Planning what to wear on a trip is challenging enough in itself, but have you ever thought about how to conquer airport fashion? There are a lot of factors that go into planning the perfect outfit to travel to your destination in both style and comfort. Are you leaving the snow behind to embark on a tropical getaway? Or are you just taking a quick flight but it’s in your nature to dress to impress? Whatever your reasoning, the CJE team has you covered. We’ve put together our favorite tips and tricks to master the art of airport fashion and soar through the sky in style.
When it comes to tops, it’s all about comfort. No matter your destination, you can never go wrong with two simple options: a plain top or a graphic tee that make for the perfect layering canvas. Whether you’re traveling to a warm or cold climate, a semi-loose fitting, cotton top is guaranteed to keep you comfortable throughout the flight. Cotton tops are ideal for traveling because they’re breathable and easy on the skin, so you’ll be feeling first class even in coach. Bring along your favorite denim jacket or fuzzy cardigan to keep you warm in the airport and on the plane, then slip it in your bag when you arrive in paradise. If you’re traveling to a colder climate, a loose sweater may be just the thing for you. A sweater will keep you feeling cozy and comfortable from the chilly airport to your frosty destination. Whatever option you decide, be prepared to wear this piece for a long period of time while attempting to get some shut-eye on the plane. The last thing you’ll want is being stuck on a 5-hour flight in an itchy shirt with your suitcase far out of reach!
Now that we’ve got tops covered, it’s time to move onto the most important part of airport fashion, pants! Have you ever stepped on a plane and settled in for a long flight only to realize you’re wearing a stiff pair of jeans? We’ve all been there! When it comes to travel pants, comfort is key. Although you’ll be standing or walking much in the airport, remember that you’re sitting a whole lot on the plane. With that being said, make sure you’re wearing bottoms that you can easily move in that are comfortable and have a little stretch. Yes, that means it may be better to leave the jeans in the suitcase and opt for a comfier material to hug your bum. Anything with spandex makes for the perfect airport piece, so leggings or workout pants will be your best friend. If tights aren’t really your thing, we recommend sweatpants, joggers, or jeggings for the ultimate lounge look. These materials are sure to keep you comfortable and ready to take on a long flight while looking chic.
TREND ALERT: Two-piece Sets
Among many popular trends, you may want to try a sporty co-ordinate set for your airport fashion. Two-piece sets make for the perfect travel ensemble, not to mention you’ll be photo ready at all times. What better way to make comfort look classy than sporting a matching set in the airport?
We’ve all seen the paparazzi photos of celebrities strutting their stuff through the airport in a six-inch pair of pumps. Yes, we all want to look like celebrities, but come on, who wants to drag a bag around an airport in heels? When choosing the perfect pair of shoes to travel in, remember you’re going to be walking a lot. And for all the procrastinators who arrive at the airport without a minute to spare, running. With that being said, you’re going to want a comfortable, yet stylish pair of shoes to get you to your destination blister-free. We suggest you choose close toed shoes instead of open toed shoes to avoid ruining any freshly painted pedicure in the inevitably many lines. It’s also important that they’re easy to slip on and off for when you have to mosey through security. We recommend a trendy pair of slip-ons, sneakers or sandals to amplify your style while keeping comfort in check. And let’s not forget, socks are a must!
Now for the fun part! No matter what airport style you decide to rock, adding the right accessories will be sure to amplify any look. Let’s start from top to bottom. No airport outfit would be complete without a chic pair of sunglasses to add a sophisticated feel to your look. Not to mention, they make for the perfect decoy when getting some shut-eye in the airport or on the plane. To add a sporty element to your ensemble, opt for a fitted hat or baseball cap. Not only will this complete your airport style, but it will also hide even the worst hair day or bed head that life throws your way.
If you’re not much of a hat person, try rocking an oversized pashmina scarf. This piece will be sure to keep you warm and comfy on even the chilliest plane ride while adding a pop of color to your outfit. Let’s be real. A pashmina scarf is no doubt a standout piece. More importantly though, it can be used as a makeshift pillow to drift off on the plane. Two for one? I think so!
We know you want to look as fab as possible when choosing your airport look. However, it may be a good idea to save the jewelry for your trip. Small earrings, watches, or even belts can be a concern when passing through security and are known to cause a hiccup in the metal detector. If you’re a risk taker, go for it! Jewelry is a great way to add a little bling to even the plainest outfits.
Perhaps the most popular airport accessory, and for good reason, is a travel bag! Travel bags make for the perfect addition to any outfit and come in all shapes, sizes, materials, colors, styles, and patterns. Whether you opt for a statement bag or a simple leather backpack, you’ll have all eyes on you when strutting your stuff through the airport. Oh, and they’re always great for carrying your belongings but you already knew that.