The Dos & Don'ts Of Travel Style

'Tis the season for spending time with your friends and family. But, if they (or you!) have the nasty habit of residing far away, it's also the season to build up your frequent flier miles. Whether your in-flight strategy involves achieving maximum coziness or somehow managing to wear all the stuff that didn't fit into your suitcase, your travel outfit should at the very least fulfill two basic principles. One: It should be comfortable enough that you don't lose circulation or break out in hives after sitting for a few hours. Two: It should give an awesome first impression when you land — after all, it's the first outfit you're starting your vacation in (and do you want to start that with something you wouldn't let the Seamless delivery guy see you in?).
When it comes down to it, celebrities are simply the best at flying stylishly. The amount of miles each has racked up would strike fear into the souls of most casual fliers, and they've got a team of stylists regularly advising them about all things fashion. The result? They've got their travel looks down, and we turned to 40 recent examples of chic airplane outfits to compile our own dos and don'ts list that will help you meet principles one and two above. So, you can do what you do best during vacation: relax.
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Do choose a skirt in a print. Since it's less prone to displaying wrinkles and grime, opt for a skirt with an all-over pattern so you don't have to worry about how you're sitting.

Diane Kruger at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Don't set off the metal detectors. Jewelry is a lovely way to turn up a travel outfit, but if you're going to get stuck in the security line unfastening a tricky clasp on your metal cuff, leave it in your bag. Plastic, fabric, and metal-look jewelry are wonderful alternatives.

Jessica Alba at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do rely on a great oversized blazer. In a thick texture like tweed or herringbone, a blazer is warm and cozy but still appears slick and structured.

Emmy Rossum at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Don't be afraid to wear sweatpants. As long as you're treating them like a pair of trousers and pair them with proper boots and a sophisticated top, your look can still appear polished.

Gwyneth Paltrow at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do feel free to go bold with your "athleisure." Those fashion-forward pieces in jersey, stretch Lycra, and sweatshirt material you might skip over because they don't seem very exercise-friendly (fleece overalls, anyone?) will work really well for the plane.

Nicole Richie at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do learn how to layer. Especially if you're traveling from a cold climate to a hot one (or vice versa!), you should be wearing at least three layers.

Alicia Keys at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do cover it all up with a statement coat. It's a great idea to wear your bulkiest, biggest, baddest coat while traveling (so it doesn't get squashed in your suitcase), and this gives you some license to get a little relaxed with the rest of your outfit.

Kate Bosworth at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Don't forget your blanket scarf. Not only does it add some color to your outfit, but there are innumerable uses for it on the plane. Bundle it up for a makeshift pillow, stuff it behind your back for lumbar support, or wrap yourself in it as you settle in for an in-flight movie.

Jessica Chastain at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do consider your socks. Compression tights and thick socks can help you keep swelling down during long flights, and they can become a lot more comfortable to wear than stiff jeans.

Charli XCX at Glasgow Airport in Glasgow.
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Don't be scared of the jumpsuit, unless you're one of those people who are always in line for the bathroom. With a quick zip closure or big buttons, a jumpsuit can be as easy to get in and out of as a pair of pants, but as cozy as your favorite set of PJs.

Lisa Bonet at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do keep things oversized. The secret to looking sleek and not shlubby in your pieces is to go for an outer layer that's got some built-in structure. A boxy motorcycle jacket is the perfect combination of sharp and soft.

Julianne Moore at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do treat your lace-ups like slip-ons. With boots and sneakers with a taller shaft, you can get away with loose laces. Not only will this make getting through the security line a breeze, but you won't have that landing drama when you realize your feet have grown two sizes and you'll have to re-lace both shoes.

Jourdan Dunn at Glasgow Airport in Glasgow.
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Do consider creative styling solutions. If that oversized oxford you're wearing works for the plane but feels too sloppy for the terminal? Give it a quick crop with a center tie.

Jena Malone at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Don't skimp on your knits. An itchy, scratchy sweater only becomes itchier and scratchier on the plane. If there's any time to bust out that cashmere sweater, this is it.

Kate Upton at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do rely on your mariner stripes. A simple striped top literally goes with everything and adds a bit of something special to your outfit.

Lorde at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Don't be afraid to carry your nice bag. So, sure, yours might not be a $55,000 croc-leather The Row handbag, but the safest, least crush-prone place your nice tote can be is on your arm.

Mary Kate Olsen at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do layer up your knits. A woven tank plus duster cardigan plus infinity scarf looks glamorous, but it also feels like a dream.

Selena Gomez at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Do go for faux fur. It's an indulgent piece of outerwear that's fun to wear — but even more fun to fall asleep in.

