I Cracked the Code to the Perfect Travel Outfit

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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.

Jonathan Simkhai Perla Linen Rib Polo Cardigan in Beige ($345)

The polo collar really makes this knit feel fresh.

Jonathan Simkhai Colbie Linen Rib Bell Bottom Pant in Beige ($295)

Easy and chic.

Mango Knitted Top With Wide Straps ($50)

A touch more elevated than your basic tank.

Mango Crop Knit Trousers ($80)

The 2021 wardrobe basic to end them all.

Reformation Scotty Two-Piece ($178)

Because comfy doesn't have to mean boring.

Callahan Lora Top in Olive ($88)

I can't decide what I like better, the color or the neckline.

Callahan Julia Pant in Olive ($110)

So fresh.

Donni. Waffle Half Zip Pullover in Creme ($234)

Donni has really mastered cool loungewear.

Donni. Waffle Pant in Creme ($156)

Case in point.

Song of Style Emmy Top in Pale Saffron ($148)

This color feels versatile and exciting all at once.

Song of Style Emmy Pant in Pale Saffron ($188)

All about that slit hem.

FP Beach Dana Set ($98)

Imagine all the layering possibilities.

H&M Fine-Knit Top ($30)

Just as cool with knit bottoms as it is with jeans.

H&M Ribbed Pants ($15)

Pair them with the above top for a comfy but stylish vibe.

Leset Sienna Wool-Blend Tank ($140)

Because vests are definitely still going strong.

Leset Sienna Belted Wool-Blend Wide-Leg Pants ($280)

The belted waist adds some nice structure to these.

Simon Miller Rib by Simon Miller Oz Long Sleeve Top ($96)

Leave it to Simon Miller to create the coolest color palettes.

Simon Miller Rib by Simon Miller Burr Shorts ($81)

Never knew I needed knit bike shorts until now.

Eloquii Button Front Rib Duster ($72)

It's all about the lettuce hem here.

Eloquii Rib Knit Flare Pants ($54)

So pretty.

Wayf '98 Williams Crop Polo ($59)

Nordstrom's knitwear is really popping off lately.

Wayf '98 Antonio Ribbed Flare Pants ($75)

The ideal pants to wear with white sneakers.

Zara Metallic Thread Knit Top Special Edition ($40)


Zara Metallic Thread Knit Pants Special Edition ($50)


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

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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