Travel Styles in Early Spring

One of the greatest things about traveling for me, is seeing all of the travel styles people are wearing in airports and train stations. I feel like these are the styles that people have really grabbed hold of on a more global scale, which means that they aren’t going anywhere any time soon. I don’t know about you but I love to buy on sale, and off season! But there is nothing worse than buying a current style only to find out that it’s gone completely out of fashion the next year. Now, of course we wear whatever we want and whatever we love, but I have purchased things that I adored at the time, but after they went out of style, I just felt uncomfortable and kind of awkward in them which was a real bummer.

Travel Styles in Early Spring
In Luzerne, Switzerland ; Avec Les Filles Color Blocked Trench on sale here.

I have spent time in multiple airports, several unique cities and many train stations over the past 3 weeks and I wanted to show you the over-riding travel styles that I noticed over and over and OVER again both here in the US (Colorado Springs, Denver and New York) as well as in Switzerland (Montreux, Luzerne and Zurich). These are the things I saw the majority of people consistently wearing on a daily basis , in early spring, while going about their work, school and life in general.

Travel Styles for early Spring. What to wear!
Another day, another train. Zurich, Switzerland. Luggage by ROAM.

I feel like you can purchase any of the things here with complete confidence that they will be considered “current” for several more years at least and many of them can definitely be purchased in a classic style making them a wardrobe staple. In all of our current travels, it has still been early spring.

Travel Styles for early Spring. What to wear!
Montreux, Switzerland Lake Geneva

It’s damp and chilly so you won’t find any florals or spring-y fashions just yet. But it’s a great time to shop the sales on all of these items, for quality at a better price. I’ve searched the sales and added shoppable links for you to shop with ease, right here from my blog. You can also click the heart on any of these items and get an alert when the item goes on sale. (And I’m so grateful for your support!) So lets get on with the travel styles that were seen on repeat in March!

One of the biggest surprises to me was graphic tees. While I know they are popular here in the US, I guess I didn’t expect to see SO MANY of them in Switzerland. In Zurich, Luzerne and Montreux they were everywhere. For both the young and old, graphic tees are being firmly embraced. Younger girls paired them with flowy skirts or jeans with sneakers and more mature ladies had them peeking out from blazers, wool coats and leather jackets.

What was on everyone’s feet? Black ankle booties, cognac ankle booties, over-the-knee boots, converse sneakers and all forms of black and/or white trainers. From platforms to high-tops, from Adidas to the aforementioned Converse- they were everywhere (including on MY feet, lol). I saw trainers once again on young and old, across the board everywhere and in just about every single combination you can imagine. Black ankle boots were also overwhelmingly popular. Worn mostly with cuffed or raw hemmed denim, but also with opaque black tights and skirts. (I did see a few white ankle boots but again, it’s not REALLY spring yet in any of these places.) And OTK boots were definitely on repeat everywhere. Worn mostly with jeans but I also saw more than a few women, pairing them with skirts and tights.

The overcoats were overwhelmingly either tailored, classic wool, classic trench coats or a long puffer coat. Usually with a smart, warm scarf wrapped around the neck and OVER longer hair, creating a chic, carefree look. Of course in NY it’s all black head to toe and I saw a lot more leather jackets.

For handbags I’ll tell you what I didn’t see- I didn’t see ONE belt bag. Not one. I could be wrong, but I’m thinking that short trend may be on the way out (and to be honest, I wouldn’t be at all sad about that. Do you guys like those?). I saw lots of cross-body bags and a lot of chain detailing everywhere. Another thing that I found surprising was that there were so many of the cute, add-on, bag details. From large poms to charms and tassels, that’s definitely something everyone seems to be loving.

Does this match the travel styles you see in your city in the late winter and early spring? I’d love to hear about it. If there was a job for people watching my financial future would be secure for sure, lol.

We are back in Colorado and it’s still pretty cold with warm sunny days intermixed. I am really ready for Spring this year, so I’m hoping to be showcasing sandals and dresses on the blog stat!

Are you shopping for any sale items for fall and winter now- or do you go strictly by season ?

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Travel Styles for early Spring. What to wear!

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Until Next Time Lovelies!

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Melissa is an unrepentant shoe hoarder who is obsessed with travel, wine, good food and her family. (Not necessarily in that order!)

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  1. This Main Line Life
    April 3, 2019 / 4:51 pm

    Great trend tips. Who knew the graphic tee was so global?.. ha. I also love a great trench and black booties. I definitely wear my booties a lot more than taller boots.
    x, Julie

    • melissa
      April 3, 2019 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you Julie. I found the graphic tees so surprising! I wear my booties a lot more also. I am shopping sales for another pair of OTK ones though!
      ~Melissa xx

  2. Jodie
    April 3, 2019 / 9:43 pm

    I love how you get a glimpse of fashion from other countries. I haven’t tried a belt bag yet, but I was considering it. It seems pretty darn functional, especially if you get a cute one.

    • April 4, 2019 / 7:39 am

      Jodie- they really are functional and when paired with the right outfit, they are super cute and soooooo easy. I think my personal attached stigma is from the 90’s, lol! (And yet I still have a few, lol) Maybe it was the cold temps that made them less popular? It’s harder to wangle them with coats and such. Who knows- they might be all over the place again this month!
      Thanks so much Jodie!
      ~Melissa xx

  3. April 5, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Love your post! Never thought of watching people that close. In Amsterdam and major cities in The Netherlands, the majority is wearing black and dark colors in this period of time too AND more and more other colors. Same here at my office. I guess we are more adventurous haha.
    Luckily the belt bag trend isn’t much of a trend here either.
    Keep up the good work dear and till next time

  4. April 5, 2019 / 4:30 pm

    Oh, and I can’t wait to see a post about dresses haha! XXX

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