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Outfits Under $100: Stylish & Comfy Travel Clothes


Celebrity Airport Style

Jessica Alba, Sienna Miller, Lauren Conrad and Emma Watson strut in style at the airport (Photo Credits)

Winter break is wrapping up for most College Fashion-istas, which means it’s time to travel back to campus. Next time you’re at the terminal and waiting on yet-another delayed flight, take a look around and check out your fellow travelers. You’ll likely see baggy sweatpants, worn Uggs, bulky hoodies and unkempt hair. It’s true that comfort is key, but do we need to look like we rolled out of bed when boarding flights or heading on a road trip?

Fashionable clothes can be just as comfy as lazy sweats, so take a cue from chic celebs and hit the airport in style. Here are three travel outfits that are both easy to wear and easy on your wallet (under $100 total):

Outfit #1: Forget the Sweats

Outfits Under $100: Travel - Forget the Sweats

Product Info: Necklace, Sweater, Belt, Jeans, Oxfords

Sweats are comfy; that’s why people wear them, right? Well, loose-fitting boyfriend jeans and a soft top can be just as cozy as your favorite gym clothes —but they’re infinitely more stylish. Why look like you’re wearing pajamas in public when you could be the most fabulous traveler in the terminal?

The key to wearing loose jeans like these is balancing the proportions of your outfit. If you go loose on the bottom, wear a slim top. To ensure you don’t look too bulky, particularly at the hips, tuck the top in and add a thin belt through the jeans’ loopholes. For an extra bit of glitz, top off this casual outfit with a statement necklace.

Outfit #2: Polished Jet-Setter

Outfits Under $100: Travel - Polished Jet-Setter

Product Info: Blazer, Top, Jeans, Wedges

The secret to looking polished on the go: Wear separates that look dressy but are actually comfy. The stretchy black jeans and laid-back top in this ensemble make a cute, albeit casual, look, but when you add a cotton blazer and walkable wedges, the outfit instantly becomes more polished. Wedges are easy to walk in, but they still offer a bit of height and glamor so you can feel like a star as you strut through security.

Outfit #3: Feminine Flight

Outfits Under $100: Travel - Feminine Flight
Product Info: Cardigan, Shirt, Skirt, Tights, Boots

The combination of this classically cut cardigan (an homage to Chanel jackets), this flattering A-line skirt, and a touch of frilly lace will have you looking girly at the gate. Whether you’re flying two hours or twenty, there’s no reason you can’t feel feminine and sophisticated. This skirt is neither too short nor too tight, and paired with hosiery, it’s as comfortable as wearing your favorite jeans or leggings. Layering a cardigan over a basic v-neck also offers some flexibility if you’re traveling to a destination with a different temperature.

What do you think?

Are you traveling back to school or on a vacation? What do you plan to wear on your next trip? What do you normally wear while traveling? Do you like these outfits? Please leave a comment!

Posted on on January 11, 2011 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , ,

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28 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: Stylish & Comfy Travel Clothes”

  1. 1
    January 11th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I would never wear heels to the airport. 9 times out of 10 my flight is delayed or cancelled and that means a lot of standing in line for hours sometimes. Plus, you have to take your shoes off to go through security, so I only wear slip-ons, nothing with laces or zippers…

  2. 2
    January 11th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    My favorite is outfit two because of the layers and the wedge. The airplane is cold, even in the summer, so I always have some type of sweater wrap on. The wedges are also great because they are comfortable and easy to get on and off.
    When I travel, I plan out my outfit very carefully. I’m always on long international flights and I would hate to be stuck somewhere over the atlantic wearing an itchy sweater or something.

  3. 3
    January 11th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    That’s exactly what I thought when I saw this. Last time I flew I wore loose, comfortable shorts with thick tights, a thin, long-sleeved jersey top with a cardigan, and my favourite flat boots, which are easy to take off and put on quickly. I love wearing shorts with tights because it’s so comfortable but I still get to feel fashionable and sexy.

  4. 4
    January 11th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Good post, how about writing a post on comfy, but dressy, outfits for everyday next?

  5. 5
    January 11th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I agree with April and Maddie about heels. I once ran across an airport to make a transfer after my flight was delayed, and would never have made it if I was in heels. I also wouldn’t recommend wearing jewellery or a belt (if avoidable) because they can set off the alarms at security.

  6. 6
    January 11th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Yeah the high heeled boots don’t seem to be the most pracitcal thing to wear to the airport, although the wedges if they slip on probably wouldn’t be bad. All three outfits are really cute though!

