Since moving to Toronto I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to put some much needed mileage on my passport. From flying back home to weekend trips in Montreal or New York, the airport has been making a welcome appearance. During one long flight I noticed how flying has evolved over the years, from what we wear to how strict security is. Shoes, jackets, belts, hats, electronics, and keys – all have to be removed and put back on in less than 5 minutes. As a result, I’ve been refining my flight outfits to optimize them for efficiency while still looking stylish.
Here are my top 5 tips for travelling in comfort and style:
1. Comfortable Pants
Flying involves a lot of running through the airport and sitting so it’s worthwhile to wear something comfortable for both. I prefer leggings, drawstring trousers, or boyfriend jeans. Paired with a simple t-shirt or sweater, you look put together without sacrificing comfort. Anything too tight affects your circulation and becomes uncomfortable for long bouts of flying.
2. Efficient Shoes
With heightened airport security it’s necessary for everyone to remove his or her shoes at security. I’ve found the entire process to feel rushed, with a line up of people behind you in a hurry to collect their things and catch their flights. I’ve taken to wearing uncomplicated shoes such as flats, Toms, sneakers, or simple boots. There’s just no time to deal with buckles and laces.
3. Light Jacket
It’s hard to predict the temperature in the airport, in the cabin, or wherever you land. I like to bring a light jacket or cardigan for that reason. It’s easy to remove and throw back on after security but ties my whole outfit together.
You never know when you might get cold, a scarf can double as a blanket or pillow depending on how thick yours is.
5. Large Bag with Accessible Pocket
A large bag is a must when travelling to store your flying necessities – water, chap stick, book, wallet, scarf – because it’s uncomfortable squeezing in and out of the narrow seats to get into your carry on. It’s also helpful when my bag has a pocket for easy access to my passport and boarding pass. When I’m running through the check-in process I want my passport handy without having to keep my bag open for safety reasons.