Airport Outfits That Will Never Go Out Of Style

If you're someone who travels a lot, then you understand the importance of choosing the perfect airport outfit. But finding a fit that makes getting through security a breeze and looks good in the process, well, it's easier said than done. You need something chic yet simple, while still allowing you to stay cozy during any potential layovers or delays. And most importantly, it has to match your aesthetic.

To start, it's best to research the things you should avoid wearing. According to USA Today, the TSA advises keeping your accessories to a minimum and not wearing boots or any other shoes that take a long time to take off, to avoid holding up the line at security. And keep in mind that any bags or jackets you wear onto your flight will need to be removed as well. 

With so many options for what to wear before you hit the (airport) runway, it can be difficult to decide on a signature style. For these reasons, it's best to keep your airport fashion simple, straightforward, and comfortable. Here's a look at five effortless travel looks you can pull together for your next vacation.

The elevated loungewear look

One of the trendiest and comfiest airport looks dominating our social media feeds right now is, of course, the effortless loungewear look. These stylish matching sets are a favorite among celebrities, influencers, and soccer moms alike. What makes this the perfect airport 'fit is the soft and breathable fabric that will keep you feeling cozy the entire flight. 

Looking to dress your loungewear up a bit? According to The Fashion Spot, the right pair of tennis shoes or printed accessories can elevate even the most neutral of lounge sets. Or if you're really looking to make a splash, consider choosing a bold pop of color to create a monochromatic look that is sure to turn heads. These modular sets can also be mixed and matched to create multiple perfect outfits, which is a plus no matter your final destination.

The sporty luxe look

If you're someone whose style skews a bit more daring than loungewear and matching sets or you're just looking to upgrade your usual athleisure look from leggings and a sweatshirt to something a little funkier, opt for a Y2K–inspired sweatsuit. These sporty sets are often made with a soft terry cloth or velour fabric which is the perfect breathable mix for long-distance travel. 

And if you're doubtful as to why this retro style is back on the rise, why not look to the very women who made them famous? SKIMS founder Kim Kardashian recently spoke with Vogue about why sweat suits are making a comeback in her wardrobe. "Velour is one of my favorite collection launches to date!" Kardashian explained to Vogue. "It's the perfect blend of 2000s nostalgia and present-day loungewear."

Of course, while the bedazzled designs of the infamous Juicy Couture tracksuits are simply to die for, you'll want to opt for a less adorned version when making your way through airport security.

The comfy chic look

Landing somewhere between loungewear and more tailored clothing is the sweet spot known as comfy chic. Of course, comfort should be your primary focus when traveling –– however, it doesn't hurt to look good too. The perfect comfy chic look can go from the plane straight to the bar once you land, without so much as a stop at your hotel to change. So, what makes the look work? Simplicity. 

As UK–based style blogger Savina Nikolova wrote on her blog, you cannot go wrong with a classic t-shirt, black leggings, and jean jacket. Of course, the most important part of keeping this outfit comfortable comes in choosing the right leggings. You'll want something that sits high enough on your waist that it won't slip around during travel, but nothing so tight that it cuts into your skin after a few hours of wear.

When in doubt, it's best to go big with your airport outfit. Not only will the oversized look help you maintain a cozy aesthetic, but wearing your largest pieces of clothing on the plane allows you more room in your carry–on for less bulky clothing.

The business casual look

If you need an outfit that allows you to step off the plane and into the boardroom, then you'll want to opt for a more business casual look. However, the trick with this look is finding a fabric that looks professional and won't wrinkle during travel, such as wool, cashmere, or polyester. 

Once you've decided on the fabric you're comfortable with, some no-fail pieces include a-line dresses, crisp white tennis shoes, and blazers. Or if you're more comfortable in a pair of pants, your best option is a peacoat with trousers, paired with some stylish flats and a simple black shirt (via The Editorialist). Add a pair of elegant hoop earrings from your carry–on travel bag to pull everything together.

Not only will both of these options have you looking paparazzi ready from the moment you depart, but they also save you time once you've landed. After all, you've got things to do and people to see!

The trendy traveler look

Possibly the trickiest look on the list to pull off, but one that is definitely worth the effort, is the trendy traveler look. This style is reserved for the most fashionable of influencers and celebs, which means first-time travelers may want to opt for an easier style before attempting it. However, if you're feeling bold enough to step out in style, it's actually less complicated than you might think to achieve this "off–duty model" look. You'll just need a few well-chosen statement pieces. 

Recently, travel writer Kristen Nichols shared her own formula for the perfect trendy travel outfit on Who What Wear, which includes a linen button-down shirt, chino shorts, and some sleek leather slides to complete the look. Traveling somewhere cool? A leather jacket is an edgy alternative to the more traditional denim jacket if you're looking for something thick, stylish, and more durable for your time abroad. Once you've thrown together this effortless look all that's left is to grab your carry–on bag and some oversized sunglasses, and you're good to go.