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Traveling is exciting and stressful at the same time. When you’re going away, packing is always the biggest issue. What should you bring? What’s the weather going to be like? Do I really need six pairs of shoes for three days? You usually focus on what you need for the trip, so by the time you decide on what to wear to the airport, you’re running late and stressed out. Unfortunately, that means a fashion disaster is bound to happen. Luckily, you can look cute and still be comfortable while traveling without wearing baggy sweatpants and an over-sized t-shirt. Here are some tips for how to master chic airport style:

1. Keep it simple and Comfortable

You’re at the airport. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling to Milan, New York, or anywhere in between. Now is not the time to try out those new pants you bought a week ago or those shoes that need to be stretched out.

2. Avoid Bright Colors and Crazy Patterns

Prints are generally always in. Sure we need to stay true to ourselves and to our personal style, but no matter how you look at it, airplanes are small spaces. You might not have the extra leg or arm room necessary for maximum mobility, which means an accident is bound to happen. Not to mention, you could experience turbulence! You could spill your drink or drop your food right onto your shirt or lap. Stick with neutral colors. All black is a great option because you’ll look fierce no matter what. Depending on the season, burgundy, grey, or beige are great options too.

3. Be Practical

Don’t forget about airport security. TSA has strict rules, and you need to adhere to them in order to reach your destination. Forget cinching yourself at the waist with a belt because you’ll just have to remove it. The same goes for chunky statement jewelry. You’ll also have to remove your shoes. Flip-flops might be comfortable and quick to slip on and off, but do you really want to place your bare feet where millions of other people have placed their crusty toes? Opt for flats or loafers. Your shoes give you the opportunity to add a pop of color to a laid-back outfit.

4. It’s All About The Layers

One minute you’re cold, the next minute you’re hot. Airplanes are notorious for having varied temperatures. Most of the time you’re freezing, but there may be moments when you’re sweating in your seat. So, layering is your best option. Remember when I said to keep your look simple and basic? Let’s start off with your base.

Leggings are appropriate as long as they’re opaque. Opt for black leggings since they’ll allow for breathing room and can become part of a stylish black-on-black ensemble. Just make sure you wear a shirt that covers your bum. Choose accessories in leopard print or another pattern to give your outfit a little bit of attitude. Pair a denim shirt with black leggings, and a scarf with slip-on shoes for an easy and put-together look. A scarf is extremely useful because you can use it as a blanket, or use it to cover your eyes from the light if you’re trying to sleep.

If you’re not a big fan of leggings because they feel too casual, then jeans or loose fitting pants are your better options. Jeggings are stretchier than regular jeans, but boyfriend jeans could work as well.

Pair jeans with a short or long sleeve t-shirt, a military jacket, and a relaxed blazer or sweater. You can easily take outerwear on and off. Top any outfit off with an infinity scarf.

Just because you’re going to be on an airplane doesn’t mean you have to look sloppy. On a side note, your outfit has to make sense for your destination. Remember to adhere to certain customs. You don’t want to give off the wrong impression because you’re wearing something that might be considered offensive in different cultures. That’ll only make you stick out like a sore thumb. You don’t want complaints from security because of your outfit. That would be a major fashion faux pas.

What’s your favorite airport-chic look?