully question rule #8 in what not to wear. If I was visiting a country that required the use of headscarves, I would most likely have the scarf off during flight but put it on prior to leaving the plane. This way, I would be comfortable, but would also show respect for that culture right away after deplaning. 🙂

    September 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    • Hi EagleEyed Editor….you are so right….#8 was targeted towards domestic travelers who show up with pajamas/lounge wear/rollers/head coverings that are not tied to religious or cultural beliefs. Maybe I’ll have to reword that one….Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

      September 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

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