Have you ever been so busy doing last-minute packing for your summer vacation that you completely forgot to think about what to wear on the plane?
If you’ve had it with rushing to the airport in a frumpy t-shirt and uncomfortable pants, then you’ll love these ideas for easy travel outfits. Here’s how to look fabulous and feel cozy on a long flight.
1. Choose Comfy, Stretchy Fabrics
When you’re going to be sitting for hours in a cramped airplane seat (not so pleasant if you get the middle), you need to make sure you are wearing comfy clothes that have some stretch to them. For example, if you wear jeans, choose a lightweight pair with some built-in spandex. Not only is spandex comfy, but it’s less constricting, meaning it keeps the blood flowing reducing nay cance of a blook clot.
2. Leggings are ideal for planes. They’re soft, and they let your legs breathe. Just be sure to wear them with a long top that covers your bottom and upper thighs.
3. A Jacket will always make you look polished, but don’t wear one that is so crisp it crumples and wrinkles when you sit down, or when you throw it in the overhead bin. Your best choice is a soft, relaxed, roomy boyfriend style jacket. You can push up the sleeves and wear it the entire flight without any worry, or just tuck it away until you land.
4.Color- Your choice- Dark colors are popular for travel, but I think white is a fresh option. Naturally, it depends on the circumstances. If you are traveling with kids (more chance of spills or throw-ups), a dark color is obviously more practical. A shorter direct flight makes it easier to wear white than a long drawn out flight with a plane change.
But really, I think a lot of the fear factor is in your head. I don’t find when I’m an on a plane that white gets any dirtier than any other color.
5. Slip-ons are Easiest
It makes perfect sense that with airport security you should wear slip-on shoes. These pink slip on sneakers are really cute. However, you know us gals. Sometimes style trumps practicality. If you’d rather wear a sandal than a sneaker or ballet flat, pick a sandal with just one simple buckle, or that you can wiggle your foot in and out of easily.
Note: I always carry a pair of socks in my purse when I fly. My toes sometimes get chilly on a plane if I wear sandals, so I just take my shoes off, and the socks keep my feet cozy.
As for heels… does anyone our age still do that? I used to wear heels to the airport all the time when I was younger, but not now. The walking in airports is crazy these days. Can they make the route from the plane to the customs desk/baggage pickup any longer? It always feels like a marathon, and I don’t think it’s worth it to hobble along and wreck your feet. There are too many cute flats, or low wedges out there these days.
6. Layering is Important
One minute you are shivering on the plane and the next minute you are sweltering, so the best way to feel comfortable is to layer your clothes. Wear a camisole under a top, under a sweater. Add a scarf. You can undress one piece at a time if it gets hot. Plus, a scarf can be rolled up into a ball and makes a great pillow.
A 3/4 length top is my favorite style for a plane. It keeps my arms warm, but I don’t get too hot either. I love a cashmere wrap. I always carry one on a plane. It’s lightweight, super warm and I can roll it up and toss it in my bag, plus it looks so chic.
7. Take the Right Bag
There are two ways you can go here. Many women like an efficient cross bag with a long strap that leaves their hands-free for suitcases and carry-ons. I prefer a big lightweight tote. My kids or husband are always asking me to carry their keys or glasses or gum or whatever, and I have my stuff to carry like my earphones and magazines, so I need a lot of space.
If you are a real fashionista and want to take a small clutch on your trip, tuck it in the outside pocket of your carry-on or throw it in a bigger tote to carry around in the airport. Then pull it out once you have arrived at your destination and unpacked.
Finally, I’d suggest you stay away from purses or accessories with too much hardware such as studs, and chains. They’re heavy for one, and you want to travel light. Also, you don’t want to be swinging them around in a packed plane because they can get scratched, or you could knock someone out!
Have a good flight!
P.S. Flying to Europe? Check out these euro chic looks for the plane.
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