By Susan Beckwith  |  Photo by Chris Whonsetler

When it comes to traveling, I want to be comfortable, but not slouchy or unkempt. I get excited to fly and still want to look put together. So for me, nailing the right travel outfit is about finding pieces that check both boxes.

If you tend to get chilly en route, like me, layering is a must. I try not to overpack and wear outerwear on the plane versus packing it in a suitcase.

On the heels of winter, bright pops of color are a welcome sight. Hello, Destination Happy! An absolute must-have spring staple in my wardrobe is a great trench. It’s a classic that will never go out of style. Trench coats are figure flattering and perfect for providing warmth without adding lots of bulk. This pink trench is from Calvin Klein. To best fit my frame, I went with petite sizing.

As far as denim goes, I’m still in love with my Old Navy rock stars. I’ve tried several other more expensive brands but keep coming back to these.

For settling in for a long layover or racing to make connections, comfortable shoes are key. I don’t want to fuss with untying laces or straps when going through airport security, so a pair of slip-ons are ideal. These neutral Steve Maddens are a great practical choice.

Add a suitcase or carryall with color and personality and you’re officially ready to jet set.

For direct links on some of the items I’m wearing, visit my blog at belleofthemidwest.com. Happy Travels!