The Worst Airport Style Mistakes Guys Make (And How to Fix Them)

There is one challenge even the most stylish men have trouble winning, which is how to look good and stay comfortable during air travel. Getting from Point A to Point B is just like a relay race. From struggling through the dreaded security line to either freezing or sweltering on the plane, everyone has regretted what they’ve worn to the airport at one point or another. Whether you are sick of looking like a slob or just want to up your game at the airport lounge, you’ll look and feel your best 35,000 feet above ground if you follow these tips.

Shoes

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You know who never looks fashionable? That guy who wears complicated shoes with difficult laces and holds up the security line. Shoes are the most important factor to consider because you have to take them off most of the time. The solution is simple, trade in your sneakers for loafers. If you don’t already own a pair (and you should, seriously), you need Cole Haan’s Pinch Grand Penny Loafers. A quality shoe, they are available in six colors, reasonably priced and slip on and off easily. They are versatile and work with everything from jeans to suits. These are the kind of shoes you would want to travel with anyway, even if you didn’t have to suffer through the indignity of having to remove them.

Shirt

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You’ll get too hot in an undershirt and a button-up | iStock.com

If you are traveling for pleasure and just want to be comfortable, wear a polo shirt or a solid cotton T-shirt. Being hot on an airplane can feel like torture, so skip the button-up. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling to a colder climate because you are going to layer anyway.

If you don’t already have a favorite brand of comfortable cotton T-shirts, check out J.Crew’s Broken-In T-Shirt. Made of cotton jersey, it’s soft and comfortable. There are also thirteen different colors, so you can find at least one you’ll like.

Layering options

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A standard blazer will just get wrinkled. | iStock.com

If you travel a lot for business and have to go from the airport directly to a meeting, it is a good idea to invest in a travel blazer. Travel blazers are specifically designed not only to resist wrinkling, but also be a little more durable than some of the other options in your wardrobe. Samuelsohn’s travel blazer looks sharp at home and away. If that’s too expensive for your budget, try Civil Society’s wrinkle-resistant blazer.

However, if you aren’t traveling for business, a blazer or jacket isn’t really necessary. Choose a sweater instead. You can keep it on while going through the security line and it’s also easy to take off on the plane or perhaps lend to a cold traveling partner. J.Crew’s Slim Rugged Cotton V-Neck Sweater is a great choice and available in five different colors. It’s also machine washable, so it’s one less item to dry clean after coming back from a trip.

Pants

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If you are the kind of man who sacrifices style for comfort on most flights, wearing activewear, sweatpants or even worse, relaxed fit jeans, on a long flight, you need to know there is an alternative. Bonobos Travel Jeans are the perfect combination of both form and function. These jeans have just a hint of stretch and a curved waistband. They are also designed in a variety of fits, lots of color choices and a good range of sizes. With so many options, Bonobos’ Travel Jeans will become your new go-to.