While the upcoming holiday season is looking to return to a semblance of normalcy, it’s expected to be marked by high demand, prices, and traffic. So the last thing you need to stress about during an already stressful time of year is figuring out what to pack for your next trip.
This is why it’s smart to curate a travel wardrobe, a set of clothing and accessories that punch well above their weight in terms of versatility, flexiblity, and wearability. “Traveling is one of the most enjoyable experiences in our lives, but it can also be full of unforeseen obstacles,” explains Daniella Stach, the Senior Merch Strategy Manager of Quince, a DTC retailer offering high-end apparel, jewelry, and home goods at affordable prices. “Having the right travel wardrobe will make every aspect of your trip easier, from the weight of your suitcase to your personal comfort.” Victor Tam, co-founder of the hip travel accessories and lifestyle brand Monos agrees, and adds, “A travel uniform should also makes you feel confident, so you’re prepared no matter where you’re headed.”
First things first: don’t procrastinate. “Just as you’ve planned your trip in advance, it’s worth planning your packing,” says Tam. “Whether you’re a minimalist or a chronic overpacker, give yourself the time and mental energy to prepare.” Another great tip? Strategize by packing outfits, as opposed to individual items. This way you can “find opportunities where your items can overlap,” comments Stach, who notes this also helps you visualize “a catalog of your outfits” when you get to your destination.
So ahead are five stylish, timeless, and well-made clothing items and accessories to help perfect your travel wardrobe.
Mongolian Cashmere Oversized Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater, $129
Stach recommends pieces made from natural fabrics that are easy to layer, wrinkle-resistant, and can be worn in multiple ways. This cashmere cardigan accomplishes all that. “Its lightness and breathability make it a staple you can keep on rotation year-round,” says Stach. It’s great for throwing on a chilly plane if you’re headed some place warm, and even more practical if you’re headed to a colder destination. Also, the neutral shade flatters all skin tones and complements every outfit imaginable.
Monos Hybrid Carry-On, $325
If you’re been on the hunt for the perfect travel bag, look no further than this Hybrid Carry-On by Monos, the first luggage brand to be Climate Neutral Certified. “We combined the best features of aluminum and polycarbonate luggage to offer the best of both worlds and create a sleek suitcase that stands in a class all its own,” comments Tam of this pick. In addition, it easily closes with just two TSA-approved locks, boasts a durable aluminum frame, and has a shell made from lightweight, aerospace-grade polycarbonate that’s a breeze to clean with dish soap and warm water.
Quince 100% Leather Motorcycle Jacket, $149
Despite the incredible wallet-friendly price, this timeless motorcycle jacket is crafted with high quality, top-grain leather and makes every ensemble imaginable feel more put together. Stach recommends “pairing it with our Performance Leggings and sneakers for a comfortable sightseeing day, or the Silk Slip Dress and heels for dinner out. Biker chic has never looked so good.”
Monos Metro Sling, $80
This modern and roomy crossbody bag from Monos sports a sleek, minimalist silhouette and comes in neutral shades making it the quintessential travel accessory. Other smart features include a carabiner to keep your keychain handy, a discreet back pocket for storing valuable items (like cash and passports), and a wide strap for comfortable, all-day wear. Plus, the vegan leather looks sharp while being cruelty-free.
Quince Washable Silk Skirt, $59.90
Comfortable thanks to a hidden elastic waist and stylish from the bias cut and mulberry silk, the possiblities of this seasonless skirt are endless. (Stach especially loves pairing it with Quince’s cashmere sweaters.) You can also dress it up with heels or down with sneakers, and the lightweight fabric won’t add any weight to your luggage. When you get home, simply toss it into the washer.