Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Travel Chic

I had a marvelous visit to Houston this last weekend--full of brunches and really good cocktails and dear, dear friends.

But in the airport, I found myself thinking less about my destinations and more about the appearance of the travelers around me. I believe there are two pitfalls to be avoided when traveling: the schlubby look and the "business trip" look. Both are equally awful, though if I had to pick one, I'd probably pick the former.

So here is my list of must-haves to give your fellow travelers something nice to look at:

Colorful and well-made luggage (NOT dripping with logos, please)
Neat and comfortable clothes--a slightly conservative chic is best here
Shoes that are easy to get off and on!
No more than ONE electronic device glued to your face
A big smile--whether you're enjoying your trip or not, you WILL stand out in the misery.

For example, for my trip from Houston back home, I wore a white, lace-trimmed tank top; a black pencil skirt; a brown ruched short-sleeve shrug; and a string of pearls. Neat, chic, comfortable.

The best male attire I saw in the airport was a gentleman distinguished by his unrestrained curly hair, a well-cut jacket, jeans, a button-down shirt, and a pair of very stylish ankle boots.

So why not? It's not hard to stand out with a unique style amid a bunch of people in jeans, sweatshirts, and chinos. And you just might cheer up a fellow traveler.

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