22 September 2015

What To Wear on a Plane: Airport Fashion Do's and Don'ts

Next month I will be catching 3 flights (6 if you count return). It is not part of my monthly routine but this October just happens to mean a lot of airport time. Plus, I am a good flyer and don't mind being lifted to 39,000 feet and higher. On the contrary, it relaxes me :) Having flown quite a lot in the last 10 years both domestically and (mostly) internationally, I picked up a number of great tips on how to make the whole experience better. It includes different flying-related hacks, preparation and organisation and last but definitely not least - airport fashion. This one is often (sadly) neglected by most people. I certainly don't mean that you should be displaying your haute couture pieces at the airport, though you can if you want to. So what exactly are you supposed to wear at the airport and on a plane to feel and look great? 
Let's take a look at these essential DO's and DON'Ts you need to know about travel fashion:


1. Be comfortable.
Last thing you want to worry about on a plane is feeling awkward and uncomfy in the outfit you picked just for the sake of looking trendy. Comfort can be stylish as well. Opt for your favourite stretchy jeans/jeggings/leggings/yoga pants and pair them up with a loose tee of a neutral colour. If you are in your element when you're wearing a dress, go for softer fabrics and appropriate length. 
2. Layer up.
Add a cardigan to your outfit and you are golden. Not only will it keep you warm in the cold airplane cabin (hello, impromptu blanket) but can also serve as a statement piece. Wrap, duster cardigan, blazer, knit, coat, poncho - pick your favourite layer, wrap up and enjoy your flight.
3. Two important "S" words.
Bring your scarf and socks. I am obsessed with scarves and I think they can spice up any outfit. Nonetheless, they make you feel all cosy and toasty, especially if you are freezing in a line at security check point or want to stay warm even if you take your coat/cardigan off. As for the socks, I never travel without a pair of soft socks tucked inside my handbag. You can thank me later ;)
4. The bigger the better.
If you are allowed only one piece of hand luggage and feel like you need to bring your carry-on suitcase, make sure not to overpack it so it still can store your big (!!!) handbag on top of its contents. Your little suitcase can be easily stored in the overhead bin space. Take the handbag out the moment you get to your seat and enjoy reading your favourite book or a magazine, get your kindle or iPad out, or type away those draft emails on your laptop. Plus, your big (hand)bag will keep your passport, wallet, phone and other important gadgets in your sights and will make them easy to reach.
5. Go flat.
Another important tip for travel fashion is wearing shoes with a flat sole. If you absolutely MUST wear your heels, no one really prohibits that (however, they do go into my "travel fashion don'ts" part of this post). But keep in mind, you might walk and stand a lot at the airport. Plus, your sitting arrangements will improve if your shoes fit the occasion. In summer I often wear flip flops or cute flat sandals. Now I would go for ballerina flats, loafers, booties or wedge sneakers (nothing too chunky). 

1. Don't stiffen up.
What I mean by this tip is don't wear something confining or overly tight. Bandage dress, corset-inspired top, leather bustier, even a tight t-shirt or jeans that don't fit any more, might make you regret that decision when you are in your seat realizing you have to wear it for the next 2/4/8 (!) hours. Not only you might look a bit very uncomfortable, you wouldn't want your clothes squeezing the life out of you on a high altitude.
2. Feet free.
Chunky platforms, sky-high heels, heavy boots - and you are facing days of sore feet and weeks of painful blisters. There is a lot of walking involved at the airport, especially when you have a connecting flight to catch. I am not even going to mention the lack (or absence) of comfort on board. Try sitting in one position for hours with a twisted/tilted foot strapped in a stiletto. A scene worth a scary movie script. There is an exception if you are Victoria Beckham.
3. Itchy knits & big outerwear.
So you brought a sweater to layer up on a plane and it seemed like a great idea. But if it's one of those synthetic fiber knits or simply an itchy sweater, you better leave it at home no matter how cute it looks. Massive puffy jackets or coats are a no-go: you might want to book a separate seat for it.
4. Jeweled-up nightmare.
As much as I love accessories and would encourage you to add them to your daily look, you better pack those big statement pieces into your luggage. When you get to the TSA point, there is nothing worse than a person who takes forever to unfasten or remove all the bangles, neck adornments or other metal accessories. On top of that, you are not just making other people anxious, you are putting yourself under pressure of missing your own flight! Keep it minimal and light. 
5. Don't get too comfy.
Even though this tip goes against the very first "do" piece of advice, do NOT get too comfortable by wearing your PJs on a plane or a pair of 5-year old sweat pants. You would be surprised to see how many people travel looking like they've just finished painting their living room or cleaned the bathroom. Also, do not go overboard dressing up not to look like you are heading to a masquerade ball or a Halloween party.
I really love traveling and definitely would enjoy sharing more tips with you guys.
I hope you liked this post & would be interested in more travel-related projects.
*Images of celebrity airport fashion are found on Pinterest

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  1. I always have such a fun time picking airport outfits haha!
    Nadia, do you think you can do another post about what to pack in your carry-on, or what you do about makeup/skincare once you're in the air? :) It'll be super helpful! <3
    Thank you so much for these amazing tips :) Super helpful!

    xo, elizabeth t.

