As I sit here staring out my front window, looking out at another ice storm, all I can do is count the weeks until spring break in California. When I travel for work, which is just about every week, I follow a very specific uniform. I like dark black skinny jeans, a striped cotton tee and fitted blazer. This way, if (or more appropriately when) I run into someone I know, I look presentable.
Flying across the country with my family brings a different set of obstacles. Our girls are great travel buddies, but you still need to bring a zillion extra things and be prepared for any and everything. The act of getting through airport security alone leaves me out of breath and sweating.
Knowing I’m in for a full day of travel, I want to be able to move, run when necessary, and still show up at the hotel looking chic and pulled together.
To start, I want to wear leggings, and Zella Live-in leggings are the best. They sit comfortably on your waist, are thick and fit well. To cover your bottom, an oversized button-down gives you structure while elevating your look. I like to layer a lightweight cotton tank underneath. One of the reasons I love to shop online is because it’s so easy to find coordinating pieces. I wanted a scarf to pull the look together and was delighted to find this one at Nordstrom that brings the colors of the shirt and shoe into one piece. It makes the look more purposeful. Longchamp is my go-to bag when I travel with the kiddos. Any parent knows, the key to success when traveling with kids is having something on hand to entertain them for the entire flight. I fill mine up with coloring books and stickers by Melissa and Doug, a portable DVD player loaded with movies they haven’t seen, chapter books and, as a last but messy resort, lip gloss. Lip gloss buys you 20 minutes, especially when landing.
I’ll keep the rest of the look simple and natural. I’m in love with the Chloe scalloped flat. If you wear flats frequently, which I do, it could be worth the price tag. Don’t forget peds for your feet. No one wants to find themselves tiptoeing barefoot through security. For accessories, a few easy pieces help me feel dressed, without hampering my ability to move.
It is possible to be comfortable and chic while traveling. I’m a true believer that when you dress well you receive better treatment, and you feel better about yourself. I also dress the girls. They’ll be comfortable, but at their ages, they don’t need to be in their pajamas. I think they behave better and respect the process that much more.