Jet-Setting in Style

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Whether you're planning to venture out to a blissful tropical paradise, a sandy desert getaway or a long weekend by the lake, your personal style should also travel along with you. To learn more about emerging trends and vacationing in comfortable style, we tapped the expertise of Carrie Papke, Owner of TO & FRO Activewear.

Much like recent seasons, nostalgic pieces remain all the rage for spring. From oversized joggers to basic bodysuits, a polished look is easily accomplished while maintaining the coziness we've all become accustomed to.

"Tennis skorts are also a big trend this year," Papke said, noting an option her store carries from size-inclusive and sustainable brand Girlfriend Collective. "You can wear it for tennis, golf or leisure. It has the perfect fit and is one of my favorite pieces we are bringing in."

When it comes to colors, Papke suggests reaching for a nice mix of earth tones and ribbed fabrics—think browns, taupes and tans.

"We'll never do away with our tried and true black, but it is refreshing to see tan as the new black," she said. "We're also seeing a higher emphasis on sustained fabric."

Papke emphasizes that there's no need to sacrifice style for comfort when traveling, and offers two go-to airport outfit options.

Option No. 1
"Start with a great pair of joggers, a tucked-in tee or bodysuit, sneakers and a cute jacket. Our favorite joggers for flying are from Vuori and a great fitted tank for travel is the Be Free tank from Nux. We also suggest amazing bodysuits from Yummie and Free People Movement."

Option No. 2
"Throw on a pair of comfortable yet compressive leggings and pair with an oversized zip or looser windbreaker and a pair of sneakers. We absolutely love Varley leggings for that perfect combo of comfort and compression. Pair it with an oversized zip from Glyder or Varley to finish the look!"

Papke also advises bringing a warm layering piece and to avoid shorts and dresses, as flights could be uncomfortably cold.

Once you've arrived at your destination, you should have a couple "easy" outfits at the ready. According to Papke, a comfortable dress with light sneakers or slides is always a win.

"Dresses from LSpace will do the trick, as they can be dressed up or down," she said. "We love that they don't take up much space in our luggage. Pack a pair of wedges to dress it up at night!"

Not feeling a dress? Enter the aforementioned joggers.

"Be sure to pack a pair of joggers that can be dressed up, as well as down," Papke suggests. "Look for satin or faux leather joggers and pair them with a silk cami and heels for going out, or a distressed graphic tee and sneakers for the day."

Courtesy of Carrie Papke

New socks, for running around.
"Your feet will thank you for the extra bounce from a new pair."

Packing cubes, to save your sanity.
"MyTagalong packing cubes ensure that your clothes stay organized when you root through your bag."

Accessories focused on hydration.
"Travel is dehydrating, and hotel bottled water is expensive. Pack a refillable bottle, like our S'well and bkr bottles, along with some 24K eye masks for post-flight events."

Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.

This article originally appeared in the Apr/May '22 issue of West Michigan Woman.


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