Plane travel isn’t as glamorous as it once was but that doesn’t mean you can’t look effortlessly chic.
There are stylish travel clothes for women that will not only help you look stylish but are also comfortable to wear.
I travel a lot and want to share some of my tips on how to build the perfect fashionable travel wardrobe to make fashionable travel easy. Ready?
I believe that dressing fashionably for travel is just as comfortable and easy as flying in an old t-shirt and cargo pants or sweats.
But one of these two options makes a better first impression! Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to wear anything too fussy or high maintenance.
In fact in the image below I’m actually wearing a t-shirt, but one with a nice pant.
When it’s a bit cooler I will add a short stylish jacket too in stretch fabric (like this one).
Here’s a go-to travel from Cynthia.
As you can see her outfit was nothing remarkable but she looks stylish and presentable, don’t you think?
She wore a slouchy, stretch waistband pant and sneakers, but topped it with a nicely tailored, lightweight blazer in a rayon blend that doesn’t wrinkle easily and carried my favorite crossbody bag. She had to add her red Converse sneakers to make it more her style.
The same red high tops have been reviewed a whopping 9,700 times on Amazon, giving a score of 4.5 stars.
“I love these shoes, I have ordered additional pairs in this style. It’s much more feminine than the traditional converse.” – chelsxa
You may consider getting a few designated travel outfits. They can be your “stylish travel clothes uniform”.
Here is what Cynthia says: “Sometimes I change out the shoes or wear the scarf around my neck instead of as a turban like in the image (I was in Dubai).
This travel outfit works for me because it’s dark so I don’t look as dirty, doesn’t wrinkle much and is loose fit so I can curl up in a ball in my tiny airplane seat and sleep. And I can use the outfit’s components more than once on the trip, too.”
Before you build the perfect women’s travel wardrobe for your needs, consider these 3 points when choosing your own signature travel outfits:
Best travel outfits for planes
1. Fabrics for traveling
The material of your clothing makes all the difference in the world! Natural fibers like cotton and linen wrinkle just by looking at them, so you may wish to avoid wearing 100% linen or cotton fabrics if that bothers you. The best wrinkle-resistant fabric options include:
- Polyester (although you may wish to consider whether you will be too hot as this doesn’t breathe)
A blend of any of these with a natural fiber like cotton would be perfect, giving you the stretch you need for long period of sitting while still looking crisp.
2. The best fit for your travel wear
Loose fitting, easy tailoring is the best choice when traveling, especially regarding your pants or bottoms of choice.
You don’t want to deal with tight, constricting pants when you’re in a small cabin for a few hours.
Choosing materials with some stretch to them further adds to your comfort level. Eileen Fisher is a wonderful source for travel clothes!
3. What to wear when traveling – Color
Go with patterns or darker tones when traveling.
You’re crammed into a public seat that isn’t very clean. And coffee spills from those wobbly tray tables happen.
If you’re traveling to a foreign country, darker or earthy, neutral colors help you blend in and look more low-key, too. Save the white clothes for when you get there.
Travel clothes for women: must-haves all stylish ladies should travel with
1. The best travel purse ever
Your carry-on purse for travel needs to hold more than you normally would carry.
Documents, valuables, your iPad or some magazines and maybe your makeup kit are some things you should have in your bag.
A tote is great for travel because it’s so easy to load up. But a crossbody bag is also excellent, especially for keeping it secure when you need your hands free for other things.
Safety and security will be a key priority when you travel. You want to make sure that even if you are in busy markets or in places where pick pocketing may be a problem, that your belongings are secure.
The Travelon brand is highly recommended for travel bags with anti-theft features.
This Travelon crossbody style comes in a range of colors, from classic neutrals to funkier patterns like leopard print. It has more than 2,000 reviews on Amazon, giving an average rating of 4.5 stars.
“This is an amazing travel bag. I’ve been to many different countries, and this is the best bag I’ve ever found.” – Samantha
Also check our top 10 picks of the best purses for travel
2. Travel scarf or shawl
A scarf or shawl ALWAYS travels with me, even in summer. Airlines don’t hand out blankets or pillows on flights as much anymore.
A scarf or shawl will keep you warm and comfortable, work as an airplane pillow when rolled up and will add some chic to your outfit when you arrive.
Here’s a tutorial and video for you on how to style a scarf.
A blanket style will be the perfect option because you can use it as a blanket or head rest on the plane. Then, when you arrive, you can use as a shawl to keep you warm on chilly evenings, or as a beach towel or a picnic blanket.
This Sole Society scarf from Nordstrom comes in either pink (below) or a classic camel shade. Both would look lovely with white pants or dresses for summer. It has an average of 4.2 stars.
“Got the scarf in the color rose. It’s very soft and gives the perfect oversized look without being too bulky! It’s also pretty lightweight so could be a good scarf to wear in spring as well as fall/winter. Can’t wait to buy more in different colors!” – Rosesully
3. Best travel shoes
Choose a pair of flats that are comfortable.
Bear in mind that you are likely to have to take your shoes off to go through security. So, you may prefer to have a slip-on style rather than laces.
I would make sure your travel shoes double up as really comfortable walking shoes.
Superga is a shoe brand which gets great reviews from travelers. The 2210 slip-on style is a classic for travel as it is easy to take on an off but gets good reviews for comfort. It has 4-star reviews on both Zappos here and on Amazon here.
“I love these shoes! So cute and comfortable. They don’t slip off your feet and the canvas does not rub anywhere.” – NC
4. The perfect travel dress
Do you prefer traveling in pants, or do your prefer the feeling of coolness and freedom you get from a comfortable dress?
If you do choose a dress, I would look for one in flexible, stretchy fabric such as jersey so you don’t feel restricted on your journey.
