All My Travel Outfits Follow This Simple Rule

Updated 06/19/19

One perk of my job is that I travel a lot. This means I've had a lot of time to master the art of packing a carry-on, figure out the fastest way to get to the airport (which actually isn't all that fast in New York), and most importantly learned exactly what—and what not—to wear. All it takes is one red-eye pretzeled in an exit-aisle seat to know your outfit choice can make a pretty big difference.

My first key bit of advice: slip-on sneakers. This TSA-approved footwear choice not only makes navigating security a breeze, but it's also ideal for subtly sliding under your seat without the fear of having to fumble with shoelaces or fitting swollen post-flight feet into anything remotely high-top. Second, the clothes I choose my outfit using the stretch test. Doing a few quick lunges and an arm reach, I always calibrate: Does my bra ride up? Do my pants squeeze? Does my jacket constrict? If the answer to any of the above is a yes, I immediately abandon my choices for something comfier.

If I can get away with it, the stretch test means that the majority of my travel outfits are basically a lesson in head-to-toe athleisure. Sweats, a sports bra, and a cozy sweatshirt are all designed with comfort in mind, which can make a world of difference seven hours into a transatlantic flight.

If I need to look a little more polished post-flight, I'll make sure to have a cool jacket handy and to wear jeans that I know are stretch enough to keep me happy.

Below, I've highlighted a few styles that will pass the stretch test with flying colors so you can make your next flight just that little bit less miserable.

The Stretch Rule

Before you leave the house and head for the airport, take a minute to do a few lunges, arm swings, and other stretches to ensure your travel ensemble won't cause any problems.

Premium 7/8 Moto Leggings
JoyLab Premium 7/8 Moto Leggings $40

Your favorite yoga gear is just as great for trying to fold your way into your airplane seat.

Available in sizes 1X to 4X.

Cropped Mélange Cotton-Jersey Hooded Top
Off-White Cropped Mélange Cotton-Jersey Hooded Top $655

A hood is a great way to avoid awkward eye contact. 

Available in sizes XXS to XL. 

Classic Slip On Sneaker in Black White Checker
Vans Classic Slip On Sneaker in Black White Checker $55

No awkward shoe-lacing issues here.

Available in sizes 8 to 12.

Who What Wear Grosgrain Hoodie $33 $10

Head-to-toe black looks sleek while being awfully comfy.

Available in sizes X to 4X. 

Vimmia High-Waist Impact Legging $136

If you're forced to run through the airport, you'll be just fine in these.

Available in sizes 1X to 3X. 

Military Jacket
Who What Wear Military Jacket $43 $21

Should you need a more polished piece, this coat does the trick.

Available in sizes X to 4X.

The Rascal Ankle Snippet Jeans
Mother The Rascal Ankle Snippet Jeans $205

These jeans are surprisingly comfortable.

Available in sizes 23 to 32. 

Acne Studios Joghy Optic White $410

A sweatshirt is a key layering piece.

Available in sizes XXS to L. 

Adidas Originals Beige & Grey Arkyn Sneakers $140

Slip-on sneakers with a fashion-forward bent.

Available in sizes 5 to 11. 

Misbhv Navy Half-Zip Sport Track Jacket $390

Sporty and oh so cool.

Available in size XS. 

Tory Sport Performance Cashmere Pants $398

Two words: cashmere pants.

Available in sizes XS to XL. 

Champion + HVN for Urban Outfitters Gingham Crew-Neck Sweatshirt
Urban Outfitters x Champion + HVN Gingham Crew-Neck Sweatshirt $70

Who says a sweatshirt has to be boring?

Available in sizes M to XL. 

Girlfriend Sand Dollar Topanga Bra $38

We love a good sports bra.

Available in sizes XS to XL. 

Velour Hooded Top
Nike Velour Hooded Top $70

Hot tip: Try velour.

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Sporty Sweats
Monrow Sporty Sweats $130

Sweats that are actually chic.

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Outdoor Voices Logo Longsleeve Tee $45

A tee that can handle even the longest day of flying.

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Now you're all set to travel in style.

This story was originally published on Who What Wear. 

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