Looking for the best travel clothes for women? Yeah, aren’t we all?
I don’t exactly wanna look like Bear Grylls’ disheveled sidekick while walking through the streets of London.
I also don’t want to cripple myself while strutting around in a pair of 6-inch stiletto heels, desperately trying to smise.
Instead of looking Tyra Banks level fierce, I develop a limp and look a bit scary with my inadvertent bitchy resting face (It was supposed to be a smise damnit!).
Yup, here at Girl with the Passport we’re nothing if not fashion-challenged with a sprinkling of awkward.
But hey, at least we get pity laughs, so it’s not all bad.
To avoid this ridiculously awkward scenario, try checking out my list of stylish, women’s travel wear.
I pinkie promise:
All the stylish travel clothes listed here will make you look super snazzy without having to spend five hours in the bathroom or without bathing in the unrelenting tears of fifty Vestil Virgins.
So step away from the Von Dutch trucker hat and the velour tracksuit as we attempt to get jiggy with some of my picks for the best travel clothes for women.
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1. American Apparel Leggings
I’ll admit it:
I am a leggings whore (I don’t discriminate and love a good pair of yoga pants too).
I wear them all day every day since I work from home (oh the glory) and I’m all about staying comfortable (hello elastic waistband).
Because let’s be brutally honest:
I’m not really getting an invite to any MET galas anytime soon.
I get to rock as many pairs of leggings as my little heart desire and NOT feel bad about it.
#WINNING. That’s why:
I think it’s safe to say that I have probably bought just about every pair of black leggings that Amazon offers.
I consider myself somewhat of a leggings expert, or a leggings connoisseur of sorts.
And my ultra RAD pick for the best women’s leggings out there?
Why, American Apparel Leggings of course!
They’re not exactly cheap at $18 a pair, but honestly? Who wants a cheaper pair of leggings that tear all the time and leave you with your derriere hanging out in the breeze?
And I know the leggings struggle all too well since my old pair was thin, with a dash of cheap and a pinch of see-through, and constantly developed holes that made me look like a glorified hobo.
My American Apparel Leggings? Yeah, they never get holes in them.
As a result:
They don’t need to be constantly replaced and save me a small boatload of money, at least in the long term.
They fit like a dream. I mean, I sometimes forget that I’m wearing pants, which is pure heaven, especially when aunt flow comes to town and I feel bloated AF.
These pants make all the boys come to my yard since they make my butt look wicked good.
No boys actually come to my yard since I’d probably get a restraining order if they did.
The point is that these leggings make my butt look fierce and I kind of like it.
These leggings actually come up over my stomach and prevent me from sporting a giant muffin top.
These pants also come in any color you can imagine, and are made of a fantastic, durable fabric that won’t rip in 2.5 seconds flat.
As a result:
I look mildly stylish and not like I threw on some ratty pair of yoga pants because I was just binge eating ice cream about five minutes ago.
So check out these leggings for women since hole free is always the way to be!
2. Aviator USA Skinny Jeans
I love jeans.
They’re comfy, they look nice, and depending on the occasion, you can either dress them up or down.
The one problem?
Some jeans are ridiculously uncomfortable. I mean, you don’t know real agony until you’ve worn a slightly too tight pair of jeans on a long-haul flight.
Because real talk?
No woman has ever felt even slightly attractive with her gut hanging out over her jeans. And Spanx can only do so much!
So, what’s a girl to do?
Three words: Aviator travel jeans! Literally the ONLY pair of jeans that I will ever wear again.
Not only are they the most comfortable pair of jeans that I have ever owned, but they’re also true to size and look super chic (I love the dark denim skinny jean).
I can finally rock a pair of jeans on a plane without feeling like Dumbo’s older, and less adorable sister, Blimpy.
And then there are the pockets of awesome.
They’re Grand Canyon level big, can hold your passport, come with insanely helpful zippers to keep all your valuables safe, and are still oh la la level stylish!
