The Modern Travel Uniform Is Surprisingly Chic

Back in the day, any sort of traveling that went further than across Main Street was an occasion. If you were going to be entering a car, train, plane, or ship, you treated it with gravitas. Though elbow-length gloves and bustles might get you stopped in the security line these days, there's a disconcertingly blasé attitude towards travel outfits that we just don't understand. If you're embarrassed to let the delivery man see you in an outfit, why would you wear it to make your grand entrance into a new city? Everyone: Pillows are not accessories.
You're going to be doing a lot of traveling over the next couple of weeks, so to inspire you to get your move on in style, we've found six chic outfits that are also perfect for getting cozy in cramped quarters and rushing through TSA screenings. Memorize the elements these ensembles all have in common, and you've got a formula for your own modern-day travel uniform — one that will get you noticed in the airport for the right reasons.
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A maxi skirt or dress is great for curling up; on top, a poncho is basically a blanket, but looks sleek. The oversized bag is a no-brainer.

Burberry Graphic Blanket Scarf, $1495, available at Burberry; The Reformation Muse Dress, $258, available at The Reformation; Merona Satchel Handbag with Removable Crossbody Strap, $39.99, available at Target.
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A tailored, streamlined coat plus tall boots means you can wear anything underneath — even your pajamas, if you're so inclined. A fluffy scarf and hat double as a pillow and sleep mask (and let you get away with smushed airplane hair, too).

Lauren Manoogian Beret, $138, available at La Garçonne; Helmut Lang Cashmere Silk Gauze Scarf, $185, available at Helmut Lang; The Fifth Label Furthest Thing Coat, $79.97, available at Piperlime; Victoria Beckham Zip Pouch Crossbody in Blush Pink, $790, available at Forward by Elyse Walker; & Other Stories Leather Boots, $195, available to & Other Stories.
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Skinny jeans on the plane can be suffocating. Loose, baggy jeans, a long, fluid cardigan, and a sturdy bag that zips on top will let you go from in your seat to out and about without an outfit change.

Helmut Lang Sonar Wool Cardigan, $237, available at Helmut Lang; & Other Stories Oversized Cotton Shirt, $75, available at & Other Stories; Cheap Monday Omega Jeans, $111.81, available at ASOS; Alexander Wang Rocco in Black Pebble Lamb with Rosegold, $975, available at Alexander Wang.
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Yes, casual gowns do exist — and they're perfect for the plane. Pick high-heeled booties that zip to get yourself in and out of that security line in a jiffy.

LAmade V Back Tie Waist Maxi, $36.99, available at; Silence + Noise Open-Front Maxi Cardigan, $79, available at Urban Outfitters; Steve Madden Jannyce Suede Booties, $105, available at Akira.
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Soft knits, leather leggings, and fashion-forward sneakers are the ultimate in put-together comfort.

Joe Fresh Pompom Hat, $19, available at Joe Fresh; Zara Detailed Knit Top, $39.90, available at Zara; Ohne Titel, Leather Tapered Pants, $429.75, available at The Outnet; Topshop Slim Pocket Detail Coat, $110, available at Topshop; Saint Laurent Classic Medium Betty Bag in Black Leather, $1950, available at Saint Laurent.
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A nubby, thick cardigan gets dressed up with a leather tote bag and neutral-toned running shoes. Look for pieces that have something a little special about them, so your outfit feels deliberate, not touristy.

Proenza Schouler Ribbed Cardigan, $690, available at Farfetch; J Brand Jeans Luxe Sateen Skinny Jeans, $185, available at Bergdorf Goodman; Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 iD, $135, available at Nike; Baggu Basic Tote, $160, available at Ten Over Six.

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