Best Travel Clothes for Women Wanting Both Style and Comfort

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Why the interest in the best travel clothes for women? It’s simple. For we women, traveling in style and comfort makes it all the more enjoyable.  Leave the torn jeans and old t-shirts to younger folk. Traveling in elegance and comfort sounds great. But it can require a certain amount of knowhow and planning. It can be a trick to look both stylish and feel comfortable, while also managing to pack light, especially when different weather and activities are involved!

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Expert Senior Stylists

SusanAfter60

I love the wardrobe tips from this woman’s site: SusanAfter60. Here’s one of her fashion wardrobe videos on what to wear for spring and summer:

No need to envy those seniors who manage to pull it off, combining chic style with comfort. How to achieve this? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with these traveling in style and comfort tips.  On your next trip, whether on a luxury cruise or touring fascinating cities, you’ll be the envied one, imparting the easy flair of an experienced traveler.

Beth Djalali

Another senior woman who has the knack down to a science is Beth Djalali. Check out her summer travel fashion tips for senior woman in this video:

Here are some additional fashion tips for seniors travel:

For Your Best Travel Clothes Wardrobe – Prep Work is Key!

Tossing your travel clothing together at the last minute can be stressful. Sound familiar? I’ve had the same experience! It’s not that I can’t pack fast. Rather it’s those unexpected glitches you come across at the last minute. A hanging hem, down-at-the heel shoes, an unexpected stain, lumpy shoulder pads . . . the list goes on.

Planning early gives you the chance to fix these little  wardrobe snags. Discovering them at the last minute can send you into a tizzy of Plan B options. The result ends up being a suitcase stuffed with a hodgepodge of items. Not the sort of well-coordinated travel clothes you had planned!

Realize too that you might find that you need to pay a trip to your tailor and/or cleaner. It might also be necessary to buy some new items to complete a look.

Waiting till the last minute won’t leave time to handle these items – at least not in a stress-free way. Your tailor might be backed up. The cleaner might say there’s nothing to be done with that stain. And your Amazon item might not be available for same day or two-day delivery.  All potential reasons to plan ahead!

For The Best Travel Clothes for Women – Separates

Prioritize Neutrals

The outfits below by Fixmatti come in many different colors and styles, including two other neutrals, white and black. These 2-piecers are a stylish upgrade from the usual sweatshirt and pants combo.The navy one on the right would also look great with a silver or gold chain. Here it’s styled with a white purse and shoes. But a cognac leather bag and shoes would be great too. Both outfits would be really comfy to travel in!

If this sounds boring, don’t worry. Some of the most stunning looks are neutrals. For example, if you’re after a Parisian look, a French style color palette is going to be dominated by blacks, whites and navy. These colors look great with either gold or silver jewelry, zippers and belt hardware.

Another color palette would be tans, beiges, creams and navy and black again, for another.  This color scheme also pairs well with either gold or silver accessories. Both looks can be flattering to seniors, depending on hair color and skin tone.

2-Piece Leisurewear Knit

VamJump Women's 2 Piece Lounge Set VamJump Women's 2 Piece Lounge Set
$53.99
  • This stylish two piece outfit features v neck knit top and wide leg pants for a trendy and chic look
  • Sweater pullover top boasts long lantern sleeves and drop shoulder design
  • Wide leg pants feature elastic waistband and relaxed fit design, suitable for most body types
  • Made of super-soft knit fabric, our wide leg pants sets is the perfect choice for a comfortable and effortless look
  • Suitable for casual wear at home, lounge, work, travel and more


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05/18/2024 10:37 am GMT

PRETTYGARDEN Women's Two Piece Outfit in Grey PRETTYGARDEN Women's Two Piece Outfit in Grey
$40.99
  • Multiple size options
  • Comfy material comprised of 65% Polyester, 30% Viscose, 5% Elastane
  • Care instructions: Machine Wash
  • Many delicious colors and styles (some with word "Faith" written vertically)
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05/18/2024 10:34 am GMT
Ekouaer Women’s Chic 3 Piece Lounge Set – Model Wearing Navy
$50.99
  • 3 PIECE LOUNGE SET– This lightweight knit lounging outfit has a scoop tank top, loose elastic pants with pockets and a long cardign.
  • COMFY FABRIC: And made of high quality Ribbed Knit Fabric, stretchy and skin-friendly.
  • VERSATILE: Can also be worn as a pyjama set
  • Crop top is adjustable to create a longer look
  • Provides the perfect level of comfort and warmth!
  • MIX AND MATCH: The sweater jacket can easily be worn over other outfits, and same for the top and pants.


