13 Things You Should Never Wear on an Airplane

Next time you're taking a trip, take a moment to look around the airport as you prepare for your flight. I love planning ahead for a trip and choosing the perfect travel outfit. It feels fresh and exciting, and I am not the only one. All over the airport you'll see fellow travelers displaying their style, whether it's comfortable sweats or glammed up maxi dresses. No matter your style, there are some flying fashion don'ts we should all be aware of.

Complicated items

Before choosing your travel outfit, think about what you'll be doing that day. You will most likely be sitting in a tight space for an extended period of time, so plan ahead for that, and don't forget the airplane bathrooms. Make sure to avoid any outfits that will be too complicated to get off and on in those teeny tiny rooms.

Jumpsuits are difficult to remove in teeny bathrooms.  Also avoid short skirts or dresses and anything low cut.  You don't want things with lots of zippers, buttons, or something that has to be on you 'just so' in order to look proper. You want to be able to be comfortable.

Your favorite outfit

With Facebook and Instagram stories just begging to chronicle your trip, it's tempting to break out a fabulous brand new outfit for your flight, but save it for the vacation.

Never wear anything that if it gets spilled on, will supremely bum you out.  It's very easy to spill or get spilled on when there's turbulence and elbow-to-elbow seat mates. Of course, any spill on your clothing is going to be disappointing, but if you're wearing something expensive, heirloom-valuable, or tough to replace or clean, leave it home or pack it.

The airplane is full of opportunities to ruin a nice outfit. Spilling drinks, rambunctious toddlers, and bathroom turbulence all threaten to destroy your perfect look.

 Summer clothes

When it's time to get away for a Caribbean vacation, you're usually so excited for the beach that you forget the airplane temperature. Try to save your resort wear for the hotel, and stick with layers on the plane. You never know how cool it will be, and you don't want to be shivering all the way there.

Planes have a funny way of getting chilly, so don't wear something for hot weather, even if you're traveling to a hot weather climate.  Shorts and a sleeveless shirt with sandals may seem perfect and comfortable until the airplane interior becomes like fall or winter weather. Bring a sweater and socks, a blanket, or layers for plane rides. An oversized cardigan and comfy scarf could be life-savers.

Flip flops

As long as we're packing away the summer clothes until you get to the beach, go ahead and toss your flip flops in your suitcase too. They are too flimsy for a full day of travel, and you'll probably regret them at some point during your flight.

Itchy fabrics

Before you choose your perfect airplane outfit, take a good look at the fabric. Avoid anything scratchy or itchy, because it will start to bother you on the flight. Stay clear of uncomfortable fabrics.

Uncomfortable shoes

When choosing your flying shoes, go for comfort over style. You never know how far away your gate will be, so make sure you are able to easily walk or run in them. You can always throw some cute heels in your carry-on if you're hitting the tourist spots as soon as you arrive.

It's common knowledge that your feet will swell on a plane, so generally speaking, avoid heels.  Wear shoes that are cute,  but comfortable, like a pair of mary-janes that have a good insole, or a pair of stylish sneakers.

Your pajamas

Be honest. Last time you had a 5 a.m. flight, you were tempted to just go in your pajamas, weren't you? There is so much to do on the morning of a flight, so sometimes getting dressed just seems like too much work. However, you're still going out in public.

Heavy perfume

We've all sat next to that guy who put on way too much cologne before heading out for the day. Be mindful of your fellow passengers when applying your favorite perfume or lotion before your flight.

Baggy clothes

This was a suggestion I hadn't thought of. When you travel, you need to be comfortable, so baggy or oversized clothing seemed like a good choice. However, it may also make you look a tad suspicious.  Loose clothing will cause some delays because they think you're hiding something under there. 


Leggings lovers beware! They may seem like the perfect cute and comfy travel pant, but they could keep you from boarding your flight. United Airlines was recently in hot water for not allowing two teenage girls wearing leggings to board a flight. The girls were turned away at boarding, because the leggings did not comply with the airline's dress code.

After the incident, United Airlines tweeted, "The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel."

Go for comfort

So what can you wear on a plane? Make your style icon stylish comfort. It feels fun to dress up a little for your flying day. It makes me think back to pictures of the early days of flying. Men in suits and ladies in hats and white gloves looked so chic in their little airplane seats. However, make sure that your fashion is still comfortable.

Easy fashion

Take a look in your closet, and pull out your favorite easy pieces. Maxi dresses are great when traveling to a warm location, topped with a denim jacket.  Just stuff the jacket in your bag and you're ready to hit the beach!

Don't forget accessories too. Too much jewelry will hold you up in security, but a great scarf can keep you warm and looking chic on the flight. I also love a nice soft scarf or shawl.  Not only do they make an outfit look sharp, but they also are helpful when you need to nap!

Stick with layers

When planning your vacation wardrobe, focus on layers and options. You never know what the weather will be like at your destination, so it's best to plan for a little bit of everything. You may even experience a little bit of everything with changing temperatures on the plane.

Cottons and silks are your friend on a flight. They are soft, comfortable and breathable.  Wearing layers means you can adapt to whatever the temperature on the flight is that day and throughout the flight. One thing I've noticed on my travels is that planes do tend to be a bit on the cold side, but you can never know for sure, so having layers is important.

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