Fashion Friday: Airplane Travel

Anita emailed me this week with this question:

Hi, I am a 50-year-old female who is five-nine and about 145 lbs.  I am looking for something stylish, yet comfortable for my 11 hr flight to wear.  I am also looking for a stylish handbag for the plane.

By the way, the subject line was: Trip to Maui.

First of all, MAUI?  Can I come along in your suitcase?  I’ll even drag it around the airport for you, like your own personal bellhop.  Whatddya say?  Is it a deal?

Eh, on second thought, I don’t think that will work for me.  I have never been on a plane for nearly 11 hours and I’d like to keep it that way.  I know, I really should get out more, but I hate confined spaces and the feeling of not being in control of my vehicle.  I guess I’ll never be a world traveler.  But this post isn’t about me, is it?

I’m all about trying to find that fine line between stylish and comfortable for airplane attire.  I think the first key is to wear layers.  You can go from hot to cold in all of 30 seconds on an airplane, so it’s a good idea to have a light sweater or jacket that you can easily slip on and off.  Darker colors are less likely to show dirt or that unfortunate dribble of Coca-Cola when you try to take a sip right as the airplane hits an air pocket.  And of course jersey knits are less likely to show wrinkles than, say, linen.  Oh, and the last thing you want to wear tromping around an airport is a pair of heels.

So.  With all that in mind, how about something like this?


(Ignore the shoes.  I would not recommend wearing that shoe within 10 miles of an airport.)  But the Martin skinny pant is sophisticated, age appropriate, and they should be comfy because they have some stretch to them.

Or you could go for a cropped pant in a similar style, like the J.Crew Minnie.


Then I’m thinking of some type of cardigan wrap that you can throw on if you’re chilly and stuff in your chic oversized tote bag if it’s warm.  Perhaps this?


Or, if you like something more tailored, what about a traditional cardigan like this?



With a simple tank in a neutral color, like this?


In fact, I actually love this whole outfit on Wardrobe 911.  Those shoes (or something like them) would be perfect because they are comfy and stylish.

Me Too makes an extremely comfortable shoe.


Or, if your feet aren’t particularly fussy, Target has these.


And these.

You also asked about a handbag.  I’m going to vote for a nice roomy tote that can accomodate all of your personal items as well as your sweater and a book — or a Kindle.  I love my Kindle (well, it’s technically my husband’s, but what’s marriage about if it’s not about sharing?) and it’s perfect for travel because you can download another book if you finish the one you’re currently reading before you get back home.  But I digress.

Let’s see… a bag.  It’s pretty spendy but I was lusting over it this leather tote this morning as I was sipping coffee and perusing the Garnet Hill catalog.


Or.  (Be prepared to drool.)  This one:


I just love that gray one.  I want to marry it and have its babies.  But alas, we are star crossed lovers because I would have to mortgage my house to pay for it.  I don’t know what your budget is for this outfit, but if it’s anything like mine, perhaps we should look around for another option.

AHA!  Look at this: Old Navy Womens Faux-Leather Totes.

Old Navy Womens Faux-Leather Totes

Tada!  My work here is done.

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