5 reasons why my black and white maxi dress is my best travel outfit

“Things are not quite so simple always as black and white.”

― Doris Lessing

And sometimes things are quite simple. When I travel for example, it’s a simple choice what to wear. The first thing that most often does not go in my backpack or suitcase, is my old black & white maxi dress. When the temperatures are summerly warm, it is my preferred outfit for travelling by car, bus, boat, train or plane. Let me give you 5 reasons why:

  1. It’s made of cotton, so lovely cool.
  2. It’s pretty wrinkle friendly, which is a super bonus for travelling.
  3. The loose shape is comfortable and perfect for hiding some extra weight (I don’t know about you, but I love trying out lots of local food 😉).
  4. The length of the dress is very practical, because you never know on what kind of chair (plastic, dirty, broken…) you are going to sit for hours and hours.
  5. On top of all that it goes well with my sneakers, which add even more comfort to the outfit and are my favourite shoes for travelling (see this previous blogpost).

Enjoying the beauty of Komani Lake (Albania), travelling by boat from Fierze to Koman

I always combine the dress with this super short cardigan, which makes it more comfortable when having to put on a safety or seat belt (the dress has got spaghetti straps). The cardigan also protects my shoulders against too much sunshine. I often put another, larger cardigan in my hand luggage too, so I can add an extra layer when the air conditioning is working too well😉

At the border of Serbia & Montenegro, travelling by train (The Montenegro Express)

It doesn’t show (fortunately), but the dress, cardigan and sneakers are all really, really old. That’s why I have recently bought a new black & white summer dress. It’s a really flattering one and great with high heels (for a posh party), sneakers (for a city trip) and flip-flops (for the beach).

As you can see on the photo above, it worked very well in Paris, but I noticed my new dress is less practical than the one I already had. It’s longer, so the dress gets in my way when climbing stairs (so happy I did not take it with me to Venice, just imagine…). The material is also less cool, so for my backpacking adventure this summer I stuck to the old one.

Waiting for the arrival of the Montengro Express at Užice station (Serbia)

What is your preferred outfit for travelling and why? Please share your stories below, so fellow readers and I can get inspired by them!

Thanks so much for reading and till next week!



PS: In case you wonder where the first photo was taken…We were travelling by jeep from Shkodra to Theth (Albania) on a rather adventurous road!

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