I am currently preparing for a trip north to see my very best friend (and posh politico) in Washington DC. While I have much packing to do, my first order of business is always determining what to wear on the plane. This brings me to the first of a few of my pet peeves. This one is concerning the current state of affairs at airports around the country. Flying was once such a glamorous affair. Men in suits and ties, women in beautiful dresses and pillbox hats all carrying matching luggage. After all, you never see more people than you do when strutting through the airport. But now, you are lucky if your seatmate managed to shower and change out of their pajamas. Tennis shoes, ball caps, hoodies....oh my! I, for one, am over it! Unfortunately, since flying private is still just a dream away, commercial airlines are a necessity. So, I'm doing my part and stepping it up a notch every time I fly. I hope you'll join me!
Now that the rant is behind us, here are my thoughts on perfect flight attire. When choosing what to wear, I always think of fashion first followed closely by comfort and functionality. In this chilly weather I prefer a pair of skinnies (skinny black pants or jeans), a fitted turtleneck and high heeled booties. YES, high heels! You can do it. I promise. They will distinguish you from the pajama set and are easy to slip on and off in security. Plus, in case your trip goes to hell in a handbasket (aka delayed flights and bouncing gate to gate), you should always have backup flats in your carryon. A little tip is to coordinate your travel booties and backup flats with a couple of packed ensembles. Then you won't have to pack 15 pairs of shoes in your suitcase....a sin I am still guilty of. At the risk of being cliche, shoes are truly my obsession. This is also my little attempt to curtail the extra expense (and added frustration on my husband's part) of paying for overweight checked luggage. Finally, top it all off with a beautiful cashmere cape. I love the one below with mink trim. What a chic way to travel! Plus, it will double as a cozy blanket while in flight. The finishing touches are a giant pair of sunnies (to keep the jersey-wearing man next to you from attempting conversation) and a statement necklace that is easily removed in the security line. With these stylish pieces you are ready to take flight (and get noticed while doing so!)