Post # 1
Ok – I need some advice from you work traveling bee’s! My job is starting to involve much more international travel and I am wondering what you bee’s typically find appropriate for a long haul trip with other co-workers?
I have an upcoming trip to Romania – Shanghai for work and will be on all my flights with my immediate boss. For some of the trip his boss (a VP at my company) will be joining us. Each leg of our journey is 20+ hours of travel with several layovers and overnight flights. I cant imagine business casual is the norm in this case but I may be totally off. Here is what I was thinking of purchasing:
In black (both pieces) I can wear a nice tabk under it when its just my boss and I (he is real laid back) and if the VP should come I can always do a dress shirt under it also.
Thoughts? My company is not super formal – we have jeans Fridays and everything. However, being the youngest traveling member of our team, and a women I want to make sure I make a good impression and “look the part”. Note: We arrive in all locations and go to the hotel – so this is strictly travel no client/company meetings in these clothes.
Post # 3
Are those sweatpants? I would personally not wear those for business travel – especially to Europe. In my business travel experience, Americans are the only ones who wear sweats to travel – in fact, a few of my European friends have commented on it.
Why not wear a loose pair of dress pants, or an aline skirt? Nicer maxi skirts can also be dressed up.
For the top, I would look for something a little nicer – again, the “sweats” material is too casual for anything business related (even flights), IMO.
Also, whenever I travel internationally, I always bring a second “travel” outfit to change into on the plane. This is especially nice on overnight flights – bring body wipes and a change of clothes, and after you wake up in the morning, you can do a sink bath and change in the lavatory.
Post # 4
My best travel wear is a patagonia dress http://www.patagonia.com/ca/product/patagonia-womens-bandha-dress?p=58729-0-889.
If I were flying internationaly I would pair it with a set of tights and a cute sweater to keep warm (I freeze on international flights). If its a short local hope pair it with a cute shoe and a parshmina.
This is on the casual side however depending on what you usualy wear to work. Its very comfortable however with a great technical fabric and does not wrinkle up when packed in a suitcase.
Post # 5
I agree – American’s tend to make a bad impression with how we think its acceptable. It made me feel great when on my flight from NYC to Dubai the british guy next to me took his shirt OFF when he went to sleep – I laughed quietly to myself at all of my English friends who have knocked my casual attire! 😉
Anyways – its a nicer material than sweats – its like a nice double sides knit. I was thinking I could even belt it when I wear the dress shirt under it. Paired with a pair of cheetah print flats I thought it could look cute.
I’m really not keen to wear a skirt on a long overnight flight…and I worry my dress pants would look god awful after 30 hours of traveling not to mention how uncomfortable most of my dress pants are…I wish I was one of those people who felt comfortable in suits.
I can always wear jeans and a linen sport coat – I just hate the idea of sleeping in jeans- ick! I asked a co-worker and apparently my immediate boss travels very casual – however our VP is new so no one has traveled with him.
Post # 6
I’ve got these Gap Perfect trouser pants and they are super comfortable and don’t wrinkle too badly.
Also, I second the skirt idea, and as long as it’s a long skirt, you won’t have to worry about being uncomfortable/fidgeting all the time. A long lightly pleated skirt would hide wrinkles, be professional, and tights will keep you warm.
A wrap dress that hits below the knee with tights would also be a good option.