Ok. So you have booked your air tickets for your dream vacation. You are really excited about your travel plans. And in no time you start planning every single detail which goes into making of a perfect vacation. Things look great until that moment when you have to decide the clothes you will be wearing on board.
You want to look great. You want to pull the look with a panache. But then those cramped seats and temperature variations come to your mind. There is no way you can have plenty of comfort with a touch of style, you may think.
Read on to learn some ways to keep your clothing simple, tasteful, comfortable and always non-controversial. These wardrobe options will not only make you snuggly in your seat, but also make sense after landing.
Tops: A cotton-silk blend shirt or a ‘Gathered Top’ with some stylish ruching, cinching, and gathering. Such tops can handle some bunching while you’re en route, and still look polished when you arrive. Tops that are “pre-wrinkled” are also perfect for long stretches of travel.
Bottoms: Any relaxed straight- or wide-leg pants like gauchos, palazzos, Pajama pants ( read here for my article on PJ’s ), cargo pants, cotton slacks ( not too tight on waist), corduroy pants . Jeans on an overnight flight would kill me. I need something more forgiving.
Avoid wearing long skirts – you get singled out for pat downs every security point you go through. They think you could hide something under your skirts. If you really like long skirts for the trip (and yes, they are more comfortable) take one on board in your carry-on and change in the plane ( too much of a work ?!? ).
Shoes: Simple slip-on shoes are your best bet for safety and comfort. They also save your time at security checks. Check this website for more ideas on comfortable shoes.
The idea of wearing heels or flip flops on a plane is just plain ridiculous – useless if there were any emergency, uncomfortable walking through the terminals. High heels may also cause hammer toes and chronic foot pain during long flights.
My favorite shoes to wear on a plane are Keds Skimmers for women, which offer sneaker-grade comfort but look more like cute ballet flats. Shop them here.
A thin summer scarf around the neck is good for the chill period. and it adds style to your look too.
Ear plugs can help you with the ear pain due to changes in air pressure ( landing and taking off especially ) so you don’t get airsick.
Purse: Use convertible handbags which can turn to back pack or crossbody when needed. Make sure they have enough pockets with zippers to keep your important documents safe, They should have plenty of room to accommodate all your essentials.
Makeup : Try to keep it to bare minimum. It’s a good to carry a hairbrush, scrunchies, lip balm, , moisturiser, cucumber eye pads, face cleansing wipes.
Some do’s and don’ts of air travel :
Avoid tight clothing ( they restrict blood flow) . Go for breathable fabrics ( cotton, linen and silk are great choices). Natural fabrics are great, but moisture-wicking man-made fabrics are suitable options as well.
It’s rude to bring objects that have a strong odor in a captive space (like an airplane). Collogne, perfume, spritzers are a bad idea. People are allergic and they are held hostages in a flight. This is a common courtesy. You should save that signature scent for later. Instead pick up a clean outfit for your plane ride.
Avoid keeping strong odor snacks ( especially Indian ) for the same reason. Remember that odor will be circulated all across the plane. Totally gross !! Keep apples, crackers, cookies instead.
Avoid T-shirts splashed with controversial statements, and anything that tends to raise eyebrows in public.
Avoid warm weather clothing ( thick sweaters, thick jackets etc.) . Go for layers. Layers are the best way to deal with the temperature variations. Pashminas, shawls, capes, wraps, ponchos, stoles, cardigans, sweatshirts, vests, and light jackets are perfect. You can even fold or roll soft items, like cotton jackets or goose down jackets and use them as makeshift pillows during flight. Roll items and stuff them in your carry-on bag or under the seat in front of you if you’re too warm. A foldable, reusable bag , which takes up almost no suitcase space is useful for toting extra layers you’ve taken off.
Avoid anything made of nylon. In a fire, nylon melt like teflon and stick to your skin.
Avoid wearing too much ( or any ) jewelry. You have to remove all of it at security check points. I always carry my ring and earrings in my bag and wear them just before landing at the final destination :))
Keep drinking water throughout to prevent dehydration.
Do wear clothes with lots of pockets – vests, cargos etc.
Do carry a change of clothes, just in case !
Do wear at least one thing stylish, could be your bag, or scarf or bottoms or maybe all of them !!
Dressing appropriately for air travel means knowing what will keep you comfortable on the plane. This isn’t always easy. I hope the above ideas will help you in planning your next in-flight wardrobe.
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