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    1. Thanks for a great comment, Elizabeth! That sounds amazing, I will definitely include those ideas to my upcoming posts, girlie. Thanks for the request ;)
      Glad you enjoyed and found these tips helpful hon.
      xox

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  2. Last photos... I hope I don't see anyone dressed like that at the airport haha. I love being comfy and I mostly wear trainers and baggy clothes nothing could beat that :) xx

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    1. I definitely think comfort is the key when traveling + adding your personal touch to it makes it special.
      Last few pics were just the illustration of some extreme don'ts :)
      Most annoying ones I found are too much jewerly & crazy sky-high shoes. Don't get it lol.
      Thanks for a nice comment, Ela :)
      xox

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  3. ахаха))) Надюш, развеселила))) подборка don'ts - роскошна)) но мне кажется, что эти барышни уже стали заложниками своего образа, и даже в аэропорту не могут показаться на людях в другом виде))
    Спасибо за замечательный пост! правда, я уже и забыла, когда летала куда-нибудь))
    Приятного тебе дня, солнце:))

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    1. Спасибо, Оксаночка))) Это, конечно, фото полного экстрима, но я вот никак не пойму, каким образом некоторые барышни появляются в аэропорту на высоких шпильках или с тонной украшений. Это точно don'ts)))
      Обожаю летать)) И ты прилетай к нам в гости!!! ;)
      Надеюсь, у тебя замечательно проходит неделя, Ксюшенька)))
      xox

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  4. thank you for such an practical and informative post, will definitely help as I plan for my next trip!

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    1. Thank you, Kaitlin :)
      I am glad you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. I will definitely be writing more travel-related posts so make sure to pop in to check out those ;)
      xox

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  5. Thank you for this lovely post☺ Very helpful♥♥

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    1. Thank you, Summer. Super glad you liked this post, girlie.
      Make sure to follow my blog on Bloglovin' to stay tuned with upcoming posts.
      xox

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  6. Such a great and detailed post, will definitely be keeping this in mind next time I fly! :) x

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    1. Thank you, Vic :) So nice that you enjoyed these tips. I do think they are suitable for anyone who travels.
      Thanks for commenting, hon.
      xox

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  7. I hear ya! I am always freezing on the plane so I take layers and socks...the people next to me must think I am crazy.

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

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    1. Whatever they are thinking, the main thing is you are warm and toasty, Bella :)
      I always make sure I have my cardigan and socks packed ;)
      xox

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  8. I will surely take note of this when I travel this January. Ohhh! I love scarves as well... I bring 'em wherever I go.

    Tricia Willa | Eccentric Earthling

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    1. Thank you, Tricia :)
      Very wise about bringing scarves everywhere ;)
      Hope all your January travels go great!
      xox

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  9. Such good tips! I also love the way you presented it, lovely pictures! Great blog, Nadia! xx

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    1. Thank you, Maria :)
      Glad you enjoyed this post & photos. They are a bit extreme though, esp the "don'ts" lol.
      Thanks so much & come back soon ;)
      xox

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  10. I'm seriously going to have to save this for when I go flying at some point in my life and post it my September favourites! Truly helpful and fill of practical information, you nailed it girlfriend! Oh how people do heels for long periods of time I will never ever know! You are amazing Nadia! <3

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    1. Aww thanks, Rainbow-Rose, you are wonderful. Glad you liked this post so much, hon.
      The heels thing - I don't get it and never will haha. I would rather travel in flats and then change into my heels (if there is such an urgent need for it) when I am off the plane and out of the airport.
      Thanks for a lovely comment and such kind words :)
      xox

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    1. Thank you. Glad you found this post useful.
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  12. Great post! I would never think of all these things! Now I will always be remembering scarf and socks haha. Have a lovely day! Gemma xx www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. You definitely need a scarf & socks on a plane, esp if it's a long international flight. For some strange reason 99% of the time it's freezing on board haha.
      Thanks for a sweet comment, girlie.
      xox

