When taking a short trip or a long journey we all put so much effort into what we are packing and not so much effort into what we will be wearing while in transit. I recently got home from a fabulous trip to Washington DC to visit loved ones. Great Town! I always favor air travel as my preferred mode of transportation but this time I took the bus. For anyone who has ever driven to DC from New York you know it is a long trip. I had a lot of time to think. So I looked around and realized that most everyone looked like a slob. So what advice is there to give in terms of
When it comes to trains, planes, and automobiles the rules are always the same. Just because you are traveling does not mean you can dress like an idiot. People are still going to see you. And like I always say by the laws of the universe the worse you look the more likely it is you will run into your boss, ex, or current crush. Hey, maybe the good-looking flight attendant will wind up being the person of your dreams, hello first impressions! You can always tell the sharp dressed men who are on a business trip. They often have to dress up because they have a hot-shot business meeting to attend as soon as they arrive at their destination. I am not saying you need to put on a suit and tie every time you get on the subway or take a scenic train ride to upstate New York, but you can not look like you just rolled out of bed and covered your greasy hair up with a hat for travel. There was a guy like this on my bus ride down to DC. I wanted to say, “Bro, this is a 4 hour bus ride not an overnight ride in a sleeper car on the Orient express, get out of your pajamas!” Like I always say find a middle ground. It is important to be comfortable but that does not give you permission to look like hell. Here are a few extra but essential tips:
1. Always dress in layers, not a million sloppy hoodies but sweater, collared shirt blazer type layers
2. If it is summer and you are wearing sandals of some kind, carry a pair of socks, they always pump up the air conditioning during travel and your toes will freeze.
3. Never under any circumstance can you wear a track suit
4. Make sure your travel bag is sophisticated and chic. That means no high school duffel bags, no old ass back packs, and absolutely no garbage bags. Nothing kills a nice look more than a poor accessory.
5. If you are traveling with any expensive jewelry keep it on your person or do not bring it. If you are wearing it or have it in a pouch in your pocket then it is less likely to get lost or damaged.
6. It is ok to travel with a neck pillow as an accessory; it is not ok to whip out one of those corny ones with a panda bear attached to it, I don’t care who bought it for you!
7. Always bring a sexy yet functional scarf of some kind. You never know when it may have to double as a blanket, a pillow or a force field against the fat man hacking up a lung sitting beside you. Gross!
8. Don’t forget your sunglasses. Whether your journey is long or short your eyes may look beat by the end. Cover them up and you’ll look super fresh.
9. Fanny packs on men= NEVER EVER ALLOWED!
Quick Aside: No travel ensemble is complete without your own headphones and a sleep mask. With all the crying kids and flourescent lighting these days you are a fool to travel without either one.
“Dress up your sportswear and dress down your formal wear.”
– Luciano Barbera