May 17, 2011

Jetsetting | Airport Style

Those of you that follow me on Twitter (@StyleSaveur) know I'm currently on vacation in (cloudy and rainy) Puerto Rico. I also feel as though I've been in and out of airports for the past few months, traveling both for work and play. In my opinion, one of the most difficult parts of traveling is what to wear to the airport and on the plane. Most people carefully plan their vacation wardrobes down to organized checklists and photos of looks, but throw on whatever when its time to head to the airport. At least that's what I do since I'm usually done packing about 15 minutes before I have to head out the door. All of my recent jet-setting has allowed me to define a signature style for airport travel, a "uniform" of sorts.

First things first, my airport style is all about function and comfort. There will be no paparazzi following me or greeting me at my destination so there is no need to go glam. If that's your style I'm so not knocking you diva, keep rocking your 5-inch Louboutins. I just know that's not the look for me. I have to be able to breeze through the airport with ease and since it's required to remove jacket, shoes, pancreas to get through security, best believe it has to be easy for me to remove and put back on. That doesn't mean I'm going to look like I just rolled out of bed and threw on some sweats. I always strive to be chic and stylish, which can go hand-in-hand with casual.

[Photos of Halle Berry courtesy of]

There are several stars who embody the 'casual-chic' airport style, but my inspiration was Halle Berry. No one can say she's not stylish in the above looks, but she's definitely casual and comfortable - leggings or jeggings, tunic length tanks, draped layers, and flats all in neutral tones. It's a look that's easily pulled together and looks effortlessly chic, which led me to create my standard airport uniform:

  1. Black Leggings - standard pair for warmer weather and thicker fabric for winter
  2. Tunic length tank-top - worn as a layering piece
  3. Draped long-sleve Jersey top - layered over tank, I prefer it to be slightly off-the-shoulder
  4. Cashmere shawl - planes are generally cold and who wants to pay for a blanket?
  5. Cold Weather Footwear: Slip-On Boot or Bootie - easily removed at security
  6. Warm Weather Footwear: Flat Slip-On Sandal - also easily removed at security
  7. Large Tote or Satchel Handbag - a Proenza Schouler PS1 or Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. works wonders
  8. Soft Leather or Utility Jacket - only in cool or cold weather, otherwise the draped top will suffice
This "uniform" works for me - it's easy to put together, stylish and super comfortable. I've curated some options from the above list below.

That's my idea of airport style, but I'm always interested in learning what works for you. What's your signature airport style? Tell me in the comments!


  1. Great list! I go on a ton of road trips, I'll have to print this list. Thanks girl!
    xoxo Heather

  2. Glad you like it! I don't do many road trips so if you have any additions/changes based on that kind of travel let me know!