What To Wear at the Airport: ComfyMonday, June 18, 2012
I'm grateful I have a lot of female traveler friends who can give me advice on what to wear during those long haul flights and countless security pat downs.
Comfy or Chic?
I've posed this question to these women and this is part 1 of their responses. Here are 8 women who prefer to wear comfortable clothing while traveling:
For Philippine based trips, I usually go for comfort over anything else. It usually means going to be beach so I'm in a comfy shirt/tank and pants/shorts or a maxi dress. For international trips , I aim to wear 1 Filipino declaring item.
Rica de Ramos of Ang Kaladkarin
I dress depending on where I am going. If the weather at my destination is hot, I will definitely wear washable slippers in the airport to breeze through the scanners. To avoid plane discomfort, I prefer to wear dresses, gaucho pants, leggings or shorts which are acceptable enough for immigration and pretty enough for pictures. I also bring light jackets in my carry on for the rain or cold weather.
If the weather at my destination is cold, then I go for a jacket or a long-sleeved top, loose pants, thermal socks and rubber shoes. Although I do want to appear chic, comfort always comes first.
Melody Co of Guiltless Getaways
When it comes to clothes, I have one rule: choose comfy. I follow this rule everyday and the airport is not an exception. The way I dress at the airport depends on my itinerary because I always go straight to my first destination upon arrival. Wearing the right clothes for my first activity helps me save time so I stick to my usual jam-packed itinerary. This is also a significant part of my pack light attempt.
I always wear a jacket or something to keep me warm while on flight and closed, comfortable shoes. Otherwise, If I am headed straight to the beach, I wear a shirt, shorts and flip-flops, with my swimsuit underneath. As long as I still look decent, I am fine.
Cris Reyes of Pinay Thrill Seeker
My airport fashion etiquette is a well-practiced skill borne out of 1 having to walk more than 20 gates in between connecting flights in the humongous Hongkong Airport and 2 sporting blue lips in a tank top-shorts-havaianas ensemble from a tropical holiday and into the waiting arms of New Zealand winter.
I've learned my lessons since. Ergo, no heels. I usually wear hi-cuts as they have the sophistication of boots and the comfortability of flats. I also see to it that I am armed for weather changes. So I always have a cardigan or jacket over a basic tank top. For bottoms, I wear leggings a lot, simply because it goes well with anything. For blings, I always carry sunnies for instant class when panda eyes won't let me and a hair scrunchie on my arm in case i need to put my hair up.
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Rain Amantiad of Rainamantiad.com
For flights, I prefer to wear really comfy clothes - a basic black shirt t-shirt, cargo pants or jeans, a comfy jacket or trench coat and shades. Socks are a must for the times you have to take your shoes off at the airport. I usually wear rubber shoes to minimize the weight of my luggage. Headware is also great for that pop of color, keeping hair neat during the flight, and doubling as an eyemask for naps on the plane.
Kara Santos of Travel Up
Comfort and practicality wins whenever I travel by air. Nice comfortable pieces like tees and pants work well for me. I try to stay away from pieces that could easily 'malfunction', especially when I travel with a child in tow. Even so, I still try to add personality to my overall look - like adding a funky pair of earrings or a colorful scarf- something lightweight but eye-catching.
Airport security checks can be a hurdle, so I wear shoes that can easily be taken off. Ballet flats and flip flops are my best bets. However, when baggage weight is an issue, I wear the heaviest things I can, such as a jacket, jeans and trek shoes.
Kim Lim of Indie Escape
I used to travel in business attire when I was still connected with the company for representation purposes! Now, I always dress comfortably (but try to keep it nice) when at the airport. I go for a pair of jeans without belts, destination shirt, a jacket (because it can be cold inside the plane) and comfy shoes with easy remove strap to avoid the airport X-ray hassles.
Mhe-anne Ojeda of My Comings and Goings
If it were up to me, I’d travel in my bush shirts, shorts and Keen sandals all the time. This is what I call my travel uniform. Around South East Asia, this ensemble is just perfect as it is comfy and just right for the weather.
But travelling to European, Middle Eastern and some Asian countries is another story altogether. Pinay travellers are sometimes singled out for being, well… Filipinas. It is an unfortunate fact that we need to consider when we travel. That’s why I spend more time putting together my airport outfit when I go to these countries. Comfy chic is what I prefer. A good fitted jacket will give anyone instant style. I’ve invested in one four years ago and I’m happy to say that it’s been my fashion security blanket in several countries including France and Japan.
I wear jeans and a light sweater for comfort, a scarf in case it gets cold, and ballet flats that I can easily slip in and out of when going through airport security. If it’s winter where I’m going, I wear my leather boots but bring the flats in my carry-on just in case my feet hurt.
Pauline Mangilog Saltarin of Pinay Traveller
So that's a preview of what women wear to feel comfortable at the airport. We'll hear from the other Sole Sisters who prefer airport chic on the next post so stay tuned for that!