Airplane Style: Comfortable Chic

This holiday season, I am fighting back against bad fashion! No longer will I accept that pajama pants are okay simply because you are flying.  No longer will I allow your unwashed hair in a messy pony to be acceptable because you leave at 6:00AM.  I’m taking a stand, and you should too!

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t hate comfortable clothes.  I simply believe that utility, comfort and style are not mutually exclusive.  A woman can be comfortable without having to resort to Juicy Couture and Uggs, a novel concept I know.  Don’t believe me?  Well, let me prove it to you.


Gianni Binni Cait Dress (Dillard’s, $98)

The sweaterdress is the fashionista’s answer to the Snuggie. It’s as close as you can get to wearing your pjs on the plane without actually wearing your pjs on the plane.  This is a no-no by the way, in case you were confused.

A.Ok Purple Strips Scarf (Oak, $48)

Zoa Legging (Couture Candy, $39)

Bonanza Slouch Boot (Steve Madden, $99)

Add a pair of fleece socks, and these boots will rival any of those awful Uggs most women wear.  Plus, they’ll keep your feet warm and toasty on the plane.

JPK Paris Satchel (Nordstrom, $198)

You don’t have to wear your pjs or your sweatpants to be comfortable on the plane, with just a little effort, you can look like a million bucks when you fly.  And here’s a tip from me to you, it’s easier to get upgraded for free when you are dressed like you belong in the first class cabin.  It’s happened to me several times.


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  1. CatG says:

    As one of the afore-mentioned "hates to wear jeans on plane" types (although I don’t believe I’ve sent hate mail over it:) thanks for this! I travel a lot for my job and sometimes have to show up to a dinner or meeting as soon as the plane lands – and yeah, flying from DC to LA in jeans is not comfy on that long a flight. The biggest problem is finding something to keep you warm enough on the freezing plane but that can be quickly layered off once you hit ground in CA…

    December 18, 2009/Reply
  2. A says:

    Love it! Thanks!!

    December 18, 2009/Reply
  3. evoque says:

    Substitute a White and Warren wrap for the A.Ok scarf, and you’ve got it just about right! I never travel without one stashed in my hand luggage.

    December 18, 2009/Reply
  4. Lou says:

    I *love* this outfit. Now I need to sit on my hands to keep from ordering it.

    December 19, 2009/Reply
  5. Sarah says:

    Love both of these looks, thanks for sharing!

    December 19, 2009/Reply
  6. Kathryn says:

    Thank god. I’ve flown standby on Delta for years and am so happy someone else recognizes the need for good fashion when traveling. Delta enforces a strict dress code for all of its standby beneficiaries and I’ve definitely seen the Juicy Couture/Uggs combo turned away many times.

    December 22, 2009/Reply