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6 Chic and Comfortable Airport Travel Outfit Ideas

January 17, 2024


6 Chic and Comfortable Airport Travel Outfit Ideas

Whether you’re getting on a two-hour or 20-hour long flight, you want your clothes to be as comfortable as possible while you’re at the airport and in the air. But who says you have to sacrifice style for comfort? Airport outfits have become some of the most iconic looks in recent years with the rise of activewear and leisure clothing trends. Want to make your mark on land and in the skies with a cool and comfy travel look?
Keep reading to learn what makes for a stylish airport outfit, and get some first-class airport travel outfit ideas, courtesy of P.E Nation.

The Importance of Wearing the Right Outfit to the Airport

In the U.S. alone, over 2.9 million people travel in or out of airports every day. That’s a lot of people trying to get where they need to go. It also means that wait times at the airport can get quite long, especially during the holiday travel season.
In fact, you could be waiting in the check-in line for 45 minutes or longer at a large airport—not to mention the time you may spend driving to the airport, waiting for a delayed flight, or hanging out during a layover. Combine all of that with the time you’ll actually be in the air, and it adds up pretty quickly.
Odds are, you’ll be wearing your airport outfit for a while, so you’ll want it to be both comfortable and confidence-boosting.

Airport Outfit Dos and Don’ts

Proper clothing is always important, but it’s especially important for going through airport security. This is often where you’ll encounter the most fuss involving your clothing, so wearing an outfit that’s comfy and doesn’t hold you up is essential to making it through without stress.
First, let’s go over what you probably shouldn’t wear, or what you should be prepared to remove when it’s your turn in line: 
  • Belts and watches – What do these items have in common? They’re usually made of metal. When you’re going through the security line, you’ll be asked to remove these items before going through the metal detector. Instead of worrying about taking them off in time, simply pack them away and put them on once you’re through security. 

  • Overly baggy clothing – While oversized sweatpants and baggy shirts seem like the perfect comfy airport outfit, security won’t be thrilled. These types of clothing items may put you at a higher risk of getting searched, which will only add to the stress and discomfort that can come with going through airport security.  

  • Jackets and coats – