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5 Trendy Styles That are Still Functional for Travel

It doesn't matter what traveling environment you're headed for whether it's international or domestic, you still want to look good and feel comfortable in what you're wearing. These days, there are tons of trendy fashion gear to look for and ones that are easy to pack. Travel clothing should be versatile so that you could go hiking in them up California's Mt. Shasta, for example, and also be stylish for walking along the Champs-Elysee in Paris. Here are five of our favorite and functional pieces.

1. Lightweight Travel Shoes

The last thing you need is a big, clunky pair of hiking boots, and although they serve a purpose, they're not the easiest things to pack. Instead, why not choose a modern pair of lightweight travel shoes that can go the distance?

When you're traveling to another city, the odds are that you'll be walking a lot to explore your destination. Sporty, casual sneakers are a great idea because they are breathable and light. Look for a pair that offers plush cushioning in the sneaker's sock liner that molds to the foot for exceptional step-in.

2. Button-Down Chambray Shirt

Chambray fabric is usually made of a linen and cotton blend and offers comfort in both warm and cool weather. It is easy to toss in a bag or suitcase and can be layered for both casual and dressier looks.

A long-sleeve, button-down in chambray always looks both classic and trendy and gives you lots of fashion mileage whether you're glamping in California or walking up a hilly, cobblestone street in Rome.

Men like chambray shirts, too, and the shirt goes with everything from shorts to sweats to jeans and even suits while traveling. The shirt offers an easygoing but practical vibe.

3. Black Leggings

Talk about uber-versatility, you cannot beat a pair of classic leggings in the shade of black. This simple, affordable and always in style garment will serve you well wherever your travels take you.

Black leggings go with every wardrobe basic you own, and this item can be worn in a variety of ways. For example, leggings can go under your jeans, dress or skirt when visiting conservative destinations.

Also, leggings are great for lounging around in your hotel, worn as pajama bottoms or work-out bottoms or hiking bottoms. Leggings are excellent paired with a top, long cardigan and sneakers while in-flight.

4. Travel Wrap/Scarf

A cozy, large and lightweight scarf is another trendy travel garment to include when you hit the road or the friendly skies. A wrap or scarf is the perfect layering piece and always looks chic at any age.

Travel experts call travel wraps excellent multi-taskers. You could roll one up, and use it as a neck pillow during a long ride, as a cover in a chilly area or as a shield from rainy weather.

A long scarf is elegant enough for a night out when draped around your shoulders and comes in many fabric types and styles. There is alpaca, cashmere, light wool, and you can choose one in a vibrant color for a fashionable look.

5. Fanny Pack

Yes, the fanny pack still reigns supreme, and it is back on trend for traveling. The bag is great for hauling essentials, and you can wear one around your waist but also as a cross-body bag if you extend the straps.

The fanny pack will safely store your must-haves like your smartphone, a map, reading glasses, first aid supplies, snacks, etc.

The item is ideal for both men and women and comes in lots of styles, colors, and fabrics. Some fanny packs are waterproof. Others have several zippered compartments and are made of nylon or spandex.

Some fanny packs are made with a belt that conveniently clips in the front, so thieves cannot unclasp the fanny pack if you’re in a crowd.

When you have the chance to travel, be it near or far, what you wear on the trip matters. Comfort, fit and function all play a key role from head to toe. You can still look stylish and trendy by collecting a few sensible basics for the road ahead.

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