Airport Style- the Do’s and Don’ts

Airport Style

Hello beauties! Hopefully, you’re recovering from your Christmas festivities and getting back into the “swing of things” as my mom likes to say. Right now, I’m blogging from the unseasonably cold San Antonio, Texas. I flew in late Sunday night/Monday morning to visit my boyfriend for New Year’s! An unfortunate flight delay had me stuck at the airport in Baltimore where I bared witness to several airport style faux-pas. This brings me to the point of this post- the do’s and don’ts of airport fashion.

Air transit has taken an unfortunate spin downward in the last 20 years. No longer is it a glamorous way to get around but an easy, somewhat inexpensive way to shuttle the masses. When my dad was a little boy, he and his parents flew from America to England to see his mom’s family. He was only a few years old, but my grandma dressed him in a little suit to travel. Flying was something you dressed up for! What happened to that?

I don’t expect everyone to dress up like they’re going to church (although that’s rare in itself), but a little class and self-respect doesn’t hurt anyone. The worst outfit offenders at the airport in Baltimore didn’t belong to children or even teenagers; they belonged to adults. I saw one man wearing plaid pajama bottoms and flip flops while chatting loudly on his phone. The woman sitting next to me wore an oversized hoodie and sweatpants. She also took off her shoes and wedged her feet in the seat pocket in front of her so she could curl up with her blanket.

Do’s and Don’ts of Airport Style

Covering what not to wear, let’s start with sweatpants. They’re comfy, great for curling up in, and look sloppy. It’s a big no. Anything that you wear to bed or to the gym is also on the “do not wear” list. Real simple, huh? Flying isn’t comfortable no matter what you do, so let’s make a universal effort to at least make ourselves look decent while doing it.

Moving on to what you should wear is a little more lengthy. I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look nice. On my flight the other day, I wore a plain navy 3/4 sleeve shirt with a puffer vest over it and Lauren Conrad loose fit jeans. Expensive? Not in the least, but I sure looked more put together than my seat partner next to me. Let’s not forget the bonuses of looking nice- flight attendants are much more attentive!

If it’s a shorter flight, I wear jeans, a t-shirt, and a blazer over it. It’s stylish, looks nice, and not hard to wear. For longer flights, lose fitting jeans (boyfriend style is my favorite) and a soft t-shirt work nicely. Because planes can be chilly, I bring my treasured blanket scarf with me to stay warm.

Hopefully this advice is helpful and gives you an idea of what a good airport look is. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it can’t be what you wear to sleep in. Stay stylish, my friends!

witty n pretty

My Airport Necessities and Travel Style

Happy Saturday friends! I’m gettin’ on a jet plane today bound for Charleston, South Carolina! I have my very first in-person job interview on Monday with a local marketing firm and I’m hoping I nail this interview. In the mean time, I’ll be exploring Charleston and getting a feel for the area. But first, I’ve got to make it on time for my flight, get through TSA, and hope my flight is delayed due to the weather. Jet Set Style
DKNY outerwear / Kenzo skinny jeans / Kate spade shoes / Ambassador Luggage Matte Finish Suitcase 20 Inch Carry on Spinner… / Kate spade jewelry / Kate spade jewelry / Rifle Paper Co iphone case, $54 / Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses, $175 / Frends headphone, $275 / Thermal Mug

Airport Necessities

As a seasoned traveler (ok, not really), I’ve learned to expect and prepare for flight delays due to weather, so I make sure to stuff my carry on with things to entertain me for awhile. TSA agents find this in my bag:

  • A fashion magazine (preferably Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar)
  • Bottled water (which they make me throw out)
  • Bubble gum
  • Ear buds
  • Laptop and charger
  • Travel pillow (not just for airplanes)
  • Lilly Pulitzer Agenda (planners gonna plan!)
  • Small make up bag (nothing over 3 oz.)

As far as my airport style goes, I have put a self-ban on sweatpants of any kind. I usually fly out of the DC airports and you never know who is going to be on your flight. Having lived in the capital and been taught the ins and outs of networking, you always have to look your best no matter where you are.

Typically, I wear flats similar to the Kate Spade mules above, dark wash jeans, and soft t shirt with a blazer over it. I’ve been trying to track down a blanket scarf and a cape for ages but can’t seem to find one that isn’t too expensive and in stock. I find that this airport uniform works for all seasons. If it’s winter, I’ll stick my coat in my carry on and wear my blazer, which is what I’m doing right now.

Here’s to looking fabulous on the fly!