My Italian travel outfit

Old navy tee • Forever 21 striped shorts • Scapa flats • Ray-Ban sunglasses c/o SmartBuyGlasses
In the photos that I shared from our vacation in Italy back in June, there were a few snapshots of what I was wearing. I actually received a few questions about what I wear when travelling and so I decided to re-create my go-to outfit for Italy and tell you a little more about my packing habits. These striped shorts went to both Florence and Bologna with me. They’re made from a jeans-like fabric but really thin and were perfect for the 40° weather. This T-shirt from Old Navy protects my shoulders from the harsh sunlight and I am wearing the sunglasses are more because of practicality than because they’re fashionable. Wearing contacts and bright sunlight is a fail-roof recipe for teary eyes.
Basically when I travel, I do what everyone else does: check the weather, pick a comfy outfit to wear on the plane or in the bus / car and then pack other comfortable items for the daytime according to the weather. I don’t care about being fashionable when travelling really. I’m a city tripper, but city tripping for us usually means walking a lot, and then heels, cute ballet flats or skinny jeans are not very practical. Besides, sweat is part of the game. And a lot of it. For places like Barcelona, Italy and the tropical concrete jungle that is New York I packed all of my shorts and a few tees. For England and northern France I go with stretchy jeans, a tank top and a cardigan or jacket as the weather can change rapidly here and this allows me to switch easily.  On my feet: aaaalways my Teva sandals! They are like clouds to walk on and they never failed me before. Dressing when travelling is not aerospace science! My key word is comfort and my only goal is to protect myself from a sunburn and blisters, haha. I sometimes do try to include a trend into my travel wear. striped shorts and jeans were doing really well earlier in the summer so that’s why I took them with me. Just like my leather ones. But never, ever, ever chose style above comfort when you have to be on a plane for hours and have to do lots of walking and climbing. You might will regret it!

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  1. 22 August 2013 / 02:51

    There is no reason you can't be comfortable and cute – those printed shorts definitely make this look stand out!
    Chic on the Cheap

  2. 22 August 2013 / 03:37

    hi, nikki i'm glad of your awesomeness i can still remember you say to never choose style above comfort which most of the blogger fail to do just for the sake of fashion. By the way where can i find your photos on your trip in Italy

  3. 22 August 2013 / 03:41

    Hi nikki i like how you chose comfort above style that most blogger forgot to do just for the sake of fashion. I really like how you dress and i hope to see your photos from Italy where can i find those photos.

    P.S A fan from asia

  4. 22 August 2013 / 07:43

    You're so adorable Nikki! Love this outfit, hope to see you again very soon x

  5. 22 August 2013 / 08:55

    Such a nice comfy travel outfit!

    And very good advice too – as much as I would love to be that stylish lady running through the airport in heels….my feet would hate me for it! I always dress for comfort when travelling 🙂

    Away From Blue

  6. 22 August 2013 / 11:45

    I have finally succumbed to the wisdom of comfy shoes while doing a lot of walking. I used to preach style over comfort while traveling until I became an old lady (mentally). I still like stylish comfy shoes…but I would rather focus on the cool sites I am seeing while traveling, than how cramped my toes are. I think you always look so effortlessly cool.

  7. 22 August 2013 / 13:32

    When I went to Ireland i think i wore my hiking pants the whole time bc they were comfy, and we did so much walking! I totally Agree!

  8. 22 August 2013 / 14:02

    Nice outfit!

  9. 22 August 2013 / 15:14

    Those shorts are cute and fashionable though, so you do look all cute even when being tourists.

  10. 22 August 2013 / 16:16

    Great advice!
    I've chosen style over comfort too many times before… so silly.
    Besides, you can still be cute in comfy clothes, and actually enjoy your trip!

  11. 22 August 2013 / 23:03

    Oh, Nikki, this is wonderful! Most photos I have of myself are from traveling, so I notice that I put a lot more care into those outfits. But it's still all about comfort. What will I still like on me after 12 hours of walking? Fashion can be functional…but not very often when on the road (:

  12. 22 August 2013 / 23:50

    so much fun traveling, and i always check the weather.
    love your shorts lady!


  13. 23 August 2013 / 08:01

    Goed advies! Nu ben ik wel benieuwd naar teva sandalen haha, heb ze nog nooit geprobeerd! Schoenen op vakantie vind ik ook altijd lastig 🙂 Ik probeer er wel 'hip' (kuch) maar vooral 'Hannelore' (haha) uit te zien, maar comfort en chillheid zijn zeker even belangrijk… al is dat eigenlijk wel altijd het geval… 😉

  14. 23 August 2013 / 12:17

    I almost bought similar shorts today while shopping! But I decided not to at the last minute, because I wanted to invest in other things. Now I am kind of regretting that though…

  15. 23 August 2013 / 15:32

    Ohhhh my goodness these shorts! I'm dying. So so cute.

    Xo, Hannah

  16. 23 August 2013 / 16:19

    Kleding uitkiezen om op vakantie te gaan is lastig, zeker bij een citytrip! Maar je hebt dat goed gedaan aan de outfit te zien 😉

  17. 23 August 2013 / 17:13

    I'll have to try out those shoes if they are as dreamy as you describe them to be! =D

  18. 24 August 2013 / 02:30

    When travelling, it's all about comfort and practicality for me. Love those shorts on you!!

  19. 24 August 2013 / 08:54

    You look adorable. Love the striped shorts. I totally agree with you. You should never choose style above comfort while traveling.

    xx Mira

  20. 24 August 2013 / 15:05

    Flats for the plane, a must! This is adorable. I love the stripes!! -♥- Rachel (For the Birds)

  21. 24 August 2013 / 15:20

    Oh just stop with your mile long legs. You are making me have a serious case of the envy monster.

  22. 24 August 2013 / 20:35

    Wat een mooie outfit!
    Heb ongeveer gelijkaardige shorts van Primark,
    draag ze ook zooo graag (:

    Liefs, Liese
    Cats & Dresses

  23. 24 August 2013 / 20:54

    Echt leuke short! comfy misschien maar cute zeker en vast!

  24. 25 August 2013 / 17:27

    love those sungelasses 🙂 xo

  25. 25 August 2013 / 20:38

    Leuke outfit. Je hebt helemaal gelijk over comfy kleding op reis. Op het vliegtuig had ik zo'n geprinte broek aan, een beetje pyjama-achtig. Maar o zo comfy. Ik probeer er toch altijd stylish uit te zien op reis, maar altijd toch nog comfortabel om te dragen. 🙂

    X Audrey

  26. 26 August 2013 / 09:34

    You're so pretty! I love your striped shorts, your guide to travel dressing is fab xx

  27. 29 August 2013 / 17:18

    Shorts for the win! Echt mijn basic uniform in de zomer ook 🙂 deze zien er echt een leuk exemplaar uit!

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