And there are five of them! So nifty pockets EVERYWHERE!
These jeans are incredibly well made and will probably last longer than the entire cockroach species since they’re durable, flexible, breathable, and basically any other awesome jean related adjective that you can dream up.
The only teeny weeny drawback?
These jeans are $110 a pair. I know, double yikes.
These pants are so well made that buying a single pair will probably be WAY cheaper than purchasing jeans of a lesser quality every two months.
If you go to their website, you can sign up for their email list, and get an extra 15% off!
In case you don’t have your scientific calculator handy, that’s a $16.50 discount that you can use towards buying another pair of jeans for your London packing list (insert winky emoji here)!
You need at least one person in your life to reassure you that shopping your feelings is totally fine.
3. Cole Haan Packable Raincoat
Let’s be honest:
The LAST thing you want to think about is rain during your holiday, especially since traveling typically involves a marathon amount of walking.
Per usual, adulting generally involves being “responsible” and preparing for things that you don’t want to happen or doing things that you don’t want to do.
Packing a rain jacket is a total must since there is nothing worse than being cold, wet, unprepared, and totally miserable.
And my personal fave?
The Cole Haan packable raincoat! Not only does it neatly and easily fold up into your suitcase, but it has a removable hood and a charming belt that can be cinched at the waist to give you a more flattering, feminine fit.
The fabric is durable, comfortable, waterproof (DUH), and heavy enough to keep you warm throughout the spring and fall.
Just wear a sweater underneath and you should have no problem staying warm.
This jacket does run a bit small, especially in the back and arms, so definitely try and order a size or two up.
***Friendly Reminder: Always check the weather forecast before you leave since there’s nothing worse than being totally unprepared for the weather at your final destination. Also, don’t forget an umbrella or a backpack, rain cover to protect your belongings from the rain.***
4. Faux Leather Jacket
I wouldn’t exactly wear this jacket into the deep reaches of Siberia.
If you’re looking for a fashionable jacket that will keep you warm and toasty on a cool evening, then this Lock and Love Quilted Faux Leather Jacket is the way to go.
Not only does this tailored, faux leather jacket make you look super chic, even if you’re not like me, but it’s also incredibly durable, and made with high-quality stitching that makes it last for what feels like forever.
I’m a vegetarian. So, I won’t be rocking real leather any time soon, which is one of the many reasons why I’m a HUGE fan of this jacket.
Plus, the faux leather used to make this jacket is incredibly high-quality, which is why it actually looks and feels like real leather.
It also comes in pretty much any color you can dream up which is always a good thing.
Be forewarned though:
This company does not do returns. Therefore, if you do decide to get this jacket, then make sure that you carefully read the reviews and purchase the size that’s best for you
This is meant to be a form-fitting jacket. But obviously not so form-fitting that it sucks the life right out of you.
I suggest ordering a jacket that is two sizes larger than your normal size.
It’s better to have a jacket that is too big and not too small.
5. A Fashionable Scarf
Scarves are probably one of the best travel clothes for women EVER!
Not only are they small and incredibly easy to pack, but they keep you cool in the sun and warm on a chilly day.
They can give an outfit a perfect pop of color or add a bit of modesty if you’re entering a sacred church or mosque.
And they never ever make you feel fat!
I wish all travel essentials were as delightfully wonderful as scarves.
And unlike hats:
Scarves don’t blow away in the wind, are easy to carry, and won’t get ruined if they get squished in your bag.
And this scarf? Yeah, it’s kind of sort of special.
Not only is it incredibly light-weight (well ventilated in the summer but warm in the winter), and available in a ton of fantastic colors, but it’s also elegant and long enough to be worn as a scarf, sarong, or headwrap; making this scarf a true carry on essential for any minimalist packer who wants to replace 20 shirts with the incredible versatility of a single scarf.
I am obsessed with this sunhat.
