What to wear for airline travels
Discomfort on the airplane is one of the chief complaints of travelers.
Counter that downside by dressing for the occasion. Here’s what to wear — and what not to wear — on your next airplane ride.
Don’t wear: The entire bottle of cologne. Avoid strong-smelling perfumes and lotions, which can irritate other travelers.
Instead: If you want to feel fresh, instead lightly mist your body with something subtle and natural, like rose water spray, which you can make yourself with water and a few drops of rose essential oil. Or swap it out for your favorite essential oil scent, such as lavender, which can be calming. Just be careful not to make it too strong, because lavender can cause headaches. Aura Cacia 100 percent Pure Essential Oil Calming Lavender, $9.99 (plus up to 5% Cash Back), Walgreens.com
Don’t wear: Skin-tight clothing. Those leather pants might look smokin’ when you arrive, but they will leave you feeling irritated and uncomfortable the whole flight.
Instead: Choose breathable fabrics and comfortable, looser-fitting clothing. Keep some dignity and pack those ratty sweatpants in your suitcase (or better yet, toss them). There are plenty of styles today that merge comfort and fashion.
Wide-cut pants in various prints are fashionable and even more comfy than tight-fitting yoga pants. We love these wide-leg Jennifer Lopez pants in three different colors from Kohls.com. Bonus points if you can pair flared legs with an elastic waistband.
Pair them with a flowy blouse, preferably with long sleeves if you tend to get chilly on the plane. Layer it over a lightweight tank if you want to have temperature options. Jennifer Lopez Wide-Leg Trouser Pants, $24 (plus 4% Cash Back), Kohls.com
Don’t wear: High heels, stilettos or shoes that otherwise will torture your feet. The airport means lots of walking, toting, hauling, carrying and possibly even running. Be kind to your feet. And to other passengers. Because if your feet are throbbing, you might feel tempted to pop off your shoes in the plane. And that’s just cruel to the world around you.
Instead: Simple, single-color canvas slip-ons are comfortable and practical. These white, rubber-soled Keds shoes at JCPenney are in again and go with just about everything. Your feet with thank you. And so will everyone else. Keds Champion Canvas Lace-up Sneakers, $39.99 (plus limited time 8% Cash Back), Jcpenney.com