Editor's Picks: The Essential Travel Clothes for Women
There’s no such thing as an ideal wardrobe — one woman’s dream closet is another’s personal fashion hell. So when it came to determining the ultimate travel wardrobe, we decided to go a little conceptual.
You can’t go wrong with the seasonal pieces here (at least in our humble fashion editors’ opinions), but if they’re not quite in keeping with your tastes, think of this as a template for the ideal travel capsule wardrobe — it’s stylish, functional, and can stand up to whatever your journey has in store.
Check out the full line-up of 2017’s Ultimate Travel Essentials.
The cardinal rule of leisure travel is to keep one great swimsuit packed at all times, regardless of your intention to go swimming — you never know when you’ll stumble upon an inviting pool.
To buy: eresparis.com, $470
Olivia von Halle Lila Six Pajamas
This silk set is breezy and cool at bedtime, but the patterned top looks is chic enough to be easily dressed up for daytime wear.
To buy: oliviavonhalle.com, $460
Brock Collection Kathleen Sweater
Cozy up on the plane in this slouchy cashmere pullover. Ribbed edging and drop shoulders keep it on the right side of the line between understated and uninteresting, and the dusty rose hue feels romantic — and a little bit retro.
To buy (similar color): neimanmarcus.com, $1,890
Majestic Filatures Soft Touch Tee
A breezy fabric elevates this basic crew neck. Though, fair warning: wear it once and you'll want to buy one in all eight muted, easy-to-wear shades.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $120
Khaite Vanessa High-rise Slim-leg Jeans
Meet your next pair of wear-it-anywhere denim. The high-rise cut hits right at the slimmest part of the waist, and an above-ankle crop sets the stage for limitless footwear options — plus it's just the right shade of blue.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $320
Lacoste Gabardine Trench
What's not to love? This caramel-colored trench is functional, classic, and goes with everything. Bonus points for a detachable hood and clever pocket detailing.
To buy: lacoste.com, $425
Dolce & Gabbana Opticals
These tortoise specs are shaped to flatter every face.
To buy (similar style): lenscrafters.com, $300
Hermès Fringed Scarf
Change up the drape on this cashmere-silk-blend scarf to take it from jaunty to ethereal. A contrasting frame in primary colors gives the textured gray an added jolt of personality.
To buy: hermes.com, $590
Protagonist Classic Slip Dress
Trust us: this gunmetal silk stunner will prove to be your most versatile piece. Layered atop a white T-shirt and paired with sporty trainers, it’s '90s cool; alone with heeled mules, it's a slinky going-out look.
To buy: goop.com, $450