No joke, you’ll see it in almost all of my Instagram photos and in some of my Facebook profile pics.
Yup, we’re talking hardcore obsessed.
But why the slightly unhealthy addiction to this hat?
Not only does it make me look like the sleek and sophisticated lady that I am not, but it also protects my white AF skin from the searing, flesh-eating, UV rays of the sun.
No one wants to look like a shriveled up, California raisin (brownie points if you remember the cartoon from back in the day), well, ever.
Look at Joan Rivers! We all want to be forever young.
When you’re trying to figure out which stylish travel clothes to bring on your next trip, definitely pack this sunhat.
It’s SPF 50, has a handy windproof strap that keeps it from flying away, costs just $10, and even has an adorable bowknot in the back.
See, what’s not to love?
Plus, every time I wear this hat, without fail, I always get a ton of compliments.
Hats are an incredibly easy way to dress up any outfit, and forever make all of my Instagram photos look 10,000 times cuter.
And added bonus?
If you wear a hat, you don’t have to worry about doing your hair since no one will see it anyway!
Yup, always looking out for you my wonderous reader (insert winkie emoji here).
Women’s travel dresses are foreer and always an ABSOLUTE must.
Not only are they easy to pack, but they always make you look and feel great (like you tried to look good without actually doing anything).
This dress happens to be a Boatneck Sleeveless Vintage Tea Dress from one of my favorite designers on Amazon, Grace Karin.
I love their dresses (I have a dress with a short sleeve black top and a white bottom with lemons that I get a ton of compliments on) since they’re high-quality, last forever, true to size, come in any pattern/color imaginable, are reasonably priced at $30 a dress, and hide any bodily imperfections with the help of a pair of Spanx.
Every woman needs a little black dress to make her look and feel amazing!
This dress is made of some mystery material that is pretty wrinkle resistant, which is essential for me since I don;t think I’ve ever used an iron in my life.
A truly timeless look that might even make the likes of Audrey Hepburn a bit weak in the knees.
Don’t get me wrong:
I love shorts just as much as the next girl.
I like skirts a little more since they keep you cool and make for a more polished look; a look that is perfect for any impromptu Instagram photoshoots.
And this skirt has it all!
A slightly longer skirt that hits at, or just beneath, your knees, it has a comfortable, cinched waist (with a zipper) and flares out at the bottom, giving you a fantastic retro feel that is quite flattering too.
Think sock hop chic only minus the whole women are the weaker sex vibe that the 50’s had going on.
There are an assortment of vivid, high-quality fabrics and patterns to choose that include everything from skulls to flamingos.
And did I mention that there are pockets???
Yup!! This skirt has pockets for days! And they are super big and roomy and can even hold your cellphone while you’re traveling!
Raise da’ roof!
I’m trying to hard to be cool aren’t I? Okay, I’ll stop.
The one down side?
It tends to get a bit wrinkly so you may have to iron it, which I find uber annoying since well, as I said before, I’ve never used an iron.
But other than that, it’s true to size and a great buy for $20.
So leave the skimpy mini-skirt at home and channel your inner Grace Kelly, not Anna Nicole Smith.
9. DREAM PAIRS Women’s Winter Lace up Mid Calf Combat Boots
I really love these boots, and it’s kind of sort of serious.
First of all:
They’re REALLY reasonably priced at $34, which is damn cheap for a pair of women’s boots.
You also won’t have a nervous break down if you accidentally destroy them while frantically dashing to catch the last train out of Grand Central.
For real though guys:
The potholes and puddles in NYC are no joke. Step in one and you’re practically up to your knees in water!
Okay, not that bad but you get my point. And now back to your regularly scheduled program.
Not only do they look good, but they’re comfortable, easy to zip on and off at airport security, and have a secret pocket, in each boot, where you hide extra cash/credit cards.
This way, you don’t have to freak out about pickpockets like this anxiety riddled maniac right here.
