AIRPORT OUTFIT IDEAS: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO PREPARING FOR TRAVEL
I don’t know about you, but my fall travels seem to be speeding up. I’m excited about upcoming trips to New York and Dallas in September. I’m also planning a trip to London as well as Charleston in November – and all before the holidays start! Whenever I travel, whether it’s a quick flight or a longer journey, my goal is to always feel comfortable but always at ease. Today I’m going to share with you some of my ideas and strategies for preparing for your trip. You’ll see some of my key steps to creating a great airport outfit: comfortable, stylish pants, shoes you know can perform all day, all the right layers, and of course, the right accessories for work !
Step 1: FROM BOTTOM TO TOP
Let’s start with what to wear bottoms with some of the pants and jean options I love for travel days. I absolutely don’t mind traveling in jeans, as long as they have stretch and aren’t too tight. Right now my travel jeans are these straight jeans, these high waisted jeansAnd this more casual denim. In general, I kind of like cropped or ankle-length cuts, as I find they work better with various shoe options while still looking visually stunning. If you are looking for an alternative to denim, I HIGHLY recommend it these casual cargo pants which I have been wearing on repeat lately. They have a great cut and are super easy to style – for travel and beyond. During the cooler travel months you may find me these awesome leggings!
Step 2: FOCUS ON FEET
Once I’ve figured out my pant choice, my next solution for a great airport outfit is shoes. I would normally choose sneakers or fancy loafers, but I’ll also travel in a comfortable boot, especially if I’m trying to save space in my luggage. I have worn these sneakers all season and plan to travel there A LOT this month. This brand is one of my other favorite sneaker brands. I also love these moccasins as well as these moccasins. Another good option? A superb ballet apartment. The Chanel ballet is perfect for a flight but I also love it this chic apartment I recently started again. During the summer months I’ll opt for no-socks or no-show socks, but in cooler weather I’ll add a visible sock to complete the look and add a little extra comfort and warmth.
Step 3: LAYER
Ok, the next step in my airport outfit is layers! I always wear a third piece (even in the height of summer) because airports, taxis and planes can often be unpredictably cold. My third piece of choice is usually a great blazer or quilted jacket. If you are looking for a travel-friendly blazer, I highly recommend it this one, this oneAnd this one. As for the quilted pieces, this one, this one And this one are my favorites at the moment. In addition to a third piece, I always carry a cashmere shawl with me. I still wear the scarf from my old Nordstrom collection that I love, but this oversized scarfas well as this one are also comfortable options.
Step 4: FINISHES
When it comes to completing an airport outfit, you simply can’t forget about accessories. For years I have been wearing this tote specially designed to slide over the handle of a hard case. It’s lightweight, can be worn over the shoulder or used as a crossbody, has plenty of great interior and exterior pockets, and is durable and easy to clean. However, I just took a little trip and took this quilted bag and I really loved it. I feel like it’s not as functional as my Jimmy tote bag, but was functional enough while being much more of a fashion statement. When it comes to travel bags, my two non-negotiable rules are that they must have a zipper on the top and they must be able to be worn over the shoulder or across the body.
Once I figured out my airport outfit idea, there are a few additions I can’t live without. I always organize my luggage with packing cubes And these are some of my favorites! Me too air label on everything as I can to have peace of mind. Unfortunately, we all know how nightmarish traveling can be, and with all the delays and cancellations, I like to feel protected by knowing exactly where my luggage is at all times. I also never leave the house without one. lightning charging cable. These wonders charge phones SO quickly – I don’t know how I lived without them.
MAKE SEASONAL ADJUSTMENTS
Sometimes during summer travel I mix things up and wear a knit dress as an alternative to pants and switch out my heavier scarf options for something lighter like a silk scarf. This dress (see how I styled it here) And this dress are great travel companions and I love so many silk scarf options here. Alternatively, during the cooler winter, I can swap out my blazer or jacket for a real coat option. This one And this one are both on my winter must-have list.
Well that’s all I have for my airport outfit ideas and how to prepare for travel, but stay tuned, later this month I’ll be posting a big roundup of my favorite quilted pieces for the season plus a guide to all my current pieces. Favorite denim fits and washes. As always, you can see more of what I like hereand more of what I’ve been wearing lately here.