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When it comes to fashionable traveling clothes, most peoples’ advice is to pack light, but packing light isn’t always easy when you want to dress nicely. It usually involves some battle over clothing that’s functional and great for site-seeing versus clothing that’s fashionable and so perfect for dinners, going out, and you know, looking pretty. Luckily for us, these travel bloggers who travel frequently are a pro at packing both functional and fashionable clothes. Check out what clothing for travel they never leave home without on their adventures around the world.
1. Little Black Travel Dress
Photos by Megan
Megan of Bobo and Chichi loves her little black travel dress because she can dress it up or down and even wear it plain. She changes up the look of it by adding a kimono, sweater, pantyhose, or layers it with literally just about anything. It’s even versatile when it comes to footwear! She wears her comfortable Vans, sandals, and booties with her little black dress depending on where she is.
Check out these easy to dress up, down, and around little black dresses to pack.
2. Combat Boots
Both Mika of the Seoul Child and I agree that our combat boots are our must-pack fashion item for any trip. They’re comfortable enough to walk around on Europe’s cobblestone streets all day long and are lightweight. On the flip side, they look great with just about anything from dresses to shorts and can easily convert into nighttime bar and club apparel. Depending on how you dress up your boots, you can even wear them to dinner!
Mika is a fan of the Dr. Marten brand while I like these combat boots that have a little pocket for my cash. Style + function + security in One = Ultimate Winner!
3. Colorful Skirt
Diana’s Instagram is full of colorful, flowing outfit inspiration. Follow her!
Diana is a fan of packing a long, colorful skirt especially because of its potential to give a photo the extra pop it needs. Besides how pretty it looks in photos though, long skirts are great for any climate because you can easily change up the top, add a jacket or wear stockings underneath.
Check out all these colorful skirts! They come in various colors.
Photos by Amanda
Amanda of the Travelling Blizzards uses her sarong as a wrap around her shoulders, a beach cover-up, a scarf, a top, and a dress! In addition, she’s used it before as a beach towel, shower towel, blanket, and dirty clothes wrap. Is there anything that this sarong can’t be used for?
Check out these multi-purpose sarongs for your next trip! Click through to see other colors.
5. Multi-colored Scarf or Lightweight Shawl
Photo by Star
Star of 87 Pages loves using her bright, multi-colored scarf as a head wrap, cover-up at temples, sarong at the beach, statement accessory for Fashion Week, and even as a picnic blanket! Jennifer of Luxe Adventure Traveler finds that the colorful aspect of it jazzes up any monotonous outfit.
Donna of Nomad Women uses her lightweight shawl just like Star and has even used it as a blanket on the airplane and towel in a pinch. She calls it the best of all possible travel accessories.
Check out these versatile and fashionable shawls.
6. Black Leggings
Photo by the Travel Pockets
Candy of the Travel Pockets always brings a simple pair of lightweight black leggings as part of her clothes for travel. She throws it in her carry-on or in her backpack when she’s out exploring in certain places. If she gets wet or spills something, she has her leggings as backup! If she’s wearing a skirt and gets cold, she throws on her leggings for warmth. Even when she’s not traveling, she always has a pair of black leggings in her car just in case. In addition, Billie of Sante Fe Travelers loves that her pair of black leggings are great for hiking but then can get dressed up for dinner.
Check out these recommendations.
7. Black Bikini
For Sonal of Drifter Planet, her black bikini is like her little black dress. Besides her black tank top, sarong, and bindi, her bikini is a must-pack functional and fashionable clothing item because she’s able to wear it for yoga and at music festivals. On that note, I always recommend packing a bathing suit even when going to cooler climates because you never know when you’ll have the opportunity to go to the sauna, jacuzzi, or even a hot spring!
Check out these recommendations.
8. Plain Dress
Photo by Nina
Nina of Where in the World is Nina loves packing a plain dress as the ultimate functional fashion. There’s no need to mix and match because the dress is the entire outfit but if need be, she throws on leggings to make the outfit warmer or dresses it up with accessories to make it look fancier!
Check out these simple but pretty dresses.
9. Black Top
Photo by Bilyana
Bilyana of Owl Over the World always packs her favorite plain black top ’cause it’s perfect for hiking or dressing up with accessories to wear out at night. On top of being practical, it’s comfortable.
Check out these simple but functional dresses.
10. Lightweight Cargo Jacket
Photos by Samantha
Samantha of There She Goes Again lives in her green cargo jacket from H&M because it’s lightweight and perfect for laying. She’s worn it hiking, wandering around Frankfrut in the winter, and recently in the Atacama Desert. She also likes that it makes her look slimmer compared to her other jackets, which might sound vain, but “when most of your friends are between size 2-4 and you’re a 10 on a good day, it comes in handy.”
Check out some of the jackets we recommend.
11. Chambray Shirt
Allison of Eternal Arrival loves her chambray shirt as it works well layered under a sweater in cold weather, on its own with a skirt or jeans on mild days, and worn open as a light jacket over a dress on hot nights.
See some of our stylish recommendations.
12. Lightweight, Loose Pants
Photo by Claire
Claire of Claire’s Footsteps is all about her baggy hippy pants because they’re lightweight and breezy. This makes it especially good to wear in warmer climates when she needs to cover up or on long bus rides.
Here are some recommendations for stylish but comfortable lightweight pants.
13. Hat With SPF Protection
Michele of a Taste for Travel specializes in traveling to destinations filled with lots of sunshine. Thus, her most important functional but fashionable piece is her Tilley Endurables Shantung Straw Fedora, which has a UPF 50+, an interior pocket for stashing money/ID and packs well.
Here are some recommendations for UPF 50+ hats that fold or roll into your bag easily:
With so many different types of functional yet fashionable clothing, your packing light woes should be next to nothing now! Do you have a functional yet fashionable clothing item? Share with us by commenting below!
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