I went to the airport six times last week. That’s a lot of traveling, much strategic packing, and many travel-friendly outfit choices. For those of you who travel a lot or even just frequently, I’ve put some thought into simplifying this routine and making your travel wardrobe work for you. I’ll stay away from what to pack, as that clearly depends on whichever fabulous destination you’re headed to. But for long plane rides, quick jaunts or even the dreaded airport delay, here are some basics to keep you road warriors looking fashionably fresh.
It’s important to layer the day of your travel. You never know if the plane will be too hot or too cold, and the terminals are just as unpredictable. Comfort is key, but you’ll see no Juicy jumpsuits or just-out-of-bed looks in this column. In the early days of air travel, people wore their very best when they headed to the airport, and I don’t think that tradition should completely slip away. After all, you never know who you’ll see… like a celebrity passing through!
Whether headed to LAX, MIA or JFK, look casual but chic in True Religion’s â€œJohnnyâ€ straight-leg jeans paired with Christian Louboutin pumps, a Paul & Joe shirt, a 3.1 Phillip Lim cardigan, a Burberry tote and a Kenneth Jay Lane bangle (jeans: $185 at www.net-a-porter.com).
It’s amazing how a gray oversized sweater can look elegant, but believe me it can when it’s See by Chloe and paired with black narrow pants and white oversize bag (also by See by Chloe). The draped sleeves and low scoop back make this sweater interesting enough to wear out upon your arrival. All available at www.net-a-porter.com.
Black leggings – love em or hate em – are another great option for looking put together, yet comfortable on the plane. Falke cotton leggings come in packs of three (black, gray and navy) and can easily be paired with any long top and cardigan, like the ensemble pictured here. Miu Miu cardigan, ChloÃ© flats and a Miu Miu bag, all available at www.net-a-porter.com.
Let’s Talk Accessories. Your carry-on bag is the key to easy travelling. Even with the liquid regulations, I try to carry on as much as possible to avoid any lost/delayed luggage issues. My solution is a dependable silver Kenneth Cole rollerboard, along with a leather (durable) shoulder (most comfortable) zip top (so your items don’t fall out under the seat) handbag. I like an oversized purse so it accommodates my computer and in a basic color that will coordinate with any outfit. If sky’s the limit, go for YSL‘s grey croc brushed suede â€œDowntownâ€ large tote ($1596 at bluefly.com). Because it’s often not, I also recommend L.A.M.B.‘s Los Feliz Wilshire bag for $495 at shopbop.com.
Always, ALWAYS bring a scarf or pashmina. Even if the temps are warm, this is a must-pack on your carry-on. Here’s why: you can cover yourself with it like a blanket, roll it up for a pillow or wear it around your neck and breathe through it when the plane starts to smell funny. You know, like when the person next to you opens the can of tuna from United’s QuickPick $5 snack box. Who’s the genius who added that to the menu? Check out Gap‘s selection of lightweight, woven cotton scarves in colors that pop ($19.50 at gap.com).
Finally, for footwear, I highly suggest packing a pair of elasticized flats that are comfortable for long terminal stretches and also convenient for changing into on board the plane. They’re flexible enough to pack in any carry-on bag and cuter than pulling on that pair of wool socks to keep your toes warm on a too-cool flight. Pucci‘s marina print flat is fabulous enough to go with any outfit ($435 at piperlime.com).
Hopefully, you’re ready to go. Settle in and enjoy the flight!