If you've ever sat on a cross-country flight in too-tight skinny jeans and a leather jacket, you know that when it comes to traveling, comfort is key. But that doesn't mean you should throw your whole look out the window while you're en route. Whether your personal vibe leans towards classic, boho, athletic, or anywhere in between, a few go-to Holiday travel style tips will keep you totally in check — no matter where you're headed. Being comfortable does not have to mean an old pair of leggings and your college sweatshirt. What if you run into your favorite Pretty Little Liar at LAX and you're wearing the sartorial equivalent of warm cereal? Absolutely not.
Dressing for planes, trains, or even long car rides is all about strategy. Layers, versatile staples, ultra-soft fabrics, some stretch... you get the picture. Adapting your style for cramped spaces and long waits means striking a balance between pieces you love and pieces that will hold up to the journey. We've teamed up with Nordstrom to prove just how doable it is. Even if you're heading straight from the airport to dinner after a five-hour flight, you can do it with the power of luxe knits and streamlined coziness — we promise.
1. Layer, Layer, Layer
Wildfox Holiday List Sweater, $98, Nordstrom
2. Skip The Jeans
Wildfox Basic Track Pants, $78, Nordstrom
3. Make Your Carry-On Efficient
Madewell 'The Transport' Leather Tote, $168, Nordstrom
4. Accessorize Wisely
Wildfox Hibernating Mask, $34, Nordstrom
5. Go For Double-Duty Outerwear
Splendid Waffle Knit Open Front Cardigan, $128, Nordstrom
An oversized cardigan is the perfect travel companion, as it can double as a blanket while you’re en route and fit under your coat before and after. Win-win.
6. Stick To Well-Cut Basics
Splendid X Damsel Cotton Collection Slub Knit Crewneck Tee, $78, Nordstrom
There is no such thing as too many ultra soft t-shirts, and they make the perfect base for any travel look. Layer them up, or wear as-is when you get off the tarmac in Hawaii (we're aiming high, OK?). Tops like these work with everything, and stocking up in all neutrals will truly simplify your life.
7. Be Ready For Anything
B.B. Dakota 'Leighton' Turtleneck Sweater Dress, $108, Nordstrom
OK, so I know it can be stressful to dress for travel when you know you're heading straight to a nice restaurant once you deplane — but it doesn't have to be. A cozy turtleneck sweater dress like this will feel totally plush on the plane, but look effortlessly chic if you don't have time to change right after you land.
This post is sponsored by Nordstrom.