As the school year comes to an end, many of you are probably planning some fun getaways for the summer. While packing for your destination may be easy once you know where you’re going, knowing how to dress for the airport can be tricky.
When you’re at the airport, you’re guaranteed to see people either way too dressed-up or people who have given up and look like they just rolled out of bed. While finding a happy medium may seem impossible — especially with all the temperature changes you have to consider — fear not! Once you know a few things to keep in mind, picking out an outfit will be easier than printing out your boarding pass.
- Layering is your best friend – If you live here in the Valley, you already know that temperatures have been climbing and you want to wear as little clothing as possible. However, keep in mind that airports, airplanes and other places you may encounter on your way to your destination are usually heavily air-conditioned. To avoid shivering or having to use the blanket the airplane provides you with, bring a cardigan. Unlike a jacket, they are light enough to carry over your arm and provide just enough coverage without making you feel overheated. Stores like Target have a variety of colors, patterns and styles to help your cardigan match any outfit.
- Consider coverage when picking out bottoms – Like I said before, the heat here in Arizona may have you reaching for your shortest shorts, but pack those in the suitcase. Instead, wear a pair of fitted bermuda shorts to the airport. They look dressier than regular jean shorts and their longer length will keep you warmer on the plane. Make sure they are fitted, as baggy bermuda shorts tend to look sloppy.
- Choose your hair accessories carefully – Pick something simple for your traveling hairstyle; chances are, anything fancy, such as curled hair, will wilt on the plane or get smushed while you sleep. While it may be tempting to wear clips, bows, flower hairbands, etc., you won’t be happy when you have a pounding headache from your cute accessory digging into your head while you slept on the plane. Instead, tuck your accessories into your purse or carry-on and wear your hair in a low ponytail with a hair scarf on the plane. The patterns and designs on the scarf will make your outfit pop, while the scarf and ponytail will keep any unruly strands out of your face. This blog shows you a pretty way to wear a hair scarf, step-by-step.
- Dressy flats – Flip-flops are comfortable and easy, I know, but try to avoid these when heading to the airport. With all the luggage and bags around you, it’s easy for toes to get smashed. Instead, wear a cute pair of flats to the airport. They’re easy to take on and off at security, will protect your toes, and are more comfortable than heels. There are an endless supply of pretty colors and patterns so you’ll be able to match them to any outfit. Another bonus? Almost every store you can think of sells them so you don’t have to go far to find the perfect pair. Kohl’s, Target, Payless, Sears, Macy’s, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21 and Famous Footwear are just a few that come to mind.
- Your purse/ carry-on – Your purse or carry-on should be big enough that it can hold all your essentials, but small enough that it isn’t cumbersome. I suggest either a messenger bag, which are spacious, or a cute backpack to keep your hands free for luggage. Miche bags make a bag that easily converts from messenger bag to backpack with a quick manuevering of straps. Located under the Prima shells, the Chelsey shell can be a messenger bag at the airport and a backpack for when you’re sightseeing and need your hands free for taking pictures. Miche bags are unique and you need to buy a ‘base’ bag first. Make sure you double-check you have a base in your cart before checking out or your shell will be useless. The Chelsey shell is $54.95 and a prima base is $44.95, so the price may seem a little steep, but you’ll get plenty of use out of the bag; it will probably become a travel staple for years to come!
Whether you’re going to Cabo or Connecticut, keeping these airport style tips in mind will make traveling this summer a little less stressful. Check out the accompanying slideshow for some visual examples of the tips I mentioned above just in case you need a bit of inspiration!