Travel week :: of planes, pains, and automobiles

Don’t get too excited; this is just a one-time thing.

Normally, I don’t do clothing posts on the weekend.  But since I talked about knitting on Monday, it totally threw my routine off-kilter.  Also, I do feel a little guilty for shorting you one clothing post.  So here ya go, my friends – what I looked like on my INTERMINABLE TRAVEL DAY.

Travel week Friday

Yes, the ubiquitous Chucks and a white button-up.  I’m beginning to think I’m going to end up being a one-trick pony this summer.  But I knew I wanted both comfort and maneuverability today, what with the unloading, loading, security checkpoints et al.  And let me tell you, my friends, this outfit gets my full and unadulterated two thumbs’ up recommendation.

Let’s deconstruct, shall we?

First, the shoes.  Some say anything with laces is a no-no and sure to get you nasty glares from people behind you in the security line.  The trick, though, is to be sure the sneakers are old and worn in.  Traveling is never the time to break in new shoes anyway.  These are my oldest pair of Chucks and might as well be slip-on Vans or Sperry boat shoes, they’re that easy to get in and out of.  I don’t even bother untying the laces.

Travel week Friday

Let’s talk about the scarf.  Again, there may be some skeptics out there, especially those of you who have warned me time and again about the heat and humidity of the East Coast.  But, by golly!  This scarf was a lifesaver on the ride to the airport at 4am, on the plane when the A/C was blasting on me but I was too self-conscious to reach up and turn it down, and on the three-hour shuttle ride from the airport where once again I was sitting in the A/C vent’s direct line of fire.

I’m not complaining – you all know how much I love the cold – but this scarf kept me nice and comfortable without making me look foolish wearing it in balmy 85 degree temperature.  The trick to this is to make sure the scarf is light, long and thin.  That way, it looks entirely weather-appropriate but, when wrapped multiple times around your neck, will be able to provide just the right amount of warmth.

Trael week Friday

Must I say anything more about the white button-up?  It’s the IT item in any girl’s wardrobe, more so I think than the touted LBD.  This one is a wrinkle-resistant piece from L.L. Bean.  Sure, it’s a bit stiffer than I like to wear my white shirts, but that’s a decent enough trade off for the wrinkle-resistant treatment that had me looking as pressed and polished at 3pm as I was at 4am.

And that jacket?  Forever 21, ftw!  All the style bloggers out there own at least one iteration of the army/surplus jacket but the ones I’ve tried at higher-end stores felt too military, even for a costume whore like me.  This was actually a spontaneous purchase last season to take advantage of F21’s free ship at $50 and it’s become a go-to item ever since.  It’s light enough for So. Cal. weather, is that perfect blend of poly/cotton/rayon so it doesn’t wrinkle and so it drapes properly over my lumpy self, and the pockets.  Oh, the pockets!  Deep enough to house a leftover pastrami sandwich from The Hat without making me look bulky.

The jeans are Jennifer Lopez boyfriends from Kohl’s.  Buy these NOW, my friends!  The denim is soft yet substantial; no flimsy jegging wannabe here.  The cut is loose yet flattering; I was definitely muffin top-free when I criss-cross applesauced during my many hours of sitting (in the waiting area, on the plane, on the shuttle).  The trick with these is to go up one size.  Trust.  And the price can’t be beat.

Okay, Maricel out.  It is now 11:36 EST and I feel like I’ve been through the wringer.  I still need to figure out what to wear for tomorrow’s training – my first time meeting all these folks and you know what they say about first impressions, right?  – and I’m supposed to be up and ready by 5:45 am tomorrow.

Yeah.  Feel my pain.  I guess I won’t be starting that workout routine tomorrow.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – L.L. Bean
Jeans – Jennifer Lopez @ Kohl’s
Shoes – Chuck Taylor All Stars
Scarf – Old Navy

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5 thoughts on “Travel week :: of planes, pains, and automobiles

  1. jenortega says:

    You looked very nice for your travels, and I will have to try out those boyfriend jeans. Hope all is going well; you’ve been in my thoughts.

  2. Looking good. Agree, swear by a scarf when travelling. Nice one. Glad you made it and good luck.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Wish I could’ve linked the scarf but I guess it was an in store only item because I couldn’t find it online.

      Thanks for the good luck wishes. After orientation today, I think I’m gonna need it!

  3. Selah says:

    Definitely a comfy & cute traveling outfit. It’s funny that you say a white button-down is an IT item – I don’t own one. 🙂 For me, the IT item, the thing I wear so much that I own 2 of, is a chambray button-down.
    I’m glad your travels were safe, and I can’t wait to read about your adventures at Yale!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, I love the chambray shirt! I, too, have several and definitely brought one with me. But I find myself gravitating toward white button-ups first. It’s my comfort food of tops. ;p

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