Despite all my travel, I still find it hard to pick airplane outfits. The weather where I start is so different than where I'm going. The plane is totally unpredictable - sometimes freezing, sometimes stuffy and hot, sometimes both at different times during the flight. I'm schlepping suitcases, golf clubs, and my laptop through the airport, customs, security, etc.
For Costa Rica, I traveled in yoga pants, tennis shoes, a tank + sweater + scarf. I felt great - until we were in the car headed to our condo, where the tight long pants couldn't have been a worse idea. I knew I couldn't repeat that mistake this time.
During the March Shopbop sale I fell in love with this resort maxi. I originally thought it was a bit overpriced, but since it was during the big sale, and I wanted to buy one more thing to bump myself up to the next discount tier, I figured I'd try it. I don't have a black maxi dress, so it seemed like it was almost a no brainer. And you guys - this dress is the most amazing thing ever. The material is super thin but feels wind-resistant (does that make sense? it...like it kept me warm in cold weather but doesn't touch my skin so keeps me cool in hot weather too). Here's how I wore it to fly to Mexico last week (pardon the wind-blown hair from the taxi ride to our resort):
Travel Tip #1: If you are going to travel in sandals, toss a pair of socks in your carry-on. This one is huge for me, because I like to be wearing sandals when I arrive in paradise, but I hate cold feet on the airplane. The minute I board I take the sandals off, pull the socks on, and am comfortable for the duration of the flight.
Travel Tip #2: LAYER. For this trip, I packed all black + white + blue, so I tossed on my jean jacket and a neutral scarf that I know I can wear with everything else I brought, too. Which leads me to....
Travel Tip #3: Wear things you can wear during the rest of your trip. In this case, I wore this exact outfit for dinner. I just wore the dress without scarf + jacket and tossed on some bright red lips. Loose dress = eating extra Peking Duck at dinner, right? :) This applies to jewelry too! If you wear it while traveling, you don't have to worry about packing it.
Which is why for this flight I stacked on a few of the bracelets I'll be wearing non-stop during the trip AND picked the Riad layering necklace from Stella & Dot, which can be worn a million different ways, is mixed metals, and will be versatile no matter what I decide to wear the rest of the week.
Stay tuned this week for more from Mexico - including some swimwear favorites, what I wear to go out to dinner, and the rest of my packing list!