What Our Travel Editor Has Learned Not To Wear After Hundreds of Flights
Mistake: A Too-Tight Jacket
It’s tempting to grab that cute denim jacket as a final touch on a travel day, but don’t do it. You’ll feel like a prisoner by the end of the flight, and given that the body invariably swells during flights (and can stay puffy for days), it’s not going to fit right anymore. Make the jacket you bring a loose-fitting one.
Solution: Anthropologie Ruby Utility Jacket, $150
They’re the go-to look for pants, and there’s a reason we all love and live in our favorite jeans. But sitting for hours with a button digging into your midsection (or trying to deftly undo it while not alarming your row-mates) is reason enough to pack your jeans, not wear them. Go for a pair of wide-legged, loose fit pants instead.
Solution: H&M Wide-leg Pants, $60
Unless you’re wearing high-tech breathable microfibers, you’ll feel trapped inside a top or dress that’s made from a synthetic, particularly when that airplane cabin gets a bit stifling while you’re sitting on the runway during the inevitable delay. Go for natural fabrics or breathable microfibers.
Mistake: Complicated footwear
There’s nothing more stressful than trying to get a super-strappy sandal, a tightly-laced shoe, or a tight boot off and then back on in the TSA line. Keep your look simple and stylish with a simple sandal (with a decent foot bed for long walks in the terminal), an easy-on, easy-off wedge, or a cute sneaker.
Mistake: A too-big bag
It’s tempting to maximize your carry-on game with the biggest tote you can find as your personal piece (in addition to your rolling carry-on suitcase). Don’t fall for it. First, you may not be able to fit it under the seat in front of you, which means you’ll need to get in and out of your seat to get what you need from the overhead compartment. Second, if it’s big, it’s likely full of stuff, heavy, and really bad for your back. Opt for a small-to-medium sized tote or a stylish laptop-friendly backpack.
Mistake: A straw hat
If I had a nickel for every hat I’ve ruined by it being squished or simply left behind in the overhead compartment, I could buy an airline. If you want to include a straw hat in your look (and they’re fabulous for so many reasons), invest in a rollable, packable one. Or buy one at your destination and share some money with the local economy.
Solution: Hat Attack Roll-up Travel Visor, $80