Traveling is taxing enough. There's the itinerary-planning, the navigating, and all the stressful coordination amongst your finnicky, fickle-minded group. That being said, the least you should worry about is your wardrobe. Although everyone wants to look on point wearing the latest trends, honestly, the best travel wardrobe you could ever put together consists of simple pieces. Trust us, even the most well-heeled jetsetters and discerning fashion girls relish the idea of easy-to-curate yet stylish outfits whilst traveling.
Below, we list down the ultimate essentials for effortless style that makes for even better travels. Enjoy!
1. White T-shirt
Jersey T-shirt, P299, H&M, hm.com
The plain white T-shirt will be your go-to building block for all your outfits. It can be dressed up or dressed down, and you'll still look put together. Just make sure to accessorize accordingly if you want to elevate the outfit.
2. Black Trousers
Women EZY Satin Ankle Pants, P1290, UNIQLO, uniqlo.com
The most versatile pair of black trousers in this case would be cigarette pants a.k.a. slim black trousers. Ensure that the fit isn't too skin-tight or else it would limit your outfit options (because no one wants to think you're wearing black skinny jeans). If you'll be having semi-formal events during your trip, black trousers is an easy way to instantly look chic.
Straight Crop Jeans, P1295, MANGO, mango.com.ph
Simple and easy to wear, jeans will be your fallback for any casual occasion, and it makes for really comfortable traveling.
4. Black Blazer
Black suit blazer, P3595.50, TOPSHOP, zalora.com.ph
Best for any occasion, a sleek black blazer is a foolproof way to upgrade any outfit. Throw it on top of that white T-shirt and jeans and call it a day. It even moonlights as a semi-formal jacket should a special event come up.
5. Camel Coat
Masculine Coat, P7595, ZARA, zara.com
If you'll be traveling to cold climates, a camel-colored coat will be a piece on rotation during your trip. The nude color will easily go with any of your looks and won't overpower your actual outfit underneath.
Women Soft Knitted Fleeced Cardigan, P990, UNIQLO, uniqlo.com
As with the coat, a cardigan in neutral colors like black, white, and gray will be your best bet. Compared to a bulky sweater or jacket, cardigans fold easy and can be stashed in your bag for chilly emergencies.
7. Black Skirt
Bell-Shaped Skirt, P1490, H&M, hm.com
Whether you're into pencil skirts, mini skirts, midi skirts, or pleated ones with pockets, what matters here is the color black, which you can mix and match with other items in your wardrobe and still look chic.
8. Sleeveless Top
3-pack jersey strappy tops, P799, H&M, hm.com
Make sure you bring a sleeveless top for hotter days or dressier occasions that call for a little skin exposure. Here are some ideas: You can bring a camisole, which can be worn alone or on top of your white T-shirt. You can also bring a tank top, which can be dressed down with jeans or dressed up with a pleated black skirt. The options are endless!
9. Black Dress
Dolman sleeve dress, P1995, MANGO, mango.com
You've heard this before but let us repeat it just for the sake of it: A little black dress is timeless. You cannot argue with Coco Chanel. Once you have it on, it's just a matter of selecting footwear and accessories, which depend on the nature of the activity or occasion.
10. Denim Jacket
Women denim oversized jacket, P1990, UNIQLO, uniqlo.com
There's something about denim that just upgrades any look. If you're tired of that blue-hued denim jacket of yours though, might we suggest something darker? An indigo-colored one or one in raw denim is perfect and will make your outfit look more put-together.
11. White Button-down
Fitted boyfriend shirt in Oxford, P1950, GAP, gap.com.ph
While the white T-shirt is an all-around piece, it's reserved only for casual occasions. The white button-down, however, is the ultimate contender when it comes to versatility. Whether you're going shopping or heading to a fancy dinner, this piece makes you look effortlessly classy.
12. Black Turtleneck
Stand collar T-shirt, P995, MANGO, mango.com
Now, this one's perfect for those heading out to cool-climed destinations. Not only does this keep you warm, but the black turtleneck is also a cool piece you can incorporate into any outfit and get away with repeating over and over again.
13. White Sneakers
Base Shoes, P2800, ADIDAS, adidas.com.ph
Whether they're worn with jeans, skirts, trousers, or dresses, white sneakers have the uncanny ability to complete any outfit and allow you to walk around comfortably, too.
Leather cowboy-heel ankle boots with metal trim, P6995, ZARA, zara.com
If white sneakers are for days of intese traveling, boots are more for "chill" days of going around the mall, eating out, or visiting museums. Think of it as the more stylish older sister of basic white sneakers with a little more fashion cred.