Dr. Daryl Lund
Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go – but have you considered what to wear for the journey? A panel of frequent flyers had the following to say for their tips on staying comfortable and chic on the move.
When flying, style is important, but comfort is key. Layers are a must – Wear the thinnest ones next to your skin and pile on the heavier fabrics with each additional layer. Dark colors are recommended, just in case turbulence causes an accidental spillage. A great bag is essential.
If you’re angling for an upgrade, wear a beautiful, long coat because it covers up everything underneath and makes you look pulled together.
And don’t even think about wearing your pyjamas to the airport. Some people do it, and it’s not pretty.
While being smart for the airport is key , you want to relax as soon as you are on the plane. Clothes that are too tight or restrictive make you miserable. A shirt dress for ladies , which is smart but chic is great. If you have space in your hand luggage, pack a tracksuit and change into it. It’s lovely to slouch about in, and you will like the feeling of changing back into fresh clothes before you land.
Take a bag that fits under your seat, so you don’t have to keep rummaging in the overhead locker.
Don’t travel without flight socks. It is nice to take your shoes off between take-off and landing, to stretch your feet, so the extra pair of socks keeps them warm. If you are trying to sleep, take a few layers with you so you can wrap up. The one item of clothing is advised against is skinny jeans.
The business traveler
Always wear a suit when travelling for business, especially if you are meeting clients straight from a flight. Avoid creases by wearing something wool-based, and by hanging up your jacket at the back of the plane. (If you ask the cabin crew nicely, they will usually help you find somewhere.) Easy-iron shirts are made for travelling. Take a spare if you are flying overnight, as it makes you feel fresh when you arrive.
When travelling with kids, you want to make sure they’re comfortable. This means T-shirts, leggings and socks to keep their feet warm on the flight. If you are travelling overnight, put them in their pyjamas before you leave the house. If you are visiting a cold destination, make sure everyone brings a coat on board because there’s nothing worse than shivering when you get off the plane. Always take a change of clothes for the children, and a spare top for yourself. And I avoid white at all costs.
The security guards
Save time and avoid stress by considering airport security when you get dressed for a flight. Shoes that are easy to slip off are handy, in case you’re asked to remove them. And if you’re wearing lots of layers, be prepared to take them off. Any items with a high metal content will cause the metal detector archways to sound the alarm. From experience, the more pockets you have, the more likely you are to leave keys and coins in there by accident. Large belt buckles and even the metal in high-heeled shoes can also set off the alarm.