Are you headed home for the holidays and dreading the noisy crowds, long drawn out security checks and the jam-packed airplane? One way to help lessen your stress is to dress as simply and as comfortably as you can. Here’s how to look and feel more relaxed without sacrificing style.
Be Kind to Your Feet
There’s no way around it. At the airport, you are going to be doing a ton of walking, so make sure you’re sensible, not silly about your choice of shoes. These soft, comfy sneakers will take you from terminal to terminal with a smile on your face. Plus, they’re slip on, which means no fumbling with laces or zippers when it’s time to do your security scan.
Other great travel pieces in this outfit: an easy jacket to go with your favorite jeans and a practical yet stylish crossbody bag to carry all those little extras and free up your hands so you can pull out tickets and roll your suitcase (pssst… it’s on sale!)
Also handy is a cozy scarf that you can easily take on or off depending on the temperature in the plane. ( It can double as a pillow!) You can even roll it up into a ball and tuck into your suitcase upon arrival if you need to.
Note: I always like to carry a pair of ankle socks in my bag, just in case I want to slip off my shoes on the plane and let my feet breathe.
Dress in Layers
Airplanes get chilly, don’t they? But they can heat up real fast too! And if you throw the occasional hot-flash into the mix, there’s almost never a perfect temperature. The best way to battle fluctuating temperatures is by layering your clothes. Start with a soft top like this super-soft lightweight V-neck pullover, followed by a light sweater. This one is a duster, more like a sweater coat really. It’s snuggly and chic. You may need a coat too if it’s going to be cold when you arrive. Just make sure it’s not too heavy and bulky. That overhead cabin space is so limited.
Cute beige booties add some style – low heels only for comfort on the long walk from your gate to the baggage carousel. A quality tote bag with gold is always chic. Not only does it kick up your casual style a notch, but it’s also a stylish way to carry your book and water bottle and headphones and all the other little things you need to stay comfy while you’re traveling.
Wear Clothes with Stretch
This is a must if you are going to be traveling, especially given that airplane seats are so small and cramped: make sure your clothes have some built-in stretch so that you can move freely and easily.
There’s nothing worse than sitting for hours in a tight, stiff pair of pants, or in a top that you are worried about crinkling. For this reason, leggings are a fabulous choice. They’ll keep you super comfy, and when worn with riding boots, you’ll look very airport chic. Look for good quality leggings or Ponte pants (a slightly thicker, double-knit version) and make sure you select a topper that covers your bottom.
I love this color blocked poncho! The chocolate-brown, black and gray look so rich together. I’ve pulled in the brown with the top and boots here, but really, you can tie in any of the colors in this poncho. Another bonus of this poncho is that it’s easy to take on and off depending on cabin temperature.
Note: if your flight is more than a couple of hours long, tall boots may feel too hot for swollen tootsies, so be prepared to take them off on the plane or wear shoes instead.
Enjoy your trip in comfort and style. By wearing one of these fab looks, who knows, you might just be that lucky passenger who gets bumped up to first class!