It might only be the first full week of the new year, but we’re already wondering when we can jet set off to a new destination. Anyone else got the case of the travel blues?
Whether you’ve got a business trip next week or have travel plan in 6 months, we figured there is no harm in writing about airport-approved outfits. While it is nice to get some airport chic inspo from your favorite celebrities, what matters most is what you’re comfortable with. Jeans and stilettos might work for Ariana Grande, but they’re definitely not suited for those who don’t wear needle-like heels on a daily basis. Can you imagine running behind schedule then rushing between security and your gate, wearing sky-high Louboutins?
If you have done a fair bit of flying already, you probably have a good idea of how one should dress at an airport. And if you haven’t, don’t worry.
There isn’t one specific look you should be limiting yourself to. In fact, there are lots of different ways that you could dress comfortably for the airport, but to unlock all those possibilities, you still have a few things to keep in mind.
Here are some guidelines to follow:
1. Go for loose-fitting clothing
There is nothing wrong with wearing sweatpants, joggers and big tees to the airport. However, there are other articles of clothing in your wardrobe that can keep you comfy without looking like you’re just lounging around the house or you’re about to work out—unless of course, that IS the look you’re going for.
Any light, loose fitting clothes that are also breathable will do, such as a tee and leggings, a jersey dress, a tank and gauchos, any basic top and boyfriend jeans, and plenty more. If you do get cold easily, it’s best not to wear shorts and layer up in case it gets chilly on the plane.
The main reason for wearing loose clothing is that you’re more likely to develop blood clots if you’re in skinny jeans and other items that you can’t really move around in. Also, you’ll be walking around everywhere, so you want to wear clothes that will help you move freely in the airport.
2. Forget the underwire bra
Underwire bras are some of the most uncomfortable undergarments out there, so why put yourself through the extra pain at the airport, or risk the alarm going off when passing through the metal detector?
There are loads of non-wired options out there, such as bralettes and sports bras that will hold the girls in place without constricting them. And if you’re wearing something loose enough, a cardigan, or a scarf, feel free to go braless!
3. Bring an outer layer
Although we did say you should bring an extra layer if you get chilly pretty easily, you should bring one regardless. No matter where you’re traveling, there’s always the possibility of the plane, layover, or final destination being too cold. Obviously, if you’re headed towards winter, you should have a light, puffy jacket in your carry-on, like this Short Fur Winter Jacket. For warmer destinations, this Embroidered Letter Drawstring Design Hoodie or Floral Bomber Jacket will do.
At the very least, bring a chambray shirt to keep you warm on the plane and wear around your waist before and after the flight.
4. Wear comfy shoes you can easily slip on/off
Some people are most comfortable in sneakers, other don’t mind walking and traveling in heels. For that reason, we’re not specifying which type of footwear to go for, but rather the qualities that you should be after. First of all, you’ll need shoes that you can walk around in; second, they should be easy to take off and slip on during security checks; third, there should be enough room in your shoes in case your feet swell on the plane.
The best case scenario would be you wearing shoes that require socks, since socks offer extra comfort and warmth for your feet. Also, you don’t want to walk barefoot through security, or have your bare feet on the plane. The floor is riddled with germs! Also, they don’t clean the carpet between every flight!
5. Keep accessories to a minimum
Some of us have anxiety about setting off the alarm in security. If you’d rather not spend more than a couple minutes during your turn, keep your jewelry to a minimum. For earrings, keep them as studs, and just a small pendant necklace. If you must wear more, such as rings and watches, it’s best to take them off and put them in your bag prior to your check.
Also, don’t wear a belt, or anything that requires a belt.
Another light accessory you can bring for extra comfort and warmth on the plane is a scarf. Opt for a silk variety, since the material is suitable in both warmer and cooler environments.
6. Choose a bag with various compartments
With tickets, passports, boarding passes, gadgets, pens, notebooks and whatever you like to bring onto the plane with you, you’ll need to stay organized. Whether that’s a tote with pockets or dividers, or a backpack with various compartments, the choice is yours. The most important thing is that you have a bag that helps you find your items easily, so that you don’t have to rummage through an endless amount of stuff just to get a pen to fill out your immigration forms.
Happy travels, pretty ladies!
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.