Travel Clothes for Summer Vacations

Our picks for lightweight, comfy and stylish gear for planes, trains, cars and more

No one wants to be the person lining up for airport security or a bus transfer in stained sweatpants or pajamas. To dress casually and comfortably for travel—especially in hot weather—can be difficult. There is travel etiquette to acknowledge (no bare feet please) as well as efficiency, but comfort and aesthetics are equally important. Going from the intensely air-conditioned plane (or train, or bus) to the hot deck of a ferry or out to hail a cab can be hellish in the wrong clothing, so to get your summer vacation off to the best start—from the very beginning—we have selected some of our favorite comfortable and lightweight gear, none of which sacrifice style.

Lightweight Joggers

The new Dish & Duer slim fit Joggers ($109) are ideal for hot weather, as they are made from the brand’s naturally antibacterial and moisture-absorbing N2X fabric. No matter how swampy or muggy it gets, it won’t show. The joggers also feature comfortable elasticized cuffs and a drawstring waistband, so you can adjust as you go. Available in olive green, tobacco or black.

Primeknit Rod Lavers

After the Primeknit Stan Smiths, we weren’t sure adidas could trump themselves, but the recently released Rod Lavers ($65) are another modern-day take on a classic. Featuring a breathable air mesh upper and a grippy gum outsole, they are light, comfortable and highly functional.

Vesper Polo Shirt

Visually, Mack Weldon’s Vesper ($68) might appear the same as any other polo at first, but the brand strikes a balance between an extra sporty look and a tailored fit. It’s also crafted from a micro-mesh lightweight knit fabric that the brand developed itself: a blend of (primarily) combed cotton for breathability and (a small percentage of) polyester for stretch—maximizing coolness while allowing for active use. Available in four colorways, this classic style will match with almost everything in your wardrobe.

Chambray Jumpsuit

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Moisture-Wicking Hoodie

Made from polyknit, this cropped hoodie ($285) from Chromat is ideal for traveling through different weather zones. Not only is it moisture-wicking, it’s also water-resistant, so no matter the climate, you’re covered. The technical but sophisticated style means that while it’s officially workout gear, it won’t look out of place on a plane or at a bar.

Apollo Moc Sneakers

Super-breathable (thanks to a microfiber upper complete with perforation) these lightweight sneakers ($75) from Native are ridiculously comfortable—and are available in 20+ colorways. Easy to slip on and off for airport security, they are also PETA-approved vegan, so your conscience can rest as easy as your feet.

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