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Anatomy of My Travel OOTD


One of the things I’m most excited about pre-trip is planning my OOTD’s! I’m definitely no fashion blogger and I have never been experimental when it comes to dressing up, but I really enjoy planning what to wear, especially when I travel.

Sometimes, I like dressing according to theme (more on that next time) but most of the time, I go for simple, basic, practical pieces that I can wear again. Here’s a list of my travel wardrobe staples and why I love them!

1. Basic Shift Dress


Lately I’ve been obsessed with shift dresses. I actually want to overhaul my closet and sell all my other dresses that are not shift dresses. Haha! (But I’m holding that off because it could just be a phase!) Reasons why I love them:

  • They look good both in sneakers and in flats
  • Plain shift dresses can be worn again and again
  • You can dress it up in different ways, depending on your accessories
  • They’re light to pack since it’s a top and a bottom in one!

2. Floppy Hat

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I’ve overused this floppy hat but I really like it a lot, even if it sometimes makes me look like a certified tourist. Haha! I like this hat in particular because no matter how bad I pack it (I just usually stuff it in), it still looks fine when I take it out of my bag!

I’ve already forgotten where I bought this though because I’ve had this for years!

3. Fleece Lined Duffle Hoodie


I love big trench coats so much but sometimes, they’re just not practical to bring to places where it can be super sunny in a matter of minutes. That’s why I love my navy blue Ever New jacket. Reasons why I love it:

  • Looks like a duffle coat so it’s more fashionable than a regular hoodie
  • Fleece lined so it keeps we really warm
  • Hooded so I’m ready for drizzles
  • Easily fits my backpack, unlike trench coats

This is my go-to jacket when the weather is around 10-15 degrees celsius. I wore this almost everyday during our trip to London 2 years ago.

4. Comfy White Shoes


For travel shoes, it’s always comfort before style. But of course, it helps to get a stylish pair. I’ve written extensively about my favorite travel shoes here. These GoWalk pair is seriously my currently favorite. Plus, I got mine in white because they match everything!

5. Black Boots


When the weather’s colder, I like wearing boots. They look extra nice when paired with tight black leggings. I only own one pair and it’s this black one from Payless. I’m a believer of buying nice, good quality clothing items regardless of their brand!

My boots and I have been around the world together; from exploring the cobblestone streets of Madrid, to walking around London and even dancing in Portugal. I’ve had these for more than three years now and I still plan to wear them on my upcoming trips.

6. White Bag


Ever since Mor got me this Kate Spade bag from one of his trips, I’ve been using it almost everyday. It’s my most well-loved bag to date! I love it not only because it’s white (again, matches everything!) but also because my Fujifilm XA2 can fit perfectly inside, together with all my other things!

I used to love wearing my Travelon slash-proof black sling bag but my Fuji just can’t fit in them (my old digicam was perfect there though!)

7. Backpack


When Mor and I travel, he’s the one carrying a backpack. But whenever I travel alone, I bring my own. Backpacks are very practical when you’re out the entire day so you can stuff things like water, jacket, umbrella and purchases you made along the way. Tip: I highly recommend that you DO NOT put your passport, wallet and phone on your backpack.

I love this rose gold metallic backpack from MiPac not only because it’s cute but also because it’s roomy and sturdy. I also like that it’s comfortable on my shoulders.

8. Sunglasses


Sunglasses are the perfect, low maintenance accessory. They are light to pack and you can change styles easily. I sometimes bring more than a pair so I can have different looks. In fact, I have a whole bunch of these sunglasses from Fly Shades. Because they’re pretty affordable, I have them in different shapes and colors to match my outfit. My current favorite though are these gold rimmed ones because they look so classy and chic!

Travel OOTD Tips:

I’m no fashion expert. But if we share similar tastes then you can adopt these tips as well:

  • Go for neutrals: They give you more flexibility to mix and match and they almost always match your surroundings. You don’t have to worry about “clashing” too much with the background!
  • Comfort over style: When you travel, you’re gonna be busy walking and exploring a lot so make sure your outfit is one less thing to worry about.
  • Don’t pack impractical pieces you can only wear once: Unless you have a lot of luggage space, then pack away. But if not, I suggest you hold off on bringing that bright pink furry coat unless you plan on wearing it multiple times. Otherwise, it will just take up too much space.

Do you have other tips you wanna share? What are your travel OOTD staples? 

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  • Reply
    November 28, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I usually bring a scarf with me because it adds a little something to my outfits and it helps keep me warm, too! But basically these are the things I live by too when planning for my travel outfits. Wouldn’t have any problem with the colors because my closet is full of black and white pieces! Hahaha.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      November 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Oh yes good tip on the scarf, I used to do that too! I had different scarves when I went to Israel/Egypt/Jordan! :)

  • Reply
    Monique Galang
    November 30, 2016 at 12:25 am

    You even have a nice ootd during your trips! Hehe. You can add up an ootd post at the end of your travel post! 😉

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      November 30, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Cute idea, will consider that Monique! :)

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    November 30, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I’m also obsessed with shift dresses, but unfortunately it’s way too cold in Hungary to wear them in the fall. That hat looks so cute on you, everything is so pretty on your list! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day!

    xo, Esther

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 1, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Esther! Save your shift dresses for the summer! :)

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    November 30, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    I love Monique’s idea to add a ootd post to each of your trips! Great tips for travel outfits. I”m a huge fan of shift dresses for traveling. They are so easy and go great with preppy sneakers, so you can still be comfy exploring

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 1, 2016 at 9:27 am

      I know right? Looove shift dresses. I need to get more! Hehe.

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    Filipa Jackson
    December 1, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Loved this post darling

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    December 2, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Great travel outfit tips, doll! Love the snaps!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 2, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Thanks Ashley!

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    Zunera Serena
    December 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Nice collection of shirt dresses. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 2, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you Zunera!

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    Rochelle Dianne Pentinio
    January 15, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Thanks for the ootd idea! I might recreate this looks as well for my next trip. Hihi
    – IG: @rochellepentinio

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 16, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Glad to help!! Welcome!!

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