I Travel a Lot, But I Still Make These 5 Airport Outfit Mistakes

You would think that after all of the stories I've written about travel style in my five and a half years at Who What Wear that I would have forbidden myself from committing airport outfit crimes, but alas, I'm still guilty. My problem is that I tend to prioritize looking stylish over being comfortable, so I'm constantly reminding myself to heed my own advice.  (I promise you, both are possible.)

I'm not going to pretend that dressing for the airport isn't hard. Between going through security, walking for miles through terminals, varying temperatures, and having to stay seated in one place for long periods of time, there's a lot to consider. Because it can get overwhelming, I'm confessing my most common airport outfit mistakes. They may be subtle, but avoiding them will make a difference in your comfort level on those long travel days.

Mistake #1: Wearing fabrics that don’t breathe, anything that doesn’t stretch, and fabrics that wrinkle easily.

There's no quicker way to look disheveled when traveling than wearing something that wrinkles in a flash. In case you need some guidance, I wrote an entire story about the best wrinkle-free fabrics for traveling

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WHO: Jasmine Tookes

Mistake #2: Not accessorizing smartly.

Accessories can kind of make or break an airport outfit. For example, I've made the mistake of not wearing a watch (and digging for my phone in my bag isn't particularly efficient), carrying bags that are awkward, not having a good place to put my sunglasses, and packing scarves in my carry-on duffel that are too bulky.

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On Victoria Beckham: Celine sunglasses; Victoria, Victoria Beckham T-Shirt, bag, and jeans; Manolo Blahnik Chaos Ankle Strap Sandals ($725)

Mistake #3: Wearing button-fly jeans and a shirt that needs tucking in

As you know, there's often limited time to visit a restroom in the airport, and having to deal with a row of buttons and a shirt that needs to be tucked in just so is a big time waster.

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On Kaia Gerber: Saint Laurent Crew Neck Striped Sweater ($1150); Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneakers ($55); '47 Clean Up NY Yankees Baseball Cap ($25)

Mistake #4: Wearing shoes that can’t be easily removed.

Even though I have TSA PreCheck, I still have to remove my shoes at security when I fly internationally, and I often feel inclined to swap them out for cozy socks once I'm on the plane. Take my advice and don't wear shoes (e.g., boots that don't have a zipper and shoes with complicated straps) that require time and effort to get on and off.

What to Wear Instead

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Stephen Crawshaw / BACKGRID

On Margot Robbie: Ciao Lucia top; Chanel backpack; Vince Camuto shoes

Mistake #5: Wearing too many layers.

If a plane is even the slightest bit warm (which they often are) and you're wearing multiple layers with no space to remove them and nowhere to put them once you do, you have a problem. The smart alternative is a thin-yet-warm base layer and one piece of outerwear that can be removed with ease.

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