Your Help Needed: How to Wow After an 8 Hour Train Ride

June 7th, 2007

Train - Photo Credit: Patrick Fulton

Asks Melissa,  "I am taking an 8 hour train ride, and my beau will be picking me up from the train station.  What should I wear?  If it was just my family or a friend picking me up, I’d wear something fairly casual.  However, as I haven’t seen my beau in a month, I want to wow him when I step off the train.  But because I will be travelling for quite sometime I don’t want to be overdone.  What to do?"

Tell us, what do you think Melissa should wear on her train ride?  Please
leave your advice in the comments of this post. 

Oh, and the best answer (as chosen by Melissa) by Wednesday, June 13 gets a treat from Omiru’s goodie closet!

Entry Filed under: Q&A,Women's

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. shermie  |  June 7th, 2007 at 10:51 am

    I would recommend a wrap dress by Diane Von Furstenberg with low heels. Wrap dresses are really comfortable to wear and jersey doesn’t wrinkle easily. You will look pretty and polished. Something like this

  • 2. hazel  |  June 7th, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    wear something simple and comfortable, but pack a “wow” dress or top in your bag. head over to to the ladies 30 minutes before disembarkation to change and freshen up. :)

  • 3. Jennifer  |  June 7th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Melissa,

    In general, the thing you need to remember for this kind of outfit is versatility. This kind of outfit should be comfortable but fitted (but not tight) to avoid looking sloppy; dress for your body type. You should be able to dress up and down what you wear. Wear layers and keep your outfit balanced.

    I recommend wearing a dress. Jeans and pants tend to feel constricting; while sweatpants are comfortable, even the cutest ones from Victoria’s Secret probably aren’t what you’re looking for. Like Shermie said, wrap dresses and jersey dresses are really comfortable and can be dressed up and down. I also recommend shirt dresses (such as the collared kinds) to help keep the look casual and sharp. Some of my favorites are dresses from American Eagle Outfitters. Try to find dresses that are knee-length. Mini-dresses can look “overdone” on a train and can be difficult to deal with during an eight-hour ride, and a mini shirt-dress runs the risk of looking too casual. Conversely, Maxi dresses (floor-length) have the potential lose a little bit of their “wow” factor because they don’t show as much leg; if you do want to wear a floor-length dress, go for flowing styles. Flowing dresses look pretty and feminine without making it difficult to walk around. You can probably do with or without the nylons; nylons tend to look formal, but guys also seem to like them. It’s your call.

    The weather conditions will change as you transition from one area to the next and from one part of the day to another; even air-conditioned trains will contribute to temperature differences you should dress for. To adapt to these changing climates, I recommend wearing (or bringing) layers. If you’re wearing a dress, you can treat the torso of the dress as a bottom layer (wearing the dress as a skirt during the train ride, which can help make it more casual for that time), then add a short or long-sleeved shirt, followed by a sleek blazer. Fitted denim blazers can work well in adding a casual touch to formal outfits; just make sure you don’t overload on the denim by wearing jeans or a denim dress too! If you’re not too keen on bringing so many layers, a light-weight, non-knit scarf can help add warmth without adding too much bulk. Nordstrom has some nice scarves and wraps if you’re willing to splurge.

  • 4. Pam Giordano  |  June 7th, 2007 at 6:33 pm


    For your train trip, wear a gauzy crinkle fabric skirt, tank top and lightweight cardigan. You’ll be prepared for any temperature (icy air conditioning or hot summer days). Garnet Hill has some feminine summer looks. Sunny, citrus colors or cool blues would be good choices for all-day travel. Espadrilles or flat sandals will be flattering shoe picks. Wear big gold hoop earrings to complete your feminine and put-together look.

    Happy trails,

  • 5. KingBob  |  June 8th, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    Assuming the train’s arrival time is late afternoon or evening, she should wear a black trendy top with blue or black denim mini and black peeptoe platforms. She may want to change into this during the final hour. If she’s using AMTRAK, she should also assume that the train will be 2 hours late! KINGBOB

  • 6. heather  |  June 9th, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    I think something light, like a simple sundress and jeweled sandles would be perfect. The dress is casual enough to ride in, while the jewled sandles say…”I’m ready for a nice dinner and a drrink.” Besides, nothing like a modest touch of leg as you step off the train for your beau to go weak at the knees. Add a light sweater for the ride though…if trains are anything like planes it’ll be chilly.

  • 7. Style for All&hellip  |  June 14th, 2007 at 4:20 am

    […] June 14th, 2007 From Shermie’s wrap dress recommendation to Jennifer’s comprehensive fashion analysis, from KingBob and Hazel’s idea to change at the last minute, to Heather’s layering suggestion, Melissa received a wealth of top-notch style ideas for her train ride.  Says Melissa, "All of the answers were extremely helpful.  However, I ended up doing what Hazel suggested.  I wore comfy clothes for the train ride then about 45 minutes before the station I changed into my "wow" dress – a cute little halter dress.  I arrived around 2:00 pm and it was the perfect dress for a late lunch and a drink on a patio.  My beau quite enjoyed the dress commented about it a few times actually."Congratulations to Hazel, who will be getting a treat from our giveaway closet, and three cheers for the Omiru community for all of your helpful suggestions!Pictured: Susana Monaco Halter Pocket Dress | $147 at Shopbop.Style question for the Omiru community?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question. […]

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