Spring break Cancun tips—what to wear at the airport
If you’ve been paying attention, GOOD JOB! You will know that my husband and I were on vacation last week. We went to sunny Cancun, Mexico. But don’t worry; I was still working hard to bring you the best blog possible! If you checked back to read my ongoing story about learning to drive, that will be back in a few days, but the next several posts will cover spring break. Mine and hopefully yours! Grab your sunscreen and let’s go!
You often see photos of celebrities walking out of an airport at some exotic location with a very stylish outfit, and dressed perfectly for the climate. Well it helps that they have people to take care of those details for them, but you’ll be happy to know that with just a little effort, and some well thought out pieces, you too can look very stylish and comfortable at the airport. In my case, one of the biggest problems is packing to start the day in below freezing temperatures and finishing in tropical heat. I need to keep myself warm while flying from 28° in the early morning at Detroit, to 85° at the midday heat of Cancun. The last thing you want to do is lug a winter coat along with you on vacation, so my best bet and yours is layering. Luckily it’s easy to stay stylish while you’re adding layers that pull the double duty of keeping you from freezing. Once you get out of the always too cold for me airplane, you can peel the pieces off until you suit your new surroundings. I have some go-to pieces that are my travel essentials, and were just right for a Detroit to Cancun spring break. First, I topped it off with my favorite white fedora hat. Next, was a matching long white suit vest. This piece is basically a sleeveless coat and does a great job of keeping my core comfy while letting my arms move around freely.
I always have to keep my signature splash of bright, especially when going to someplace sunny and warm. So I grabbed my neon color bag and, to protect my eyes from all that sunshine, my coordinated yellow sunnies. Our flight from Detroit left very early. Actually crazy early but that’s another subject! Anyway, to keep the last day of winter chill away, I chose to wear a very warm grey sweater over a cool black tank top. Pairing with my trusty ripped skinnies and booties is always a fashion win. Your shoe selection is very important, especially on a flight day. A good choice for travel is a comfy pair of sports shoes. The down side of these is they are a bit difficult to pull off looking stylish while wearing them. They just aren’t as easy to coordinate as you would hope. This is not the case with wedges, booties and sandals, so those are all good choices for travel days. Remember, you want to be effortlessly stylish, so that means you don’t want to try too hard. I saw a woman dressed in her trendiest clothes but she wore much too high heeled boots. Every airplane I’ve ever been on had pretty narrow aisles and not much foot room, so this type of footwear makes a lot more sense packed in your suitcase than on your feet.
And keep in mind that in the US at least, you have to take off those shoes at the security check point. The last things you need are some over the knee boots that take a friend to help you get them off on a good day! The key for departure day is to make sure your footwear is easy off and on. Once we arrived in Cancun, it was instantly clear that I was overdressed for the climate. I always pack a few warm weather items in my carryon and head for the restroom while my busboy/husband is waiting for our suitcase to unload. I take this opportunity to change out of my booties and into some comfy cool flats and stash away my sweater, and then I’m ready to go. If you’re worried that you’ll still be too warm, you can make sure you’re cool both in temperature and style by slipping into your favorite pair of cutoff jean shorts with a leopard print long sleeve shirt. If you’re like me, you’re often cold, especially with the AC blasting on you. Then the best protection is to make sure to cover your shoulders. I have an essential cashmere scarf that I never travel without, for just this reason. It is an incredibly useful piece; it’s lightweight, packs down to a very small package and most important, can keep you warm in a car, bus or plane. Please come back tomorrow for some more travel tips!
SHOP MY LOOK:
Fedora hat @Meijer
White long vest/sleeveless coat @TJ Maxx
Grey sweater @BCBG
Skinny jeans @Loft
Black booties @Calvin Klein
Bag @Kate Spade
Black tank top @WHBM
White flats @DSW
Leopard shirt @Calvin Klein
Cutoff jean shorts @Free People
Sandals @TJ Maxx
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