What to Wear on the Plane Ride Home [ CC Lookbook]

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The semester is winding down. Finals are approaching. The air is getting chillier. And the Starbucks cups are red. Sooner or later, we’ll all be heading home for the holidays. For some that means hoping in the car or boarding a train and traveling in relative comfort. But for others it means the hassle of traveling by airplane, complete with taking off your shoes, paying for your bags and setting off those metal detectors. And then you’re stuck in a small space for hours on end. It can get pretty frustrating pretty quickly. So to make your trip a little bit easier I’ve listed a few tips to remember when picking out your outfit for the plan ride home.

  • Take off the metal. Leave the earrings, the belts and the studs in your bag for this particular trip home. Chances are you’ll forget all about them as you step through the metal detector. And even if you don’t mind putting jewelry on and off in an airport, remember it’s an easy way to lose something.
  • Use an oversize tote bag for your carry on. It’s big enough for you to fit your laptop or iPad, a few books or magazines and some snacks, but it’s small enough that it forces you to limit yourself, ensuring that you’ll travel light.
  • Make sure that you choose shoes that you can easily slip on and off, so that you don’t get help up by tying and untying laces and buckles. Flats or boots both work well.
  • Pack an oversize scarf to keep warm on the plane. The best ones can even double as a blanket.
  • If you want to wear something cozy stick to thick leggings, boyfriend jeans or even stretch denim and cords. Pair bottoms with oversize sweaters or your boyfriend’s flannel shirt. It’s still cozy, but way more chic than sweats.
  • Keep your hair out of your face by throwing it up in a top knot, and keep your makeup from smudging by going light. Stick to foundation, and maybe some liner if you’re feeling daring. It’s manageable and cute.

P.S. I do not in any way guarantee you will look nearly as good as celebs do when they’re getting on and off planes. I don’t know how they do it. It’s one of life’s greatest mysteries.

What do you think?

What’s your go-to travel style? Leggings? Boyfriend jeans? Stretch skinnies? Do you wear an oversize scarf or just some oversize shades? Leave a comment and let me know! And to find out exactly which items make these outfits work so well check out my Polyvore account! 

Jenn is a communications grad student and a social media fanatic who spends her free time reading, writing, watching too much tv and shopping for shoes she can’t afford. At least that’s what her Twitter bio says. Follow her @jenninzetta.

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