One of the things I think about the most when I’m packing for a trip is: what to wear on the flight there? I used to just throw on either whatever didn’t fit in my suitcase or whatever was laying around on the floor (yes, plenty of options there) but I can’t tell you how many times I have been freezing on the plane, wrinkled upon arrival, just plain uncomfortable, or have had an awkward run-in at the airport with someone I know professionally when I’m wearing yoga pants. Err….hi.
So. All of those experiences have led me to put a bit more thought into what to wear on a flight. On work trips, I am usually traveling with executives, so while I need to look put together, I don’t actually need to be dressed up. At the same time, I only have so much room in my carry-on suitcase, so I want the pieces I wear on the plane to work with other pieces I’m bringing – which are usually business casual.
I always start with the shoes because everything will build from there. I almost always wear my black flats because they’re polished, comfortable, and will get you through TSA faster than you can say Tory Burch. Upon arrival, they’re great for pairing with a skirt or dress and when you’re walking and standing a lot during your trip.
Next: in my book, flats mean skinny jeans. I usually wear black skinnies when I fly. Black skinnies are MY JAM. Yep, stretchy = comfortable and black denim = polished but not over the top. I love my J Crew matchstick black jeans and my black Paige Verdugo jeggings. Once I arrive, these are also great to change into for a casual dinner with colleagues. Another added benefit: dark pants show less dirt.
Next are layers. Layers are ESSENTIAL. Mine go like this: tank top, t-shirt, then jacket. I usually wear a nude tank under a linen t-shirt. I know…when I say linen, you say wrinkles. But try a Joie linen tee – and you will never go back. By some miracle of material, they do not wrinkle. (I try to stock up on them when they’re on sale). They’re also loose-fitting which goes well with the skinnies and is also super comfortable when you’re in the air. My final layer is a jacket of some sort – usually one that will also go with a dress or skirt that I’ve packed. The jacket keeps the outfit looking polished and keeps me warm on flights that are freezing cold. Check out this post for some of my current favorites.
I finish off with a scarf – yes, even in the summer. You never know when the plane will be ridiculously cold and even if it’s not, I will use my scarf for a makeshift pillow, or put it in between my arm and my armrest for a little extra padding.
Now that you have your travel outfit ready to go, check out my tips for exactly what to pack for a work conference.
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