By Joshua Pramis
Can you look chic and be comfortable on an 8-hour flight? Should you pack everything you might possibly need, or just a small carry-on? What are your best shoe options for sightseeing? Travel + Leisure's fashion director, Mimi Lombardo and other experts chatted recently on Twitter to debate these questions and swap advice for how to pack and travel in style.
#1: What's your go-to travel outfit? Why?
@MimiLombardo: Mine is my favorite Rag and Bone Knit DB blazer, and Hermes scarf, and always MZ Wallace bag.
@KateBetts: Huge Goyard bag and Fay travel jacket and lots of magazines. A good scarf is key, planes are freezing, never know when you'll need it. I love the Louis Vuitton animal print scarf.
@RealSimple: Mixing a few wardrobe basics like skinny jeans, & simple top mean you'll look good & be comfortable.
@RedLightPR: Jeggings, ballet flats, a simple tank & colorful scarf! This will keep you comfy while still looking chic.
@UrbanDaddy: For fellas: button-down oxford, simple blazer, jeans, and shoes you can slip-on, Up in the Air-style. Also: socks.
#2: Which shoe options are chic and comfortable for sightseeing?
@MimiLombardo: My kelly green Converse, or the ubiquitous ballet flat.
@KateBetts: Puma sneakers for sightseeing.
@RealSimple: Not to be a broken record, but ballet flats all the way!
@UrbanDaddy: Desert boots. Go with everything. Rancourt & Co makes great ones.
#3: Which summer staple carries into a fall wardrobe?
@MimiLombardo: Summer staple: White jeans are great for fall. Take a summer dress and wear with booties or put dress over a slim pant.
@KateBetts: Ballet flats in bright colors add a jolt to darker fall palette.
@RealSimple: Scarves, ballet flats, dresses, and cardigans.
@RedLightPR: Lightweight scarves, camisoles for layering, and boyfriend watches!
@UrbanDaddy: A polo. Put a blazer or a cardigan over it, and you're set.
#4: Overpack or underpack? Why?
@MimiLombardo: I am a closet over packer! I want all my favorite things with me.
@KateBetts: Underpack. You can always shop. Also, even when you think you're underpacking, it's usually still too much stuff.
@RealSimple: Pack smartly and you can underpack, but feel like you overpacked.
@UrbanDaddy: Overpack. You might spill champagne on your bespoke lobster bib and require a backup.
#5: Any favorite packing accessories?
@MimiLombardo: I love my Rimowa case which has zippered sections that hold up to a lot of packing pressure...use tissue paper for less wrinkles.
@KateBetts: For Paris, London, Milan, one word: umbrella. The chicest I've found are from Muji in navy blue.
#6: Chic fall getaway in 3 words:
@MimiLombardo: Cozy, maple syrup, pancakes.
@KateBetts: Los Angeles, CA.
@RealSimple: Crisp, road-trip, leisurely.
@UrbanDaddy: Black-tie road trip.
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