Weekend getaways are a chance to escape the day to day and take a style adventure. When flying is involved, strategic packing is key. Maximizing your air travel experience requires two things: comfort and style. The vast majority of travelers seem to only care about the former. But the way you look absolutely carries with it some added bonuses, from cruising through customs to arriving at the hotel and not appearing like you just got off a plane. Fortunately, there are ways to get the best of both worlds.
To start, choose a light weight, wrinkle resistant (or wool blend) sport coat that will keep you cool and look freshly pressed. The reason I prefer sport coats – like the one I’m wearing – is the cloth's unique ability to breath when its warm yet insulate if it gets cold, with all with a weightless feel. The trousers you chose make all the different in comfort; there are plenty with added stretch that are comfortable enough to sleep in, even on a long flight. Footwear should be your most comfortable pair of loafers that you can slip on and off with ease; a bit of extra space helps with the feet swelling as well. The loafers I’m wearing have been all over the world!
You may want to save time by having an outfit that will transition right from the airport to your day - as I did on this trip - especially if you arrive early morning and hotels rooms aren't generally ready yet. A super soft chambre shirt is the champion in casual elegance, and the perfect shirt as it looks just as cool on its own with the sleeves rolled up, or under a jacket.
If you have a dressy dinner or cocktail event to attend, you want something elevated. For a weekend excursion, a smart move is to go with a jacket that you can dress up, but also wear during the day with a casual ensemble. This could even be the same jacket you wore on the flight.
The jacket worn below is technically designed for summer, but the houndstooth pattern is subtle enough and the wool cloth has enough weight to carry it into September (plus, it was over 35 degrees that weekend). Check out my other article on Stretching A Summer Jacket into Autumn for a double-breasted look.
The beauty of packing a useful sport coat is you can get a 2-for-1 with your outfits. Pick a jacket that you can throw over a t-shirt (see below) or a jumper for site-seeing and strolling around – the pockets will come in handy. The key to making this work is finding a jacket with very little structure and padding for a no-fuss attitude and a more relaxed look. Patch pockets help keep things laid back. Jackets like these area nice alternative to a leather jacket when its a bit warmer.