Traveling via any mode of transportation is often mind-numbingly painful during the holidays — but airports are usually the biggest clusterf*cks of all due to weather delays, increased security and people who still don't realize you can't bring water bottles through security. (Unless the water is frozen — fun fact!) But just because you'll be spending four to six hours nestled inside an older man's armpit because you got stuck with a middle seat, doesn't mean you need to look as bad as you feel. We've got chic, sleek and comfy options to suit a range of flying styles. Going straight to a conservative family gathering? We got you. Need to sprint to catch your connection? We got you, too.
See below for our take on what to wear in the air this holiday season — mental sanity not included.
For those red eyes and late-night flights, we recommend the kind of easy and stretchy outfit one might wear after the gym. Keep from looking too sporty with a luxurious knit, a roomy bag and a unified color scheme.
This leather legging look is a sophisticated take on Justin Bieber's signature style (I know that sounds unappealing, but stay with me). Stretchy but fitted leather pants are a smart alternative to jeans, especially when paired with a long jacket over a long, crisp shirt. Top it off with a practical scarf and high tops for taking long walks while wondering where your connecting flight is now.
If you have one of those families that requires office attire at gatherings, try soft velvet trousers in a bright print and a pussy bow blouse. A coat with an attached scarf makes midair catnaps more comfortable, and scalloped flats are easy to slip off before security, and guaranteed to win Grandma's approval.