4 summer travel staples to wear on your holiday drive

Whether your driving miles to reunite with family tomorrow or taking a daycation to the beach, you’ll want to be comfy and cool in the traffic. 

Jean shorts are a summer style staple, but they aren’t the most comfortable thing to wear in an hours-long car ride, in the 90+ degree weather. The seam tends to dig into sensitive skin, if you know what I mean, and the thick fabric gets sticky. Not to mention, if you’ve got leather seats, your skin sticks too.

Instead, I’ve got four things to wear on your summer holiday travels  to stay comfy, cool and stylish.

  1. Ruffled shorts


The tied waist is totally trending, and these loose-fit ruffled shorts will keep you comfy and dry in all the right places. Photo by @lucyswhims.

Just looking at these flowy, ruffled shorts makes me sigh in cool relief. They’re loose-fitting and often made of light-weight synthetic materials, or even cotton, that let air in and out around your bottom.

Pair these with a camisole, crop top, or even a bikini top, but avoid a body suit on humid days. Humidity + tight-fighting clothes means a lot of bacteria can grow “down there”. And who wants to wake up the morning after July 4th with a UTI or yeast infection? A hangover is bad enough, thanks.

Shop the ruffled shorts River Island, Shopbop or Urban Outfitters.


2. Cotton dress

cotton dress

This cotton dress is so breezy it even works at the beach. Photo by Stefanie McKim @style_truly

In case you didn’t know, cotton is one of the breeziest, most comfortable materials to wear, especially in the summer. It’s breathable and highly absorbant, which means sweat won’t bother you.

Because of the reasons mentioned above, you’re gonna want to keep a light, airy cotton dress like this one close at hand. It’s a go-to travel style because it’s so quick and easy to throw on, and it’s unbelievably comfortable.

To stay on trend this summer, think tie-front, cold shoulders, and button-down cotton dresses.

Style tip: “viscose” is a semi-synthetic material breathable like cotton, so don’t shy away from lower-cost materials labeled “viscose” either!

Shop some of my fave cotton or viscose style inspo at:

  1. Shopbop
  2. Topshop, also here
  3. Macy’s

3.  Slides


Chicer than a flip-flop but comfy and easy. Photo by @pinkypromiseaccs.


I love slides for summer daycations because they’re chicer than a flip-flop, making them more photogenic. But they’re just as easy and comfy as flip-flops, so you’ll forget you’re even wearing them–until you start getting compliments on your amazing style inspo.

Shop the look at:

  1. Nordstrom / Sam Edelman
  2. Zara 
  3. Amazon.com

4. Straw hat

This fun floppy straw hat would make for fun Instagram photos. Photo by Topshop.com

If your car has windows, and I’m guessing it does, the sun’s going to be streaming through, making you squint or interrupting your beauty nap. But not if you’ve got a wide-brimmed straw hat to shade your eyes. If you’re a passenger, you can rest easily knowing your eyes are covered. And they’re flimsy enough to wear even in the drivers seat without causing any crook-neck syndrome.

These stylish, fun, and convenient hats were also featured in my post about 4 beachwear trends to try this summer.

Shop straw hats at Zara, Topshop, and Nordstrom