Airport Style: 5 Outfit Ideas

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Airport style that’s comfy, chic and functional is what I always strive for.

I’ve traveled between my homeland, Colombia, and New York for the past 13 years since I left. Nine of those years have been with kids, starting when my firstborn was only 1 month old. Sometimes with my husband and a lot of times by myself.

Overnight flights, connecting flights, very early flights. We’ve done them all.

5 Travel-Ready Airport Outfits: Comfy, Chic & Functional

I used to think about my airport outfits a lot, especially when you Google and see celebrities in heels or the cool fashion girls with all the designer suitcases, etc. But over the past decade, especially after I became a mom, I discovered my airport style and now stick to it, always making space for something new.

Overnight flight from Colombia. We were there for 4 weeks, hence las maletas

similar jacket | similar pants | similar top | sneakers

While I won’t tell you whatever tricks I’ve used to do this with my kids for the past nine years — it’s all a blur, especially the earlier years — I’ll share with you the outfit formulas that have stuck, and made me feel put-together while still being comfortable and ready to tackle anything my tired babies throw at me.

So, What Do I Wear To The Airport?

You’ll notice a few of my travel looks feature jeans if I’m hopping on a daytime or quick flight. These Levi’s ribcage jeans are my favorite travel jeans by far but make sure to choose the fabric that has lyocell in it which is what makes them softer, (these wide-leg jeans from Joe’s are a close second). But I can’t resist great matching sweatpants for longer flights, either. You can find all five of my most-worn travel outfits, below.

Airport Look 1: Wide-Leg Track Pants + A Sexy Sweater

If you want to wear sweatpants while feeling like a million bucks, a wide-leg pair wins over & over.

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Type of flight: 12-plus-hour travel day with connecting flights

Weather: From moderate to cooler weather (Bogotá – NY in winter)

If you want to wear sweatpants while feeling like a million bucks, a wide-leg pair wins over and over. Mine are fleece because I was coming from Bogotá (cold-ish) back to NY in winter temperatures. But a lighter material would work when you travel to or from warmer destinations. If you’re worried about the longer wide leg, try a cropped length.

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My all-time favorite sweats are these Nike wide-leg sweatpants, but I have these wide-leg SPANX pants on my list to try.

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Airport Look 2: A Matching Set + Moto Jacket (Or Trench)

When picking my airport outfit, I usually go for a moto jacket, which I always need during my trip, but I also love the idea of a light trench coat.

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Type of flight: Overnight flight

Weather: From moderate to spring in NY

This is my favorite formula, especially when spending the night in an airplane or on long travel days. I usually go for a moto jacket, which I always need during my trip, but I also love the idea of a light trench coat.

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It can be a matching set, but it could also be a nice pair of sweater pants with a top in the same color, even a sweatsuit that looks more elevated. The key here is the same color and good drape for an effortless and super-comfy look. Not pictured, but this fleece set by Sweaty Betty has the best reviews. I’m wearing the sweater now and can’t wait for the pants to arrive.

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Go for a long coat for a more elevated look. I love how a long coat looks on my petite frame, but I make sure there is some waist definition. I only have one old but beloved trench coat from Mango – this would be the most similar. But I just fell in love with this one from Jenni Kayne. 


Airport Look 3: Sweatpants + A Henley Top + Chelsea Boots

I love tapered joggers for my airplane outfits. You can dress them up or down according to your needs.

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Type of flight: Daytime flight, getting to my destination around 6 p.m.

Weather: Fall/winter

Before I fell in love with wide-leg sweatpants, or sweater pants, I used to stick to a good pair of tapered joggers. You can dress them up or down according to your needs — and done. Sneakers are my No. 1 choice, but when I travel solo, which is not too often, I like a pair of Chelsea boots.

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The key here is choosing a pair of joggers with good twists, like a nice waistband and a tapered leg with a slit, cuff or a thick ribbed hem. Little details make joggers more put-together and easier to style.

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A henley top in a thermal fabric is a favorite when I’m coming back to NY in the winter. Make sure to choose the fabric accordingly with your itinerary.


Airport Look 4: Loose Jeans + A Tank + A Short Top Layer (Or Jacket)

For my travel outfits, I usually wear jeans if I know I'll reach my destination during the day.

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Type of flight: Daytime flight, getting to my destination around 6 p.m.

Weather: Warm to moderate weather

Not a redeye flight? I like to go for jeans. I usually wear jeans if I know I’ll reach my destination during the day. This one’s all about fabric, fabric and fabric. While some stretch is important, I’ve found that jeans made with Lyocell/TENCEL tend to be lightweight, breathable and comfortable. So I only recommend the Levi’s Ribcage with that fabric.

Shop More Loose + Comfy Jeans

My favorite travel jeans are the Levi’s Ribcage jeans (specific to the washes with Lyocell/TENCEL in the fabric) and Joe’s Mia Wide leg jeans, which, even without TENCEL, are some of my softest jeans.

Shop More Short Top Layers & Jackets

As you can see I often prefer a biker jacket, but this is because I know I’ll wear the jacket in my destination. If I’m flying in the summertime to another warm place, I like to wear a short shirt like this one from Everlane.


Airport Look 5: Straight-leg Jeans + A Bodysuit + A Long Top Layer

The fit of my trusty Levi's Wedgie jeans is relaxed, & I love them with a tank I could wear by itself when we're done traveling.

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Type of flight: Short national flight

Weather: From moderate to tropical-beach weather

Are you wondering why the heck I’m wearing rigid jeans? It was a very short flight from Bogotá to Cartagena without kids, so I didn’t mind that. The fit of my trusty Levi’s Wedgie jeans is relaxed, and I love them with a tank I could wear by itself once at our destination, plus the sweater-blazer to wear while on the airport/airplane.

Shop More Sweater-Blazers/Shackets (AKA Longer Top Layers)

Any longer layer goes. Think: shacket, coatigan, cardigan or sweater-blazer (like this one from J.Crew).


My Other Travel Must-Haves:

A scarf/shawl in a color that makes you happy: While not pictured in all the looks, I always carry some of my favorite scarves to use on the plane or when leaving the airport. Yellow, orange, brown or multicolored are colors that ground me, so I try to avoid black for this one.

An inflatable neck pillow: After buying all the neck pillows and always forgetting them — or complaining about having to carry them — I decided to always keep an inflatable pillow in my kids’ and my personal bags. It’s a life-changer.

A belt bag or small crossbody: Regardless of the bag/backpack I use, I love having hand wipes, my passport, wallet, lip balm, phone and headphones within reach, so I always carry a small bag/mochila/fanny pack.

Jewelry: While belts are a big no, I’ll always make sure to have a dainty necklace and a small pair of earrings. It elevates the look.


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Happy future traveling, friends!

Besos, Julieta

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I'm sharing 5 travel-ready airport outfits that make me feel put-together while still being comfy & ready to tackle anything my tired babies throw at me.