Travel is never as glamorous as it seems and I’ve been on enough long haul flights to realize that no matter how cute you look stepping on the plane, pretty much everyone looks like hell when you get off after hours of stale air and bad food and no sleep.
However, there are ways to have some semblance of “travel style” on airplanes and I’ve always been of the belief that traveling shouldn’t mean you have to limit your style. When traveling, style doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t be comfortable either, so here’s some ways you can be both stylish and comfortable when traveling and my best tips for being stylish even when traveling on an airplane.
No matter where I travel, a scarf is part of my travel outfit. It can serve as a blanket in-flight, an accessory to add color to a neutral travel outfit or folded up as a make-shirt armrest or pillow. They are also a great way to change up outfits while in a location and can make your whole look feel entirely different from day to day, even with the same coat or sweater. Plus they will always keep you warm!
I like to travel in black or navy as my base colors. Dark colors don’t show wear like light colors do, so when you step off that 10 hour flight, your black pants won’t look wrinkled like lighter colors might. I usually travel in black or navy leggings, with a long t-shirt or sweater, depending on the season, then a coat or jacket and a scarf.
Weather can be totally different from your original location and your destination where you’re coming from, so layers can help with this as well as allowing you to adjust your own temperature along the way. I generally have 3 layers at my disposal for a flight, a t shirt, a sweater and a coat/scarf. That way, depending on the destination and all those stops along the way, I can be prepared for whatever temperatures may arise.
Nothing is worse than your feet hurting as you’re walking the mile long airport terminals. Wear comfortable shoes that you’ve already broken in. My ballet flats or Converse low-tops are my go-to travel shoes. You also want shoes that are easy to take off for security as well as comfortable on the plane.
When I started traveling often, I knew I wanted to invest in a good set of luggage that would last me quite a few years and also a set that fit my personality. I invested years ago in a Tumi hard side carry on and it’s the best decision I made for my travels. My carry on holds a ton, rolls easy and Tumi has been amazing on things like replacing wheels and the handle for free over the years as it’s gotten a little worn down from use. I love my white suitcase because it’s easy to spot always and feels totally unique among a sea of black suitcases.