Staying comfortable while you’re on the go is a must if you want to arrive at your destination in a good mood. When deciding on your travel outfit, it’s important to consider the types of fabrics, fit and accessories that will benefit your trip the most. Here are five things to keep in mind when you dress for the airport.
1. Pick Cotton Fabrics
Layer up with clothing made of low-maintenance cotton to ensure a comfortable journey. Cotton is a breathable material and it is less likely to hold on to odors and wrinkles than other synthetic fabrics. It’s also easy to wash so depending on where you’re going, a cotton t-shirt is something you can wear again and again without getting your dry cleaner involved.
2. Scarves Have Many Uses
Scarves not only add an element of style to your wardrobe, they come in handy in many situations. If you become cold in transit or at a restaurant, you can easily wrap the item around your shoulders for an extra layer. Prefer not to bring neck rests on your trips? Let scarves act as a little pillow to rest your head. When you land, wrap it back around your neck and no one will realize it was catching your drool an hour earlier.
3. Sneakers Will Get You Farther
It’s nice to imagine arrive at a luxe destination in high heels, but in reality, it just doesn’t make sense. Airport travel often involves a lot of walking and pulling luggage. Wearing sneakers allows you to be comfortable and you’ll be more tempted to take the long route around the airport when time permits. Many fitness-forward airports even have walking paths so you can use idle time to stay active. If you want to still maintain a sleek look, try emulating The Weigh We Were founder Kat Carney’s style: all black sneakers. Sneakers also mean you need socks, which leads us to our next point…
4. Socks Are Sanitary and Have Health Benefits
Socks are very important to have when flying. Walking through security requires you to remove your shoes, like the millions of other people who have walked there before you. The last thing you want to think about when you cross the sticky floor barefoot is when it was last cleaned and how long until you have the chance to wash your feet. Also, if you have a tendency to absentmindedly kick off your shoes, your seatmates will be less annoyed if your toes aren’t visible. And finally, socks can help with blood circulation, which is very important on long flights. As Julia Beeson Polloreno, the editor-in-chief of Triathlete Magazine, says, “Flying, especially after doing a big run/workout/race, is made much more comfortable (and safer) with compression socks.”
Jeans are always in style but they don’t have the stretch or give you’d like when sitting in a car all day driving. Lucky for you, and all the fabulous people you see at rest stops along the way, athlesiure continues to be a huge trend. Big name designers such as Stella McCartney and Tory Burch even have their own sport lines. You can pull on the yoga pants and a brightly-colored, moisture wicking tank and still look like you just stepped off the streets of Rodeo Drive. You’ll be comfortable and stylish—just remember to pack an extra outfit for when you actually hit the gym on vacation.
Author: Allison Klibanoff