So we’ve helped kit you out for a beach-bootyful summer getaway. Now lets ensure you arrive in style as you hot-foot it across the globe.
Dressing-down for long-haul flights is one of the greatest fashion faux pas. There is no reason to arrive at a lavish resort looking like a frump. Take on board our easy travel tips that will help you achieve the VVIP look. Who says you can’t dress the part, even if you are flying coach!
Let’s begin with what lies beneath. Though under cover, getting your underwear right is crucial. Lacey lovelies are a no-no. Not only are they itchy, they also dig into your flesh. Not ideal for long journeys spent in your seat. Try cotton for comfort. If this conjures images of granny pants for any of you – think again. Calvin Klein has long since altered the image of basic undergarments. Picture a topless Kate Moss straddling an equally delicious Mark Wahlberg in that hard-hitting ad campaign. Or maybe the new face of CK Freddie Ljunberg’s come-hither eyes can convert you. What has me hooked is the versatile bra with straps that adjust to suit the style of top you are wearing.
As for your jet-setting ensemble: steer clear of anything that will crease or cramp your style. Soft denim bottoms are a stylish solution. High-waisted flares are fast replacing skinnies as the hot new favourite. For a simple touch of class, add a short-sleeved blouse, tucked in of-course! A chunky belt will finish off the look nicely. If white is too hellish to consider (turbulence and coffee spills in mind), try matching your denims with bold coloured smock-tops. Tara Jarmon has a cute multi-coloured version and if its sleeveless brights you want, check out our find at Principles.
Instead of packing bulky must-haves like your wedges and summer jacket, wear them on departure instead. I am sticking with my guns and going for the Chanel Python (see Shopping Adventures: Summer Getaway) and simply cannot resist the Patton jacket Malene Birger. It certainly gives that extra bit of shimmer, in line with the metallic trend.
Now that you have the killer combo, don’t let yourself down at the last minute. There is nothing more defeating then leaving for a holiday in a foul mood.
Be sure to gather all your important documents (passport, ticket, reservation confirmation, insurance) a couple of days in advance. Start packing early too. Handy tips to remember: storing clothing in dry-cleaners plastic bags will help avoid excessive crinkling. Rumour has it that rolling clothes is a space-saver. Not true. Folding is best. Store your toiletries in Ziploc bags in case of spillage. Try and keep what you pack to a minimum. You’ll need some space for all the shopping you’ll do!
The ultimate in travel accessories is a matching luggage set. As not all of us can afford to splash out on Louis Vuitton, why not try alternate brands that are equally fabulous. The Bric’s Bojola range oozes sophistication and will last a lifetime. For an edgier innovative design try the Samsonite Graviton range with its metallic light-weight finish. Or why not go for retro fun with Orla Kiely’s vinyl car print bags?
Ooze sophistication with Bric’s (From £100 at Selfridges)
Arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare. Lounging with a skinny hot choc or chilling with a frappe will ease you into your journey. For an instant mood-lifter, browse the duty-free shops. There’s nothing better to get you all revved up then a duty-free designer bargain.
There are also a few indulgent treats you can pack in advance to keep your spirits soaring. Flats are recommended for flying. If you’re like me and not willing to sacrifice the lift your heels offer, slip a pair of Holistic Silk slippers in your carry-on. They are beautifully made with the added benefit of giving you an in-flight foot massage!
Keep your skin hydrated – drink lots of water and moisturise regularly. Beauty therapist Rugyah Jakoet recommends packing eye gel, “Visit elemis.com for their awesome eye range, especially eye serum. Dermalogica Total Eyecare is excellent too. If you are short on time to shop before-hand, stop at The Body Shop in duty-free. They have some good products too.”
Getting rest, especially during ‘night’ time on any flight will keep you fresh and help reduce the effects of jet lag. Change your watch to the time at the destination once you board. Your body clock will start to slowly adjust as you check time during travel. Bring along Martin & Barnett’s luxurious travel pillow for sleep fit for a princess. Be sure to get some shut eye with a lavender eye-mask, also by Holistic Silk. It will block out the light and eliminate any unpleasant odours that may waft your way.
Aside from these essential items for your travel survival kit, it is also recommended that you pack a change of clothes in your carry-on. Considering the tight restrictions on luggage nowadays, is this really possible? And how can you make it fit in both your budget and your bag?
Find out next week in Shopping Adventures: The Carry-on Challenge.