This Iconic Luxe dress from Amazon is made in the US and has 732 reviews giving 4.5 stars. It comes in 28 different styles of plains and patterns. Made in a soft jersey, it won’t crease so will be a versatile option whether you wear it for the plane or pack it in your luggage.
It comes in lots of color options including darker colors you may prefer for travel and paler shades such as coral and yellow. You can sling a cardigan over it for the plane, and dress up with colorful scarves or statement necklaces when you arrive at your destination.
“Love love love this dress! It’s my new favorite!!” – Bryanna
5. The best travel pants for women
Many of you will prefer to travel in a pair of pants rather than a dress. I would tend to avoid jeans as they aren’t particularly comfortable if you want to have a snooze on the plane!
Lululemon is known for its yoga wear. But it also does a great pair of On The Go travel pants, which have 5-star reviews. They feature a four-way stretch fabric so are comfortable enough for the plane, and they are versatile to dress up or down.
“Fantastic fabric that can be dressed up or down. I love to wear these to work, travel or when I’m not sure what the dress code is as they will fit in anywhere.” – alterego
“I’m so glad I bought these pants. They are so flattering, yet super comfortable.” – chicomom
6. Travel blazer
You won’t want to be taking too many jackets on vacation with you as they take up suitcase space, so make sure the one you do choose is comfortable and versatile.
Of course, the best travel jacket for you will depend very much on where you are going. While a blazer will be perfect for the south of France, for example, you are unlikely to want such a dressed-up option on safari in South Africa.
I’ve gone with a blazer here, as I think you can wear it beautifully with the pants above and a pair of sneakers and look great for the plane. Then, for a night out on vacation, you could team with sandals or heels.
A natural fiber like linen will crease, but I think that’s part of the charm of linen blazers. Or you could opt for a piece with a wool mix for cooler climates, or in a polyester mix if you are worried about it creasing.
You may also like our article on how to fit a blazer.
7. Travel skirt
Skirts can be a great staple in your travel closet. You could opt for a cotton A-line knee-length style for an easy style to wear with sneakers. Midi or maxi lengths also look relaxed and stylish on vacation.
For travelling, I would stick with a knee-length or a midi. You don’t want trailing skirts to be getting stuck anywhere while you board and deal with your luggage.
The Annabelle midi skirt from Amazon has a comfortable pull-on style which won’t dig-in anywhere if you are trying to snooze on your journey. It has an interesting asymmetrical hemline and is designed to fit any body shape (although reviewers say to size down!). Reviewers also pulled the waistband up to create a strapless dress. It has 135 reviews, giving it 4 stars.
“The skirt has a pleasant weight to it and it’s very soft and comfortable.” – vivi
It comes in a brown, violet or white. The paler color could be lovely for vacation, although I’d stick to a darker shade for travelling.
8. Women’s Travel shirts
A great button-down isn’t just a good travel option for men. It can look great worn with pants for your journey. Then, you can wear with shorts or over your swimsuit or your dress as a cover-up when you arrive for your vacation.
9. Travel t-shirt
T-shirts can be the basic core of any wardrobe, and your travel closet is no exception. You can wear to travel in and then team with shorts and skirts when you arrive. Or, you can wear instead of a pajama top to sleep in.
I’d stick to quality fabric without any logos on the front, so you can team with lots of pieces from your suitcase. Opt for something you can dress up with a statement necklace or scarf, or down just with sneakers and shorts.
Best travel clothes for women
Now that you have a good plan for your travel outfits, here are more stylish travel looks for you, to give you some inspiration according to your style personality.
9 travel outfits using the pieces featured above
More travel outfit inspiration for you
Here are some collages we created earlier that may still inspire you for your travel outfit.
Stylish travel clothes for a feminine look
A nicely chosen fit and flare style dress in a good jersey, knit or stretch fabric is a great travel outfit.
It’s far more comfortable and forgiving than you think! You can always add capri leggings underneath if you want to layer it or wear tights to cover your legs.
The ballet flats here are the Brittany style from Naturalizer, while the carry-on is the Ambeur 22-inch rolling spinner style which has close to 5-star reviews on Nordstrom.
Travel outfit for a sporty look
Take advantage of the latest yoga-chic athletic trend! The state of the art fabrics are durable, comfortable and look pretty good.
Choose a yoga-style boot cut athletic bottom or a tight capri or legging. Many, like the one featured, are higher-waisted and have a built-in band to hide the belly.
Layer with a longer-length lightweight pullover, tunic or sweater to have a very chic athletic look that also hides flaws well.
The pants here are the comfy Zella fitness pants which would be ideal for both travel and workouts.
Travel outfit for the classic and casual woman
This classic and comfortable travel look starts with a relaxed-fit pair of Levis capri-length pair of cropped jeans.
A zip-up sandal with a cushioned, formed sole and some strapping detail goes great with cropped bottoms.
For your casual look, choose a comfortable t-shirt with some interesting design detail or pattern and top it with a classic, stretch or knit jacket to add a little polish to your travel look!
Travel outfits for a modern-chic style
A modern-chic look can be one of the most comfortable and easy to pull off. Go with monotone neutral colors with an occasional splash of color.
Tailoring is important and comes in the form of cropped pants, or a silhouette that is a little more fitted. It’s the most minimal of all the styles and can mix and match quite well with other pieces.
I’ve shown 2 outfit ideas because some women don’t feel as comfortable in a one piece. A flowing cardigan is a great topper for a modern-chic travel outfit.
The pantsuit in this look is the classic Loveapella Jersey Wrap Jumpsuit.
What do you consider the most stylish travel clothes for women? What are your go-to travel outfits?