Well, here in California, winter is finally beginning. Thanks to these first glimpses of winter, I’ve been having fun with the layers, textures, and colors of winter outfits. Here are my choices for what to pack for winter travel this season:
1) Comfortable yet fitted pants
Perfect corduroy pants: My favorite pants of the season are the high-rise skinny cords from J. Crew. They are soft, fit great, and come in a range of either dark or bright colors; I have the forest green ones.
Perfect slim fit, high rise jeans: I love the high rise of jeans these days because they show off the waist and keep everything feeling tucked in. The fit and fabric of the Madewell and J. Crew ones are nice. I pair them with a flannel or a chambray shirt, a scarf, and an oversized cardigan sweater for an easy day look.
I bring two scarves, a thin one for everyday use and a thick one for extra cold days–this is a great choice for winter–but I would love to have one of these gorgeous travel-inspired scarves from Bird & Knoll ($214).
Winter colors tend toward black, navy, wine, and forest green, but an easy way to add some style and pizazz to your winter travel wardrobe is to add color. This scarf from Boden, this winter look from J.Crew, or this one from Madewell are colorful favorites.
3) Black leather riding boots
My secret to finding good boots for travel is to choose flat boots, buy them a 1/2 size up, and wear them with cushy socks and good insoles (a life saver!). These Franco Sarto Cecilia boots are my most comfortable riding boot, perfect for winter travel.
My favorite sweaters of this season are long cardigans that can be worn over layers and are big enough to hide extra winter pounds. 🙂 I love the J. Crew long wool cardigans.
And I always carry a small cashmere sweater with me–it can be worn under another sweater for extra warmth and is small enough to stuff into a bag when not needed. I especially love the cozy, high-quality cashmere from Everlane. For something less expensive but colorful, check out these basic, inexpensive wool sweaters and these turtleneck sweaters in an array of colors from J. Crew.
Or how about a cape scarf that can be carried in your bag and then pulled on for an extra layer of warmth?
5) Cold weather bottoms
To stay warm on the road, get yourself a pair of fleece lined leggings. They do triple duty as pajamas, a warm layer under pants, and warm tights under a skirt or dress…yes, wearing these means you can wear a skirt in the winter because they look just like tights!
6) Other essentials:
I layer everything with one of these tanks, which I wear day and night for a little extra warmth. My favorite comfy clothes are these modern takes on the sweatshirt and sweatpants from J. Crew. I bring them to wear in the hotel or even as warm pjs.
L.L. Bean’s down outerwear is a good choice because they are warm and water and wind resistant, yet they don’t take up much space. The down sweater can even be bunched up and stored in its own pocket.
A classic crossbody purse:
The perfect overnight bag:
I was fortunate to win one of these overnight bags from Lo and Sons during the holiday giveaway on Aviators and a Camera. The price might seem high, but when a bag is this functional and nice looking, it would be money well spent.
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What are your favorite pieces this season? What do you pack for winter travel?