When it comes to dressing for the airport, there are two things to keep in mind. Looking stylish, of course, but also practicality (especially for longer flights). While we all want to look good on a plane, you’ve got to feel good—and make your flight on time!—in order to do so. So we’ve compiled a list of the top five things you should consider when picking your outfit to fly in. Once you’ve asked yourself these questions, you’re ready to hit the runway in style—the airport runway, that is.
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When choosing shoes, there are two main things to consider. First, are they easy to take off and put back on for passing through security? Second, will they still be comfortable (or fit) if you swell up a bit by the end of your flight? Be sure to stay away from anything overly complicated (such as gladiator sandals) and anything too tight.
Loeffler Randall Sarie Haircalf Flat Sandals ($195) in Cheetah
Madison Harding Natalie Fringe Flat Slides ($142) in Denim Suede
Nike Perforated Suede High Top Sneakers ($100) in Black
Unless your jewelry is solid gold or silver or extremely dainty, it very well may set off the metal detectors, in which case you’ll have to remove it. To avoid holding up the lines and delaying yourself, be sure that anything you do wear is a breeze to remove and put back on. We suggest avoiding chunky necklaces and earrings with difficult closures, as well as thick rings that don’t come off easily.
Vanessa Mooney Hells Bells Choker Necklace ($168) in Gold
Isabel Marant On Plane Again Ring Set ($110) in Gold
For long flights especially, you want to be sure to wear a top that’s made from a breathable fabric such as cotton or linen. Not only do these have stretch, but they are lightweight and absorbent—unlike silk or polyester. If you’re going for a more dressed-up look, consider wearing a cotton cami or tee under your blouse of choice.
It’s hard to notice how uncomfortable tight pants are when you first put them on, but after sitting for hours, you will instantly regret the decision to wear them. To avoid either having to unbutton or getting a stomachache, wear pants that have some stretch, have an adjustable waist, or are on the looser side.
Weekday Ami Mid Rise Comfy Stretch Boyfriend Jeans ($81) in Black Bois
Current/Elliot Newsboy Tie Trousers ($167) in Ice
If you’re flying somewhere with a different climate, it’s important to keep that in mind when getting dressed. If your destination is only mildly hotter or colder, dress in layers that you can easily throw in your carry-on either before or after the flight. If there’s a significant difference, consider bringing something such as a light dress or chunky knit in your bag. And always bring a scarf.
Elizabeth and James Kenji Crinkled Silk Chiffon Dress ($365)
J. Crew Ribbed Open Cardigan Sweater ($128) in Heather Pewter