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  13. One of the worst things about airport security is taking off your shoes. Unfortunately this happened to me today; wearing quite a short jersey dress I had to take off my knee high boots (why Caroline why did you wear these?) and obviously bending in a short dress is not ideal! I love layering though because you're right, it can get chilly in the cabin but also you can get boiling when you've just ran for that bus you were about to miss ;) ! xx

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    1. I loved your comment, Caroline haha. Couldn't agree more :)
      Better wear something that can be easily (and quickly) removed at the airport security checkpoint. Hope you managed ok and nothing got too embarrassing, girlie :)
      Thanks for popping in :)
      xox

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  14. I love this post, such great tips for fliers! I hope you are having a wonderful week my beautiful friend! XO -Kim
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    1. Thank you so much, Kimmy :) You are the best!!
      Hope you are doing peachy <3
      xox

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  16. Love this! Great tips Nadia! :)

    Thanks for sharing!
    x Arwa
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    1. Thanks so much, Arwa :) So great you enjoyed my tips ;)
      xox

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  17. Ah, this makes me want to go and fly somewhere! I haven't flown anywhere in over 4 years D: I remember the times I did fly, I did bring a cardigan and scarf because they are so much easier to work with. I found that I saw some people go in with their PJs - it was weird but I found them cool for having the confidence, I couldn't do that myself :P I could never board a plane with heels or anything other than flats! Don't know how some people do it!!

    Pauline
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    1. I think PJs are million times worth than heels, and sadly in most cases PJs are worn not because they don't care or have that confidence, it's just plain laziness. Never would be able to understand that haha.
      Cardigan + scarf is definitely a great combo to bring with you on board hon :)
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  18. I agree with you on all the do's and dont's. Specially the scarf! I regretted not to bring one with me in the last plane travel I did, in June. I don't know what happened, but it was terribly cold for the three hours the trip lasted. I had a jacket with me but it wasn't enough and all I could think about was "why I didn't bring a scarf on my neck"...

    Nice tips, Nadia! Keep your good job ;)

    Nicole
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    1. Awww Nicole, I know what you mean :) It happened to me as well before. Live and learn, right? :)
      Thanks so much for a sweet & encouraging comment, girlie.

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  19. Great tips! I actually always try to bring socks and don't bring a scarf but do bring a travel blanket along with me!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. A travel blanket is a whole new level :) Well done, Rae!
      Thank you, girlie, glad you enjoyed this post.
      xox

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  20. great post..amazing...:)
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    1. Thanks very much, Oğuz!
      Welcome to my blog :)
      xox

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  21. Great post, very informative! =) I once made a mistake of wearing A LOT of jewellery for my flight, it was a little embarrassing to keep going through the metal detector gate, setting it off over and over lol! X, x x

    Following on bloglovin' =)

    Kay
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    1. Haha Kay, that happens to the best of us, girlie :) Yeah, I always make sure to avoid jewerly when I know I will fly because one time I was stuck in LAX for good 40 minutes behind this group of girls who just kept setting the metal detector off. Nearly missed the flight. Experience helps to learn ;)
      Welcome to my blog, girlie ;)
      xox

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  22. Ahhh I love this post. Such great information, especially for me because I always end up wearing the wrong things when travelling or forget to bring layers and end up freezing. I've bookmarked this ready for my next holiday, thank you for the great advice xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Sophie! Glad you liked this post & bookmarked it. Just remember even if you're traveling into a warmer climate doesn't mean you won't be freezing on board ;) Lesson learnt :)
      Thanks for a sweet comment.
      xox

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  23. I agree with all the do's and don'ts hun! This was such a great post to read <3
    Ramsha | Rose
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    1. Thank you Ramsha Rose, I am glad you liked it & agree with all the points.
      Welcome to my blog, stay as long as you would like ;)
      xox

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  25. This post is really helpful! I always get cold on planes so I will bring with me a scarf and socks with me next time :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. Thanks Sarah, glad you found it helpful, girlie :)
      Oh definitely, don't forget fuzzy socks or just nice & warm ones that make you feel cozy + scarf and you will be golden ;)
      xox

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    1. Very smart decision, Talisa ;)
      Thanks for a comment & welcome to Miel and Mint :)
      xox

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  27. Such a great post!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
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    1. Thanks girlie. Glad you liked it ;) Thanks for popping in!
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  28. I'll be traveling next month too! These are really great tips

    Vicky
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    1. Excellent Vicky! Are you going on an international flight? Hope you enjoy them regardless :)
      Glad you liked these tips :)
      xox

