Fashion in Flight: 4 Ways to Travel Comfortable, yet Chic

Packing & Wardrobe, Shopping & Style — By on March 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

Kim Kardashian in an airportIn the last ten years, air travel has been forever changed and, in turn, the resulting security checks have altered airport fashion. It’s hard to find a balance between looking fashionable and feeling comfortable when you have to place your shoes in plastic bins, remove coats and metal jewelry, and walk through a TSA full-body scanner–and still reach your gate in time! But worry not: It is possible to be both comfortable and chic at an airport and in flight. Here’s how:

1. Fancy Footwear: Keep it simple and easily removable

You’ll want a pair of shoes you feel comfortable running in (just in case you have to sprint last-minute to catch that flight), but also something that can be slipped on and off with ease each time you go through a security check. A pair of shoes with small-to-no-heel will allow you to be mobile, while a close-toed pair can prevent bacterial and fungal infections. Remember: Wear a free-fitting pair of shoes as your feet will swell in flight.

Wise choice: A pair of close-toed flats that you’re comfortable wearing.

2. Attire with Attitude: Keep it flexible and comfy

It’s important to make sure you look presentable while also wearing something that is comfortable enough for your journey—especially if it’s an overnight trip. A great tip is to wear a pair of leggings underneath your denims; after your plane has taken off, just remove the jeans and stash them in your bag/carry-on. Your overall look for your attire should be something you can build up or dress down; ideally, a simple top covered by a sweater or jacket. Keep in mind that plane temperatures are unpredictable and a shawl or cardigan can provide extra warmth!

Wise choice: Leggings with a loose top and a blazer. Blazers provide a chic finish and can be removed on the plane for a comfy in-flight outfit.

3. High-Class Handbags: Keep it just the right size

Opt for a bag that is deceptively large (translation: holds a lot of stuff whilst looking small). An ideal handbag is one that doesn’t seem too bulky for your frame, but holds all your travel essentials: ID, money, sunglasses, lap top, cell phone, chargers, iPod, etc.

Wise choice: A large satchel bag with secure straps that can handle the journey.

4. Jaunty Jewelry: Keep it to a minimum

Wearing expensive metal jewelry en route is asking for trouble. For starters, you’ll have to remove it when you get scanned, risk getting it stolen while it’s in the plastic bin, and then waste time putting it back on all over again. To make matters worse, jewelry can be easy to misplace while you’re in flight. It’s also important to remember that your body tends to swell in the air, so any tight fitting jewelry (e.g., chokers and rings) will most likely be super snug.

Wise choice: None, or a pair of inexpensive studs.

A Few Extra Tips:

* Make sure your perfume is light and minimal; you never know if you’re seated next to someone allergic to your scent!

* Try to avoid wearing panty hose. In case of an emergency involving fire, the panty hose will melt!

*Leave the studded accessories and shoes at home. Recently a pair of studded Christian Louboutins was confiscated by the TSA for being potential weapons.

Thumbnail courtesy of Couture Snob

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  • Christine says:

    I swear by Zella live-in leggings on flights–super comfortable but still classy! A scarf or pashmina not only looks chic, but also doubles as a blanket. Great tips!

  • Amy says:

    Leggings are a important layer for me! I always freeze on flights, so leggings, an extra pair of socks, some sort of cardigan or sweater and a scarf are all things I bring along. I know it’s a lot, but you can’t always get a hold of a blanket and just sitting still on a plane, I tend to get really cold. I tend to sleep on flights, so I wear shoes that are easy to slip off.

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