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05/18/2024 10:57 am GMT

Pants

NIMIN Wide Leg Pants for Women High Waisted and Flowy

These wide leg pants are super comfortable, making tjem a great item to add to your travel clothes wardrobe. Loose and flowy and tied with a bow make them right on trend! Made with 97% Polyester, 3% Spandex. 2 side pockets.

Sweaters

Setting out on a trip to Europe during spring or fall? Then you will want to make sure your travel clothes include a versatile selection of sweater styles. For spring, a lightweight, pastel-colored cashmere sweater can exude both sophistication and ease. Its softness will feel great against the gentle breezes of Parisian streets or the hills and landscapes of Tuscany.

As summer approaches, a loose-knit cropped sweater provides casual chic. These can be perfect for layering over sundresses or paired with high-waisted shorts. With the right accessories, the sweater can take on a bohemian flair for a trip. You’ll fit right in with the vibrant streets of Barcelona or the coastal charm of the Amalfi Coast!


Cashmere Sweaters

Transitioning into fall, a yummy cashmere sweater provides cozy warmth against the crisp air of Bavaria’s countryside or London’s bustling avenues. Here’s a stylish trio from Fulbant. They also look lovely in white and gray. Click images for more details and pricing.

Lightweight Sweaters

But chunky, yummy loose-fitting sweaters certainly have their place too, depending upon how much warmth you need. I love the one below for its texture, beautiful color (also in other colors), and its attractive neckline.

O-Neck Cashmere Knit Pullover
  • Material: Made of high quality, breathable fabric for next-to-skin fabric for comfort.
  • Stylish look
  • Features: Casual loose fit, long sleeves, ribbed cuffs and hem, slightly rolled design
  • Occasion: Perfect for casual, shopping, work, street, autumn and winter, vacatopm
  • Care Wash: Hand wash at low temperature or machine wash in laundry bag, no bleach


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Long Cardigan Sweaters

I’ve always liked to pack a cardigan when traveling for their layering effect. Getting cool – put it on. Warming up – take it off! And if it’s stylish and has pockets, so much the better. These models fit the bill with their long lapels, ruched sleeves and diagonal cut detail.


Short Cardigan Sweaters

These Lienridy cardigans are lightweight with ribbing and button closure for that classic look. They soft and comfy and made with stretchy, breathable fabric.


Jackets, Blazers, Capes and Raincoats

For those cooler days, a travel must is a blazer, jacket, or raincoat/windbreaker. A classic blazer will add instant style to your jeans, while a jacket is great for cooler temps. And to be prepared, it’s nice to have a raincoat or windbreaker with a hood.

Womens Casual Blazers

The long lapels, diagonal shaping and gold buttons on this blazer add extra style. It’s nicely contoured too. Lined, but lightweight to take you through three seasons. Will easily dress up a casual look!

  • Feature: Long Sleeve, Front Side Pockets, Solid Color, Lightweight, Draped Open Front, Notch Lapel Collar, Double Breasted Blazer,
  • Versatile: Wear for casual daywear, or use to complete an evening look
  • Lined and well-structured with shoulder pads
  • Sizes: Small to XLarge
  • Colors: Many! Also available in black and white houndstooth or tan and cream
  • Bonus: Soft and Light Wight Fabric Makes it Breathable and Comfy. 

Pretty Blazers by KOJOOIN with Soft Ruffle Edge

These are lightweight blazers that add a sense of fun to a casual outfit. Also pack well.

Classic Blazer Jacket

ZLXDP Suit Jacket for Women – Thickened Tweed
  • Sophisticated design with long lapels
  • 100% Cotton
  • Textured and at the same time feels soft and comfortable
  • Wrinkle-resistant
  • Inner lining cotton, diamond lattice cotton lining, uniform filling
  • Warm without being bulky
  • Fashionable deep pockets, great for travel


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ZLXDP Suit Jacket Autumn and Winter Cotton Thickened Tweed

Imitation Cashmere Shawl/Cape

This warm and cozy wrap is made with high quality premium imitation cashmere. Not only does it add a dash of style to your look, but keeps you warm. And no worries about ironing it if you want to pack it on a trip.

