Happy Holidays Babes!
Can you believe there’s only six days until Christmas? I sure can’t! I’m super excited because this Saturday we’re traveling to Indiana to visit my grandmother for the holidays, and my aunt, uncle, and one of my cousins will be there too, and I haven’t seen them since high school. The best part is that we’re bringing my dog Frank along, I couldn’t imagine spending a week without him, but the worst part is that we’re DRIVING there, so it’s going to be a long couple of days (but at least I’ll have Frank right?). When on a road trip, it can get kind of cramped in the car, depending on how many people you have, how much stuff you have, and things like that. You can dress however you want, but there’s a few tips I have that will make your car ride a lot more comfortable. If you’re traveling this holiday season, keep reading for a few ways to have a comfy yet stylish trip.
Wear a Jacket with a Zipper instead of a Pullover
I love hoodies, especially the Florida State ones I have, but when in the car on a road trip, pullover hoodies may not be the best thing to wear. To take them off, you have to pull them over your head, messing up your hair, and leaving you unable to see for a couple of brief seconds. Also, you’ll be flailing your arms everywhere, and the shirt you have underneath your hoodie could ride up. By wearing a jacket with a zipper, it’ll be easier to take on and off if you get warm in the car or stop at a rest area along the way. I love this black bomber jacket from Francesca’s that I got a couple of years ago. It’s silky, easy to move in, and keeps me warm. Here is a similar bomber jacket from Macy’s, and here is another similar one from Nordstrom.
Wear Something Loose and/or Easy to Move In
I don’t know about you, but when I’m sitting in cars, or at desks, or anywhere really, I like putting my feet up, sitting criss-crossed, and moving around several times so I can be comfortable. You know what’s not comfortable? Having to pull your pants up every two seconds because they’re riding down, or constantly itching your arm because you’re wearing an itchy sweater.
By wearing something loose and/or easy to move in, you won’t be eager for the car ride to be over. On the first day of my family’s road trip, I’m going to be wearing these gray, black, and pink leggings from PINK. They fit me perfectly, and I could easily do a split in them if I wanted to. PINK has a great selection of yoga pants and leggings, and you can find them here.
I’m going to be pairing these leggings with this light pink Lion King long sleeve from Kohl’s, along with this black velvet cap from the BCBG outlet. This Lion King shirt is soft, comfy, and it’s a little big, so I have room to roll up the sleeves if I wanted to. Plus, there’s no annoying little embellishments such as sequins or studs that will get in the way of a comfortable car ride.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
If you’re looking to break in the cute new boots you got at DSW on Black Friday, a road trip is not the time to do it. A lot of times, when you break in new shoes, they leave painful blisters on your feet. The last thing you want is to be waddling around at the Starbucks you stop at for a quick coffee break, or at the rest stop you stop at to go to the bathroom.
If it were me, I wouldn’t wear sneakers either, I personally like my feet to breathe and they just can’t do that if I’m wearing tennis shoes for eight hours straight. But, since it is getting colder, sandals probably aren’t a good option either, you don’t want your toes to freeze. However, you could wear some comfortable fuzzy socks with a pair of sporty slides, so that way your feet are warm and they’ll be able to breathe. I love these Adidas slides, when I had to wear my lacrosse uniform in to school on game day in high school, I would always wear these slides with (usually mis-matching) socks. They’re comfortable, easy to walk in, and you can easily slip your foot in and out if you want to sit in a funky way. I can’t remember where I got mine, but Dick’s Sporting Goods, Academy Sports, or any sports store is bound to have a pair.
Also, if you’re in need of some cute socks, I saw some really cute ones at Old Navy (even though I hate Old Navy), and the shoe store Journey’s tends to always have really cute socks too. Another good thing about wearing socks with slides is that if you have to get out of the car and there is snow, you can easily put on a pair of boots. And, if you’re traveling south, you can always take the socks off if it gets too warm.
When you’re driving through different states and cities for hours at a time, the weather is bound to change. One minute, you could be all cozy with the heat on in your car, but when you get out at a rest stop, it could be FREEZING. This is why you should layer up. By having layers, you’ll be able to adjust to any weather changes along the way, outside and in the car.
And, it goes both ways too. You may be traveling north, like me, this season, where it obviously gets colder as you go up, but every year there’s tons of people that travel south to get away from the cold. If said travelers are traveling from, let’s say, Maine to Florida, it’ll obviously get warmer as you go down. You may start with maybe two jackets, but by the time you reach Georgia, you’re probably only going to want one.
The first layer should be some sort of tank top, either spaghetti strap or other, the second layer can be a short sleeve shirt, but if you’re afraid of looking bulky, you can skip right to the third layer, which is a long sleeve shirt. If you’re having trouble putting something together, you can wear a shirt over a tank top and wear a flannel over it, either opened or buttoned up, and then, if you get warm, you can always take the flannel off and tie it around your waist. You can also wear a sweater vest or puffer vest over a long sleeve shirt, and again, if you get warm, you’re able to take off the vest.
Well, that’s about it Babes. I hope you enjoy these tips and find them helpful in your travels this season. Remember: jackets with a zipper, clothing that’s loose and/or easy to move in, comfortable shoes, and layer. Where are you traveling to for Christmas? Let me know in the comments! And as always, leave any tips, suggestions, concerns, or anything else down below, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@x.stylebabe.x) and subscribe to my YouTube channel!