We are all painfully aware that air travel has become, well, painful. Delayed flights, security checks, cramped seats, nutritional deficits and stinky bathrooms…not a pretty picture. But perhaps our worst airport nightmare remains – just what in the heck are airline passengers wearing? Gone are the days when folks actually dressed up to go on a trip – imagine that. Men wore suits, ladies put on makeup and hose. Travelers looked like something special was happening on this day. While we are not advocating a return to Mrs. Cleaver-era pearls while housecleaning, a little extra grooming and attention to one’s attire is definitely in order. The Asbury Lane Style team has seen it all on their travels, including many outfits that should never have left the boudoir. Sloppy, ripped, dirty, revealing or inappropriate clothing may work at the beach, but when there is a ticketing problem (not unheard of these days), who will the airport counter attendant give the most attention to: The smartly attired gal or the guy wearing pajama bottoms and an AC/DC t-shirt? Furthermore, you just never know who you might run into at the airport – or be seated so close to you might actually become engaged. We have friends who met future spouses, made great business contacts or even scored new jobs. Probably not happening if you’re donning house shoes and a circa 1984 football jersey. Yes, we know comfort is key these days, but you can still look good and make it to your destination without looking like a you’ve run a marathon. One of our team loves black yoga pants with a lightweight pullover sweater top. No belts or jackets to confound metal detectors. No buttons or zippers to impede quick restroom stops. Pull the top over the waistband, and no one is the wiser – Namaste. Another swears by her inexpensive pull-on pants she purchased at Target – soft, comfy, no-wrinkle. Add a cotton top and some earrings (we never leave home with bare ears!) Don’t forget the shoes – and don’t even think about heels. There are so many cute flat shoes you can wear with sheer trouser socks – sorry, but bare feet in the security check line are unsanitary. Since the air temp in most planes is fickle at best, you might want to add a light sweater than you can roll up and stuff in your purse or carry-on. The point is not to wear your best date-night clothes, but put together some comfy, attractive and inexpensive separates that you won’t be heartbroken when someone spills their free airline soda on you. Wear your best smile, take a few deeps breaths, and bon voyage!
Long, comfy sleeveless top: www.target.com
Ivory scarf: already owned
Lilac sweater: already owned
Black leggings: already owned
Easy on/off black boots with zippers: already owned
Small carry on case: www.amazon.com