  7. 7
    January 11th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I probably wouldn’t choose heels for travel as well, since you don’t really know what’s going to happen – it just isn’t worth it risking being uncomfortable all day if your flight gets delayed or cancelled. Maybe wedges would be an exception but I really don’t like those kinds of shoes so I would personally only go for flat shoes. I do like the second outfit, it seems comfortable and very pulled-together :)

  8. 8
    January 11th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I just love the sweater in the first picture. From the 3 looks I’d go for the first one. Looks more comfy ;)

  9. 9
    January 11th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I love all of these outfits. I do not have plans to fly any time soon, but if I did, I would definitely wear these. Actually, all of these are nice for lazier days when you just want to be comfy.

  10. 10
    January 11th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    The outfits themselves are comfy and cute! I’ve gotten sore feet just wearing tennis shoes before at the airport but then again, my flights are generally 6 hours or longer. So I am sure if your flight wasn’t more than 3 hours, you’d be fine in the shoes pictured. And I NEVER wear any jewelry but studs. I try to make it easy on the overworked, underpaid airport employees.

  11. 11
    January 11th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I flew 12+ hours from Louisiana to Australia (that’s not counting the time spent during multiple layovers). I wore a pair of strappy sandal wedges and only once were they a problem. After going through a security check, I had to sit down to buckle the side of one of the shoes. It wasn’t a bit deal. Those wedge booties would be even more comfy than my sandals were. I don’t know if I’d do the heeled boots though. They’re adorable, but they look like they’d be a pain to take off and put back on.

    Love the outfits.

  12. 12
    January 12th, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Nice outfits, although I’ll second what everyone said about heels and belts. When it comes to security, you want stuff you can get out off fast!

    Two other things come to mind: I’m generally cold on airplanes, so I always take a scarf with me to wrap myself into. I’d never fly in a skirt, especially not long distance: Curling up in a skirt is just not very comfy to me.

    Plus there’s a real reason for all those hoodies you see on airports: When they turn down the lights for people to catch a few hours of sleep I find nothing nicer than to put up the hood of my sweater to get some sense of privacy. Otherwise I’d drape my scarf over my head – but using those blankets the airline provides over my head? Yicks! So, yes, hoodies aren’t pretty. But sometimes comfy just beats pretty.. Of course celebs fly first-class – no need for added privacy or comfort there!

  13. 13
    January 12th, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Find all the online shops Compare and be a smart shopper………..

  14. 14
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    For airports, I like to do ballet flats and something without a belt or metal, like a watch. I think last time I flew I wore ballet flats, a jersey dress and a cardigan. And I stuffed a pair of socks in my bag for the airplane ride.

  15. 15
    January 12th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    These are all adorable, but a little impractical in terms of packing well. To pack efficiently, you should always wear your bulkiest items (e.g. bulkiest shoes, a sweater or jacket, etc.)

    The first is the closest to what I generally wear when flying. Good, comfy jeans, a plain colored top, with a sweater/jacket over it., maybe a scarf, and (unfortunately) my walking/hiking shoes, depending on where i’m going. Because it’s just not practical to pack them. They take up too much space.

    However, ladies, I implore you not to wear sweats on the plane. Whenever I fly international, American girls always look so sloppy. A good pair of jeggings or boyfriend jeans are just as comfy as sweatpants, and present an infinitely better image to our fellow world travelers.

    As a side note, as a girl who does A LOT of walking while traveling (usually 4-5 miles a day, at least), I’d love to see a post about shoes with GOOD SUPPORT (ie arch support, heel cups, cushion) that are still cute. They’re so hard to find!

  16. 16
    January 12th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I usually wear jeans, a tank, a sweater and slip on boots. :) Easy is perfect.

  17. 17
    January 12th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I love this! I have an internship pretty far away from home last summer, plus with vacations and things I’ve probably flown over a dozen times last year. I had to fly in business suits a couple times and it is NOT comfy at all–you don’t realize how much waiting you’ll do, and even sensible black pumps feel like the least sensible thing . I think wedges would be fine though! I love to wear heels and feel kinda sloppy when I dont–heels and platforms have been my go-to shoe!

  18. 18
    January 12th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Love these! I never know what to wear on the plane.

  19. 19
    January 13th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    you’re more likely to get pulled out of line for a full body scan/pat down if you’re wearing a skirt or dress. . . might want to skip on #3

  20. 20
    February 23rd, 2011 at 11:48 am

    i travel home all the time, wich is a 11 hour flight, and i find jeggings with a tank top and sweatshirt are the most comfortable, along wich flats or sneakers…. but i would never wear a dress or anything to catch attention, much more likely to be pulled out of line then….

  21. 21
    December 21st, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Can you wear skinny jeans to the airport? I was planning to wear wedges to the airport but I cannot decide.

  22. 22
    March 10th, 2012 at 3:06 am

    i’m in love with number 3 <3 i really don't care about the taking out part but i'd choose a thicker heel

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