Travel in Style: What to Pack (and What to Leave Home)

Here, the scoop on your in-flight ensemble and what to wear once you're there.

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Look Good on Arrival

1 Day-to-Night Top The graphic print will look crisp, even after a long journey; the mesh fabric is sweat-proof and won’t wrinkle.

Pendleton Woolen Mills nylon blouse, $98; Sizes up to XL. Pono by Joan Goodman resin necklace, $325; 866-336-7666 for stores. White + Warren cashmere wrap, $295; whiteandwarren​.com.


2 Roomy Maxi Skirt Hallelujah for cotton knit! It’s versatile enough for poolside sitting, sightseeing and eating out.

Eileen Fisher silk-­cotton jersey skirt, $258; Sizes up to 3X. Kelsi dagger leather sandals, $49; kelsi​


3 Lightweight bag It will hold all your essentials plus a camera and will give you no shoulder pain at day’s end. The plastic-coated fabric can be wiped clean.

Echo polyurethane purse, $78; Clava leather pouch, $26;


4 All-temp blazer Hear us loud and clear: Flexible, breathable, machine washable—cotton knit is the friendliest travel fabric. Go for a jacket, which adds a note of polish.

Uniqlo cotton blazer, $70; 877-486-4756. Sizes up to XL. Nautica linen sweater, $59; Sizes up to XL.


5 Keep-cool denim This pair (in the season’s hottest color) is featherweight and downright airy—and has the gift of added stretch. For a dressier look, add a feminine blouse.

Ivanka Trump stretch cotton jeans,$95; Sizes up to 16. Brahmin coated canvas laptop case,$295;


6 Jazzy flats No need to pack heels when you have skimmers that look this good. Wear them all day long and into the evening—your feet will thank you.

Tkees leather flats,$100; La Mer collections leather and stainless steel watch, $88;

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What Doesn't Travel Well

1. Pleated skirts After they’re smashed in your bag? Not so much.


2. Heavily beaded anything The embellishment will snag every other fabric it’s packed with.


3. Evening wear Annoying, but ... if it’s full length, carry it on in a garment bag.


4. Too many shoes Yes, we all need choices, but make them before you go—the weight might tip you into paying a fee. (Those towering wedge sandals you love? Wear ’em, don’t pack ’em.)

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Trekking with the Stars: Eva Longoria

A knit maxi dress feels good from lift off to landing; the black is both slimming and stain-proof. The universal donor: a hobo bag that’s great for day and also works as a carry-on.


Trekking with the Stars: Jennifer Aniston

Her travel look is all about layers—ideal for changing climates and chilly plane air. The pointy-toed heels and the shrunken leather jacket amp up the cool factor.

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Trekking with the Stars: Tyra Banks

She opts for chic, plane-ready grays: dark, medium and light. The topper: a ­wrinkle-proof trench that goes from day to night with style. Her bag, darker on the bottom, can withstand the stains and spills that are inevitably part of travel.


Trends come and go, but these clothes and accessories are forever.


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Originally published in the June 2012 issue

Share Your Thoughts!


Sarah 06.22.2012

Cute flats and sandals are vacation essentials! I just bought a few pairs of cute sandals from CL by Laundry that are perfect for my Hawaiian vacation.

Sarah 06.22.2012

Cute flats and sandals are vacation essentials! I just bought a few pairs of cute sandals from CL by Laundry that are perfect for my Hawaiian vacation.

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