Airport Outfits for Your Holiday Travel Plans

Airport Outfits for Your Holiday Travel Plans

Oh, the joys of holiday travel…when you arrive. The airport can be stressful, and I don’t know about you, but when I’m getting dressed for a flight, I’m wearing the oldest t-shirt I own, mismatched socks and Birkenstocks.

I’ve always traveled this way; thinking that if I opt for something “comfortable,” I will feel well-rested when I get where I’m going. But, this isn’t always the case. There is absolutely nothing wrong with dressing the way I described, but what would happen if we started putting more effort into our travel looks?

A few of the fashion girlies I follow have shared how wearing an “actual” outfit for airport travel changed their life. And it makes sense, right? What you wear can change how you spend your flight (where are my productive flight friends?!) and how you feel when you land at your destination.

So, in honor of the immense amount of holiday traveling I know you all will be taking part in over the next few weeks, here are five different outfit formulas for you to put on before your next flight based on how long you’ll be traveling and where you’re going when you land.

City Dinner w/the Girls

We’re starting off strong with an outfit that can take you from one city, to dinner with the girls in another. Going home for the holidays can be such a fun time to reconnect with friends and family that you only get to see a few times a year.

When opting for this look, make sure to choose a jean that is comfortable — it will truly make all the difference. Add on a sweater, jacket and boots, and you’re ready to meet your loved ones at a wine bar, new foodie spot, or jazz show.

Sleepy Chic

Calling all comfy travel lovers! Pair your fave lounge set with a turtleneck, loafers and handbag for a longer flight so you can sleep on the plane and go out for coffee and pastries when you land. Who knew pajamas could look so chic…

Pre-Check In Landing

Arriving before check-in? Perfect excuse for a little afternoon of holiday shopping for your loved ones. If you know you’re going to spend a few hours in town before settling into your rental, wear something that will keep you warm and support your time out and about.

Converse are my go-to for any sort of travel. They are versatile, practical and light which is surprisingly very important when you’re on the go. Here you will see them paired with tapered jeans, an oversized turtleneck and utility jacket.

Looking to pack light? Each of these pieces can be worn in many, many ways! Check out this blog post for more capsule based ideas while you’re packing.

Meeting Ready

Although the holidays are just a few weeks away, many of us are still tying up meetings at work or building our network while we travel.

This outfit goes more in line with the first outfit mentioned in this post, considering it is a bit more on the elevated side. Looking effortless and meeting ready post-flight can actually be pretty simple when you break it down.

A blazer coat and pop of color can easily turn your go-to outfit formula of a white tee and jeans into something you could wear for fashion week. I know it’s December, but bear with me here — the idea is that it’s all in the way you tie pieces that you love together.

Pro tip: take your pop of color one step further by adding in another element of the same color. A matching shoe and handbag are a great move for an outfit like this!

The Cozy Commuter

If you’re wanting to stay cozy, but feel a little more put together, a matching sweat set is my number one recommendation. You can sleep in it, relax in it, shop in it — all while still looking super cool.

Green, beige, black or gray; any color will do. Pair your set with a leather crossbody bag, wool coat, and beanie to tie it all together.


Who knew that wearing some of the outfits you used to pack for later can make all the difference  during your holiday travel. I hope this blog post leaves you feeling encouraged and inspired for your next flight!

Cheers to wearing an outfit that makes you look good and feel good as you travel this season — even when you’re 30,000 feet in the air 🥂

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Madison King

Madison Leigh King is an author, writer and copywriter from North Carolina. Avid reader turned writer, she draws inspiration from her favorite works and interweaves personal experience into what she creates. She loves sharing stories, moving her body and slow mornings with her husband in their Southeastern home.

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