It’s not a huge secret pocket. And, the zipper does get caught when you try to zip and unzip the pocket. But, it’s still big enough for a few credit cards and some extra cash.
Yeah, I don’t mean to be a total Debbie Downer but I wore mine for a few hours and got a pretty bad blister.
Until you break them in, I would definitely pack some band-aids and wear high socks so that you don’t get blisters.
The interior is not faux fur but more of a fleece that does help keep your feet warm.
Definitely one of my favorite stylish walking shoes for travel.
10. Steve Madden Slip-on Sneakers
I’ll be the first one to admit that I have a love/hate relationship with Steve Madden, slip-on sneakers.
A while back, I got these quilted, Steve Madden slip-on sneakers, and they were exactly what I was looking for.
They were nicer than ordinary sneakers, comfortable, and easy to put on and take off.
But (you knew there was a but coming):
Until I broke them in, they gave me wicked awful blisters that weren’t exactly the highlight of my trip.
In fairness though:
When I travel, I do tend to walk a lot. Like, Forest Gump level distance running, only with walking.
When I finally caved in and got the Steve Madden Women’s Gills Fashion Sneaker in leather, I was a bit worried.
I learned from my previous shoe woes and diligently researched this sneaker before I purchased a pair.
Do yourself a favor and order a size up so that you can avoid any possible blister related incidents.
And I’m delighted to report that my faith was not misplaced.
In this model:
The heel is rounded and padded so that blisters aren’t an issue. I would still wear no show socks though so that your sheos don’t smell.
They’re also super comfortable, last, a LONG time (so you can justify the price tag), and look good with almost any outfit (as long as you get them in a neutral color).
An awesome pair of shoes for any savvy world traveler, or for anyone pretending to be one, like me.
11. DREAM PAIRS Women’s Bold Slingback Flat Sandals
First rule of travel:
Do not wear heels when you travel!
Second rule of travel:
Do not wear backless sandals when you travel!
Because your feet will endlessly slip out of the back of your sandals.
And trust me:
That gets old real quick when you’re stuck behind a herd of painfully slow walkers who make you stop short and almost lose your shoe in a rogue pothole.
Try a pair of comfy sandals with a back strap; a strap that will help prevent your feet from slipping out of your shoes.
Don’t get it twisted. These sandals need to be stylish too since I won’t be scoring any rides on a passing Vespas with some orthopedic, black, velcro shoes.
Never fear because Dream Pairs Sling-Back Sandals are the perfect pair of sandals for your next trip.
Not only are they true to size, with an assortment of colors and styles to choose from, but they have ultra-soft, faux leather straps, a well-cushioned footbed, and non-skid soles that give you added traction on both wet and uneven surfaces.
And at just $20 a pair:
You really don’t have to feel THAT guilty when you impulsively buy every single color and style option available (You’re not alone, I shop my feelings too. Just ask my credit card company).
12. Chunky Knit Sweater
Chunky knit sweaters are another one of my not-so-low-key clothing obsessions.
I mean, let’s be honest:
It’s WAY nicer than that grody old sweatshirt of yours with thumb holes that really aren’t supposed to be there.
It’s also a great go-to travel item if the weather abruptly changes and you need something to keep you warm.
You could even MacGyver it up and use your chunky knit sweater as either a blanket or a pillow during a long flight.
So many uses and so little time. Now you fully understand my chunky knit sweater love.
I adore this sweater from MEROKEETY since it’s soft, comfy, and drapes open in a nice, non-living room curtain kind of way (FYI this sweater doesn’t have any closures which is kind of annoying).
It fits well, falls just above the knee, has incredibly deep pockets, and an ultra-flattering v neck that will make you feel like you’re Beyonce flipping Knowles (I actually can’t guarantee that but I do like this sweater).
The stitching is a bit odd and gives it an almost terry cloth look.
