Gone is the golden age of travel - the days when high prices made air travel exclusive. It used to be that no one less affluent than the upper-middle class could afford to fly, and those who flew made an occasion of it by dressing their best. It may not be the norm any longer, but dressing up to travel will set you apart and prove your superior style - there have even been stories of airlines choosing the best dressed in coach to upgrade to first class!
Of course you’ll need to consider a certain number of comfortable and practical elements in your travel outfit, but you certainly don’t have to pair your undone hair, worn out sweats and a tiny tank with socks and flip flops to be comfortable on a plane. Here are some great ideas of elements to add to your airport looks that will mix fashion with function, keeping you comfortable and chic.
When it comes to footwear, ditch the stilettos for a day. You’ll be on your feet finding your gate, possibly rushing to catch connecting flights, and often your ankles will swell at 30,000 feet in the air, so comfort should certainly be a factor when choosing your shoes.
And don’t forget that you’ll have to remove and replace your shoes at security, so don’t choose your most intricate pair of lace-up boots, or you may miss your flight just trying to get them back on!
Some great chic options include open toed mules, pull-on boots, menswear inspired loafers, slides, or the ever-current sneaker.
Air travel puts you through a huge variety of temperatures, so layering up with easily removable elements is key to keep you climate-controlled. A chunky scarf is basically a wearable blanket, and can be bunched up to support your head and neck for a nap, spread out to cover your shoulders or lap, or just worn as an extra layer to keep your body heat in.
What could be more perfect for travel than a cargo element? A vest like this will add a current fashion piece to your look and give you an extra layer for the changing temperatures as well as enough pockets to keep everything you need at your fingertips! Win-win-win.
A crossbody is a must when you’re traveling because it’s a hands-free storage option to keep your essentials close at hand. As a bonus, a crossbody bag is perfect for your destination as well, so carrying it on the plane means it’s one less thing for you to pack.
To keep you comfortable, grab a longline knit cardigan that won’t wrinkle when you curl up in it. Choose one in a lightweight fabric so that it doesn’t add too much bulk to your outfit.
Black is a great color for travel - and for everyday wear - because it hides wrinkles, camouflages stains, slims your figure and it looks great on every skin tone. If you go for an all-black look, choose a few beautiful accessories to show off - they will really stand out against the neutral outfit.
Don’t forget your sunglasses and headphones! If your outfit is fairly casual or lacks unique pieces before you add accessories, try and use them to make a statement!
Here’s hoping you enjoy your travels, and stay chic doing it!