My Style List: What you Need for your next Adventure to travel in style
By Cathie Arquilla
Senior Travel Writer and Resident Stylist
As a fashion stylist, I always encourage clients to wear their stuff. It’s become my favorite hashtag–#wearyourstuff. It’s a mantra that I hope encourages family, friends, followers, and clients to have fun dressing.
Be it a Hermès scarf or embroidered poncho, put it on! My ambition with this column is to encourage you to think of travel as a personal appearance. We want to be comfortable during our journey, but we can be stylish too. Here are a few fashionable things to help you along the way.
Everything mentioned below, I have personally tried.
A great two-piece for travel from Cozy Earth
So many travelers (including my children) wear a combination of sloppy sleepwear or too-tight athletic wear to fly. They’ve made the choice of comfort over style.
Eureka! I found a stylish lounge suit by Cozy Earth that is super comfy and hip-looking. Cozy Earth–what a perfect name for traveling the world!
I honed in on the wide-leg jogger suit made from breathable bamboo viscose. And if you’re still set on traveling in PJs, the brand offers lots of those too, some you could get away with on board.
From the plane to the opera
The CARLISLE collection designed a phenomenal pant called Nikita. It’s a stretch pull-on pant with a knife pleat down the front (slimming) done in a slight boot cut.
The pants keep their shape and move with you–comfortable enough to wear on an international flight and dressy enough to wear to the opera if styled correctly. Thankfully, they come in black, navy, and gray.
Does your suitcase need a belt? Try a Cincha.
Cincha is a travel belt that cinches around your suitcase’s extended handle to hold your tote/backpack/purse in place. It’s a great little travel accessory I wish I’d considered myself. This is very useful during the stress of running to the gate to catch a flight.
A beach-chic bag that can double as a carry-on
So you’re going on an island vacay, and you want a cool beach tote for all your sundries. Save yourself packing room and use an Island East Side Getaway Tote as your carry-on AND your beach/shopping bag.
The best part? It’s personalized, super cute, and very roomy. I took this fun bag to the Guadeloupe Islands, feeling both spontaneous and glamorous! Read that story here.
Remember that Jane Birkin carried a basket to travel with before her name became connected with the Hermès Birkin handbag, which seems far less convenient than a canvas tote.
Shelf space on your seatback
Flying is challenging these days, and if you’re a germaphobe (Aren’t we all now?), it can be downright distressing.
The seatback pocket and tray table on any flight scream, “Danger, danger!” But you REALLY need both. Enter Serenity’s Tray Organizer. This is a super lightweight antimicrobial sleeve that slips on your tray table.
Close the tray table; the organizer has three outer pockets and one large inter pocket to organize your stuff. Finally, slip it off the tray table and use the drawstring to transform it into a tote. Bob’s your uncle! It comes in several colors. I like orange.
Wrap up and take off with a crazy-soft scarf made of milk yarn.
My favorite heritage scarf company Echo has produced a snuggly-chic wrap known as the Oversized Milk Muffler. It’s not bulky, so it folds nicely, and its ample size (16″ x 80″) makes it a perfect plane blanket.
The fun part; it is literally made with a secret ingredient: milk protein! And that is why it is so unbelievably soft. I see it as unisex, especially the neutral colors. So guys, get a little Euro and get this scarf!
We’ll have another Style List soon, as the seasons change and we find new pieces we want to share!