8 Ways to Ramp Up Your Airport Style and Still Be Comfortable
It's a style Catch 22: The "airport outfit" has to be comfortable enough for sitting on a plane for at least several hours (in terms of climate control and soft-stretchiness), but also pulled-together enough that you can deplane at your destination ready to hit the ground running. We handpicked 8 go-to pieces any frequent flyer—or occasional jetsetter—needs in her repertoire.
Chic Black Leggings
Stretchy black pants could be your travel MVP, with dress-them-up/dress-them-down adaptability, streamlined good looks, and all the coziness of your treasured sweats. These have a stylish zipper accent at the ankles.
To buy: $50, jcrew.com.
Zara Paperbag Waist Bermuda Shorts
Comfort is key when traveling, but you also want to look good getting on the plane and getting off it. Flowy mid-thigh shorts (note: not short-shorts) in soft, breathable cotton will do the trick nicely.
To buy: $36, zara.com.
Maximize the baggage you’re allowed to bring onboard for free: Choose a generously sized satchel to fit whatever you’ll want on-hand during your flight (book, music, scarf, magazines, iPad…).
To buy: $70, gap.com.
A Tailored Jacket
A crisp navy blazer makes a great transition piece if you’re jetting somewhere the breezes will be blowing—not to mention those blasting overhead on your flight. And paired with a pinstriped shirt, it can’t get any more classic.
To buy: $198, nordstrom.com.
To go even more laid-back (you are on vacation!), pick comfortable slides that would be equally at home on a boardwalk or beach. This gold open-toe pair is great for everyday and comes in black and brown, too.
To buy: $78, jcrew.com.
A Versatile Shirt
Say you’re the B in row A-B-C. What if you find yourself overheating while sandwiched into your seating? Again, layering is the answer, if you throw an easy shirt over your tee. This chambray button-down goes with practically anything.
To buy: $88, jcrew.com.
To get through security smoothly, choose uncomplicated, easy-on/easy-off shoes, like these Tory Burch classics that now come with a patent-leather toe. Pro tip: keep a pair of Peds handy so you don’t need to go through the scanner barefoot.
To buy: $169 - $248, toryburch.com.
A Cozy Scarf
One more layering strategy: Finish your outfit with a scarf that can easily double as a blanket while you’re in the air.
To buy: $55, stories.com.