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8 Airport Outfits That Take Flying In Style To New Heights

These fashion-forward 'fits absolutely go the distance.

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As most countries around the world begin to reopen their borders, it's finally time to break free of the global restraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether a tropical vacation or a European excursion, planning a trip can feel a bit overwhelming especially when it comes to planning your day-to-day outfits. As I gear up to take the biggest solo trip of my life thus far, I’m getting a head start on stylish looks I can wear from beginning to end. Of course, one of the most important aspects of a trip is traveling to your destination, so I’m getting a head start on the major inspiration that will keep me both chic and comfy during my dreaded 10-hour flight.


Practical choices such as sneakers, crossbody bags, and minimal (to no) accessories are key to a seamless in-flight experience. Along with the right essentials, showing the least amount of skin possible also elevates my comfort level. Catching both flights and hopefully feelings this year, these are the eight airport-approved ensembles that will keep you looking fresh off the runway. Whether going for an elevated approach or casual cool, keep scrolling to find the fashion-forward looks that can go the distance.

1.Color-Blocked Comfort

If 2022 has taught me anything so far, it’s to always wear a pop of color to brighten up my day. I love this mix: the color-blocked bright green-and-blue oversized knit top with the dark gray cargo sweatpants for the ability to move about comfortably. Adding a platform boot is the final touch to this cozy utilitarian vibe.

2.Track Pants...But Make It Sexy

No matter the season, track pants are always a good look with a matching bodysuit. Keeping warm, the addition of this trend-forward green-and-cream printed jacket perfectly combines both comfort and style. Add a sneaker to this look and you're cleared for the touchdown.

3.A Chic Combo Upgrade

Two items you can never go wrong wearing on a flight are tights and an oversized blazer, even better when worn together. A look that can never miss, this black-on-black outfit says chic from head to toe. Loving these bold designer platform sneakers along with a multifunctional Prada crossbody bag. These are the final touches that give life to this aspirational airport look.

4.Puffer Fab For Take Off

My newfound love for puffer vests runs deep and what better occasion than to consider for my travels. Along with the layering factor, it can also double as a much-needed cushion when assigned to a window seat or even better when laying in first class. Worn atop a long-sleeve button-down and wide-legged pants, this comfy relaxed fit is one we all need in our lives.

5.Brightly Hued Sweats

For minimal effort and maximum style, I’m here for this color-blocked sweatsuit. For a fashionable yet casual moment, this is perfect for those of us who love color just as much as comfort. Paired with a matching sneaker and neutral longline puffer coat, this look is cold-weather approved near home or abroad.

6.Match It Up

Matching sets are always a good idea for travel especially for those of us that tend to catch our flight just as the attendants are calling for final boarding. For a neutral combination, this on-the-go choice is cool-girl-approved as well as hassle-free. Wearing a crossbody mini bag, this is a compact choice for IDs, passports, and credit cards keeping them closely secured and easily accessible.

7.Subtle & Classic Pairings

A minimalist approach to airport style, this classic white on black pairing is versatile as you can immediately start your trip as soon as you land without having to change your clothes. Instead of restrictive and sometimes painful denim jeans, trousers are always a good alternative. Keeping it modern, a classic ribbed knit is super sleek layered underneath an oversized button down long sleeve. For a subtle jewelry addition, complete this outfit with stacked gold necklaces for a look that's giving both on and off the plane.

8.Serving Body Con

When in the mood for an effortless choice with a feminine flair, a long-sleeved stretchy bodycon midi dress is a great staple to have on standby. This particular style can be worn with a variety of accessories to achieve limitless looks, especially when traveling. For a casual take, wear this with a boot or sneaker along with a crossbody bag for top-tier functionality.

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

That memory came back to me after a flier went viral last week, advertising an abstinence event titled The Close Your Legs Tour with the specific target demo of teen girls came across my Twitter timeline. The event was met with derision online. Writer, artist, and professor Ashon Crawley said: “We have to refuse shame. it is not yours to hold. legs open or not.” Writer and theologian Candice Marie Benbow said on her Twitter: “Any event where 12-17-year-old girls are being told to ‘keep their legs closed’ is a space where purity culture is being reinforced.”

“Purity culture,” as Benbow referenced, is a culture that teaches primarily girls and women that their value is to be found in their ability to stay chaste and “pure”–as in, non-sexual–for both God and their future husbands.

I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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