How to Travel Stylish

Long gone are the days when rocking up to the airport in a matching pink valour tracksuit and UGG boots is acceptable. While long haul flights require comfort, it doesn’t warrant wearing PJ’s or clothing that wouldn’t otherwise make it past your front door. And now with Qantas implementing a dress code in their lounges last month (for those lucky enough to have access to the club) it means dressing well for your next flight is even more important. Other pros of dressing to the smart and stylish? You never know who you will bump into (oh hey, cute boy sitting next to you!) and you are more likely to score that elusive upgrade if you are dressed neatly (after all nobody wants to see “homeless attire” sitting in the business section for the next 5 hours…)

Now with all that being said, how do you dress to impress (an upgrade that is) when comfort is also a major concern?

Choose skinny jeans or tapered pants to keep the look casual, remember you don’t have to look fancy! Pants with stretch factor are best for ultimate comfort factor.

A collared shirt always looks neat and commands respect from staff and fellow travellers. Opt for a fine denim shirt as it is less likely to crease (unlike a stiff cotton shirt) and therefore keeping you looking fresh (whether you actually feel that way or not) as you make you way to baggage collection.

Shoe selection is the trickiest. Enclosed shoes are a must (especially with Qantas placing the strictest enforcements on footwear). I never understood women wearing heels when travelling. While they always look great, what if you are in a hurry or running late to catch your plane? That spells disaster and broken ankle to me! My shoes of choice are a brogue or slip on sneaker – shoes that are easy to walk/run/dodge slow travellers. Plus if they are easy to slip on they are easy to slip off mid-flight for added in-flight comfort.

Finish your look with the on trend blanket cape. Worn like a jacket it looks FROW stylish and can double up as a blanket on the plane, because when plane conditions tend to lean more towards Arctic than temperate nobody wants to spend the next 5 hours freezing their tootsies off!

My 5 favourite blanket capes & cardi’s (all under $100 & there is a style for every fashionista):

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New Look blanket stitch cape, from ASOS – $34.00 au (on sale)


Riya tassel cardigan, from Hunted Dreams – $76.00 au


By the campfire cape, from Tishkah – $59.99 au


Hanging out cardigan, from Hunt Over – $85.00 au


Wrap cardi, from Labels and Love – $79.95 au

Happy travels!


JB xx

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