There’s an art to traveling in style and it starts with your carry on bag. Use these tips the next time youlook for the perfect bag.
Choose a bag that is well constructed so it can handle the weight of the items you plan to put in it. Nothing is worse than having a bag malfunction because you put too much weight in a bag that wasn’t built to withstand it. I speak from experience on this one. A year ago I had a handle break on my carry on bag. Not fun!
The most important part of the bag is the handle. Too thin and it will dig intoyourshoulder leaving you wishing you left it at home. Look for a bag with a thick strap that feels comfortable and sturdy. The best situation is a bag with both a shoulder strapandhandles.
Know the measurements of your must-have carry on items. For instance if you always travel with your laptop be sure to measure your laptop and the width of your potential bag before purchasing it.
Choose a color that goes with everything. Space is valuable on a trip so most of the time your carry on bag can double as your day bag once you’ve reached your destination. I love a tan bag or even a great colored bag in a color like purple, red, or yellow.

This past weekend, I flew to Kentucky for a dear friend’s wedding.  I enjoy traveling and especially like the time it affords me to sit and people watch.  Airports offer some of the best and most diverse people watching.  I saw some interesting style choices and spent some time wondering how some of my fellow passengers would fair running for their gate in their ridiculously high heels.  In my experience I have found that traveling guarantees a few things.  You need some sort of shoe that you can walk in, sometimes run in, and can be removed easily at security, layered clothing that combats the often frigid air temperatures of the plane, and a great outfit that provides comfort and style throughout your journey.  There are three essential wardrobe pieces that can comfortably get you to your destination in style.


Trench Coat  A great structured jacket, like a trench coat will always give you a put together look.  It looks great over anything, covers wrinkles or stains you may have acquired along the way, and can act as a pillow, a blanket, or a layer of warmth.  No matter the climate you live in or plan to visit, there is a trench coat that can be a versatile addition to your wardrobe.


Pashmina/Wrap  Pashminas come in a million colors and fabrics.  They are handy for travel because they can serve as a blanket or a pillow during travel and function as a stylish wrap on a chilly night during your vacation.  You can also use them to wrap breakable souvenirs on your return trip.


Stylish & Comfortable Shoes  Give your feet a break and choose shoes that provide comfort and style for your travel.  Your shoes should be able to be removed and put back on easily at security and shouldn’t hinder an emergency sprint to your gate. 


For more travel tips or help with packing the right wardrobe on your next journey contact the Charleston Style Concierge.

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