Women's Blanket Shawl Wrap Women's Blanket Shawl Wrap
$29.80

LUXURIOUS MATERIAL--- Our ponchos are made with high quality premium imitation cashmere that's soft, comfortable and warm


FASHIONABLE DESIGN in warm soft color combination


EASY CARE: Machine Wash in Cold Water or Hand Wash Only - Hang Dry - No Bleach

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05/15/2024 07:33 pm GMT
Bloggerlove Raincoat Women Long Hooded Waterproof Trench Coat - Lined
$49.99
  • Waterproof material with full striped lining; 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex
  • Hidden Adjustable Drawstring Waist enhances your shape
  • Detachable Hood so you have a different style look when it's off
  • 2 Front Flap Pockets with buttons ensure that the contents don't fall out
  • Lightweight for easy packing
  • Wrinkle-resistant and Easy Clean; however, do not machine wash so as to maintain the waterproofing property
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05/15/2024 08:43 pm GMT

For Your Best Travel Clothes Wardrobe – Plan Your Travel Accessories

Women’s fashion accessories take on extra significance when traveling. The right jewelry, belts, scarves and shoes can alter your fashion basics in a variety of ways. These items almost magically help you dress up or dress down your outfits. Take a look at how Erin Busbee dresses up a few basic looks from jeans to a little black dress:

This allows you to not only pack lighter and more strategically, but look more put together.

Accessories can also help you change up your look without packing too many clothes. For example, you can wear a simple black dress with different accessories for a casual day tour or a formal dinner cruise.

A well chosen accessory adds a finishing touch to any outfit. They can also change the mood of the whole outfit. For example, chunky pieces, leather cords and wooden pendants can create a Bohemian look. Delicate pieces create an entirely different look. Regardless of your preferred style, accessorizing can enhance your ensemble. 

So make sure to plan out the accessories that will best compliment your travel wardrobe. With the right jewellery, hats, scarves and bags, you’ll add a touch of flair to your style.

Scarves

Scarves are especially great for packing light. A large scarf, for example can do multiple duty as a shawl, mini jacket, blouse, sarong, and more! Take a look at what Dominique Sachse can do with a scarf! See video below:

Love scarves? Then you’ll want to have a variety of styles and patterns. Make sure you get a large square one if you want to create a halter top out of one. Watch Dominique’s fun video and see why! :))

Belts

AWAYTR Reversible Leather Belt for Women - Two Colors-in-One
$16.99
  • Two-in-One Belt】:Top quality alloy rotated buckle, durable and never rust. One side is black, the other side is brown. Switch sides by reversing the buckle. Click to see diagram and more images. Saves on packing two belts on your next trip!
  • Perfect Fit】:The waist belt and buckle links can be easily removed No-More-Screwdriver-Tools and can trim to your actual waist for a truly perfect fit. Thus we suggest you choose one size up if you are not sure
  • Various styles】: 1.5" (3cm) Width with the classic design of the two colors reversible belt makes your collocation more diverse. There is always a suitable color in our women leather belt to match your jeans, casual pants, dress pants
  • Maximum Quality】:This reversible belt for women was made of quality PU leather, imitation sheepskin feel, soft and durable for long-time use
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05/15/2024 08:57 pm GMT
kilofly 2pc Women's Silver Metal Skinny Stretch Belt with Rhinestone Buckle kilofly 2pc Women's Silver Metal Skinny Stretch Belt with Rhinestone Buckle
$13.99
  • Beautiful belts - the picture doesn't do them justice; they instantly add a glamorous look to your outfit
  • Great Value - Comes with 2 skinny silver belts with different buckle designs as shown in images
  • Versatile - Look great on dresses, as well as dress pants
  • Elegant and stylish - Eye-catching silver metallic belts with beautiful sparkle buckle designs
  • Stretchable - Made of metal material with spring inside
  • Fit Waist Girth: 70 - 100 cm / 27.6 - 39.4 in


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05/15/2024 09:25 pm GMT


Jewelry

Nothing jazzes up your outfit like a great piece (or two!) of jewelry. Cuff bracelets do the trick instantly!

Cuff Bracelets

Charlie Paige Cuff Bracelet for Women -Gold or Silver Design
$21.99
  • The Nefriti cuff bracelet has a hand hammered surface and asymmetric silhouette for a bold and elegant look for the woman who likes to make a fashion statement
  • High polish and essential long lasting tarnish resistant finish keeps the piece looking fresh and new.
  • The Nefriti cuff bracelet fits all wrist sizes. Inside diameter of 2.5in. 100% Brass.
  • Designed by Canadian jewelry designer, Charlie Paige.
  • Available in gold or silver color
  • Care Instructions: Refrain from wearing in the shower or using concentrated fragrances over the top. Remove during physical activities to keep your piece looking beautiful for many years.


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05/16/2024 07:27 am GMT

PAVOI 14K Gold Plated Coin Pendant Necklace

This necklace pairs nicely with a plain chain for a layered look, but is also great on its own!

