What to Wear to the Airport: A Girl's Guide to Comfort and Style

While comfort might not be your first concern when you're planning a flight, picking out the right travel attire can be just as important as what you've packed for your special getaway.

After all, being cramped in a tiny seat for hours at a time while breathing dry, recirculated air isn't the most luxurious of experiences. Of course, not everyone wants to travel in their pajamas, either. If you want to be your comfiest while still rocking enviable styles, we have some recommendations for you.

Nasty Gal Toweling Shirt and Short 4-Piece Cover Up Set: $42

This four-piece set can double as loungewear as well as a fashionable piece to wear during your actual vacation. It comes with a matching button-up shirt, shorts, scrunchy and a tote bag, making it comfy enough for your flight, but cute enough to wear as a beachy cover-up during your tropical vacation.

Four Piece Set from Nasty Gal

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Aritzia Cozy Fleece Mega Cargo Sweatpants ($78) and Cozy Fleece Boyfriend Boxy Zip Hoodie ($80)

When it comes to flying, say no to jeans and yes to stretchy, oversized clothes to maximize comfort. Aritzia's sweatsuits are just the thing, with a buttery feel and a chic look. The chic zip-up jacket is also versatile enough to be paired with other looks later on in your vacay.

Zip Up Hoodie and Cargo Sweat Pants

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Free People Trez Sweater Set: $98

Sweater sets were practically made for airport travel. This beautiful, relaxed duo will keep you comfy in your seat while setting you up for a stylish adventure as soon as the plane lands. Could we ask for more?

Darling Sweater Set

(via Free People)


Zara Belted Oversized Trench Coat: $150

For colder destinations, a trenchcoat is the perfect piece to wear over everything from sweats to leggings with a tee. This oversized coat from Zara looks chic while being quite comfortable, and wearing it on the plane instead of packing it leaves room in your luggage for everything else you need to lug around on your trip.

Belted Oversized Coat

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H&M Ribbed Tank Top: $6

A tank top is one of the most versatile pieces in any ensemble, and they're even more essential when you're flying. This cute one from H&M costs close to nothing while looking seamlessly stylish, and it's perfect for layering, so you can put on more of it's chilly or strip down to the tank if it gets warm.

Ribbed Tank Top

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All in Motion Black Fanny Pack Black: $25

Fanny packs are another travel essential, allowing you to easily access everything from IDs and cash to passports, vaccination cards and your phone that much simpler. Wear it around the airport until it's time to stow it away in your carry-on for the most benefit.

Fanny Pack

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FP Movement Quilted Carryall: $68

If you're bored of classic backpacks, it might be time to upgrade to a larger totebag. This Free People Movement Quilted Carryall can hold all of your travel essentials, including laptops, chargers, books and more, while looking way cooler than your backpack, so you don't feel like you're headed off to class when you're actually making your way to an exotic location.

Quilted Carryall from FP Movement

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New Balance CT302: $90

When it comes to picking shoes for the airport, it's important to balance not just comfort and style, but ease of taking them on and off (since most U.S. airports will have you remove them for security). Sneakers are a great choice, and these New Balance CT302 shoes are some of the sleekest we've seen.

New Balance Sneakers

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Sinclair Milled Nappa Leather Platform Boots: $200

On the other hand, if you need a heavy-duty pair of shoes with you while you travel, we recommend wearing them on the plane, rather than packing them and having them take up half of your luggage space. These Sinclair Milled Nappa Leather Platform Boots will have all eyes on you, while the front zipper makes them easier to slip off when needed. And, if you don't want to deal with your shoes, sign up for TSA PreCheck to get through security in a jiffy.

Sinclair Dr Martens

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Ugg Disco Sherpa Corduroy Slides: $150

Of, if you feel like getting really comfortable, just wear your favorite pair of Uggs through the airport. These Disco Sherpa Corduroy Slides combine cozy comfort with ease of wear while not looking like house slippers.

Disco Sherpa Platform Ugg Slippers

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Crap Eyewear The Heavy Tropix: $95

Of course, you'll also need a cute pair of sunnies for your airport ensemble. Not only can they keep bright airport lights out of your eyes, but they're great for when you can't control the lighting on a plane, as well as adapting to a new time zone—and hiding the bags under your eyes. Crap Eyewear has some of our favorite options at the moment, including these bold The Heavy Tropix glasses.


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