As much as we would love to file those cringe-worthy memories somewhere far, far away, we're instead sharing our biggest airport outfit offenses. Seriously, learn from our mistakes. Ranking high up on the list—and something all of us have regretfully done at some point—is wearing 100% cotton "rigid" jeans when flying. If you've ever sat squished into a middle seat on a long flight, you can imagine the level of discomfort that an unforgiving pair of jeans provides.
Ahead read up on our major airport outfit offenses so you don't make the same mistakes we once did.
"Without a doubt, wearing high-rise 100% cotton jeans is my biggest airport mistake, and I'm sad to admit that I've made it more than once. But I've finally learned my lesson and now refuse to wear anything but stretchy jeans when I fly." — Allyson Payer, senior editor
"Leggings with a lot of seams: This might sound oddly specific, but those trendy leggings with seams and panels all over them can really start to dig into you after a couple hours in the air, and it is not comfortable. Instead, wear simple leggings or track pants." — Nicole Eshaghpour, senior market editor
"Walking through airport security with bare feet is a hard no. Even if I'm wearing ballet flats or some other sockless pair of shoes, I'll stash a pair of socks in my tote to put on through security. Bombas have a lovely little mini cushion at the heel so they never slip down and help prevent blisters. Plus they're a tad cozier than your average pair." — Kat Collings, editor in chief
"I thought that my pair of high-top Vans would make for a perfect pair of airport shoes—man, was I wrong. The thin laces and the high-top style make them one of the more difficult sneakers I own to take on and off. Not only did I hold up the line going through the TSA checkpoint, but I was also running late to my flight tying them up afterward. I've learned my lesson and will always fly in slip-on shoes wherever possible." — Anna LaPlaca, editor
"One time I wore my tightest vintage jeans on a flight from NYC to L.A. and I was struggling the entire time. The high waistband was digging into my stomach, I felt like I couldn't breathe, and I was basically miserable the entire flight. Sometimes I feel weird wearing leggings—less pulled together, I don't know—so I now opt for a more casual 'fit that has some give." — Lauren Eggertsen, editorial director
"I mistakingly wore a T-shirt and shorts on the plane coming back from Florida once—it was so tempting to stay in them because of the humidity. However, I hate having no barrier between me and the dirty airplane seat! I always remember to bring a hoodie so I can raise the hood and protect my hair from the seat—classic germaphobe move." — Erin Fitzpatrick, senior news editor
"As much as I love wearing white, it's not my friend, especially when I'm lugging a suitcase, a tote, snacks, and way too many beverages around the airport. I flew from Berlin to the States in July and wore a pair of wide-leg, white linen pants because of how comfy and breathable they are only for me to spill a latte and chocolate on them. I couldn't exactly wash them mid-flight so I'm still living in regret because the stain never fully came out." — Eliza Huber, editor
"For the airport, I make sure to avoid wearing anything with metal, whether it’s cap-toe shoes, silver hardware belts, or leather jackets with zippers and snaps. That way, I can avoid any delays in the security line." — Kristen Nichols, senior editor
"I'm a frequent flyer, so I've got dressing for the airport down to a science by now. My only regret is once wearing a lightweight cardigan when flying back from Florida during a New York City winter. Obviously, I didn't want to lug around a heavy coat during my travels, but at least a jacket would've been nice. I always wear one to the airport now no matter how hot it is where I'm traveling." — Sierra Mayhew, associate editor