How to Look Put Together On an Airplane

Most frequent flyers I meet want to be comfortable without compromising their appearance while traveling. (They also want to make their connecting flights, free drink tickets, and/or bumped up to first-class.) 

Although traveling across time zones can be extensive and exhausting, it’s still important for most folks to look (and feel) presentable while flying. 

Try some of these tips to cultivate the perfect look on your next trip. 

Dress up athleisure wear

Ditch your sloppy sweat pants and dress up athletic attire. Try pairing black leggings with a pair of slip-on sneakers and a cardigan for a comfy casual look, or add a blouse with your favorite slimming joggers. 

Add slight touches of makeup

Though red-eye or 4 a.m. flight can be exhausting, adding slight touches of BB cream, tinted moisturizer, mascara, and a little lip gloss can go a long way if you want to look more presentable. You’ll have light coverage and feel more confident after you wake up from a mid-flight nap.

Use layers

Airplane temperatures vary, so use dressier jackets you may not be able to fit in a suitcase to tie your outfit together so you can save precious luggage space. Find pieces to layer like scarves or bomber jackets.

It’s all in the shoes

Though pumps are typically not the best option for navigating around an airport, if you’re tight on time, keep them in a bag to switch out with a pair of flats. Bulkier boots or pointed ballet flats tighten up any look.

Add a blazer

Even the most casual outfits can be made more elegant with a blazer. Consider wearing your favorite stretch skinny jeans, a comfortable graphic tee, and throwing on a blazer to add a more professional flair when necessary.

Use a backpack or purse organizer for your small item

Being put together extends beyond clothing, and no one wants to be behind a person rummaging through their belongings to find personal items. Instead of searching through your purse, use a backpack as your personal item and sort your necessities by pocket. If you insist on carrying a purse, purchase a purse organizer to better access what you need – because no one likes the person who can’t find their passport in the TSA line.

Invest in better luggage

If you’re traveling a lot, it may be time to purchase a protective suitcase with four wheels in order to navigate airports more easily. Cheap luggage easily breaks and looks…cheap. I invested in AWAY luggage last year and haven’t looked back. 

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