Travel Style – Fall 2013

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NastyGal sweater, J Brand jeans, Julie Vos scarf c/o,
Chromatic Gallerie flats c/o, Dagne Dover tote c/o

Pigs are flying (well, I wish they were).  I finally managed to get an outfit post up, after a long hiatus.

But I have a good explanation.  I promise!

I’ve wanted to refocus the purpose of outfit posts for a long time now.  Putting up personal style posts for the sake of showing off my outfits was never something I intended to do.  And after two years of including such posts on a regular basis, I was feeling a little burnt out by it.  I want every post on this blog to be purposeful, and posting random pictures of outfits I wear didn’t quite meet that criteria.

I’ve also fallen off the workout wagon this summer and fall, and don’t feel great.  Which manifests itself into any pictures I attempted to take over the summer.

Forthcoming outfit posts will be focused on two categories – travel style and work style.  Both categories feel authentically me (if I’m not traveling or heading to a meeting, you can find me in ratty Adidas track pants and a overwashed American Apparel tee – nothing that needs to be shown on le blog), and serve a purpose for you as you navigate the style challenges in those spaces.

So, travel style.  I stick with a uniform of skinny jeans, a loose top, flats, scarf, and a highly organized tote.  I wore a variation of this outfit here, when I flew out to India.  I wore this exact outfit on Sunday night when I flew out to Frankfurt.  And you can believe I’ll wear it again next month when my husband and I fly to Shanghai for our long-awaited vacation.

I have to thank Roxy for sharing this sweater with me – I promptly purchased it after posting her ERW feature, and get compliments constantly whenever I wear it when I travel.  Crazy comfortable, and flattering for disguising the post-flight bloat.  This outfit also works for “time-of-the-month” days and “I have to leave the house but don’t want to get dressed” occasions.

I’d love to know – what is your travel uniform?  Do you opt for stylish comfort, or one or the other?  COMMENT below and let me know!

Disclosure – I know there’s a lot of gifted items in this post, but these are all items that I wear constantly and would have purchased on my own.  The flats?  Feel like walking on air.  The bag?  Genius design and my go-to bag for long days running around the city as well.  The scarf?  The softest, warm without being stifling piece that I can’t get enough of.  All are up and coming brands that I’m thrilled to partner with and support – I hope you do the same!

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Photography by Victoria McGinley

  • Tanvi

    That scarf is beautiful!!!

  • Oh Hitha, you’ve done it again…another great post. I like this post. It’s great to have ideas on what to wear when traveling. My uniform is skinnies, flats or boots and oversize sweater and don’t forget the scarf. All bring that along in case I get chilly on the place. Look forward to seeing more posts like this!

  • Ree @ The Downtown Dreamer

    I completely agree, Hitha! I have a similar sweater and it’s a dream to travel with. Comfort is number 1 for me when traveling. A comfortable (yet stylish) sweater and a scarf are my “must-haves”.

    – Ree
    http://www.thedowntowndreamer.blogspot.ca/

  • Delilah Panio

    Great post, Hitha! I have a similar travel uniform – jeans (because they are the bulkiest and take up too much room in the carry-on), layers of trendy T + soft wrap sweater + scarf or pashmina (which doubles as my blanket on the plane) + wedges (still comfy but I’m short so like some height) + often a hat for those “it’s too early in the morning to do my hair” or “I’m heading home and am exhausted” flights.

  • I have a similar travel uniform, but I usually wear leggings instead of jeans. Living in Hawaiʻi means that most of my flights are pretty long, and leggings are more comfortable for sleeping on the plane. I also sometimes wear ankle booties — slightly more dressy, plus I don’t have to pack them. I usually take them off and sub them for socks once I get on the plane. If I have to do any significant walking, either on a layover or when I land, I might pack flats in my carry-on.

  • I love seeing your style, but I also understand the rationale behind your vision for the blog to be purposeful. Personally, I come here (because I love you/r blog and also) because I really enjoy your narratives about smart travel and career building. Seeing what you’re wearing is just a nice change of pace every now and again/added bonus (because I’m a creep). :)

    Hope to see you IRL SOON! Safe travels in the meantime, love. xo

  • Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    Lovely! This is the perfect travel look – I cannot live without an easy-to-get-into tote & a pashmina when I travel. Keep up the great work! <3

  • This is effectively what I plan on wearing on the plane when we take off in less than a month. Since we are going somewhere hot I will have a lighter layer underneath and room in my tote to stuff that sweater. Also my scarf I plan on wearing will be able to double as a pareo.

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  • LOVE your scarf!!!!