I don’t know about you guys, but when I travel I not only want to be comfortable, but also stylish. What can I say? It’s my nature! I’m one of those people that always wants to look pulled together whether I’m running to the grocery store or going out with friends, and travelling is no exception! While I wouldn’t want to get all dolled up in heels and a cocktail dress when I fly, I do have some tips that I go by when I decide to skip town!
5 Tips For Your Best Airport Style
1. Dress in Layers
Layers are SO IMPORTANT when flying, especially on longer flights. You just never know whether that airplane cabin is going to be stuffy and hot or freezing cold, so it’s best to be prepared for either situation. While I used to wear blazers when travelling, as I get older I tend to favor more comfy pieces like chunky sweaters and cropped sweatshirts. The Adidas sweatshirt I’m wearing in the photos is so cute and easy to layer over other items and it comes in a variety of colors including white, mint, forest green, and orange. Another must have for layering is my beloved Uniqlo heattech long sleeve shirts. I love how light and thin they are, but MAN do they keep you warm! I love that they come in all sorts of colors, sleeve lengths, necklines, and degree of warmth (they even have the Airism collection for those hot summertime temperatures!).
2. Comfy Bottoms
I’ll admit it now, I’m a weirdo that likes lounging in jeans. I know, only psychopaths do that and my whole family and some of my friends make fun of me all the time, so no worries if you think I’m weird too! My go-to bottoms when travelling are always skinny jeans, usually in a dark wash, because I’m comfortable in them and it’s just one less thing I have to pack in my suitcase. For longer, international flights I would probably suggest wearing leggings (have you seen my Fabletics review?) since sitting in one spot for extended periods of time could get uncomfortable if your jeans aren’t soft and stretchy. Trust me–been there done that, and take it from me, you don’t want to try!
3. Convenient Shoes
Do you all hate security check? This is absolutely, hands down, the worst part of traveling! The long lines, grouchy travelers pushing through because they didn’t plan enough time, and of course, taking of your shoes! It’s completely up to you, but I don’t find sneakers in an airport convenient at all unless they’re slip ons. I personally prefer ballet flats and my leather Vans slip-ons since they are easy to take on and off. (Just a tip though–if you’re like me and prefer ballet flats, carry some socks in your bag/purse so you don’t have to brave that airport floor barefoot! YUCK!!!). My absolute favorite pair of ballet flats is from Sam Edelman (find here) because they have extra padding in the sole and are WAY more supportive than any other ballet flats I’ve ever tried. Seriously, I can walk in these babies ALL DAY!
4. A Small Bag
I know a lot of people prefer to have oversized bags for traveling like the ever popular Louis Vuitton Neverfull, but I beg to differ. I personally like to keep my carry on items as small and light as possible, especially since I’m petite myself. I feel like because I’m quite small, having so many things or large bags is very overwhelming and I spend more time fumbling with everything than efficiently getting from place to place. My YSL Kate purse has been my latest splurge and my go-to bag because it’s so versatile. I have the small, and it holds all my essentials perfectly–phone, keys, credit cards, small notebook, a pen, and some cash–and can be easily dressed up or down, making it the perfect addition to literally ANY outfit.
This might not make sense to some people because why would you want more to carry and potentially more metal on you? You can see in the photos above that I’m wearing a ring and some earrings, and I generally do that every time I travel because it adds a little sparkle to my outfit (cue heart eyes here) and I don’t have to worry about my jewelry getting lost or stolen from my luggage. I tend to keep jewelry to smaller, simpler pieces like dainty rings, stud earrings, or a couple dainty necklaces layered. If you’ve seen my previous outfits, you can probably tell that I prefer statement jewels most of the time. If I do plan on bringing any bigger or heavier pieces, I always pack them onto my carry on just to make sure they won’t be lost. Other accessories that I tend to wear while flying are scarves (remember, layers!) and of course, my sunglasses (the bigger the better here since they make you look ultra glam!).