Travel Outfits

21 Jun

by Lauren

We received a request for suggestions on international travel outfits for work and play.  Obviously the biggest concern with travel is wrinkling so a travel pack list is all about the fabric – pontes, tweeds, and boucles are best for work attire & for play clothes – denim, bonded silk (see: e.g., the material on my favorite Nicholas skirt), thick knits and generally “stiff” materials will endure the packing and re-packing.  Packing any kind of thin material will drive you bananas – steer clear of 100% silk.

Kate Spade & Trina Turk make some great fabrics for travel clothes and their cuts are conservative enough to make them perfect for working overseas.  Zara also has some great blazer options that will stay wrinkle free.

Tweed KS skirt

Tweed Kate Spade Skirt (on sale) 

TT Peplum

Trina Turk

This dress is a perfect work to happy hour & dinner transition piece – the peplum makes it updated but the cut is ultra conservative and appropriate for a business setting.  If this is too much for your office – I also love the pencil skirt complement because the color is a great deviation from black and would look awesome with a boucle ivory blazer.

PS – for bloomies card holders they are offering 15-20% off right now!



Zara is most definitely best shopped in person because you need to gauge the fabrics and it can be pretty hit or miss as we know – but I actually own this blazer and it’s great for travel.  The material really holds up & because the jacket has so many different colors in it you can wear it with just about any bottom – so it is versatile in that sense, but it is also versatile because it is work appropriate but looks cute with jeans, shorts, or a skirt for a night out.


One of my favorite “play” looks right now is a pair of shorts or a skirt, a basic top & a denim vest.  I think it looks super “cool” and because of the multiple pieces, it looks thoughtful and put together.  My new favorite store, the gap, has a great vest (above) & I think you could wear it with these Zara shorts, this skirt (which I have – this is a bad photo of it) – and just about anything with a waist (make sure you wear it open to show your wait if the bottoms have a high waist).

You could also throw the vest on after work with a pencil skirt to dress your outfit down before heading out for the evening!

Shop Gap for 25% off with “GAPGIFT” {vest is sold out online but check stores – I’ve seen it everywhere}

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