vacation + travel

what to wear: on a plane

outfit for plane

When I leave the house in the morning I usually make sure that I change out of my pajamas, but it feels like every time I travel I'm surrounded by sleep-walkers. It seems that sweats and flip flops have become the socially acceptable travel uniform. As uncomfortable as traveling is; the crowds, small seats and bad food, you don't have to sacrifice comfort to make a statement on arrival. Here is a great look that will hide any signs of jet lag.

Tank Top: Layering is the best way to stay comfortable when you're traveling. Look for light layers that you can add, when your neighbor's air vent invades your space, or remove once you arrive. This one from Banana Republic is thin enough for layering with another tank and a sweater, but creates interest with the wispy flower detail.

Cardigan: The heavier the sweater the more difficult it will be to stow when you're trying to lug your suitcase off the luggage carousel (either my suitcase gained weight or those conveyors are moving faster!) This knit cardigan from Urban Outfitters is so light but the long sleeves will keep you happy and comfortable the entire flight.

Boyfriend chinos: Leggings are always comfortable and one of my favorite travel standbys but the thought of wearing dark colored leggings when traveling during the summer is almost unbearable. These light boyfriend chinos are so relaxed but keep it polished in a slate grey. Whether you wear them with sandals, ballet flats or for true travel trendsetters; heels, they keep you looking classy the entire trip. Even though these are chino material they are meant to look worn and lived in so don't worry about wrinkles from all that sitting.

Shoes: This look may seem dark and dreary, but as any traveler knows really anything can happen on a flight and the best way to hide life's spills and surprises is with a dark palate. Shoes are always a great place to add color and sparkle. A pair of comfortable ballet flats make the look polished and helps you breeze through security checkpoints, giving you more time for duty free shopping! These glittery flats, reminiscent of Dorothy, are fun and eye-catching, they'll brighten up any dreary terminal.

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Handbag: A great bag is essential to comfortable travel. Backpacks can be great but are only cute until a certain age (I'm thinking of a number less than seven). The grown up version of this, is the messenger bag. Many bags today can act as a purse and a messenger bag with a longer extendable strap. This Lucky Brand Abbey Road bag looks vintage but in an unexpected coral color and it's big enough to store all of your at-hand travel necessities.

Hair Accessories: No matter where you're traveling always keep a stock of bobby pins, clips and pony-tail holders. These metal flower bobby pins are a new spin on the original, and add some excitement to your everyday pony-tail. See how easy it is to look chic, even at 35,000 feet in the air?

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