  • UNIQUE STYLE: This textured moon and sun Byzantine design makes it a more unique choice than the standard coin pendant necklaces you see
    LENGTH: Measures at 20″ with an adjustable sliding chain so you can vary the length according to the style of your top
  • QUALITY: This 14K yellow gold plated necklace is crafted from Hand Selected AAAAA Quality Cubic Zirconia
  • COLORS: Available in Rose Gold, White Gold, or Yellow Gold (shown)
  • SUSTAINABILITY ✦ PAVOI is dedicated to sustainability throughout our entire product cycle. Our jewelry is made from 100% recycled materials and we package in 99% recycled materials
  • PROUDLY AMERICAN MADE

Dresses

Once you’ve assemble your coordinated travel clothes,it’s nice to have one dress. Choose an easy, breezy dress that packs well, looks great and offers relief from your structured travel clothes scheme.

It’s also a good idea to pick one that works for both day or evening. The one below is a nice example:

ANRABESS Women's Summer Ruffle Maxi Dress Flowy V-Neck Long Dress
$49.99
  • Size - S=US 4-6, M=US 8-10, L=US 12-14, XL=16-18
  • Unique Design - sheer sleeves for summer and flirty,ruffle sleeves
  • ELASTIC HIGH WAIST for comfort and swing style
  • VERSATILE: Wear to the beach or evening dinner - depending on how you accessorize it


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05/17/2024 09:24 am GMT

Sleepwear

When you slip into that luxurious hotel bed, you’ll want to be wearing something that feels just as great. That might be sexy, soft, silky, or all three – whatever makes you feel wonderful! Of course, the sleepwear needs to be lightweight. Heavy and bulky robes don’t make the cut. But luckily, most top hotels offer those lovely terry robes. If one isn’t in your suite when you arrive, you can request one. A lot of travelers will wear a hotel-provided robe to the pool. Anyway, take a look up some of our scrumptious sleepwear suggestions that you can pack.

WiWi Bamboo Viscose Soft Pajamas Sets
$49.99

This lovely and soft 2-piece coral sleepwear set doubles as loungewear.


  • Pretty lace V Neck
  • Long sleeves
  • Pockets
  • Not too hot for good nights' sleep
  • Material: 95%Viscose from Bamboo, 5%Spandex
  • Machine-washable
  • Available in Smal to Plus Sizes, plus a wide choice of other colors.
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05/16/2024 04:17 am GMT
Escalier Women's 3-Pc Silk Satin Pajamas Set with Cami
$34.99

About this item

  • 3 piece pajamas set in Navy Floral
  • Includes a cami and long sleeve robe with belt and long pants
  • Soft and smooth silky feel fabric,will keep you feeling comfy while sleeping at night
  • Feels ultra smooth against the skin for superior comfort.
  • 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex
  • Available in other designs and colors
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05/16/2024 05:22 am GMT

4 More Escalier 3-Piece Sleepwear Set Color and Design Versions Below:

Prinstory Capri Pyjama Set

PrinStory Women's Pajama Set
$29.99

Short Sleeve Shirt and Capri Pants Sleepwear

shown in Big Leaf Pink.

  • Suitable for sleeping and lounging
  • 95% Rayon + 5% Spandex, soft and lightweight to wear.
  • Sizes:: Small=(US 4-6), Medium=(US 8-10), Large=(US 12-14), X-Large=(US 16-18), XX-Large=(US 20). This is true to size, please purchase according to your normal size.
  • Stylish and Comfortabe; the pant is designed with an elastic waistband
  • Side pockets.
  • Available in many other patterns as well as solid colors
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05/16/2024 08:52 am GMT

More Styles from Prinstory

Ekouaer Plus Size Nightgown S-XXL - Multiple Color Choices
$17.99
  • Adjustable spaghetti straps
  • Made of high-quality, skin friendly and comfortable frosted milk silk fabric, which is soft, lightweight and breathable to give you comfortable sleep all night.
  • Design details: V tie bow decoration, lace stitching at the neckline, and the mid-thigh length give a charming and elegant look
  • Elastic fabric. Stretch enough for small and large sizes for more comfort
  • Available in black (shown) and over 8 other colors


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05/16/2024 05:57 am GMT

Travel Clothes Strategies

Choose Versatile Clothes

Getting double duty out of an item is invaluable when traveling. One item I love for just this purpose is a long, floral skirt with an elasticized waist. It looks great by day with a casual black, white or red tee and sandals. Transform it for evening as a strapless dress with belt and heels for an elegant look.

Once I turned a skirt very similar to the one pictured below left into a strapless dress for evening.  I just belted it at the waist and added earrings and a dressier shoe.

