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When it comes to travel, politicos are no stranger. Between countless socials, conferences, and meetings, it’s safe to say that if you’re working in politics, you’re a girl on the go. That being said, travel can be stressful. When you’re busy jetting around the country, the last thing you want to do is worry about what you’ll wear at the airport. Because of this, I’m a huge advocate for the travel “uniform.”
Hear me out, having a designated outfit for travel can cut down on a lot of time and energy, plus it makes you feel more put together. In fact, it’s a strategy that some of the world’s most successful people use, including Mark Zuckerberg and former president Barack Obama.
When I’m traveling, my go-to look is usually a pair of dark jeans and a white top with simple gold studs. It keeps me comfortable, but I’m still put together. Here are some tips on how to travel in style.
Keep accessories simple
Like many girls, I live for pretty trinkets and shiny baubles. Jewelry is often times my favorite part of an outfit, but the airport just isn’t the place for your flashiest cocktail ring. If you must wear jewelry, keep it minimalist with a pair of pearl studs or a dainty necklace, and save the statement jewelry for another time. You’ll likely need to take jewelry off for the TSA.
Remember to layer
No matter where you live and where you’re going, it’s in your best interest to bring along a cardigan, blazer, or light jacket. If you’re flying from DC to Dallas, you can assume there will be a bit of a temperature difference. Also, the cabin temperature in-flight is often chilly. Save yourself from discomfort. Wear an outfit that you can easily adjust for different climates and weather conditions.
Keep the pants comfortable
It’s no secret that you’re going to be moving around a lot. From rushing to find your gate, lifting your luggage, and hopping into a cab, your best bet is to wear pants that will let you breath and be flexible. Be careful not to wear anything too long or loose, though, as it could easily get caught in a door or an escalator.
Be reasonable with your shoes
We all love a good pair of heels, but the airport probably isn’t the best place to wear them. Similarly, flip-flops might sound like a comfortable solution, but with so many people around, they’re not. Wear shoes that will protect your feet and keep you mobile.
Don’t forget your baggage
Your entire look can be completed when you think of your luggage as an accessory. After all, you’ll be carrying it with you, so it’s practically an extension of the purse. My luggage is red and white striped, which is why my travel attire is typically neutral. If your luggage is colorful like mine, keep your outfit simple so they don’t clash. Small things like this make all the difference in your overall appearance.