Being envious of celebrities’ airport style is something we are all guilty of. However, no matter how much of a luxury lifestyle advocate you are, high-waisted leather trousers paired with stilettos are incredibly uncomfortable when strutting towards the gate whilst scolding yourself for not leaving the house earlier.
While statement outfits may look great in paparazzi photos, they are incredibly inconvenient in real life. Looking your best at the dazzling height of 35,000 feet is something we all strive for, however, for the sake of comfort, practicality and safety it’s better not to lose your head in the skies. With this said, we have prepared a list of top-notch suggestions what to wear on your next flight to stay comfortable while looking great.
Heels and Sliders
Comfortable footwear is the key when it comes to flying. Not only is running towards the plane more difficult in heels or shoes that keep falling off your feet, but there are more serious reasons to wearing sensible footwear for your flight. In case of an emergency, flip-flops and heels make it difficult to evacuate quickly and may cause harm to others. In the scenario of an emergency landing when you need to go down the slide, you will be required to take the heels off as they can puncture the slide - and if that happens, you won’t be wanting to waste time getting your shoes off.
Another factor urging not to practice the basics of luxury lifestyle footwear when travelling is metal detectors. Designer heels have nails in them, and if you’re already running late, the hassle of taking your shoes off and on again may cause you to miss your flight.
When it comes to sliders, the issue with them begins inside the plane. It’s notably chiller when you’re in the sky, and if the flight is a long one, your feet will freeze. Also, there is one thing that will put you off wearing any backless sandals on a plane ever again. The liquid on the floor of the aeroplane lavatory is not water. And sandals put you in the risk of dipping your feet in it.
Planes are cold - fact. It might be the middle of a heatwave where you are departing from an equally hot at your destination, but if you don’t wear enough clothing on your journey you will freeze. Crop tops are cute, and sports bras paired with leggings may sound like a comfortable solution - however, exposing too much skin on the flight is never a good idea. We will expand on this a little later, but for starters, you will freeze. And, unfortunately, most flights do not provide blankets.
It is a good idea to keep some extra layers in your hand luggage, if not an entire outfit. The change of clothes may serve you well in several scenarios. Sometimes the airlines interfere with your luxury lifestyle by accidentally sending your suitcase a few thousand miles away from where you are - a change of clothes on hand will get through this unfortunate event just long enough for you to reunite with your precious luggage of designer clothes. Alternatively, you might be incredibly unfortunate, you may end up sitting next to an airsick person… It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?
Set Yourself Free
Constricting clothing is not the epitome of comfortability in normal settings, and it’s a definite no-no when flying. Cramping, swelling and discomfort are not words we associate with a luxury lifestyle, and therefore they have no place on board a plane. Wearing restrictive clothing on the flight may cause more than a simple bouquet of unpleasant experiences; it can develop into deep vein thrombosis which develops due to lack of healthy blood circulation.
Frequent flyers and those taking long plane journeys are especially exposed to this risk and are advised to try and move around in the seat or have a walk to the lavatories and back once in a while. Additionally, flying often causes bloating and therefore leather trousers might end up feeling very, very tight and look unflattering. In other words, wear looser clothing when flying - after all, comfort is the most fashionable thing we can think of.
While accessories and jewellery embellished with metal adornments are pretty hot right now, you better not use them as a statement maker for the flight. Anything studded will not get past metal detectors, and in some cases, even the shape of a jewellery piece can cause issues. Essentially, anything that looks like a potential weapon will get you in trouble, and this covers hand luggage as much as what you choose to wear on yourself.
Many believe gold pieces are safe, but they are not. Any kind of metal, ranging from luxury jewellery to metallic details on designer clothes, will make your metal detector experience unpleasant. To keep the process smooth for yourself and others, avoid metals and statement jewellery when flying. There are many clothing pieces out there that are so powerful on their own they require no further accessorising to assist - use them.
Fire is the last thing you want to think of in the air - so think of it while on the ground. Fringe and feathers are very popular attributes nowadays but are very quick to catch fire. Similarly, flammable materials such as polyester could be a hazard if they get close to extreme heat.
However, it is best to have as much skin covered as possible, therefore opt for long sleeves and trousers. If you take an emergency landing and need to descend via the slide - it will hurt. Not only the rubbery surface of the slide will hurt you, but you can potentially have not the smoothest surface awaiting for you at the bottom. It’s best to cover as much of the skin as possible.
Luxury Lifestyle In The Skies
Just like in everyday life, when travelling, nothing speaks of luxury as much as comfort. With layering being one of the best airport fashion tips, you can go very, very creative. At the same time, you won’t find yourself freezing during the journey. Ensure that your layers are made from natural materials and don’t restrict your movements. Our top tip is to invest into a designer cashmere scarf - this will become your flying staple, and give the laziest of travel outfits and instant feel of chic.
If you’re flying in first-class or are travelling for business, pulling out a comfortable smart casual look isn’t as difficult as it sounds. A blouse with a sweater and cropped trousers will have you looking meeting ready and provide you with just enough comfort throughout the flight. A simple dress always works great with a layer of a blazer, and legs covered in nylons. Swap heels to flats, and you’re all sorted.
What is your airport fashion advice?