Travel Style: What I Wear

If we’re being honest, it’s extremely rare that you’ll find me leaving the house in any type of lounge ware/athletic wear if I’m not actually working out.  Not saying it doesn’t happen, but I try and avoid it at all costs.  It doesn’t mean I’m always dressed to the nines, especially when I know I’ll be home all day, but it doesn’t take that much effort to throw on a pair of jeans and a top to go out.

Air travel is one time I absolutely do not break my “get dressed” rule.  I am a firm believer in leaving the yoga pants and pajamas in the suitcase or at home.  I’m not the only one who feels this way.  The topic was even covered in the Wall Street Journal (not that I can afford the author’s wardrobe, though I do totally covet it).  The truth is, I get much better service when I’m dressed for a flight, and it seems to be the consensus of travelers everywhere.

My sister-in-law, who logs more air miles than Sir Richard Branson, has also experienced the difference in attitudes when she’s not dressed nicely for a flight, especially in business and first class cabins.   Airline employees admit to granting upgrades to those dressed well, even if they aren’t elite frequent flyer members, over those who arrive for a flight looking like they rolled out of bed.  I fly airlines like Southwest, so getting an upgrade doesn’t apply to me, but I still can’t help but making myself look presentable for a flight.

So now you’re thinking “Does she really want me to wear a dress and heels on a flight?!!”.  No, I don’t.  It is entirely possible to look good and be comfortable at the same time.  Pair a comfortable (but not yoga) pair of pants with a nice top and accessories, and you’re good to go!

Here’s a peek at my latest travel outfit:

Flight Outfit Travel Style By Air FiddleDeeMe

{Skinny jeans: Old Navy//Scarf: Disney Parks//Tunic, Bracelet, Earrings: NY&CO//Flats: Target}

tip: a scarf is a great accessory to make your outfit pop, but it can also be used as a blanket or pillow on the flight.

On my flight home, I’ll be wearing a slightly different outfit, mainly to accommodate the very attractive compression sleeves I’ll be rocking after my races.  And because I thought of this genius post idea after I packed it away in my bag, you get an awful mirror selfie from when I was picking out outfits instead of a pretty, arranged photo.  (this is why I’ll never be a fashion blogger, y’all)

Flight Outfit Travel Style By Air After Races Flight FiddleDeeMe

{all pieces by Old Navy)

The maxi dress is super comfortable and will hide those compression sleeves easily.  The cardi and scarf add warmth in easy-to-remove layers.  I feel like I’m wearing PJ’s, but I’m pulled together.  See? Not so hard.

Be sure you also check out my tips for packing carry-on luggage and stay tuned tomorrow to see what my in-flight essentials are!

What’s your go-to travel outfit?

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  • Reply Heather August 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I fly a lot, and always fly in yoga pants. I always sleep on the plane and can’t sleep in jeans, so not comfy for a cross country flight for me. Plus it’s always freezing so hoodie and yoga pants for the win! I am like you, I fly SW so no upgrades anyway. However I have never had bad service on a flight. But again I go to a seat lean against the window and go to sleep so I’m kind of oblivious! 🙂

  • Reply Carson August 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    No judgement for those that spend their everyday day lives in lounge wear/ pajamas, but it is my biggest pet peeve. I’m with you… it doesn’t take too much effort to throw on something comfy but a little dressier. I am partial to a maxi dress or a tunic with leggings (because I hate wearing jeans… or pants in general).

  • Reply Jenn August 29, 2013 at 1:18 am


    I wear jeans on flights just because I believe the thicker fabric offers an added layer of protection between me and the seat. :shudder:

  • Reply Tottums August 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I totally agree about dressing nicely for flights – I have a great cotton/knit blazer I always try to wear when I fly. The only time where this doesn’t apply to me is if I have to fly overseas. 6+ hours and I’m rocking the yoga pants, lol. Have fun!!

  • Reply Cecilia @MommiesRun August 31, 2013 at 12:21 am

    When I was little, my mom would always make me dress nicely when we would fly. I never really understood why, and never really thought to ask. Totally makes sense now though!

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