Putting together a winter-ready travel look can be difficult. Do you wear a million layers? Sport a light jacket with a scarf? Or throw on your parka? These are some of the questions I often ask myself when I'm planning my travel look. More specifically, when I'm jetting off to a cold and snowy destination. That being said, I like to think I've mastered dressing appropriately for the airport during the colder months so I thought I would share some of the tips and tricks I've learned thus far so you can look and feel good while you travel this holiday season. First and foremost…
Layer, layer, layer!
When you're travelling to a cold destination, layering is key! There's nothing worse than being too hot one second and too cold the next. Especially if you're heading on a long-haul flight.
For my airport look travelling from Toronto to Banff, Alberta, I wore a Converse t-shirt layered under a super cozy Converse hoodie with an H&M coat. If I get too hot, I can take layers off and if I get too cold, I can throw them back on. Also, if you're one of those people that tends to get cold on planes, wrapping a cozy scarf around your neck is a good idea.
Dress comfortably, but don't look sloppy.
I don't want to offend anyone, but one of my pet peeves is seeing people sport their pyjamas at the airport. Especially if they're lugging around a gigantic pillow or blanket that they plan to “cocoon” in on the plane. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for dressing comfortably while travelling, but I don't think it's a valid excuse to look like you just rolled out of bed. That's why sporting pieces that are cozy but still look nice is key!
Sport practical shoes.
Once upon a time, I was one of those annoying people that wore winter boots with a million laces when I travelled around the holidays. It took me a good 10 minutes to take them off, and another 10 minutes to put them back on. To say that I held up the security line is an understatement! That's why wearing comfortable footwear that's also practical is super important. For example, I often sport these Rudsak boots when I travel around the holidays because all it takes is one zip to get them off and one zip to put them back on.
Wear jewelry you can easily take on and off...
I never thought in a million years I would be telling you to wear less jewelry, but it really does cut down on the time you spend going through security. When I used to travel with my family, more specifically my mom, I vividly remember how we used to spend ages stripping off all of our metal accessories and/or getting checked by security. As much as I would love to sport a wrist full of bracelets, I only wear pieces that I can take on and off in seconds.
If you feel the need to bring your jewelry with you, carry everything in a clutch like the one I'm wearing in this post, or in a secure pouch in your carry-on bag. Once you pass through security you can layer everything on, but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing none of these pieces could possibly get lost or stolen if your bag goes missing (basically every travellers worst nightmare…Huh?).
If you're travelling over the holidays, I hope these tips and tricks got your gears turning on how you can formulate your airport-ready look! Also, if you have any other airport pet peeves or tips on how to dress for the airport, let me know in the comment section below.
What I'm Wearing
Photos captured by Abhishek Dekate