Let’s be real—no one enjoys packing for a vacation. No matter if it’s for your bachelorette or honeymoon, it's stressful, daunting, and certainly the least exciting part of the trip. You have to predict all the possible weather scenarios and items you need while constantly feeling like you're forgetting something. And one of the hardest parts about packing is choosing what to wear for your actual travels. You want to be comfy for long plane rides and car trips, but still look pulled together.
When I was younger, I was so ambitious that I used to wear jeans and nice sweaters on five hour plane rides. Gradually, I have succumbed to the rise of athleisure by wearing leggings and hoodies instead. This past Thanksgiving, I decided to take it to the next level by donning a sweatsuit from Brunette The Label and it was the best decision I've made in a long time.
Brunette The Label Babes Club Sweatsuit
Price at time of publish: $187 for top and bottoms
Made from 100 percent cotton, the sweatsuit is cozy and breathable. I got the best friend crewneck, which has a relaxed, slightly slouchy body. As someone who is petite, I appreciate that the length hits at the hips, so I'm not drowning in fabric. The best friend jogger is like your classic pair of sweatpants with an elastic waistband and cuffed legs. Like most pants, the XS/S size is a little too long on me, but I just rolled the waistband down for a more custom fit. Part of the brand's mission to "uplift all babes, all day, every day," so it's only fitting that the words "Babes Club" is displayed across the front of the sweatshirt. Showing it off made me feel like part of an exclusive club, plus the emerald green was the perfect shade for the holidays.
Flying from Los Angeles to Seattle, I needed something that I could wear in both 70 and 40 degree temperatures. So I decided to pack my heavier puffer in my luggage and just wear the sweatsuit alone. It kept me warm without being too bulky, Whenever I got a little toasty, I simply slipped off the crewneck to the tank top I was wearing underneath.
Little did I know that Seattle would be hit with a severe winter storm and both my flight to and from the city would be delayed, and then canceled. If you’ve never had a flight canceled, you don't know the doom that hits you as you realize you have to figure out a place to stay and a way to get out. In this moment of despair, my cute sweatsuit was the only thing giving me hope. Perhaps the cozy fabric served as a security blanket. But more than that, the outfit came in clutch when my plans completely changed. It was stylish enough to sport at dinner, but still comfy to wear as pajamas in the hotel room.
As I packed up to go to the airport for round two, I rolled out in the same sweatsuit. The last thing I needed to worry about was coming up with a new outfit. As someone who used to renounce the idea of wearings sweats in public, I finally appreciate the simple beauty of a sweatsuit. The matching pieces instantly create a cool outfit that you can wear out, in, or to bed.
Brunette The Label offers sweatsuits in all kinds of colors, catchy phrases, and silhouettes. For the edgy bridal party, you can find sassy sayings that make for a cute matching moment but don't scream bridal. Think "No Champagne, No Gain" or "Apres Babe Club" for a winter bachelorette weekend. If you want a one-and-done outfit you can wear as you travel to all your wedding festivities—including the honeymoon—this is it. Catch me wearing it on my next flight.
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Emily Cieslak is an Assistant Commerce Editor, covering fashion and beauty for Brides, InStyle, Byrdie and more. Having lived in various cities, she's a veteran in packing for trips and coming up with outfits for long plane rides.