I'm flying out this Saturday... I can't believe it. This near future event, however, had Natalie and I thinking as we bussed into Vancouver Wednesday for streetstyle - it's time for a travel fashion post! Everyone is heading back to their respective schools come September, and often the sentiment among my fellow travelers is to throw on sweats and a hoodie. I'm hoping this post will make you think twice about that! Believe it or not, there are ways to be cute AND comfortable.

Here are some good pieces for the road/air/ocean:

1. Knit Wear
Fortunately, the knit wear of last season has stuck around for another winter. We love over-sized sweaters to death, and they just happen to be perfect for cold airports and long drives. If it's warm out where you are, knit cropped tops are also a key item for this Autumn.

2. Flat Leather Boots
Better than UGGS by far, this versatile type of footwear is ideal for line-ups and tiresome waits. Your feet won't be in pain, but they also won't look like they're lodged in a tan marshmallow. The perfect compromise.

3. Sunglasses
Sorry to everyone who believes that sunglasses should only be worn in the sun, but this item is ESSENTIAL for any travel that exceeds 8 hours. Anyone who has taken a red-eye flight knows that no one survives that and stays pretty. I'll definitely be donning my own pair of over-sized tinted aviators on the next plane I take.

4. A Slouchy Bag
Airports, train stations and ferry terminals are NO place for a pristine fixed-shape purse. Stow that a-way! No, seriously. The best kind of travel "purse" is that which fits a lot and is easy to carry. Preferably it has one or two inside pockets for things like a passport and your blackberry. My favourite? The Longchamp pliage in deep olive.

5. Leggings
This fashion item has always been controversial, but is a particularly sore topic for me. Long story.. One that I have actually spilled in previous posts. ANYWAY, leggings are great for travel because they are a.) stretchy b.) warm c.) fitting with almost any outfit. Even though they are now heading the way of the UGG thanks to people overwearing them, I'll say this as though we live in an alternate reality where people actually listened to me initially, but didn't over-do it for the past three years... YES, THEY CAN BE WORN AS PANTS!!!

6. Tame Hair
Okay, normally this isn't a subject that Ad Idem covers, but it's relevant to this post. Travel makes hair look bad. This is just a fact. One way to deal with this? Put it up in a top knot. Either that, or put it in a side braid.. Whatever you do, don't leave it down and freshly washed. Unless you have magic hair, you will end up with a staticy afro as soon as the dry air hits it. Still want to wear you hair down? Throw on a knit beanie.

7. Extras
Outfits live and die by the accessories we wear with them. Have a late night flight like me? Pull on a pair of light gray knit socks and roll your leather boots down to expose them slightly. Want to wear some jewelry? Opt for a delicate gold or silver chain instead of a huge statement piece that is going to get in your way when getting off your ferry/bus/plane. And for Heaven's sake, people, DO NOT WEAR A TON OF JEWELRY IF YOU ARE FLYING. This will just annoy the security people and make them less likely to ignore the fact you are trying to sneak on three carry-on suitcases rather than two.

Hope this helped.

& Bon Voyage!

| post from Style File (my other fashion blog) / photo by Andy

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