Even for those of us who go through life looking pretty put together, looking stylish while traveling is a challenge, to say the least. You’re battling physical labor (see maneuvering overweight luggage on an escalator), chaotic security checkpoints and worst of all, uncomfortable long-haul flights and jet-lag. Rachel Zoe somehow always manages to swan in and out of airports looking flawless, so it makes sense that one of the recent #askrachelanything questions we received pertained to looking chic en route. Here, we got her to break down the essentials she swears by.
“It goes without saying that you’re likely to be cold and tired on any plane. I never board without an oversized blanket scarf which can be tossed in a carryon bag until I’m seated, which means I’ll be cozy in flight, but my actual outfit doesn’t look sloppy when I’m in transit. My go-to outfit formula is a variation of jeans with a little stretch, a soft knit sweater or tee and either a big fuzzy coat or a leather jacket depending on the climate. It’s important to wear shoes you can walk in. For me, that means heeled ankle boots, but if you prefer a flat, a good rule is to opt for a slip on ankle boot or a loafer in a dark color so as to keep the overall look chic.”
“No matter how short the flight your skin is going to be parched by the recycled air. At the very least I like to travel with a hydrating mist or face oil to seal in as much moisture as possible. If I’m on a longer flight, I’ll bring makeup wipes to remove makeup before applying a nourishing, brightening serum. Next I’ll use either a face balm or an oil to seal in moisture, which is typically less frightening to other passengers than a sheet mask.”
“Accessories for me are key. How does anyone travel without sunglasses? They hide exhaustion and a lack of makeup. A polished bag and a belt—to cinch an oversized knit or coat or make jeans look more sleek—works wonders. I also like to keep a tinted lip balm or sheer lipstick on hand because one swipe instantly brightens your face and makes you look more alive, plus a sheer formula means you don’t need a mirror and it takes minimal effort. Throwing on one piece of jewelry also makes you look less like you slept on a plane. I like a statement necklace or cuff to enliven simple separates.”