What to Wear on a Flight

I have a long six-hour flight ahead of me tomorrow (definitely popping some sleeping pills), so I've been trying to put together a stylish but comfortable outfit to wear. I've learned through trial and error over the years what types of things I should and shouldn't wear, so I thought I'd share them with you:

  • You want your main part of the outfit (dress, shirt, etc.) to be dark-colored because stains show so much easier on light-colored clothing (thanks to a clumsy flight attendant or if you end up having to wear that shirt two days in a row due to lost luggage).
  • No perfume or scented lotion. You're bound to piss off someone if you douse yourself in Clinique Happy ... I don't care how good you think it smells.
  • Dress nicely. Yes, I know wearing sweats is so much more comfortable, but if you're dressed nicely while politely asking for a free upgrade, they're more likely to give it to you. In the warmer months, I usually go with a medium-length summer dress, like this one from Forever 21.
  • We all know how frigid the cabin can get, so be prepared. A cardigan (from Ruche, $40) or tights are essential.
  • Little to no jewelry. It's too much of a pain to take it all off when going through the security check.
  • Carry a large purse. Hey, with airlines charging $35 a pop for checked bags, we've gotta try to fit all our belongings into a purse and a carry-on.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Heels are usually a bad choice because you will probably want to stroll around during that two-hour layover, but also because, heaven forbid something goes wrong, it'll be hard to maneuver down that safety slide. You also want to choose shoes that are easy to slip out of for the security check.
  • Sunglasses: I always hate having an aisle seat and the guy next to me keeps the window shade open, so I always bring sunglasses, just in case. 

Do you have a go-to outfit for flying? What do you wear during flights?


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