Wearing the Same Outfit When Traveling. Guilty.

 

Same same but different. 

A recent article about Matilda, an Art Director who wears the same outfit everyday to work, sparked this particular blog post. She cited, that the reason she chose to do so is because she felt that pouring less energy into deciding what to wear for the day meant she would be more productive in channeling her creativity when it comes to work. She’s not the only one who does this as icons such as the late Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are also known for wearing the same outfit everyday so that they can make decisions on important matters in the business.

I’ve realized that in the recent years of traveling, I’ve resorted to packing my predictable travel clothes that are comfortable to wear. Although I do envy those fashion traveler (like my sister The Glamourous Traveller) who could plan their wear for 7 days and look absolutely stunning, I often accidentally chose pieces that I’m used to. This results in having photos of me wearing the same thing in different locations. It’s not entirely a bad thing because I would still choose comfort over style, even for the next few travel adventures.

Here in this post are a few travel outfits that have flown with me and soaked in those sights and smell of those exciting travel destinations.

1. The black hoodie sweater.

This is what I wear with me when I get on the airplane as it keeps me warm throughout the journey. I also have this weird concern about having my head and hair touch the seats as we buckle up. The hoodie covers them up and allows me to take a nap with ease. The hoodie also protects me from the cool air and for the trips that involve quick weather change. It’s also useful over a sleeveless top as it covers up modestly whenever I need to go to a sacred location.

Protecting myself from the cold wind in Beijing.

Protecting myself from the cold wind in Beijing.

The boat ride across Inle Lake, Myanmar before dawn was a cold one.

The boat ride across Inle Lake, Myanmar before dawn was a cold one.

 

2. The tiger top. 

This is one of those tops that are loose and always ready for a walking trip. It’s easy to pair it with any pants as the color is easy to match. I love fuss free clothing and this can be worn with a jacket over, a shawl or added accessories. When traveling to a warmer climate, this tiger top will definitely be packed in my luggage.

The tiger meeting the kangaroos in Sydney, Australia.

The tiger meeting the kangaroos in Sydney, Australia.

On top of Mount Oudung in Phnom Penh with my tiger top on.

On top of Mount Oudung in Phnom Penh with my tiger top on.

 

3. The ‘to-lah or not to-lah T-shirt. 

I got this t-shirt a few years back while on a trip to Melaka when visiting this shop called the Orangutan House. It is a studio gallery of Charles Cham’s work in this UNESCO heritage city. I got one of his creations with the words ‘to-lah or not to-lah as it best represented Malaysia in terms of our local language. This was also the t-shirt which I would wear when there’s any beach splashing activity. It’s easier to hide a swimming suit underneath and cover it with a black top in case I need to swim somewhere. Currently, it’s tucked away in the closet until we head to a beach again.

Bringing the Malaysian flavor with me to Phuket, Thailand.

Bringing the Malaysian flavor with me to Phuket, Thailand.

Splashing in the hot springs and boiling eggs in Sungkai, Perak.

Splashing in the hot springs and boiling eggs in Sungkai, Perak.

 

4. The scarf or krama.  

Ever since I came to Cambodia, I’ve grown accustomed to wearing a scarf or what the locals call a krama whenever I go for a trip that involves riding the tuk tuk.  The krama is a useful item that can be worn with a t-shirt or any top, wrapped around the neck loosely. It’s also light and easy to carry around in a bag. The reason why this scarf is a favorite is because it can be used to cover our heads from the sun (wrap around the head like a head scarf), cover our shoulders (if wearing a spaghetti top or sleeveless top), cover our legs from the sun when riding in a tuk tuk and to occasionally wipe our sweat off when the heat becomes overwhelming.

Wearing a thinner krama for the Silk Island.

Wearing a thinner krama for the Silk Island.

Wrapped the krama around me for a trip to the Bamboo Bridge in Kampong Cham.

Wrapped the krama around me for a trip to the Bamboo Bridge in Kampong Cham.

 

5. The striped blue and black top. 

This is more for the beach and for hot climate locations as the top is quite thin and slightly sheer that I often pair it with a tank top underneath. I’ve stopped wearing this top at the moment because the weather is too hot that I need to wear a top that covers up my arms more than exposing them. When going through the photos, this was the top that was most often worn in a lot of my travels, at one time.

The weather was lovely in Vatican City and sunny. Hence the hat.

The weather was lovely in Vatican City and sunny. Hence the hat.

Taking a break in a beautiful royal garden of Granada, Spain.

Taking a break in a beautiful royal garden of Granada, Spain.

Going uphill to see the sunrise from this peak in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

Going uphill to see the sunrise from this peak in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

Witnessing clear blue waters in Sabah, Malaysia.

Witnessing clear blue waters in Sabah, Malaysia.

 

Seeking a new style update perhaps? 

I guess you will be able to spot more similar outfits as I embark on my travels, but you never know if I might decide to change it up a bit (especially if I end up in Bangkok!). There’s so many good, affordable retro styled clothes in this city that may have what I need in sprucing up the travel closet. Otherwise, I’m good to go with my usual t-shirt and jeans. It gets me ready in less than half an hour and I’m able to move freely during any activities.

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 Do you have a favorite outfit that you most often wear during your travels?

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About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

4 Responses to Wearing the Same Outfit When Traveling. Guilty.

  1. nanatron says:

    I do have a pink batek legging that I wore so much during travels and it get noticed huhu so from that one, saya lenjan seluar lain pula 🙂

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Nana,

      Yes! When you feel comfortable wearing something, it’s often brought along for other trips kan?
      So lepas pakai seluar lain banyak kali, tukar pulak kan nanti.

  2. elaine chan says:

    Me… guilty prefer comfort over style

    • fienuts says:

      Hi Elaine,

      Yes me guilty too! I’ve somewhat feel less fussy when it comes to what to wear for traveling.

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