Nashville native Lauren Zwanziger captures her life of travel and fashion in her blog, The Transatlantic and tells Conde Nast Traveller what to wear to stay comfy and stylish. “While it’s tempting to wear sweats on red-eye flights, there are other clothing options that will keep you both comfortable and stylish.
The key to dressing for any flight is to be comfortable without looking like you just rolled out of bed. Opt for classic pieces that will have you ready for anything once you arrive; you won’t want to waste time at the hotel when there’s exploring to do. Stick to classic pieces with a neutral color palette. It’s a pretty fool-proof way to not look like a tourist everywhere you go.
Equipment Brett Silk Blouse (shopbop.com; $198)
Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans (madewell.com; $115)
While dressing in layers is smart for all flights (planes are always cold), it’s also a great way to be prepared for any occasion. Whether you encounter a change in weather or need to be ready for a business brunch, you can dress up or stay warm in layers. Throw on a trench coat or blazer—I’ve been personally gravitating towards my denim jacket—and you’ll be ready to go.
Rag & Bone Denim Jacket (shopbop.com; $253)
When it comes to your hair and makeup, my motto is, easier is better. Your face and hair are the first things to get messed up during your flight—you will be sleeping (or trying to), after all. The best way to prepare for is to pick a style that won’t look bad if it gets a bit tousled. I usually use this as an excuse to wear a hat. Not only will I not have to worry about packing it, but it’s also an easy way to cover up crazy plane hair. As for your makeup, try and keep it light. You can always touch up before your descent.
Rag & Bone Wide Brim Fedora (shopbop.com; $195)
I’ve never been one to tote around a large carry-on. Lugging around totes and backpacks will only leave you feeling more bogged down after a long day of traveling. I usually limit myself to a small tote, which gives me a limit to how much I can carry and also helps me avoid the whole looking-like-a-tourist thing. Leave room for your jacket, a small cosmetics bag, and a sleep aid.
Madewell Mini Transport Crossbody (madewell.com; $148)
A great way to keep your outfit looking put-together is by wearing jewelry during your flight. I always feel safer wearing it rather than packing it anyway, but it comes with the added bonus of making you look a bit more polished. I usually end up wearing my everyday jewelry, such as a few rings, a watch, and necklaces—pieces that tend to go with anything.
Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch(danielwellington.com; $199)
As for shoes, you can’t go wrong with a black boot. This wardrobe staple is easy to slide off at security, comfortable enough for a day of sightseeing, and sharp enough to look professional. Traveling in my black boots proves again why they’re my favorite item in my wardrobe.
UGG Jo Boots (uggaustralia.com; $175)