Now Boarding: 14 Must-Haves to Help You Fly in Style
Have you noticed how often stars get snapped at the airport? The paparazzi must simply camp out at baggage claim waiting for some poor celeb to make an appearance, and a story highlighting a star’s airport attire—stylish or not—usually follows. While I’m not suggesting you get gussied up in Givenchy platforms or a Balenciaga number before checking in, I am proposing that you leave the Juicy sweats and four-sizes-too-big hoodie at home. To prove that you can be comfortable and still look great after an hours-long plane ride, I present you with this go-to flying outfit, plus a few accessories that will make your trip a little more enjoyable.
7 For All Mankind The Skinny Jeans
Before you scoff at my suggesting you wear jeans, I want to point out that these are legging fit. No, they're not jeggings (and please don't even mention pajama jeans to me), it just means that have a little extra stretch so you’ll be comfortable sitting in them for a while. And if you’re one of those people who squirm around in the plane seat, these aren’t stiff and restricting. Just don’t kick your neighbor.
Old Navy Crew Neck Tee
I'm going to let you in on one of my style secrets. Ready? Striped T-shirts. I know, I know, it's not revolutionary, but you wouldn't believe how much more chic a simple outfit looks with a striped tee versus a solid one. And since I don't know where your final destination is on this journey, I don’t know what sort of jacket we might be dealing with here. A black-and-white-striped tee will work with just about any jacket or coat you bring along, but can also stand on its own.
Eleven Paris Biker Cardigan
Have you ever seen one of those pieces that try to be, like, a scarf, a hat, and a shirt all at the same time? You know the one—it ends up just looking crazy instead of functional? Well, this is not one of those pieces. With the coziness of a cardigan and the stylish structure of a biker jacket, this combo is actually pretty genius. Planes and airports are always chilly so even if you’re flying in the warm weather months, don’t forget a piece like this to snuggle up in.
Nine West Panto Loafers
A pair of bright loafers with an elegant embroidered patch on top are ten times more fashionable than your tattered ballet flats or flimsy flip-flops, but just as comfortable. (Are you sensing a pattern here?) Plus, there are no zippers or buckles to fuss with when you finally make it to the front of the security line.
Free People Diablo Sunglasses
Unless you're slathering on eye cream for the duration of the flight (but only 3.4 ounces worth), you're not going to emerge feeling your most radiant. That's why sunglasses are necessary. I love that these frames have a slightly retro shape to them without being costume-y. They’re also on the inexpensive side so if you accidentally sit on them or leave them on the plane, it’s not the end of the world.
Kate Spade Seaport Grand Watch
It's just plain smart to wear a watch when you travel. For one, you're actually supposed to turn your cell phone off when they tell you to and this way you can tell how much time is left on the flight. Also, phones don't always pick up the time zone change quickly, so by wearing a watch—and changing the time yourself—you'll make sure you're in the zone (pun totally intended). This one will go with anything and acts as an alternative to jewelry if you ditched that to avoid setting off those sensitive metal detectors.
Michael Kors Saffiano Travel Tote
This tote is the perfect size for traveling and it comes in nine delightful colors. Fill it with your traveling essentials: your iPod, magazines, a novel, more magazines (tell me I’m not the only one who overestimates how productive I'll be on a plane ride). I prefer open totes when traveling because it makes it easier to access your stuff when the bag is stowed under the seat in front of you.
BCBG Max Azria Goldenrod Leather iPad Case
If you're traveling with a tablet, find a case that has a stand so you can prop it up on your tray table to read or watch something. A nice leather one like this will hold up against all the tossing around in your bag, too. Tip: Slip a business card or something with your name on it into the ID sleeve on the back. Just in case.
Body Benefits Soothing Sleep Mask
So, you had all those things to do on the plane and ended up sleeping instead? Don't feel too bad—I'd sleep too if I had this cute eye mask to slip on for my nap. It blocks light, soothes your eyes, and sends a (hopefully) clear message to those around you that you’re trying to sleep and would not like to see cell phone pics of sleeping cats.
Topshop Straw Fedora
If you did doze off, you'll probably be facing a messy bedhead hair situation upon landing. Mask limp locks by throwing on a cute straw fedora when you step off the plane. Dark jeans, a cute jacket, loafers, and a fedora—see, it’s all coming together now!
Gaiam Aluminum Water Bottle
Don't risk getting reprimanded by TSA for that old water bottle you forgot about in your bag. Empty this one before you get to the airport and through security, then fill it up after. The aluminum sweats less, too, so it won’t get everything else in your bag wet.
One Hundred Percent Pure Facial Mist
I rolled my eyes the first time I saw facial mist in a drugstore—really, you’re trying to sell me water spray? But it’s actually incredibly convenient to bring with you when you travel (and contains more than just water). Because the air on planes dries out your skin like no other, a small spritz before, during, or after your flight will moisturize, refresh, and help you avoid annoying flaky skin.
CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain
I'm not going to tell you to cake on a full face of makeup for your flight. I’m a firm believer that a simple swipe of lip color makes a big impact. This lipstain gives you nice, bold color that stays on. So throw it in your tote and don't worry about fishing it out every half hour to reapply.
Totes Mini Umbrella
Newsflash: Weather can be unpredictable. The last thing you want is to get off the plane and see a downpour—and on top of that have to stand in an uncovered pickup area. This umbrella folds up to be teeny tiny, so it won’t take up valuable room in your tote and but will make it easy for whomever is picking you up to spot you in a crowd!