Fashion Fades; Style is Eternal


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fashion Faux Pas on the Airport Runway.

Fact: Airports are a landing strip for fashion disasters.

Unfortunately, jetsetting is no longer a glamorous activity...and I don't care who you are or how you fly, but it just isn't. Even if you are dressed in your perfectly structured tweed Chanel suit and matching pumps on your way to first class, you still have all the garbage surrounding you - obese security, sticky kids, teenagers in pajamas, celebrities often being confused for a member of the homeless community, and not to mention all souvenir shops and food court lights as your backdrop.

Now, as much as I would love to be an activist for dressing your best for the take off, I'm so not.

The last thing I want to wear for sitting on a plane for an hour, god forbid fourteen, are my pointy-toed Manolos (security: hold up), a structured McQueen blazer (in flight: panic attack) and a pair of my Mason 00 silk trousers (arrival: wrinkle city!) - so not pleasurable traveling.

This doesn't mean I'm going to look like a downright ensemble criminal and get stopped and strip searched by the Fashion Police, only to "accidentally destroy" the clothes I was wearing and be forced to buy something out of the gift shop, which is then to be considered an improvement.

What needs to be done, dare I say it, is dressing with modesty. Choose an outfit that is of comfort, can be handled and messed around in, and please please please, look somewhat put together.

Traveling is not a time to dress like a Diva (or act like one) and it is certainly not a time to dress like a terrorist of style. You simply want to be incognito.

May I recommend a few picks to get you through your traveling unnoticed better than hiding behind a pair of Tom Fords...

1. Lululemon Athletica - Anything as long as you didn't wear it to your Pilates class an hour before you got through security. Gross.

2. Ponchos - Not to wear on Rodeo Drive, as I very clearly stated in my post Pretty Woman, but very acceptable when done tastefully at an airport.

3. Escada-esque Caftgan - A more covered up version of a basic maxi dress, may be of thin fabric so be sure to bring a shall or slouchy cardigan along to layer.

4. JBrand Skinnies - Any style, try a "jeggings" pair for extra comfort.

5. Hermes scarf, fur, shawl, etc. - Don't be cold, you'll have snot dripping down your nose at baggage claim.

P.S. I don't care what shoes you wear, just make sure you can take them off before security in a timely and appropriate fashion.

And don't worry, you'll be able to change as soon as you check into your hotel. Who wanders around all day in airport clothes? Now that, my dear, is a fashion disaster...

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