There's something to be said about the woman who still dresses to the nines at the airport. She's elegant, she's evolved, and
she respects the glamour of travel — but doesn't she also limp the entire half-mile trek to the end of the terminal? We understand that there's no reason to wear your Sunday hangover clothes when you're out in public; we're all for putting in a little effort. The outfit you wear on the plane is also the first thing you'll wear at your destination, after all, so your first impression's at stake. But, if your clothes prevent you from getting past security swiftly, booking it to your gate, and sitting comfortably for your three- or 13-hour flight, you've got to rethink.
There's a whole world that exists between pajamas and formalwear, and plenty of clothes that not only help you get snuggly in your seat, but also make sense after landing. So, in anticipation of all your holiday wandering, we've put together a 15-piece wardrobe for in-flight and beyond that you should reference before you book that Uber to the airport.
The Turtleneck Sweater
In case your scarf is going around your lap and your plane blanket is going behind your back, you'll appreciate some extra warmth by way of a higher neckline. You can snuggle into it when you're deep into hour five of your movie binge, but this kind of structured neck keeps you looking polished when you disembark, too.
Canter Cashmere Turtleneck, $450, available at
The Slip-On Shoe
No one wants to be the person who holds everyone up in the security line with pesky laces or thigh-hugging boots that just won't come off. Keep things simple and efficient with a chic pair of flats you can slip on and off with ease.
$34.99, available at
— PAID — The Everyday Black Legging
Our go-to travel-outfit base? A pair of wear-with-everything fleece leggings that are as comfortable as they are versatile.
Stretch Fleece Leggings, $28.00, available at
The Longline Cardigan
Lucky for you, longline sweaters are everywhere this season. This item of clothing looks outdoors ready, but let's be honest: It's a blanket in disguise. Plus, it allows you to quickly cover up the crazy layering you had to resort to in order to make more room in your carry-on.
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Ammonius Sweater, $165, available at
The Fashion Hoodie
With a slim fit, a substantial hood, and materials not typically found in high school locker rooms, the fashion hoodie is appropriate for everyday wear, and still looks put-together as long as you're not pairing it with sweats.
Cashmere Hoodie Sweatshirt, $750, available at
The Midi Skirt
A longer-length full skirt is basically an invitation to curl your legs up inside. Look for a skirt in a heavy, natural materials like suede or thick jersey.
Operator Skirt, $78, available at
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The Zip Boot
For climates where you need a little more warmth, a slick ankle boot (with a zip, never laces!) is your answer moving through the security line quickly, and looking sharp while you do.
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Patent Leather Ankle Boots,
$137, available at
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The Substantial Gaucho
Free of fussy pleats and flimsy fabric, the fall version of the gaucho is the perfect plane pant for a couple reasons. First, it's cozy without being restricting (it's super easy to curl up in these). Second, it looks as polished as work trousers thanks to clean lines and substantial fabric.
Dillion Gaucho Pants,
$297.50, available at
The Casual Gown
Made of jersey, soft cottons, or viscose, the casual gown works for weekend wear, but isn't so easy-going you'd ever wear it to the beach. Good for cold-to-hot or hot-to-cold travel, this dress also feels as cozy as your robe.
Ruched Sleeve Dress,
$59.99, available at
Though it seems light and airy, silk is actually one of the warmest materials, which makes it perfect for chilly cabins. But, a 100% silk shirt wrinkles as soon as you sit down, so you should look for a silk-poly blend, which tend to look crisper, longer. Choose a print if you're especially worried about wrinkling.
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V-Neck Cap Sleeve Top,
$42, available at
The Technical Trouser
A suiting pant that's got a little bit of stretch in it is going to be able to move and stretch as you move and stretch, without ending up criss-crossed in wrinkles. The trick is to find a pair with a touch of Lycra and synthetic fibers.
Boy Trouser, $178, available at
Slightly oversized, and non-pinchy in every way, overalls combine the ease of a jumpsuit with the other-sort-of-ease of a pant (alright, fine — they're much easier to undo in an airplane bathroom).
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Wide Leg Silk Overalls,
$347, available at