Since I just finished a jaunt to see my son, Devin, in Florence, I thought I would chat about something that weighs heavily on my mind every time I pack my suitcase..the airport outfit.
What I wear to my destination is now becoming as important as what I’m wearing at my destination. And, deplaning, just like the perfect exit in a movie, is an extremely crucial point in your fashion life.
My daughter, Valentina and I had a recent teen-mom pow wow on this very heated topic, and she pointed me to Instagram, twitter, Pinterest and a few other crucial sites to explain how one should dress in case you are spotted by paparazzi exiting LAX, or arriving in Heathrow. You need major, major shades and don the most proper items for the cover of People, in case you make it…that’s her dream. lol
Present society has turned into a very casual group. What used to be considered trashy, rude and excessively casual attire to board a plane has now become the norm, with a modern twist. I can remember traveling with my parents as a kid. My dad would always sport a jacket and tie, and my mother in something flowing and comfortable, but elegant. I always thought it important to be impeccable at the commencement of one’s journey, even on a two hour trip to Florida, but today, pardon the pun, this has all been downgraded.
In keeping with the times, I no longer wear heels to the airport…that’s right, you heard me, heels. Since sneakers and “sweats” have become casually cool and acceptable, I have succumbed to the pressure without retaliation, and given in to the concept that travelers should be smart, but comfortably chic. I will admit, though it does break my heart, it works.
At present, I own two pairs of sneakers which I bought for Disney, both Steve Madden: the Emma (mine were silver..no longer available here...) and the Bryanne, Anyone over the age of 12 who does not wear a pair of slip on sneakers or flats when traveling is, well, not aware of the famous TSA Tango, airplane lavatories decorated in eau d’pee pee, or Hulk feet syndrome during flight. Maybe not for boobs, but here, flatter is better. You can keep it funky if that’s your thing, by sporting a more hip sneaker like mine, but whatever it is, keep it simple to take on and off. Keep in mind,too, that when you are traveling with kids, pushing a stroller, and playing pied piper through the sea of airport gates, you have to be on your game. Your honeymoon trip was a long time ago.
I wear a lot of fitted pants, leathers, jeans, especially during the winter, but flying in them would feel like a full body cast in traction, making for a miserable flight, no matter how long. I topped it off with a BLANK NYC floral vegan leather jacket ... and voila’ comfort and cutie pie all at once.
For me, the key to the airport outfit is chic comfort. If you sport any accessories, you may want to stash them in your carry on until after security, as most will make the metal detector scream, and you will be the “bitch” the irritated travelers behind you “bitch” about for holding up the line. Whatever you can wear to streamline the grueling process of going through security, do it.
On the return, I wore a cut out sleeve sweatshirt from Philanthropy (LINK) and same brand sweats, with a cami underneath.
It doesn’t matter what your fashion avatar is, keep it neat, simple and good to go…
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