I often wonder about those celebrities who are photographed leaving LAX in sky high heels, super skinny jeans, and a chic little top. Did they really make that fashion choice at 4am when they awoke for their early morning flight or did their PR agent say they have to wear it? How do they still look fresh faced and glowing after a long day of sitting in a pressurized tube with strangers and slogging heavy bags through the airport? Well, besides the fact that they sit first class or in a private plans so they can stretch out and sleep when needed and probably have those nifty hot towels to refresh your skin, and probably can kick off those heels.
Since I am one of those regular people who fly coach (or “steerage” as an old coworker calls it), I am not afforded such luxuries. When I travel, and will be sitting down for long periods of time, I look for comfort as well as style. That and easy off shoes and as little metal as possible to make going through security easier.
1. Leggings or comfortable pants.
I know, not everyone likes leggings but they can be really comfortable (physically) as long as you feel comfortable in them (emotionally). Flying while feeling fat, uncomfortable, or practically naked is no bueno. Just with getting dressed for any occasion, wear what suits the occasion and makes you feel great. If that’s leggings, awesome. If not, grab a comfy pair of pants. Don’t wear your new skinny jeans because at the end of the day you will get those red marks from the tight seams and want to rip them off.
2. Tunic or dress
Yes, you could wear a t-shirt with your leggings, but all too often you look like you are going to the gym. If you aren’t going to the gym, wear something a bit nicer with your leggings. Personally, I only feel chic and non-naked when wearing a tunic or dress over leggings, as long as it covers my crotch and hips. Wear what makes you comfortable but keep it loose so you don’t have seams pushing into you all day.
I hate and love air conditioning. It’s a blessing on hot days but I am always freezing. Especially on airplanes. So bring along a cardigan and a pashmina. The cardigan is easy to walk around in while schlepping your bags and the pashmina can double as a blanket on the plane. Plus, a pashmina always gives an air of “international traveler extraordinaire” to any outfit.
4. Ballet flats
Ah, the humble ballet flat. Adding chic and walkability to any outfit. Sneakers are for the gym and they are a pain to unlace and then re-lace when going through security. I prefer flats for flying since they are classically chic and cover my toes so they don’t get cold on the plane.