“Dress up on a flight, you never know who you’ll need to impress.”
That used to be my mantra. You’d never find me in slouchy clothes on an airplane. Then I moved internationally. Twice. Dressy clothes on an overnight flight (or any flight over 4 hours) just aren’t the thing, but I’m still not quite ready to take the pajama or sweat pants leap. There’s just something…undone…about the entire look. Thank the fashion gurus for making leggings acceptable. They merge the best of both worlds, comfort and style. So here’s my go-to travel outfit.
1. Start with comfortable leggings. Even in hot weather, leggings are the only things I’ve found that are comfortable without looking like I just rolled out of bed (sorry yoga pants fans!). I’ve tried linen, and they are comfortable, but look so rumpled after sitting for even five minutes. Jeans also aren’t flexible enough to shift around while trying to sleep.
2. Add a lightweight tunic. It’ll cover your butt in those leggings, but be breathable enough to keep you cool.
3. Wear comfortable flats. They’re easy to slip off and on through security. I carry a pair of socks in my bag as well to keep my feet from getting cold on the plane.
4. Layer with a scarf. Always a great option to use as a blanket, eye mask, or accessory.
Other essentials for a long flight:
Eye mask. I have no idea why they only dim the cabin lights in coach for two hours of an eight hour flight, but just in case, this helps drown out the light and tricks my brain into falling asleep. In an emergency, a scarf works just as well.
Noise canceling ear buds or headphones. A must for drowning out the baby crying just behind me. Or the constant dings and drink offers.
Sleep aid. Over the counter only, it helps make me drowsy enough to fall asleep without knocking me out completely.
Makeup and Contact free. I can always take a quick bathroom break for an abbreviated beauty routine at the end of the flight or after landing.
Underwire free bra. This is a bit anal retentive, but it keeps my tatas patdown-free after a full body scan in the new security machines.