What To Wear on the Plane When You’re Flying to a Hotter Climate
Plan an outfit right for the heat
Build a look that is truly cool, which means cover your arms and legs with lightweight, light-colored, breathable fabrics. (And this means no to halters, no to shorts, and no to mini dresses—for so many reasons.)
Best options: Pair a loose-fitting, stylish top with cropped, wide-leg trousers in breathable fabrics. Or pull on a non-form-fitting, knee-length and lightweight dress or even a maxi.
Wear shoes that are right for the heat
Pair your summer look with a summer shoe that won’t drive you crazy or make your feet feel like prisoners while you’re getting to and leaving the airport. Stylish sandals with good support (and an updated pedicure) are perfect, wedge slip-ons like espadrilles, or lightweight and cute sneakers worn with a low-cut sport sock (to wick perspiration) are your best bets. Always choose shoes that came slip off easily in the TSA line.
Tie up your hair
One of the easiest ways to stay cool when traveling is to get your hair off your neck. Plan for a stylish look that does just that. An added benefit is that it’s much easier to manage cross-body bags, carry-ons, and backpacks coming on and off when you’re hair is out of the way. Once you’re on the plane, let it down to make being in your seat more comfortable. Then just pull it up before deplaning.
Bring a scarf
Whether you want to wear it in the heat or keep it in your personal carry-on item for when things get chilly in the cabin, an ample-sized scarf that you can wind around your neck (or even your shoulders) to cozy up is indispensible. Pick breathable, soft fabrics, and double down on usefulness by picking a bright color that helps your complexion look better on what can be a tiring day.
Bring a lightweight jacket
This is your second layer for when things get chilly. Pull this on as soon as you’re on the other side of the TSA line for a crisper, more flattering airport look. Best options are lightweight jackets that fall past the hips, for good coverage. This is also a brilliant way to have a jacket on-hand for your entire trip, and not have to pack it.
Drink water all the time
This isn’t an outfit tip, but it’s the ultimate air travel tip, especially when you’re moving from extremes in climate. Invest in a cute bottle that stows well in your personal carry-on, and just keep filling it up (and drinking it down) from the moment you leave your home. Your body, complexion, energy level, and state of mind will thank you.