It also isn’t made for frigid weather. So don’t rock this sweater while climbing Mount Everest since frostbite isn’t a good look on anyone.
Any blouse that magically transforms me into a suave and sophisticated looking creature is totally okay in my book.
And this blouse does that and more, with its cute, vintage bow tie knot.
Plus, this blouse is made of a polyester material that is wrinkle free and double layered in the front so that not everyone walking down the street will know exactly what color bra you’re wearing, or not wearing as the case may be.
The back of the blouse only has one layer of material and is slightly see-through. This top also has ZERO stretch, so keep that in mind before ordering this shirt.
I ordered a medium and it was slightly big on me, which is fine since I don’t really like the way this blouse looks when it’s not tucked in.
It literally had no shape and just kind of hangs there, so I’m definitely a fan of tucking this blouse in for a more polished look.
Other than that though:
This blouse is pretty perfect and can be dressed up with a pencil skirt for the office or dressed down with a pair of jeans for a fun night on the town.
There are at least 30 different colors, patterns, and sleeve lengths to choose from, so you’ll definitely be able to find a style that suits you.
I didn’t have an issue with the quality of my blouse BUT, I read several reviews where quality control seemed to be an issue.
Just keep that in mind before purchasing this blouse.
14. Period Panties!
I don’t always have my period, but when I do, I’m on a long-haul plane ride to the deepest reaches of outer space.
Okay, I jest.
Clearly, I ‘m NOT an astronaut, but it just feels like every time I’m on a plane, BOOP, the biology Gods bestow unto me a period with a heaveier flow than Niagra Falls.
And since I neither want to leak nor crawl all over the 12 people in my row as I make a mad dash for the bathroom, these ultra awesome period panties are the way to go.
Remember, these panties are only designed for light to medium discharge.
If you have an extremely heavy flow, like this poor unfortunate soul right here, definitely wear these in tandem with a tampon or a pad since they’re not designed for super size periods.
But other than that I really love this underwear.
They are leak-proof, offer front to back protection, and have an attractive design that doesn’t make you feel like you’re wearing a diaper or a pair of uber ugly granny panties.
They’re also cool and breathable, with some magic, bamboo fabric that helps wick away sweat and excess moisture.
They’re wonderfully cheap since you get a three-pack for $30; a price that is way less than the THINX brand underwear that I’ve seen plastered all over Facebook.
And while they do tend to run a bit small (get a size larger than normal):
The seller offers a 100%, money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the quality of this product.
Which basically means that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
So, give it a shot and let me know what you think!
Wanna look like you’ve instantly lost between 5 and 10 pounds?
Then Spanx are the way to go!
No really, I swear I’m telling the truth!
I was a skeptic too until I bought my first pair. And literally, the first time I put them on, someone asked me if I had lost weight and complimented on how good I looked.
I later confessed that it was all the Spanx, but that was enough proof for me.
I now wear these bad boys under all my dresses and have no complaints.
Spanx are designed in almost every color and style imaginable, from bodysuits to pantyhose to boy shorts to regular underwear.
And out of the three pairs that I’ve owned though, that only pair that I didn’t love was the boy shorts since the legs always seemed to ride up on my thighs.
Also remember that while Spanx are supposed to be tight enough to hold in all your wobbly bits, they are not supposed to be so tight that they cut off your circulation or inhibit breathing.
AKA, if you feel extremely uncomfortable, they are too small.
That’s why I stick with a size medium and call it a day. But if you have any doubts, just look at their size chart prior to ordering.
This pair is SUPER cheap for Spanx and costs just $22 for a medium!
16. No Show Socks
Not exactly the most exciting item on this list of travel clothes for women but whatever, we all need socks.
No woman wants her shoes to smell like something crawled up in there and died a slow and painful death.
And let’s be honest:
There’s no way I will ever set foot on the floor of an airport in bare feet. I’m sorry, but that is just nasty beyond belief.
