I Cracked the Code to the Perfect Travel Outfit

Anna LaPlaca

The elusive "perfect travel outfit"—it's something we've discussed, debated, and broken down quite a bit before. What does an effortless yet polished and, above all else, comfy travel outfit really look like, and why does it seem nearly impossible to accomplish? Non-stretch high-rise jeans are out of the question, no matter how long you're in transit. On the other hand, it's this writer's opinion that wearing straight-up leggings isn't the most stylish option, though I'll admit it may be the comfiest.

After countless flights and thousands of miles flown, I think I've finally found the answer to the travel outfit conundrum: knit sets. The matching sweater-and-pants sets just might be the stylish solution to all those times you wore sweatpants but ended up feeling less than put-together upon arrival. With so many fun, colorful sets to choose from right now, there's no reason not to feel ultra comfy whether or not you're traveling (they make pretty great loungewear, too). We love them styled with simple white sneakers and a few dainty jewelry staples. From rainbow stripes to cheery colors and clean neutrals, shop the coolest knit sets below.

Infuse your travel outfit with cheery colors and rainbow stripes.

The Elder Statesman Pomona Striped Ribbed Cashmere Sweater ($755)

An instant mood booster.

The Elder Statesman Pomona Striped Ribbed Cashmere Flared Pants ($875)

Just add white sneakers.

Baum und Pfergarten Ruffle Cuff Cardigan ($82)

These ruffle sleeves, though.

Baum und Pfergarten Knitted Track Pants ($72)

The prettiest track pants maybe ever.

Camila Morrone's got the right idea. (Stunning vistas not included.)

On Camila Morrone: Naked Cashmere Cambell Sweater ($275) and Aubrina Pants ($275)

H&M Cashmere-Blend Cardigan ($60)

For freezing airplanes and battling the office A/C.

H&M Cashmere-Blend Joggers ($60)

Just add a white tank and sneakers.

Victoria, Victoria Beckham Cutout Mélange Ribbed-Knit Tunic ($295)

This looks like the coziest sweater in the world.

Victoria, Victoria Beckham Mélange Ribbed-Knit Flared Pants ($340)

Wear these alone with a T-shirt, too.

Look for pretty details like lettuce edges to elevate the overall vibe.

LPA Juliana Sweater in Beige ($118)

Yes, you need another cardigan in your life.

LPA Pant 93 in Beige ($98)

This shade of beige makes everything look more luxe.

BP. Crop Hoodie ($49)

Leopard print is always a good idea.

BP. Print Jogger Pants ($49)

The five star reviews on Nordstrom don't lie about these.

Fun colors and quirky patterns make these loungewear sets feel fresh.

Marques' Almeida Striped Crocheted Merino Wool Top ($128)

We'd also wear this top with jeans.

Marques' Almeida Striped Crocheted Merino Wool Straight-Leg Pants ($285)

Fun prints for the win.

Zara Textured Knit Sweater with Metallic Thread ($40)

Zara knows.

Zara Metallic Thread Textured Pants ($40)

Look closely—these are subtly metallic.

Universal Standard Dolci Top ($50)

Slouchy perfection.

Universal Standard Mola Pnats ($60)

This color feels so right for fall.

Mango Ribbed Top ($50)

This color though.

Mango Ribbed Side Slit Pants ($60)

The slits make these feel far from sweats.

Line & Dot Line & Dot Lynn Sweater Tank Top in Mocha ($67)

Wear this with denim shorts in the summer.

Line & Dot Line & Dot Lynn Sweater Pants in Mocha ($94)

We love the wide ribbing on these.

Superdown Murry Pant Set in Toast ($88)

Think of all the layering possibilities with this top.

Free People Bicoastal Set ($128)

The name even suggests frequent cross country travel.

Now you're all set to look stylish en route to your next destination.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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