Sarah V had this request:
I would love to get your take on what to wear for a long flight. I want to look nice but be comfortable and not get too hot.
I can’t say that I’ve got any amazing or unusual tricks for long flight comfort, but I’m happy to share my formula!
Since long flights generally involve long stretches of time spent in airports before and after, picking soft, stretchy fabrics will be key. I stick to knits – jersey, ponte, and various sweater knits all of which can look chic and sophisticated in the right styles and cuts.
I have finally come back to enjoying denim, but NOT for long airplane trips. I can’t remember the last time I wore anything other than leggings to travel, as they’re comfortable, lightweight yet cozy, and allow you to move freely.
Cardigan or jacket
I am generally freezing on long flights, so Sarah’s concerns about being too hot amaze me. Regardless, a lightweight cardigan or jacket is a good idea as temperatures can fluctuate. Throw one on with a knit tee and leggings for added interest and potential warmth.
This is the real key piece. Even if you tend to overheat while traveling, give a scarf a try. Ideally something large and lightweight. It will add polish and interest to your travel outfit, can be removed and stuffed into your carry-on if temps become too high, can be thrown over shoulders or legs if temps become too low.
Boots or flats
Again, I skew cold so unless I’m traveling to a much warmer climate, I generally opt for boots. Otherwise, comfy ballet flats run a close second as they can slip off easily for security checks but look more polished than sneakers.
Originally posted 2013-05-07 06:04:36.