If you’re wearing slip-ons, you can’t really wear ankle socks since they look super weird with socks.
Hence the whole no-show sock thing so that you can’t see these while wearing slip-on sneakers or ballet flats.
These socks have grips on the bottom that prevent you from slipping while walking without your shoes.
They’re also durable and made with extra-wide, soft silicone strips that grip your heel and stay in place all day long, helping you look stylish while simultaneously preventing painful blisters.
A total travel must have for any woman on the go.
Raise your hand if you’ve felt personally victimized by bikini shopping?
(This girl’s hand shoots up) Yup, me too.
Regardless of how much I weigh, I just always feel so exposed in a bathing suit and like everyone can see every lump and bump of my body.
That’s one of the reasons why I love this high-waisted bikini. It’s alluring enough to show some skin, but also high-waisted enough to keep my stomach pouch tucked in and looking flat.
I also love how flattering the top is, which has enough support for my D size girls up top.
Because as any large chested woman knows, there’s nothing worse than feeling like your girls are gonna pop out and say hello at any second.
But if you’re looking for some extra padding:
The top of this bikini also has removable padded cups and an adjustable neck and back closure for extra support.
And with 17 different styles to choose from:
I’m fairly confident that you’ll be able to find a bathing suit that works for you.
The best part though?
This bathing suit is only $20! Crazy right? And no, I don’t mean for just the top or just the bottom.
No, $20 for the whole bathing suit!
I know, the price is total bathing suit blasphemy but I’m going with it.
I passed the age where it was socially acceptable for me to wear short shorts a long time ago.
I rock these Levi jean shorts like a total boss instead.
Not only are they the perfect length, but they also come in a variety of washes that are sure to satisfy many different tastes.
But you know what I really love?
The elastic waistband; which is not a shock since we all know how I feel about elastic.
Yup, sooooooooo comfortable.
But, these shorts are even better than your typical jeggings since they have a built-in, control top waist that makes muffin tops a thing of the past.
Hip hip hooray!
And unlike normal jeans, these shorts have a medium rise that sucks in your pouch while still giving you plenty of room to move around comfortably.
They’re also stretchy but still made from a real jean material and not some cheap AF jegging that everyone knows is fake.
The material stretches but doesn’t stretch out, which is hard to find in jeans.
You may even want to order a size up since they shrink significantly in the wash.
They’re a great pair of comfortable travel shorts for a mere $20!
This hat was one of my favorite purchases on Amazon last year.
It has a super cozy, fleece interior that keeps your head warm, is easy to roll up if it’s a bit big on you, has an adorable knit pattern/pompom, and comes in an assortment of different colors.
What’s not to love?
And even though this hat only cost $20, it’s incredibly durable since I wore mine everywhere and it still shows NO signs of wear and tear.
The only tiny issue that some people seem to have is that when they wash this hat with their whites, the dye tends to run and stain their other clothes.
Which I think is kind of obvious.
I mean, isn’t that the whole reason why you make a whites pile to begin with?
But I digress. Anyway:
I’ve also heard that the pompom kind of disintegrates when you put it in the dryer.
Definitly don’t do that because this hat really is kind of sort of awesome.
Nothing makes me look like a self-important, wannabe celebrity faster than a nifty pair of retro, polarized sunglasses in black.
I kid because sunglasses really are the best.
Not only do they protect my light eyes from harmful UV rays, but they also make me look infinitely cooler than I actually am.
But aside from their protective capabilities:
unglasses also expertly hide my uber judgemental glare as I silently condemn you for conducting a mini, Instagram photo shoot in the middle of a public walkway.
I mean, hello, there are other people in the world besides you.
Okay, rnat over.
I know I shouldn’t judge but I just can’t help myself, it’s part of the human condition.
Believe it or not, these glasses are only $15 a pair, which is perfect since I always lose my sunglasses and refuse to spend any more than $20 on a pair of shades that are just gonna disappear anyway.