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Luxury Travel Wardrobe Essentials

Luxury Travel Wardrobe Essentials

When you travel to luxury locations, you need to look the part. You do not want to stand out for all the wrong reasons. So, today, I thought I would go through some of the wardrobe essentials you will need when you travel to luxury destinations.

A stylish swimsuit

When you stay in high-end hotels and resorts or take a lot of cruises, you are almost certainly going to be spending time by the pool. So, you will need to treat yourself to some new swimwear from somewhere like JD Williams. Your costume or bikini does not have to cost a lot to look good. It just needs to be well-made, stylish and most importantly of all, fit properly. Make sure that you choose something you will also be happy wearing in a hot tub or at the spa.

A pair of designer sunglasses

Stylish sunglasses will really help you to blend in. Just be sure to choose a pair that are right for the shape of your face and stick to the classics to get the most out of them.

A hat

I always like to travel with a hat. They protect my face from the sun and add a touch of class to most outfits. If you choose a good quality classically styled one you will be able to wear it for many years to come.

Travel pants

For the journey, you need to be wear clothing that is comfortable as well as stylish. Travel pants are the ideal option. They are generally loose fitting and soft seams. Provided you choose a stylish pair they can easily be worn for sight-seeing, as well. Usually, they have at least two deep pockets, which can come in very handy when you are traveling.

Tops made from luxury fabrics

A nice satin or silk blouse paired with a good quality skirt or pair of trousers is a great outfit choice for a luxury destination. Plus, these types of blouses will not look out of place when worn with jeans.

A good jacket

A blazer or similar jacket cut can be dressed up or down. So, it is always worth packing one or wearing it for the journey.

A formal outfit or two

Many luxury travelers still enjoy fine dining, which sometimes means eating in restaurants that have a strict dress code. Men typically need a jacket and tie, while women are asked to wear a dress, skirt or dress pants. You may want to dress formally to attend operas and other similar events. Plus, most cruises still have formal evenings when black tie attire is the standard.

So, most luxury travelers take the time to pack smart as well as casual clothes. What you choose to take is very much up to you. But, it will need to be fairly lightweight and crease resistant. If you are going on a weekend break for which you need formal attire, this piece of luggage that I reviewed a while back may be the answer. It is an especially good option for women who want to travel with a long dress.

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About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. I just LOVE that bathing suit. It’s gorgeous! And I’m not a hat person but those are so nice I could definitely wear that to the beach. Nice choices!!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I’m glad you like them, Joanne!

  2. I love a good pair of sunglass and, who doesn’t love a hat. They are really some of the most versatile wardrobe essentials. Not only can you accessorize anything but you can protect yourself from the sun too.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, versatile pieces are key!

  3. Heather

    Totally agree you need good travel pants and sunglasses! I have trouble finding sunglasses usually because my face is so small. I like the travel pants you pictured. They look stylish and comfortable!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Toms sunglasses might have some good options for you!

  4. The Holidaymaker

    It looks like you have captured all the basics. I love those traveling pants, they look stylish and comfy.

    • Carmen Edelson

      They are both stylish and comfy, I can assure you!

  5. Finding the right sunglasses is so hard! I have a small frame and they are always way too big! Sometimes even have to try kids’ frame! Like the pant, looks very comfortable! Might not be too fitting for our hiking trips, but would be nice for chilling after the hike!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Hmm, I’d recommend you check out Toms sunglasses!

  6. I love this luxurious list. I have been building a travel wardrobe to consist of tops that consist of top quality fabrics. They are a bit pricey, but the nicer fabrics feel amazing and I know I will wear them more often.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      You will get so much wear out of them too because they are better quality!

  7. Gotta say trying to imagine myself in that dress or hat … well, not sure I could ever pull it off. Of course, I am a guy. 😉 Tilley hat for me (sun not style) and comfy pants (I can feel your eyes roll) and a button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Sunglasses? I’m prescription so forget the fashion there. I know, I’m hopeless.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Ha, you may or may not be hopeless but this comment cracked me up nonetheless 😉

  8. Those sunglasses look so stylish! I’ve such a tough time finding one that looks good on my face. The jacket looks lovely too; I love the cut and the colour.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I know what you mean when it comes to sunglasses!

  9. I like your take on the travel pants – very cool and composed! I shall have to get some of my favourite and not too baggy harem pants in colours that are not black. As for the long dresses, I have a big selection back from when we used to cruise more. They’ve mostly survived a packing cube, although I think I may have been lucky. Now to work on the stylish bathing suit – I mainly wear mine for aquarobics, so I tend to focus on the ones that won’t wander around while I’m jumping up and down. Stylish they’re not!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Bernie! Happy travels 🙂

  10. Finding the perfect outfit to pack can be so hard. Thanks for this great list. I can never decide what to bring.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for reading, Alice!

  11. I love wearing oversized blazers!!! Love all the outfits you’ve shown above!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      So glad to hear it, Kyra!

  12. Hello Carmen!!
    In summer season all of these articles are very worthful and amazing.. I hope its best in all age of girls. It will be help me out in the selection of a perfect outfit in summer season.
    Thanks for sharing this article with all of us

    • Carmen Edelson

      No problem!

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