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    1. Thanks, Michele :) I tried to find the relevant ones ;)
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  30. I haven't flown in such a long time! These are really great tips, I think being comfy is definitely the most important one, especially for a long haul flight!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Thanks for a lovely comment, Alice :) I am so glad you enjoyed these tips hon. Comfort is totally the key.
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  31. Great tips! Isn't it the worst to be on a plane and be freezing the whole time? I always bring a big scarf that I can use as a blanket if I have to. Thanks for sharing these lovely ideas, Nadia!
    xo Kiki
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    1. Couldn't agree more, Kiki! Freezing on the plane is the worst lol! Glad you liked these tips hon. Thank you for your sweet comment ;)
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  32. Lovely post with amazing tips. Just found your blog and thinks its really amazing. Have a great day. xo, Teng

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    1. Awww thanks Teng :) Glad you liked the post & my blog. Make sure to stay tuned with my updates on Bloglovin'. Will pop in to your blog as well :)
      xox

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  33. Great tips, love the stylespiration too!

    Anika | www.anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Anika ;)
      Just had to look up perfect images corresponding the tips ;)
      Thanks for popping in hon.
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  34. Love the collection of amazing looks!...thx for sharing!

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    1. Thanks hon ;) The last set is very extreme though lol.
      Glad you enjoyed it :)
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  35. These are great tips! :) I so agree with what you said about layering up. I always feel like the air con on planes can be a little temperamental, so having a cardigan with you is super useful to avoid feeling like you're sitting in an ice cave! :) Lovely post xx

    blogjustabubble.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww thank you :) Couldn't agree more - layering is the best when it comes to air travel, even when you are heading to a hot country lol. #cardigansrule ;)
      Glad you enjoyed the post, girlie & welcome to my blog <3
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  36. Great tips~! I don't do a ton of travelling, but I have a big trip coming up and these tips will be helpful <33

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    1. Thanks girlie, glad you will be able to use these tips soon. Where are you flying to?
      Welcome to my blog :)
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  37. Loved reading this post! So different to anything I've read before - and your tips are so spot on!
    Can't wait to read all of your latest posts - I found you on Bloglovin too lovely!
    Glad to have met you over on twitter tonight! <3

    Much love,
    Robyn xo
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    1. Thanks so much, Robyn. You are so lovely and encouraging :) Glad you enjoyed this post, I tried to do something different and based on personal experience, as always. #triedandtested ;)
      Lovely to have met you in a Twitter chat, girlie.
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  38. This is such a unique and fun post! thanks for sharing this is super fun to read:)Do you want to support each other's blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x

    kisses

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    1. I think I did follow you a while ago, Hilary :)
      Thanks for your comment, girlie. Really glad you liked my tips on travel fashion.
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  39. После поста захотелось сменить гардероб и куда-нибудь полететь :)))

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    1. Значит пост удался!)))
      Safe & fun future travels hon ;)
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  40. Great Tips! I always end up wearing the wrong thing and sitting uncomfortably for hours on end! Deffo bookmarking this for next time I fly!

    Sinead
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    1. Thank you so much, Sinead :)
      It's great it will come in handy for you, girlie.
      Hope you enjoy your future flights ;)
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  41. Great idea for a post! I love airport attire - cosy and chic! x

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    1. Couldn't agree more, Primrose. I love choosing outfits for travelling. Airport fashion is definitely special.
      Welcome to my blog, girlie ;)
      xox

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  42. ;)))) классный пост!
    я правда никогда не летала)

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    1. Спасибо, солнце))) Никогда-никогда? Обязательно купи билет и fly away!!))))
      xox

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  43. I love this post! Great tip!
    I mean...we all wish to look like celebrity glamorous have the "airport look", very casual, sometimes by aching ourself and I just like the tip!

    I always carry a scarf with me as well, it's very handy, also a spring roll tote, for us girl want our personal bag being handy but doesn't want to be over the cabin, can stuff it inside and put under the seat where our eyes can see it ;)

    Like your blog post, very neat!!!!!

    Tiff from Taipei
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    1. Thanks Tiff, I totally agree with your comment, girlie ;)
      Perfect airport look is definitely casual, yet stylish, I esp love the way Rosie Huntington-Whiteley makes the whole travel fashion so effortless :)
      Glad you enjoyed this post, girl. Make sure to come back for more ;)
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  44. I love this post, I've got 10 flights this year (including returns) and I really want to look stylish but be comfortable too so this was perfect reading for some inspiration! Layering is such a good idea because my temperature fluctuates so much when I'm on a plane. Thanks for the tips! xx

    Charlotte | Just Charlotte

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