What to Wear On An Airplane

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”  St. Augustine


You know how much I love to travel.  The further,  more exotic the destination, the better.  But, travel to far-flung locales means spending time on airplanes, which is often an inhospitable environment to looking stylish.  I’ve come up with a good travel uniform, to keep you looking good and feeling comfy, whether you’re flying first class or coach.

Start with a pair of basic black pants.  You want something that has enough give so that you can sleep in them on overnight flights, but will still look sharp when you exit the airplane.  I prefer stretch pants, like these for $39.50 from Banana Republic:

Flats are the perfect travel shoe.  The Linda ($250), by Delman, is a pretty ballet flat, outfitted with a non-slip sole, so you won’t trip while running to catch your flight.

You also need a pair of socks to wear with your flats, so you aren’t walking barefoot through security.   I like a lightweight pair of knee-high stockings, like these from Spanx ($14.50), available at Nordstrom.

Plus, my toes always get cold on the plane.  For the overnight flights, it’s nice to pack a pair of warm, fuzzy socks, since those airplane blankets don’t provide much coverage.

I suggest layering what you wear on top.  Start with a soft camisole,

J. Crew Perfect Fit Tank, $18

topped by a cotton t-shirt

J. Crew Bateau Tee, $34.50

finished with a long cardigan.

White + Warren Cashmere T Back Cardigan, $240

To complete the look, White + Warren’s travel wrap.  It’s 100% cashmere, incredibly luxurious and comes in 26 colors.  It can double as a blanket on long flights, and looks oh-so-chic when you wrap it around your shoulders.

White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap, available at Julia Farr

Of course, you need a great carry-on bag, to hold your laptop and other travel essentials.  I like the long shoulder strap on this bag from Kate Spade.  It also has four zippered compartments, so you can keep your travel documents organized and safe.

Kate Spade Knightsbridge Jeanine, $495

I would complete the look with a great pair of big sunglasses, to hide the ravages that long-distance travel can wreak on your face.


 Kate Spade Aspen Polarized Sunglasses, $128

 Bon voyage!


“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Images:  Banana Republic, Delman, Nordstrom, J. Crew, White + Warren,  Kate Spade.



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2 responses to “What to Wear On An Airplane

  1. Katie

    And throw on a beaded necklace which can be removed while you sleep but you still look stylish running through the airport!

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