As the long Summer days draw to a close, thoughts naturally turn to layering up in preparation for Autumn, but how do you stay toasty warm for travel without compromising style in the process?
Cast aside your duvet…and dive right into our go-to guide to dressing to impress this Autumn, including what to wear, ways to wear it, and how to ensure it fits into your hand luggage without fail. Let’s begin!
Tickets Booked? Here’s what To Wear…
If you are a self-confessed travel junkie like we are, you will, inevitably, have faced more ‘packing panics’ than you care to remember. Budget airlines are a lifesaver for impromptu trips on the cheap, but their baggage requirements? Not so much. Currently, Ryanair does not offer 10kg free luggage allowance anymore but, Jet2 and Flybe still do. Although Easyjet has no weight restrictions for their free allowance as such, they DO specify sizes, making smarter packing solutions an absolute must for trouble-free trips.
Wondering where to start? These 5 outfit combos are our trusted staples for travel:
TRAVEL COMBO NO.1: LEGGINGS WITH DRESSES/SWEATERS
Chillier temperatures mean one thing: learn to love your layering! Leggings are a little like salt and pepper-they go well with absolutely anything and can be adapted to suit every outfit with ease, whilst providing an additional layer to fend of the chill. Our must-have travel combo is leggings paired with a dress or a sweater; the secret is to aim for a plain palette of colours for your leggings (think: black, grey or cream), and let the design of your dress do the talking! What’s more, by combining leggings with a dress for your outfit, you have no need to worry about Windy Autumn days playing havoc with your hemline, and requiring constant adjustments!
TRAVEL COMBO NO.2: A MULTI-PURPOSE DRESS
Dresses may seem like the ultimate Summer staple, but with a little creative ingenuity, they can prove absolutely ace in Autumn as well! Our favourite pieces to prioritise offer the opportunity for complete customisation; we ADORE multi-purpose dresses as they can be sported as daywear…before being totally transformed to a poncho for a night on the tiles. Pack less, accessorise more: make that your mantra for travel!
TRAVEL COMBO NO.3: BOOTCUT JEANS AND A CONVERTIBLE CARDIGAN
For an outfit that’s set to impress this Autumn, the rule of opposites is a sure-fire win. Patterned top? Pair with plain, muted tone trousers. Baggy jumper? Combine with fitted jeans or jeggings for instant impact. Jeans are always a perennial favourite, but if you’re aiming to be out exploring for the best part of the day, stretch denim jeggings fit the bill even better. For chillier days, you can’t go far wrong with a boot cut jeans and convertible cardie combo; you’ll be kept suitably comfy whilst travelling, and more importantly, remain warm enough to truly enjoy your trip without feeling like you’re in serious need of defrosting. What’s more, you can adapt this cardie from daywear staple, to after dark outfit in an instant. Result!
3 final tips to keep your Autumn trips on track:Yep, we’ve saved the best till last! Like Mondays, the thought of packing for travel can dredge up feelings of dread, yet with a little forethought, you can pack like a pro and meet hand luggage requirements without fail. Here’s
TIP 1: MAKE THE MOST OF THE SPACE
Socks and underwear can be easily stuffed into shoes, as can any ziplock toiletry bags once you’re through security. As a general rule, wear your thickest, bulkiest clothes for the journey, and assign your more compact, streamlined items space in your luggage.
TIP 2: STREAMLINE YOUR SHOES
When you absolutely adore your shoes,
but are as equally enthused by travel (we feel your pain!) streamlining your shoe collection can feel like the ultimate sacrifice. Yet for short-haul trips, just 1 pair of comfy trainers and 1 pair of heels should more than suffice.
TIP 3: FAVOUR FLAT PACKING OVER ROLLING
This age-old debate is a perennially popular topic among travellers, and although both packing styles have their merits, flat packing tends to take the top spot. Rolling works well up to a point…until you find your items unravelling of their own accord. We rest our case.
Lots of love Leila and the team
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