We don't know about you, but we're already daydreaming about our summer travel plans. Yes, we're aware that we're only two weeks into spring, but doesn't the thought of relaxing on a remote beach with a page-turning read in one hand and a tropical cocktail in the other sound absolutely heavenly after this brutal winter? (We thought so.)
But whether we're jet-setting to a far-flung destination or staying somewhat local, there's one travel conundrum we all face (aside from making it through the TSA checkpoint with all our beloved beauty products)—what to wear en route. Notoriously cold, cramped, and generally uncomfortable, a plane is not a particularly easy environment to dress for, especially if you're touching down somewhere tropical.
If you're wondering what to wear on a plane, ahead, MyDomaine editors share their go-to outfits. And even we were a bit surprised to find that there's one wardrobe staple nearly all of us put on pre-boarding.
Sophie Miura, Senior Editor
"I'm all about comfort when I'm traveling—I can't stand anything too constrictive. My go-to uniform is black leggings and a simple tee with a leather jacket. I always carry my B&O headphones to muffle the plane engine noise and my Paravel Grand Tour Duffel so I don't have to wait for baggage to arrive," says Sophie.
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Christie Calucchia, Assistant Editor
"No matter where I'm going or what time of year it is, I try to focus on creating an outfit with comfortable layers and pieces that I'll actually want to wear on my trip after I deplane. This usually ends up being a combination of soft denim jeans with some stretch to them, a basic T-shirt, a sweater (my largest if I'm traveling during the winter with a small suitcase), and a pair of stylish sneakers," explains Christie.
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Sacha Strebe, Editorial Director
"I typically wear something that feels casual yet slightly dressy too so I'm comfortable on the flight but still feel put-together when I get off the plane. So I'll typically pair a comfortable sweater or hoodie with a silk slip dress or skirt, worn with leather leggings, and Nike sneakers. Elevated comfort, that's my airport vibe," says Sacha.
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Kelly Gallagher, Social Media Editor
"When traveling, I aim for my style to be somewhere right in between 'be comfortable' and 'look presentable.' My family is across the country so oftentimes, I'm on a flight for six-plus hours, and comfort in that situation is key. But also, I think you should always look at least somewhat presentable when flying—sweatpants or pajamas are a hard no for me. Also, having a pair of big, dark sunnies on hand is necessary for arriving after a red-eye," says Kelly.
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Gabrielle Savoie, Editor
"My go-to plane outfit usually consists of black jeans or leggings, white sneakers, and a white button-down or cashmere sweater. I always get cold on flights so the heavier sweaters help keep me warm, and they also don't take up valuable suitcase space. I also always wear my heaviest jacket or coat for the destination I'm going to—which is most often a black leather jacket (unless I'm going somewhere really cold that requires a parka). I keep my jewelry to a minimum. This outfit is simple, comfortable, and never rings when I go through security," explains Gabrielle.
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Hadley Mendelsohn, Associate Editor
"When I was little, my mom would dress my sister and me in semi-matching outfits designed for comfort upon arrival, but not while flying… That taught me two major lessons: 1) I despise wearing shorts, dresses, and skirts on a plane. 2) I'm more flexible about footwear as long as I pack socks in my carry on—if I don't, extreme grumpiness ensues. So now I always opt for loose, soft, and breathable clothing that I can layer and repurpose into a dressier outfit when I land. It usually ends up being a linen tee, cardigan, and high-waist blue jeans. Sometimes I wear sneakers, but usually, I go lace-free with easy-to-take-off boots or slides to avoid TSA anxiety (I almost always end up setting the alarm off anyway). Also, depending on the destination, I'll wear either my sunhat or my heaviest coat," says Hadley.
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Megan Beauchamp, Managing Editor
"When I'm traveling, I prioritize comfort above all else, so I usually wear a pair of boyfriend jeans, a slouchy sweater, comfortable sneakers, and a leather jacket to polish it up. Typically, I don't stow my carry-on bag in the overhead bin—I like to snag a window seat and want to keep my in-flight entertainment handy at all times—so I try to pack light, and I've found that a backpack makes getting on and off the plane so much easier," says Megan.
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Kelsey Clark, Lifestyle News Editor
"I'm all about comfort when it comes to traveling, so I usually opt for some combination of leggings, sneakers, a comfortable T-shirt, a bralette, and my leather jacket layered over (mainly so I don't have to stuff it in my suitcase). The bralette, in particular, is a game changer; I'm not trying to deal with uncomfortable underwire while sitting and sleeping on a plane for five hours," says Kelsey.
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