Dressing for the Airport: Best Things to Wear

Airports can be uncomfortable, the flights themselves even more so. More than that, you don’t want to look out of place or a little too casual when you arrive at your destination. With all these things to consider, how do you dress for air travel with both style and comfort in mind?

Before you book your flight and pack your bags for your next big adventure, here are some clothing choices that should help you stay comfortable, stylish, and stress-free in the airport and on your flight:

1. Sports jackets

Look for a sports jacket for women that suits your style and is appropriate for air travel. Since sports jackets made from a highly breathable material, they can give you just enough protection from the air conditioning without being too warm. They are also great options if your destination is a place with warm or humid weather, and when it gets too hot, a sports jacket is light enough to be easily stored in your carry-on.

2. Comfortable shoes


Wear your most comfortable shoes to the airport so that your feet won’t get sore from all the walking around. Ideally, the shoes you wear on the flight are also your heaviest or bulkiest shoes so that you won’t have to stuff them in your luggage.

Sneakers or slip-ons are great options since they are also easy to take off during check-in, apart from being comfortable for your feet. Needless to say, refrain from wearing sandals that offer little to no protection for your feet as well as shoes with heels on them, no matter how stylish they may be.

3. Waist bag

A waist bag, belt bag, or bum bag is a small bag that you wear around your waist to carry essential items like your phone, keys, wallet, and passport. By carrying all of your most important stuff in a waist bag, you can ensure that they are on your person at all times and thus minimize the risk of theft or loss. Moreover, your hands and shoulders will be free from small carry-on options like purses or sling bags, helping you stay comfortable while finding your way through the airport.

4. Compression socks or stockings

Compression socks or stockings can help promote blood circulation in the legs and prevent swelling. If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking a long-haul flight, wearing a pair of compression legwear is essential for comfort.

5. Sweatpants or loose jeans

Wearing sweatpants at the airport is no longer seen as a sign of laziness. In fact, sweatpants are now a fashion staple in both men’s and women’s wardrobes. Aside from being super comfy, there are a lot of options for material and style for you to choose from, and you can easily pair them with a complementing sweater or t-shirt for a casual airport look.

If you have to go somewhere right after your flight and don’t want to show up in sweatpants, loose-fitting jeans are your next best option. And of course, skinny jeans are a no-no, unless you want to spend the entire flight uncomfortable in your seat.

6. Scarf, cardigan, wraps

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When it gets a little extra chilly on the flight, you can just take out your scarf, cardigan, shawl, or something similar and snuggle under it for warmth. You can even use it as a makeshift pillow while waiting for your flight or when you don’t have a neck pillow on the plane. Just make sure that this extra layer is light enough so that you can pack and unpack it easily in your carry-on.

7. Comfortable underwear

You’re likely going to be wearing your undies for at least half a day, so be sure to wear your most comfortable pairs. You may also want to swap your regular push-up or wired bra for a sports bra or something that puts less strain on your chest. Since you’re going to be wearing it for around five to six hours, depending on your destination, you definitely don’t want to wear something that puts a lot of pressure on the girls.

8. Simple jewelry

When traveling, wear only simple pieces that won’t attract much attention. Better yet, wear no jewelry while in transit to eliminate the risk of losing them. Keep it at the bare minimum and just stick to your watch. If you must wear bracelets, rings, or necklaces, make sure that they are your simplest ones.

What you wear to the airport can make or break the first part of your trip. Do yourself a favor and choose these clothing options to ensure that you have the most comfortable airport experience possible, but without sacrificing your style too much.

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