Travel Apparel


January is the movement issue, so we asked ourselves: How do we move in airports, terminals, train stations and more. Brought on by Social Culture’s winter trip to Chicago, we have decided to take on travel apparel.  For those of us in warmer climates and are going on winter vacations whether it is for snowboarding, family, or snow, layering seems to be the best option. First, layering saves on packing space. With the new charges for checked baggage, saving space is a big deal. Instead of packing your winter coat in your luggage, fashionably wear it. Secondly, layering is a key style tip. Layering can create texture, can create new shapes, proportions and can start conversation when traveling. It is also functional, it builds warmth. So, here is how SOCIAL CULTURE approaches layering for travel. Our model Ricky goes through the process of layering, styled by Men’s Editor, Ceasar Perez. Photographed by Alexandra Rose, as she captures the movement of layering for travel. 


Start with a good pair of stretch skinnies (sitting in comfort and style) and zipper boots (convenience for going through security). Start with a print button up. You have the option of buttoning it all the way up for a hipster cool look, one button undone for the conservatives, and three buttons undone for the trendy. Prints can be scary but you can go bold, go subtle or even go print on print throughout layering as that is a new trend. Just as a tip, a slim fit or tailored shirt might work best here as layering builds bulk quickly. Different garments have different silhouettes, and stacking one silhouette on another can create lumps and bumps... and can often read as overweight or frumpy. 

The next layer, add for professionalism, a silk blazer goes a long way. In Ricky’s case, Ceasar paired his outfit with a chocolate silk blazer. This not only creates a nice shine when traveling, but it also looks expensive. It will add a trendy element to the layering and can help create depth. For texture, layer a fur scarf (Prada). Faux or real, fur is one of the quickest ways to create texture. It’s small, functional and can be a great statement piece or wow factor. It’s a good conversation starter as well.

On top of that layer add a heavier winter trench coat or jacket (Michael Kors). Finally, leather gloves finishes the look (H&M). The neutral coat is plain but has nice military leather details. The cut and bulk of the jacket is actually in the waist, so the fur scarf helps balance out the silhouette, and the skinny jeans keeps look sharp. 

Some important tips when layering:

Avoid bulk by starting with tailored shirts, blazers, and thin silhouettes.

Create depth by using textures, prints and cuts.

Always layer one statement garment to spark conversation when traveling.

Don’t over accessorize, as you are already wearing multiple garments. 

Don’t be afraid to compliment, contrast color and use prints. 





Some important tips when traveling by plane:

  • Check your airline carrier to see if they have an app for boarding passes, technology does make travel easier.
  • 3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume); 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 ounce (100ml) container size is a security measure.
  • A list of prohibited items can be found here :