I have been traveling a lot lately, and I realized that just because I am in a new place, does not mean that my style has to go out the door. In fact, it is possible to look and feel great when you’re traveling with a few easy tips.

Recently, I was lucky enough to speak with Bradley O’Brien, Executive Vice President of Design and Product Development for Tommy Bahama. Bradley shared her insights on the top travel style trends for both women and men.

Here are Bradley’s style tips on how you can look and feel great on your next trip:

Author (Sacha) in Little Havana – Miami

What are the top travel style trends for this season?

When it comes to travel, comfort is king, and the on-going “athleisure” trend is making everyone feel much more comfortable in transit. “Athleisure” is all about taking technological fibers and materials from the active world and marrying them with sportswear styling so that you don’t have to look like you’ve just come straight from the gym.

These garments have technical properties which function, perhaps to keep you cool or wick moisture, as well as features and benefits, such as stretch which also have comfort attributes. Stretch also allows for more movement, and creates less wrinkles.

On flights now, I see a lot of travelers in athletic inspired knit tops, stretch woven bottoms and even stretch denim, who can arrive in style, while staying extremely comfortable.

Author (Sacha) in comfy style in Miami

Which colors and styles are popular this season?

Look for colors that tend to be bright and fun. Early in holiday we have vivid jewel tones: cherry red, sapphire and purple which play off of core neutrals, black, navy, oatmeal and grey. These are festive and fun and set the tone for the holidays. In the later part of the season there are bright citrus tropical colors balanced with salt washed mid-tone pastels, which are more appropriate for resort wear.

If you were going to start with one new look this season what would it be?

Dresses. I am really excited about the broad range of dress options: from knits sundresses, spa dresses and simple shifts, to magnificent printed and embellished woven, they are versatile in their wearing occasions, pack and travel well, and are incredibly comfortable.

You can slip on a dress and feel pulled together in an instant. Just add accessories and the right shoe and you are ready for whatever comes your way.

Author (Sacha) by the pool in Miami

How are people wearing these new trends now?

They are wearing the athleisure trend head to toe or mixing key pieces off of sportswear. It all depends where you are going and the reason for your travel. I think it’s more sophisticated and interesting to be able to mix the pieces back to traditional sportswear.

What are the trends for men this season?

We are seeing some great new hybrid outerwear/sweater combinations, elastic waist and drawstring pants, 5 pocketing styling on non-denim fabrications, with global warming we are seeing more season-less sweaters (I call them pan-seasonal) for longer wear-ability and sumptuous knits.

Any other style tips?

Layer! It’s always better to be able to add or remove a layer as needed, and it helps you look more polished.

Do you have any packing tips so you look great when you arrive?

I typically try to pack a specific colour palette. In the spring it may be navy and white, in the fall neutrals. This makes it easier to mix and match items, and get more wear out of each piece, which leads to (hopefully) a smaller bag! I try to wear each item 2x, and refresh as much as possible with footwear and accessories.

When travelling
I consider my departure city and my destination and try to pull a look together which looks appropriate for each. For example, from Seattle to Hawaii, I would wear white jeans (yes, it is ok to wear white denim 365 day a year!) a tropical silk camisole and a lightweight knit blazer.

Shoes no socks. I always carry a wrap too, since the temperature on airplanes can be so unpredictable, which also doubles as a blanket, and I always bring my travel pillow, so I arrive looking rested. When I land the blazer is quickly stashed in my carry-on bag, not to be seen for the remainder of the trip, and the white jeans may get rolled a bit at the cuff.

No socks keep me cool and comfy, and the printed camisole looks just right in the tropical locale. Versatility is so important, and making sure the items you select can take you from the beach to the bar to the bonfire! Aloha!

Keep an eye out for my blog, where I will continue to share the top travel style tips for feeling your best self. If you have any questions about travel style or fashion, please leave your comments below and I will do my best to find the answers for you!

Wardrobe was provided by Tommy Bahama and the lovely, super helpful team at the Tommy Bahama Park Royal Vancouver location  helped me put together these gorgeous outfits.

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