Emma Roberts at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
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Don't forget your loafers. Though they're sleek and professional, these shoes are also basically a slipper. Wear them with little socks for a quirky spin.

Emma Watson at Heathrow Aiport in London.
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Do consider the velour tracksuit...but not how you used to wear it. A velvet track skirt set with a bomber-style top is a much more modern approach to the early-aughts throwback.

Tiffany at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul.
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Do find a jean with a stretch. Though jeggings might be a controversial item, there's no getting around the fact that they're perfect for travel. A darker wash helps camouflage any puckering that might occur.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Don't be afraid to double-bag it. You're allowed two pieces of carry-on luggage, remember?

Mindy Kaling at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do let your inner tomboy out. There's nothing wrong with wearing sweatshirts and jeans, but allow your quirky side to shine, too, with fun accessorizing and avant-garde shapes.

Rihanna at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Don't pack your hat. Wear it instead! If it gets cumbersome on the plane, stick the brim in the seat flap in front of you to use it as a makeshift hat rack.

Rita Ora at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Do be realistic about your luggage. If you're trying to cram everything into two carry-ons that will weigh you down and throw you off your game, it's better to go for one big checked suitcase and a smaller purse.

Suki Waterhouse at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Don't shy away from All-Black Everything. But, play up proportion, texture, and fit.

Gisele Bündchen at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
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Do bring your beanie. Soft and packable, the beanie hides your bedhead and doubles as an eye mask — just pull it down when you need to catch a few ZZZs.

Emma Watson at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Do wear great sunglasses. Not only do they hide bleary eyes and shield you from harsh UV rays, but they send a strong message to any chatty neighbors that you just want to zone out for a bit.

Stella McCartney at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Don't feel like you must change your style just because you're traveling. You know what other time of the day you're sitting for hours at a time? Work. And, you look good when you go to work, and you manage to make it through your eight hours without incident.

Anna Wintour at Marco Polo Airport in Venice.
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Do find a bag that zips. If you've got lots of leg room and storage space, you can get away with a tote. But, for those of us who've got that tiny space under the seat in front of us to stow our bags, a zipper top is essential for preventing our stuff from rolling out all the way to the back of the cabin.

Alexa Chung at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Do be smart about stripping down. If you're going on one of those hot-to-cold or cold-to-hot trips. tie extraneous toppers on your bag or around your hips if you don't wear them.

Candice Swanepoel at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Don't compromise for comfort. If you're the kind of girl who looks more polished after the gym than 99% of people at their best, don't feel like you need to dress down for your flight. Pretty one-piece dresses and slip-on heels are your version of trousers and sweaters.

Taylor Swift at Narita International Airport in Narita, Japan.
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Do go for a coordinating two-piece. Though it might look like a jumpsuit, this is actually two pieces that are cozy on their own but also super sophisticated put together. Swap out those loafers for a pair of heels, and you can go from the plane to a party without having to change.

Nicole Scherzinger at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Do wear long jewelry if you have to wear jewelry. We get it — if you don't feel like yourself without a pound of hardware, make it easier on yourself (and everyone behind you in line) by going for easy-to-remove pendants, big rings, and thick belts.

Florence Welch at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Do make your headphones a part of your outfit. There's nothing more cinematic-feeling than milling through a terminal with your own soundtrack. Plus, you'll have your own set handy as soon as you get into the cabin to plug into the seat.

Kelly Osbourne at Sydney Airport in Sydney.
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Do go for length. Duster cardigans are a big trend for the season and perfect for flights. Thick knits in dark, slightly marled colors help hide wrinkles.

Demi Lovato at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Don't be afraid to wear your leggings. But, to combat their casualness, pair them with other polished pieces like blazers, structured tops, and pretty shoes.

Kim Kardashian at LAX in Los Angeles.
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Do sport your favorite graphic tee. The right T-shirt can turn a pair of jeans and a simple cardigan into a fashion-forward outfit. Just make sure to keep it PG — you don't want to wear anything at the airport that you wouldn't be comfortable wearing to Thanksgiving dinner.

Lana Del Rey at Heathrow Airport in London.
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Do opt for the throw-on-and-go dress. A jersey dress that's got some shape and color is a great one-piece wonder for the plane.

Elle Fanning at Narita International Airport in Narita, Japan.
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Don't struggle with your shoes. A low-top bootie-loafer hybrid might be the most perfect plane shoe we've ever seen. If you need extra cushion, wear it with a pair of footie socks or tights.

Lily Collins at Narita International Airport in Narita, Japan.