Travelling used to be the kind of thing you dressed for – and I don’t mean dressing for comfort. To be fair, travelling (and especially flying) was something that relatively few people could afford back in the 1960s. Travel was glamorous and best complemented by a sharp-looking outfit. In fact, failing to dress well while you travelled was something of a contradiction in styles – akin to wearing formalwear to the gym. No one would dream of doing that.
But these days, travel is increasingly something you dress down for. (We’ve all seen a velour sweat suit or two in line for the security check at the airport.) It begs the question, whatever happened to well-dressed travel?
Thankfully, dressing for travel is not a dead art. Some experts even say it’s making a comeback. Okay – to be fair, 1950s vintage dress is making a comeback in general, as recently reported by The Telegraph. If you need to reassure yourself, look no further than the glut of highly successful, big television series that take place in the early to mid-20th century – Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey, just to name a few.
Dressing for Travel Once You’re Out of Transit
When you’re travelling, there’s more to consider than just what you are going to wear when you are on the airplane (or train, cruise ship, etc.). You also have to consider what to wear on the ground. People who do a lot of travelling (or travel for an extended period or across a large geographical swathe) end up encountering a diverse line-up of climates and weather conditions.
Dressing for situations like this requires a bit more planning. In this case, the best thing you can do is look to at the country clothing at Trekwear or a similar outdoor clothing company. Outfitters like this have perfected the art of well-dressed travel, especially when there is an outdoor element involved. Many of the garments they deal in are adaptable and can be modified on the fly to adjust for warmer / cooler / wetter weather.
The idea here is to maintain high fashion and high function at the same time. To be fair, country sport clothing has become very fashionable over the past few years, so maintaining the high-fashion edge is easier than ever for outfitters.
Take outdoor jackets and coats, as an example. When you are on the road or travelling by plane, you’ll want a jacket that looks good and can serve multiple purposes so that you do not have to bring more than one with you – especially given the enthusiasm with which airlines are charging for extra weight in your baggage.
Tweed jackets, quilted jackets and field jackets are all as functional as they are fashionable, and they serve a very important role for travellers. Better yet, you probably won’t mind wearing this in the cool airplane cabin. You save space in your carryon, weight in your checked luggage and – best of all – look like a person who knows the value of well-dressed travel.
Author: Zoe Ferguson writes blog posts and articles for Trekwear Ltd, one of the largest online retailers in UK offering various kinds of skiing and country clothing at Trekwear, like jackets, boots, and fleeces for both adults and children.