Guest blogger:Lisa Taylor Richey.
Have you been on a trip lately and seen someone at the airport who just looked so pulled together? Do you wonder how she does it? As a business etiquette training expert, I am often asked about a style or an image for a professional.
Often we forget that our style travels with us 24/7. Yes, it is possible to travel and be comfortable, stylish and professionally appropriate all at the same time but how and what exactly do you wear?
Recently, I was traveling by plane and I felt like I finally got my travel outfit right this time. I was comfortable and presentable….not to mention I got everything I needed in my carry-on tote.
Here are my tips for traveling light and in style:
Having the right travel accessories are what’s going to pull your outfit together. Once you have these, you can alternate the outfit that you wear.
A fitted blazer: A simple blazer will do wonders to keep you looking Fabulous After 40. This one from Theory is simple and elegant. (Nordstrom)
A small black handbag: My other great find is a “passport purse on a chain.” I love to use this when I travel. It’s large enough to carry my iPhone, credit cards, drivers license and lipstick. I can easily fit it into my tote and qualify for the “two personal items” airplane requirement. (Cross-body purse: Tory Burch)
Comfortable, good looking suede flats or wedges. Suede is your friend when it comes to comfortable shoes. The good news is these days it is perfectly acceptable to wear suede all year long so you can invest in a pair and it won’t be just seasonal. (Grey suede wedges: Via Spaga)
Use a tote for your carry on: Ladies, leave the back pack at home with your children and instead pack up your things in a pretty tote bag. Totes are practical and age appropriate. For a polished, corporate look, go for one that is made of leather and is large enough for your laptop or iPad, travel pillow and plane snacks but fits under the seat. This tote by Graf and Lanz is on the top of my desire list.
Here is a recap on what I do to get prepared for a trip:
Are there items in your closet that you would like to take on your travels that need to be altered or dry cleaned?
Travel in style.
You will be treated in the manner in which you present yourself. I promise you can be comfortable and appropriate at the same time. I am sure you have heard the saying “there is a time and place for everything.” Droopy sweat pants and pajama bottoms are to be worn at home….not on an airplane. You may be sitting next to a potential client or a future employer. I even have a client who met her husband on a flight from Dallas to San Francisco (by the way, she was reading the latest book about men and dating!). So ladies, dress the part! But, I am a big believer in being stylish because of the way it makes you feel.
Dress in layers. Airplanes can be hot and uncomfortable when you board and grow frigid and become arctic when you reach 35,000 feet. Travel with a cardigan, blazer and add a scarf for warmth and style.
Keep your self hydrated. Travel with a bottle of water in your tote. This way you can arrive fresh and ready to take on the day.
Lisa Taylor Richey is a business etiquette trainer and speaker. She is the founder of The American Academy of Etiquette. You may contact her at www.americanetiquette.com.