Studies reveal that the current generation is the most traveled ever. There are more affordable foreign exchange programs for students and budget flights are abundant.
It’s worth mentioning too that there are simply more options for accommodations to suit a wider range of budgets, allowing more people to easily manage a leisure trip overseas.
The accessibility of travel paired with social media has definitely been a huge boost to the fashion industry. Most young travelers these days see their trips as the perfect opportunity to display their amazing style. When you go to Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube, you’re instantly bombarded with OOTDs in New York, Barcelona, or some other gorgeous place.
While this lifestyle may demand a high level of commitment, for many the investment is more than worth it. Wearing carefully picked outfits while traveling enhances the experience. So it’s not that big a bother to have more luggage than necessary along with having to bring an arsenal of solutions for style emergencies.
And speaking of style emergencies, all kinds occur when one’s traveling. Thankfully, jet-setting models and fashion influencers have been so kind to share their tried and true fixes. Here are six of them.
1. Shaving cream gets rid of makeup stains on clothes.
The flurry and scurry of travel can make you forget that you have a full makeup on and when your head starts bobbing in drowsiness during a long flight, some of that makeup usually ends up on the collar of your shirt and your sleeves.
To get rid of makeup stains, use shaving cream. A small tube to keep your legs hair-free and smooth can take care of the makeup stain problem.
2. Keep your clothes free from sweat stains by using pantyliners.
Don’t you just hate it when your body goes into hyperhidrosis mode the moment you land in a tropical destination?
The surprising solution: Pack more pantyliners in your personal hygiene kit. Stick a liner on the pit area of your shirts and these will make sure you don’t get embarrassing sweat stains that people associate with body odor.
3. Waterproof sneakers.
Any type of canvas shoes should be waterproofed when traveling because you never know when it will pour.
The best way to do that is by rubbing white candle wax on your sneakers or canvas shoes and blow-drying them to melt the wax. Let it dry and voila – shoes you can wear even on a rainy day of exploring a new city.
4. Smooth out wrinkled clothes without an iron.
Packing all your clothing in a tight suitcase can definitely ruin the texture of your clothes.
To smooth out your wrinkled OOTD even without an iron, place your outfit in between two towels. Lay all of them flat on the bed or floor and press on the “towel and outfit” sandwich with your hands.
The process may take a while but you’ll get a wrinkle-free outfit afterward.
5. Double-sided tape takes care of ill-fitting and “shifty” clothes.
Everybody has those items of clothing that are the right size but do not fit snugly in certain areas of the body or are too long. These can make you feel rather uncomfortable that you keep on adjusting here and there just to make sure you’re not exposing yourself or you won’t trip.
Use the handy solution that seasoned stylists and models use: heavy-duty double-sided tape. If you like rocking sexy off-the-shoulder tops like Alina M or deep V-necklines like Benedickte G, the tape will prevent your clothes from shifting too much.
You can also use this tape for adjusting the hem of slacks, closing the gaps between buttons, getting rid of lint, and so much more.
6. Shawl it up.
A luxurious shawl is a functionally versatile fashion item that can solve numerous style woes.
Spilled something on your shirt while sampling local street food? Cover it up with a shawl. Is your outfit too casual for an event? Turn a shawl into a sophisticated asymmetrical top. Does a venue require you to wear a skirt? A shawl can be tied into a wrap skirt.
There are countless possibilities a shawl offers making it a wonderful solution to fashion emergencies. So, when you’re traveling, always bring a colorful shawl with you.
There’s no controlling many of life’s situations but with adequate preparation, you can prevent fashion emergencies from cramping your travel style.
Jessicka Bell co-founded the AgenC, one of the leading model/talent agencies in the Middle East, in 2014. After just three years in the market, the AgenC now works with most (if not all) of the heavy hitters in media and fashion, as well as represents over 1,000 talents ranging from international models through to cast, kids, creatives and photographers.