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How To Dress For Air Travel

By Tanvi Rastogi @tanviidotcom
Travel Layers
Picking up from the last 'Fashion' post left off comfortable dressing

The real test of comfortable yet stylish dressing comes while traveling. While it should not be a prerequisite to look 'cute' while traveling, it sure cannot hurt. My mantra, no matter what occasion or location, always remains the same: Comfort is key! However, if all the rules and regulations while traveling also adds another dimension to airplane travel: practical and efficient for security check along with being comfortable. One thing that does get on my nerves is when you are in a long security check line where TSA is not available and the people ahead of you are not prepared enough. I sure try my best to be as efficiently dressed as possible to get through the security without letting any sensors go off (Monica much?).  Below are some of my go to elements of an air travel look:
1. Comfy Bottoms 
When you’re going to be sitting for hours in a cramped airplane you need to make sure you are wearing soft, comfy pants that are a little bit loose or have some good stretch to them. There’s nothing worse than stiff, tight pants that squeeze your thighs and dig into your crotch as you sit stuffed into a tiny seat.
If you want to wear jeans, then the best kind are the ones with a relaxed boyfriend cut, or if you like skinny jeans be sure they have some spandex in them. I’d suggest against wearing any leggings that are SUPER tight. Your legs will swell slightly as you fly because of the altitude and that can make tight clothes pretty uncomfortable at 30,000 feet!

2. Soft Wrinkle-Free Top
A soft, light top is what you need to feel comfy and stress-free. It can be cotton, silk, or a thin knit. The only thing to stay away from is any material that wrinkles easily. 
I like tops with long sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves because I find airplanes can get very cold. If your body temperature fluctuates then layering a camisole under a longer sleeved top is a good idea.
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3. Layers are the key to comfortable air travel look 
(scarves, jackets, cardigans, etc.) Some airport have their air-conditioning set too high, some have it set too low. Same for the airplanes. Regardless for the weather outside, you have no idea how it will be one you are inside the airport and aircraft. That's where layers come in.
A big scarf or a light cashmere wrap is a must have in my books. Even with styling the look with a cardigan or duster (like there) I always have one in my handbag. Scarves are the BEST accessory for traveling by plane because they make casual outfits look a little more vibrant and “together” PLUS you can bunch them up into a comfy pillow or neck support if you want to nap en route to your destination. Two birds with one stone! A long cardigan is good too, or even a light jacket works well. 
[ Related : Comfortable Travel Look ] 4. Prepare to walk
The amount of walking you have to do in airports these days is crazy. Walk from the parking to the check-in to baggage drop off, to the customs, then security and finally to the plane. Did I sign up for a marathon or a flight? Kudos to you if you can 'comfortably' do it in heels. I sure cannot and neither would I ever want to. Thankfully sneakers are in fashion lately plus there are so many other cute flats options out there nowadays.
5. Bag is your best friend
Finally, to your arm candy! I will confess, I am flexible in this area. Sometimes I carry a tote, sometimes a backpack and other times just a travel pouch with essential and rest in the hand-luggage. But as a rule-of-thumb is it always good to stay clear of any bags with hardware such as studs, and chains. Not only would they add unnecessary weight but could also get stuck to other fabrics and things while you are on-the-go.
One of my recent finds have been the Diana Punch by Lidia May. I carried it on my recent trip and this sleek looking pouch didn't only old my passport, credit cards, ID, boarding pass, phone but I was also able to carry a pen, comb, travel size hand-creme and a lip gloss in there. Whaaat? I know, right? During the flight I didn't have to reach into my hand luggage once because everything I needed was in this tiny little travel pouch.
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Duster (Previously Styled) - South Moon Under // Same Tank - Athleta // Similar Tracks - Athleta // Better Shoes - New Balance // Same

Baseball Cap - Same
Watch - Similar Travel Pouch - c/o Lidia May // Same

What is your airport style?

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