Beyond keeping your eye on the prize that is your end destination, there is another way to make the airport less frustrating: a well-planned traveling wardrobe. Because dressing for such a stressful occasion shouldn’t be any more stressful, allow us to let you in on a few secrets of frequent flyers who have mastered jet-setting in style.
Below, discover the five pieces that make the perfect airport-ready ensemble, no matter where you’re headed.
This might sound obvious, but travel style is all about layering. To nail this look, you have to start with a flexible base, which is why a neutral, lightweight tee is your best bet. Breathable and buildable, the staple will serve you right no matter how many layers you pile on to combat the plane’s uncontrollable air conditioning. We recommend keeping it sleek and comfy with a top that has an athleisure edge.
Whether you’re flying domestic or abroad, it’s a good idea to have your wallet, ID and gum stash within reach. Do this fashionably by toting a crossbody with fabulous form and function. Keeping your essentials close makes trekking through security, Starbucks and the magazine stand way easier.
Tight pants and long flights do not match. Make your trip as comfortable as possible by sporting bottoms that give you some room to breathe. If you’re over your usual go-to leggings, experiment with other comfy options, like drawstring trousers or a casual jumpsuit. Admittedly, the jumpsuit will make your pre-boarding dash to the bathroom a little more time-consuming, but the cozy feeling of the style will make the extra five minutes worth it.
Another layering essential is the throw-on-and-go sweater. Perfect for extra chilly terminals and snuggling up for in-flight naps, the simple piece is the ultimate travel style staple. Whether you opt for a crew neck or turtleneck, patterned or plain, you truly can’t go wrong by adding this basic to your en route ensemble.
Last but not least: the sleek, but snug topper. Don’t get caught in the airport without one. Not only do they keep you warm at 30,000 feet, they keep you looking cool as you rush from gate to gate. If you find yourself heating up in transit, simply drape the piece over your shoulders. This celeb-inspired styling trick will make you feel fabulous even if your feet hurt and your sanity is slowly slipping through your fingers. Remember, you got this.
Need more travel style inspiration? Browse more sporty-chic pieces to help you face the airport looking like a million bucks. And if you forget something while packing — because, let’s face it, who doesn’t — you can always ship your rental to your destination. RTR now delivers to hotels!