What do you wear when travelling? Not to boast or anything, but I think I’ve found the perfect summer travel outfit combination, one that will take you from plane to (rooftop) party. Or, in this case, empty rooftop on a grey, chilly day in Marrakech. It involves a white blouse, ikat trousers and a denim jacket, and once you put it on, you will be unsure whether you’re dressed up or wearing pyjamas. As I said: perfect.
We took these on a lounge rooftop at the Hotel Capaldi, pretty much right after we arrived at the hotel. When you’re constantly jet-setting for very short periods of time, you realise the importance of multi-taskers. Multi-tasking beauty is one thing, and the other is a multi-tasking outfit: one that serves a variety of purposes throughout your trip, necessary when time is short and packing space is limited.
And that’s why picking a travel outfit is so important. I don’t know about you, but I am supremely picky about what this entails. Unless I’m going very long-haul (like Hawaii long-haul), leggings seem too inappropriate (*forever wants to be Grace Kelly on a plane*). But, let’s be real, all my jeans are too tight when I’m stuffing my face and sitting for hours. Wearing a dress just seems, I don’t know, weird, right? Actually, if I’m honest, the thought never even crossed my mind, so let’s pretend that people just don’t wear dresses on a plane.
What does that leave you with? For a while, I would have said nothing, because I just gave in and wore leggings. But then I discovered these ikat trousers from Kirei. They are made of a slightly sturdier cotton/twill material, making them look just a bit sharper than most cotton trousers. But, trust me, they are still oh-so-comfy cotton, perfect for a plane.
The high-waist helps to keep that sharpness, too — as I’ve been discovering recently, high-waisted anything helps make any outfit look modern and polished. And the ikat print helps elevate what would otherwise be a pair of plain cotton trousers.
If you normally read my blog, you’ll have read how I’m slowly-but-surely veering into the world of Non-Denim. Linen trousers, loose cotton trousers (post coming soon featuring my fave) and now these dressier ones. I don’t know how I’ve missed out on this world before, but I’m so happy I’ve discovered it.
What else is in this summer travel outfit? I’ve been wearing this boho blouse from Urban Outfitters on repeat. It is the perfect cropped (ish) top for People Who Don’t Do Cropped Tops. Like yours truly. Think of it more as a complimentary biscuit to your high-waisted bottoms. It is also the best boho summer blouse, and I’ve been wearing it quite literally for every occasion since I bought it.
Even though it’s summer, plane temps and The Gods of Weather are not our friends, so I’d always recommend a jacket. A denim one goes perfectly with cotton trousers and dresses, which is why it’s my go-to travel jacket. I spoke about how great it is for Marrakech in my ‘What to Pack for Marrakech’ post, but it’s just a handy jacket to have in general.
A pair of slides are easy to take off on a plane (am I the only one who does that?), are comfy as hell but also look modern and stylish enough to go out when landing. And that’s the theme here: pieces that can take you from tired to comfy to
And that’s the theme here: pieces that can take you from tired to comfy to fun day out to night. The perfect summer travel outfit.
IKAT TROUSERS | KIREI
WHITE BLOUSE | URBAN OUTFITTERS
DENIM JACKET | LEVI’S
JUTE BAG | MANGO (SOLD OUT; ALSO LOVE THIS ONE)
SLIDES | H&M (OLD; SIMILAR)
SUNGLASSES | RAY-BAN