I’m writing this post on my layover at the Houston Airport en route to Costa Rica for a press trip. And as I look at the fashion disasters around me it dawns on me, I’ve never actually written about “airport chic” before. I’ve talked about it a lot, but the actual blog post never materialized. When it comes to style, traveling is fun for two reasons:
- You get inspired from what you see all over the world.
- Airport fashion is often a menage of total train wrecks.
For the latter, I’m not sure why. Granted, airlines are not nearly as chic as they were in the Pan Am days when stewardesses had to be so hot they were weighed in (or so the ABC flail-of-a-show leads us to believe it was like that.) But that isn’t an excuse to dress like a douchebag. Besides the fact that sweatpants, even Juicy Couture sweat pants, are not meant for wear outside of the house, why would you don pajamas to travel in? There’s plenty of ways to travel, be comfortable and still look stylish. Here are my favorite tips, and rules of thumb, for mastering effortless, airport chic.
1. Try leggings
There’s nothing in the world more comfortable than leggings and it’s the closest thing to an acceptable “PJ cozy” look you can get away with in public. With some flats or cute riding boots, they’re an easy way to be comfortable and not have your feet hurt from airport walking.
2. Always layer
It doesn’t matter if I’m departing from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport in the middle of July when it’s 115, the plane is always sub-zero. Whether you prefer a cardigan, sweater, scarf or jacket, always be sure to layer your clothing.
3. Wear comfortable shoes
I’ll admit, sometimes I wear heels to the airport. In the form of 2-3 inch boots but nothing more than that. Six-inch Louboutins aren’t practical to travel in and you aren’t kidding anyone saying it’s comfortable “for you”. Instead, opt for some flats, sandals, riding boots, or a shoe with a modest heel. Most people will advise you to pack the boots since they’re a pain to take off at security but personally, I’d rather go through that extra minute to put them back on than to fill up my entire suitcase with one pair of boots. Wedges are safe too; just leave the towering stilettos in the bag.
4. Don’t forget your socks!
As a rule of thumb, I try to make my life easier and plan on wearing shoes that already incorporate socks. If/when I don’t, I bring a pair in my purse with me because it is always bound to be freezing. Don’t let your toes turn to ice and plan ahead!
What is your go-to formula for airport chic?