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5 Airport Outfit Ideas To Inspire You For Your Next Flight

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Planning, packing, and preparing for a trip all seem like the easy part when you compare it to picking out an airport outfit. While some people step into the airport looking like runway models, and others sporting their best athleisure, it’s easy to get in your head about picking the right look. 


It can be difficult to find the perfect balance between cozy, but not too cozy, and chic, but not too chic. But there’s no need to worry anymore. We’ve come up with 5 different airport outfit ideas that are just the right combination of comfort and fashion. 


From style considerations to actual outfit examples with handbags to match, we’ve got you covered!

Picking an outfit for the airport

Before you start rummaging through your closet to piece an outfit together, there are a few factors to take into consideration first. 

(1) Choose comfort

Comfort should be your number one consideration when it comes to curating an airport outfit. Whether your flight is 12 or 2 hours long, it’s typically not an amazingly comfortable experience. Especially if you have a middle seat.


It’s best to focus on what you can control, which is picking a stylish yet cozy outfit. 

(2) Go with layers

Keep in mind the temperature of the plane when you decide on an outfit. Although you may be traveling to Tulum or Hawaii during the summer, the plane gets pretty cold! 


Consider wearing layers so you can easily adjust if you get too hot or too cold. Try wearing a tank top underneath your t-shirt or throwing on a jean jacket. 

(3) Think about airport security

While layers are important when traveling, always make sure to think about how you’ll pass through airport security beforehand. If you opt for a jean jacket on top of your loungewear, you’ll most likely have to take it off for security. It may be best to keep it unbuttoned or tied around your waist so you can easily remove it.

Secondly, it’s best to avoid wearing anything with metal, specifically belts. It adds to your time of unloading everything during the security checkpoint, and can be annoying to have to layer back on.


Your shoe choice is also very important when it comes to thinking of an airport outfit. Unless you have TSA pre-check or Clear, you’ll have to take off your shoes to get to your gate. Keep in mind that slip on shoes will be your safest bet for a comfortable and faster airport security experience.

(4) Bring clothes that will keep you warm

For those of you who really get cold on the plane, you should consider additional clothing items to stay warm. A jacket may not be enough, so you should pack a scarf or light cardigan in your handbag or carry-on bag to have just in case. 

What to wear to the airport (5 Outfit ideas)

Here we’ve outlined our top five airport outfit ideas that will have you looking amazing and feeling amazing. 

(1) Knit set

A matching knit set is the perfect outfit to wear on a flight. You’ll turn heads and have others thinking how well put together you are, all while not sacrificing your comfort.

Knit Set Outfit for Flight

(2) Slouchy pants and a tee

With slouchy pants you can easily dress it up or dress it down as much as you want. If you want to appear effortlessly chic, throw on a pair and grab your favorite t-shirt. If you want a more carefully curated look, you can accessorize with a leather jacket, some hoop earrings, and a bold lip color. 


The best part about this outfit is that it is so easy to add layers to it. You can wear a crop top or cami underneath the t-shirt that you wouldn’t mind showing off if you get too warm. You can also just add a sweater on top of your tee and a jacket on top of that if you’re really cold. 

Slouchy pants and tee airport outfit

(3) Comfy loungewear set

With the 2020 lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people have opted for comfier clothes. With the increased demand in loungewear, you are bound to find some great quality sets.


Our recommendation is to go for more muted and nude-like colors. 

Comfy loungewear set outfit

(4) Casual blazer

The casual blazer is where one creates harmony between business and comfort. By adding a blazer to a simple pair of joggers and a comfy shirt, it will completely elevate your look. 


You can even wear a matching sweatpants and sweatshirt set underneath your blazer. You’ll feel as close as you can get to wearing pajamas, but look like a total boss! 


If neither of those are your preference, a pair of your favorite jeans is a great go-to option.

casual pink blazer and jeans outfit

(5) Athletic wear

Athleisure is one of the greatest things to come into style. It makes for the perfect airport outfit since athletic wear is made for comfort. More and more brands have created super cute sets and have incorporated funky patterns into their clothes. 


You can choose to go monochrome or have some fun with brighter colors and loud prints.

athletic wear airport look

 

Choosing a bag for your flight

No outfit is complete without the perfect bag. Usually it’s pretty simple when you can just grab your old reliable black purse and keep going. But, figuring out the right bag for the airport is basically an exact science.


You have to consider the size to make sure you aren’t going against the TSA guidelines. And you have to think about how heavy it will be. Do you think you can survive carrying around that bag if you have extended layovers or if your gate is far from the security checkpoint? Lastly, the style and type of bag are the other factors you have to consider as well. 

Size and weight

To put it simply, if the bag you pick as a carryon is too large or too heavy, it won’t fly on the plane with you. You’ll have to check it in and maybe even pay an additional fee to do so. It’s best to use a bag no larger than 22 x 14 x 9 inches and not weighing anymore than 40 pounds. However, you should check with your airline to see their specific requirements.

Style

Consider the style of the bag you decide to use and what you are packing. If you’ll be taking a laptop or tablet with you, you might want a bag with an electronic compartment to keep it safe. 


If you like to pack snacks and plan on using your bag throughout the flight, then a larger purse will be your best bet for easy access. Think about everything that you would like with you on the plane and plan from there. 

Backpack, purse or suitcase

Choosing between a backpack, purse, or suitcase all depends on your ability and how much you plan to pack.


If you suffer from back pain, it’s not a good idea to use a backpack when traveling. Or if you know everything you’ll pack will make your purse on the heavy side, it might not be best to carry all that weight on one arm/shoulder. We recommend that you use a purse or backpack if you plan on packing light. For example, just makeup, electronics, and a pair of clothes.


If you do need to pack a lot or plan on using your carryon for clothes, then definitely use a suitcase with wheels. This way it’s easier for you to lug around, and you can always ask a flight attendant to help you with placing it in the overhead bin. 

Summary

When it comes to picking an airport outfit, remember to always consider comfort, practicality, and style. With these three factors, you can never go wrong!