Picture it now: You and your best friends riding down an open road in a fabulous cherry red Cadillac. You all have your shades on and your hair is flowing graciously in the wind… okay, maybe that picture is a bit too pretty. You’re probably riding in your “well loved” car and your hair is definitely going to be blowing all over and getting stuck in your lip gloss, but road trips are still ALWAYS an amazing time.

These fashion tips and essentials will totally maximize your road trip experience and make sure you stay absolutely chic while doing it. Who said you couldn’t be stylish whilst on a road trip? Um, no one!

1. Wear comfortable clothes.

Seeing as you’ll be sitting in a car for a long period of time, you’re going to want to wear something comfortable. Road trips are not the time for skinny jeans and super tight shirts. Some comfortable clothing ideas are leggings, t-shirts, cardigans, flannels, etc! Wear something that’s tried and true and not too tight. If you’re feeling like being extra cozy, why not wear some stylish pajamas? We love the combo of this Blackfive Red Plaid Long-Sleeved ShirtTopShop Textued Wetlook Leggings & Give Me Coffee Now T-Shirt.road trip fashion essentials and tips

2. Wear layers.

Layers are an essential for road trips! When you’re in the air conditioned car, stack them on but when you stop and get out of the car and into the humid, hot weather, take some layers off! They’re the perfect fashion statement and they are incredibly smart. A flannel, cute T-shirt and leggings is the perfect recipe!

3. Avoid big and bold accessories.

road trip fashion tips and essentialsKeep it simple when accessorizing for the road trip! Statement necklaces and dangly earrings have a time and place and a road trip is not it. Keep your accessories simple with stud earrings and a dainty necklace. Trust me, leaning on the car door and trying to take a quick nap is going to be much easier without dangling accessories in your way! This Kate Spade Eye Candy necklace is perfect!

4. Wear slip-on shoes.road trip fashion tips n essentials

Okay, this one might not apply to everyone, but being able to take your shoes off and put them back on quickly is super important for long road trips. Who doesn’t love having their bare feet on the dashboard or being able to curl up without getting your car’s interior dirty from the bottom of your shoe? Make sure these shoes are comfortable to walk in–you never know when you might make a pit stop or go exploring. These TOMS Black Leather Slip-ons are trendy and comfy!

5. Bring a hoodie.

Never underestimate how cold you can get! Even if you don’t end up wearing it, keeping a hoodie in the car is perfect for chilly nights or excessive A/C.

6. Keep your essentials with you.ROAD TRIP FASHION TIPS AND ESSENTIALS

A small crossbody is perfect for keeping with you in the car during your trip. Keep travel essentials like cash, your ID,  your phone, a phone charger, hand sanitizer, iPod and anything else you might need during the trip. Rooting through your luggage while on the road is a pain–it’s convenient to have one little bag that contains everything with you at all times. This Ted Baker Patent Leather Crossbody from ASOS is perfect!

7. Bring sunglasses

These are the #1 road trip fashion essential! Road trips are sunny and you need to protect your eyes while looking absolutely fabulous. Be sure to bring a sunglasses case to keep your shades safe and avoid having them break!

8. Have hair ties on hand.

Keeping your hair looking fresh and fabulous while on the road can be a struggle. Be sure to have hair ties on your wrist and some dry shampoo close by at all times! Road trips are perfect for top knots, messy buns and braids. This messy bun tutorial from sitting in our tree will help you get the look!


What’s your road trip fashion essential?

Paige DiFiore is a Journalism and Graphic Design student at Marist College. She owns enough makeup products to feed a small country (well, if they ate makeup) and she will literally drop everything just to pet a dog. When she isn't daydreaming about owning a pug and making it Instagram famous, she is ruthlessly playing board games and aspiring to someday be the goddess of a religion that's yet to be discovered.