“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” ~ Jawaharial Nehru
Sometimes it can be hard to know what to wear when exploring a city, traveling, or just a casual day out. Weather can be cool in the morning and hot in the evening. It can be muggy one moment and chilly the next. If you are spending all day away from your house, it doesn’t make it easy to change, especially if Mother Nature is deciding to be a tempestuous beast.
// Maxi robe: LJC Designs // Tank top: Anthropologie // Shorts: J-Crew // Necklace: SeaMilligan Designs // Sunglasses: Tory Burch //
Being a pretty pragmatic gal, (yes even with fashion) My go to outfit when I am exploring or traveling tends to be shorts, a tank, and a long duster sweater.
Layering is always key. You can always take off and put back on. But if you are dressed like the abominable snowman with no layers, it is much harder. No one wants an indecent exposure charge on vacay!
// Hat and camisole: Anthropologie // Shorts: J-Crew // Sweater: White House Black market // Necklace: Kate Spade //
I always start with a flattering camisole or cute tank so if I get hot (which I almost always do!) I can take my sweater or another shirt off and still be comfortable. Being a girly girl I love silk and these camis with adjustable straps from J-Crew are perfect. I am also in love with this lace-up tank from Anthropologie. Bonus it is on sale!
I only became comfortable wearing shorts in the last couple of years and boy am I glad I did! Shorts really are the must have summer essential. Cellulite and body shaming be damned! They are the automatic cool you down on hot summer days. And while I love wearing dresses, shorts make exploring much easier while not having to worry about pulling a Brittany or LiLo whether it is some impromptu hiking, stop drop and yoga, or just wanting to curl up on the train or plane and take a fifteen minute snooze.
I could and sometimes have thrown in a pair of pants into my bag. Usually a pair of white denim to slip on in case the temperatures really decide to drop at night. Generally though I prefer to layer with a long duster sweater like this one from Anthropologie:
// Hat and sweater: Anthropologie // Camisole and Shorts: J-Crew //
Long sweaters are the key to battling fluctuating temps during the summer. If it is long enough, you do not even have to worry about pants because the maxi sweater will amply keep your legs warm. They also make great blankets when traveling. Gone are the days where I am channeling all my flexibility into a cramped pretzel just to huddle under my short denim jacket to keep warm on the arctic plane. And hello girl-spreading under my blanket – I mean sweater.
Another must have to my exploring outfit is a hat. There are multiple purposes to a cute hat.
First and foremost bad hair days. When you are on vacation, you do not want to spend an hour trying to make your hair look cute. Not to mention if your hair is like mine and you are walking miles upon miles and the humidity is high, well giving Hermione Granger a run for her hair money, does not look cute in pictures. Unless you are auditioning for an Aveda commercial then by all means rock the frizz.
// Hat and camisole: Anthropologie //
Hats not only hide the fact you didn’t do your hair in the morning, but also help shield your face from the sun protecting that money maker mug.
The last, but probably most important part of my Travel And Exploration outfit are shoes. I love a good sturdy comfortable pair of flip-flops and Reef provides all the comfort and support I need. That being said, not everyone’s feet can rock the flip-fops. Thus where boat shoes come in. Sperry’s offer support and protection while also being fashionable on a vacation.
What do you wear when traveling and exploring?