I’m a bit of an airport expert. Ever since I was a toddlerista, I’ve been stowing my carry-ons in the overhead compartment like a pro. I never feared airport security and I never grew tired of those fabulous moving sidewalks. I was a mini Sky Miles member and had a whole jewelry box of wing pins.
In fact, there was one incident when I was about five or six. It was our first foray into coach, and I rang the flight attendant for my shrimp cocktail and warm towel. Much laughter ensued. But that was how often I would fly.
I continued to travel frequently as years went on, and now my priorities have shifted from “Will my doll go through security OK?” to “Will my shoes go through security OK?” My airport outfits are always carefully selected and thoughtfully calculated. You will never see me in sweatpants or running shoes, and heaven forbid my hair isn’t done (although for overnight flights, I do forego makeup).
( If you’re ever thinking “Who cares what I look like at the airport?” the answer is Me. )
I have never been to an airport where I have actually walked far enough to complain. The whole “you want to be comfortable” thing makes no sense to me. If you are so late to your flight that you have to run, you have bigger issues. Look cute, feel great, arrive early, and enjoy the hustle and bustle.
The airport chic outfit is a simple 5 piece puzzle.
1. The shoes – cute, easy to slip off, and practical. Something you will wear during your trip. Not necessarily your heaviest pair, but always nice to save weight. Think ballet flats, plimsolls, or wedges.
2. The pants – jeans or thick leggings. Don’t wear shorts, a skirt, or a dress unless you are arriving for a business meeting. Pants allow you to curl up in your seat with your new trashy novel.
3. The blouse – something flowy and comfortable. A classic white t-shirt, a printed top, or a bold tank top. Don’t pick something that easily wrinkles.
4. The jacket/sweater – whether headed to Antigua or Antarctica, you’ll need a sweater or a jacket. Throw on a blazer, boyfriend sweater, or cardigan to keep warm and comfortable on the plane. Pick something that you can take off easily at security.
5. The carry on – your handbag/carry on/tote needs to match your outfit. I notice. You notice. People notice. Whatever you are carrying as a “purse” needs to match like any other purse would.
BONUS: Accessories – no belts, no heavy jewelry. Bring a scarf for long flights to act as a blanket. Find a watch you love.