3 Outfits To Up Your Travel Game

If the paparazzi have taught us anything, it's that an airport outfit can make or break your style cred. And, while we're not exactly fighting off the cameras every time we leave the house (yet), we're always on the lookout for opportunities to work the function-meets-fashion bit. When you're traveling, comfort is key. But, that doesn't mean you have to rock your flannel pajama pants at baggage claim, either.
Since holiday season is upon us, and since flying during the holidays can mean long hours on a plane (or worse, at an airport), we've put together three looks comfortable enough to travel in — and chic enough to enjoy a drink (or two) at the airport bar.
Sweater Dress
Is there anything as comfortable as wearing no pants at all? The answer is no. And, while it's definitely too cold out for your favorite slinky dress, it's totally sweater (dress) weather. The gray tone of this dress paired with neutral-based peripherals will keep things subtle. Wearing a heeled boot will keep you from feeling too casual, and the lower cut of the boot will showcase those amazing winter socks that keep your toes so warm. And, if you think your legs may be too cold (or too pale), pop on a pair of tights.
Clockwise from left: Topshop Scandi Fairisle Snood, $36, available at Topshop; Acne Wham Sweater Dress, $347.40, available at Farfetch; AEO Fair Isle Sock, $7.95, available at American Eagle Outfitters; Baggu Weekend Bag, $72, available at Baggu; Jeffrey Campbell Suede Rumble Boot, $155, available at Urban Outfitters.

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We've already taught you how to wear sweatpants to work, but there's also a way to wear them to the airport without eliciting a "Are those your pajamas?" from fellow travelers. The name of the game here is "redirecting attention." We recommend embracing patterns. The detail on the sweatpants will distract passersby from the material the pants are actually made of, and a patterned top will become the main focus of your outfit. Add in a bright bag, and you've officially made sweatpants work outside the gym.
Clockwise from left: Elizabeth And James Reed Polka-Dot Sweatpants, $295, available at Net-A-Porter; H&M Baseball Jacket, $49.95, available at H&M; Preen Aster Printed Silk Top, $248.90, available at The Outnet; Clare Vivier Weekender Tote, $499, available at Les Nouvelles; Faith Stockwell Black Leather Ankle Boots, $133.49, available at ASOS.
Skinny Pants
This outfit is perfect for those extra-long flights. These Helmut Lang leggings don't scream "leggings," especially when paired with an oversized sweater and some upgraded flats. A fresh coat of dark nail lacquer will make you feel more polished than you will actually be at the end of your trip. As for the sunglasses? Well, we're pulling that one straight out of the celebrity-airport-arrival playbook. And, you know, maybe put your hair in a braid.
Clockwise from left: Mossimo Women's Ultrasoft Cowl Neck Sweater, $19.99, available at Target; Oliver Peoples Haley Sunglasses, $340, available at Marissa Collections; Danielle Nicole Jaida Satchel, $98, available at Piperlime; OPI Lady In Black Nail Lacquer, $18, available at John Lewis; Helmut Lang Skinny Pants, $195, available at Stylebop; 10 Crosby Derek Lam Patent Arty, $295, available at Barneys.

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