When I haven’t been on a plane for 6-8 weeks, I’m always able to delude myself into the false belief of ‘Airport glamour‘. Picture yourself strutting through a terminal in your highest heels, Burberry trench coat and passport in one hand, cute all black carry-on suitcase in tow, and loosely tousled hair blowing behind you..
I need to make one thing very clear: Airport Glamour does not exist, unless you are an A-grade celebrity flying first class or in a private jet, with assistant and a driver. There is nothing glamourous about schlepping through airports, 6 hour stop overs and 2 hour delays. The reality is closer to stress power walking in sneakers, an American Apparel hoodie tied around your waist, and hoping you passport is somewhere in the bottom of your oversized handbag. You usually look tired, you’re dehydrated, you’re smelly; it ain’t pretty.
So, Here’s how to do it for all the real world ladies:
Obviously. I love black and would wear it everyday even if I never stepped on a plane ever again, but that aside, an all black outfit is probably the closest thing you’re going to get to Airport Glamour. Wearing all black will always make you feel more coordinated and put together, even in the most stressful situations. Also, If you spill any food or drink on you, you don’t have to travel around with the stain of ‘i’m an incompetent traveller’ all over your shirt, because nobody will see it.
Who knows why, some people think its the food, others say its.. yeah look, it’s probably the food. Wear pants that offer some stretch in the waist to allow for this – a harem, legging or tapered track pant should do the trick. Better yet, if you’re an owner of pregnancy pants, wear your pregnancy pants. If you’re set on wearing high waisted jeans, you can unbutton your pants mid-flight under a blanket. Just make sure you do them back up before landing.
An airport is no place for heels unless you are flying first class. I used to try out power heels at airports because I thought it would give me an edge over the other passengers and make me feel more in control. Don’t do this. Most international airports now are massive; there’s plenty of walking, sometimes running, swollen feet and changing terminals with buses or trains where you usually don’t get a seat. Sneakers all the way.
This is something you need to be aware of. If you’re travelling internationally, chances are when you get off at the other end the temperature is going to be completely different. Nobody wants to take a entire wardrobe on as hand luggage, but just by packing a couple of little things you can overcome this.
Going from Summer to Winter: Board the plane in a short dress and sneakers with a Knitted warp cardigan. In your bag have a pair of jeans rolled up, and put these on with 30 minutes left of the flight. A beanie is also going to keep you warm when you step off the plane, and won’t take up much space.
Going from Winter to Summer: Wear pants and sneakers on to the plane, with whatever sweater you would usually wear other a tee or tank. Have a pair of sandals or thongs in your hand luggage. Try not to wear a coat on to the plane as you will not need it while you’re away. Before landing, change your shoes and remove any sweaters or jumpers as you get too hot.
Remember, above all else, you have to be comfortable. You’re going to sitting for a long time, maybe sleeping for a little bit, the last thing you want is to be uncomfortable.