Here’s another example of an item that does double duty:

Anjue Robe for Women Kimono Robes Short Bamboo Bathrobe Soft Sleepwear

Me – on the right – wearing my sleepwear robe as a dress.

Select Travel Friendly Fabrics

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing your travel outfits is the fabric. You want to opt for fabrics that are breathable, lightweight, easy-care and wrinkle-resistant. Some of the best fabrics for travel are cotton, linen, rayon, wool, cashmere and alpaca. Light knits are also great and pack well. Polyester is the most wrinkle and stain resistant. Actually, polyester blends could be a better option since they are also wrinkle and stain-resistant, but also more breathable.

These fabrics will keep you cool or warm depending on the climate, and they will also dry quickly if you need to wash them in your hotel room.

Mix and Match

Another key to traveling in style and comfort is to mix and match your clothes. This means creating a capsule wardrobe with a few basic items that can coordinate with each other and create multiple outfits. Such a wardrobe will help you pack light, save space in your luggage and reduce decision fatigue. To create a capsule wardrobe, start with a base color, usually a neutral such as black, navy, grey or beige. Then add some pops of color with tops, accessories or shoes. Make sure everything layers well and can suit different occasions.

Be Comfortable

The most important tip for traveling in style and comfort after 50 is to be comfortable. This means choosing clothes that fit well, flatter your figure and suit your personality, rather than following the latest trends.

The Right Shoes for Travel

Comfort also applies to your shoes. Make sure you pack shoes that are supportive, cushioned and versatile. You don’t want to ruin your trip with blisters or sore feet. Also, it’s nice to be wearing the step-ins when going through security at the airport. Bending over to tie your laces back up at the other end of the conveyor is time your eyes are away from your items!

The white Reeboks above have a soft terry lining for comfort and moisture-wicking.

These Skechers have that step-in feature, as well as a heel pillow and sock-like comfort.

Ballet flats finished in rose-gold have a rubber sole and padded insole for cushioning comfort.

Having said that you might still want to have heels for an evening look. I love these red pumps I purchased online by LifeStride. They come in wide width sizes, have cushioning and at 2 and 3/4 inches aren’t too high. Still, I take along a pair of flats in a shoe bag, just in case!

LifeStride Women's Saldana Shoe, Fire Red or Black
$50.6328

Stylish Pumps with moderate heel height

Features: Patent leather accents

Sole material: Synthetic; soft and cushy

Outer material: Faux Leather with flexible outsole

Available in wide widths

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05/18/2024 07:57 am GMT

Stay Toned

Portable Thigh Toner

Another important fashion item – lol! And yes, we women over 50 and up can still build muscle and tone up. You can pack one or both of these in your bag. But even better, start using them before your trip. It is such a joy to feel more svelte in your travel fashions! I recommend the one below because you can adjust the resistance levels. Others are just adjustable for the angles of the plates. I also like that you get the resistance band too.

Inner Thigh Master with Bonus Resistance Band

Thigh Master Inner Thigh Exerciser with Counter
  • ADJUSTABLE RESISTANCE: Unlike other exercizers this model adjusts to three levels so you can increase the intensity as your muscles become stronger
  • INTELLIGENT COUNTING: With the counting function,you can record your exercise data in real time, including count, calories and time.
  • 360 DEGREE ROTATION: This enables users to adjust the angle according to the specific area they are working on.
  • MATERIALS: It is made of eco-friendly materials. No smell or rough spots. Durable to last a long time!
  • MULTI-USE: The exerciser can be used to train thigh, arm, hip, butt, back, pelvis, abdomen and more. So you can address pesky body shape concerns such as loose thighs and arms, back fat and flat buttocks.
  • RESISTANCE BAND: Use the bonus resistance band as a hip activator, and arm lifting device. Additionally, it can be used to increase your strength and balance.
  • MORE APPLICATIONS: Can also be used in activities such as Pilates and yoga.


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Summary

Traveling after 50 can be a wonderful experience, made all the more enjoyable by your fashion choices. Choose travel-smart fabrics, and pack a mix and match wardrobe. Then plan how you’ll accessorize your outfits. Travel fashion is not just about comfort. But also the satisfaction you get from expressing yourself. So plan to travel in both style and comfort (without compromising on either.) You’ll enjoy your trip so much more when you do!

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Susan Cooper

I'm a "woman of a certain age" who loves to travel, preferably in style! There's something exciting about exploring new places, meeting fellow travelers, and experiencing local cuisine. But I also really enjoy relaxing at a cafe. And it's always fun to absorb a little culture and history along the way!


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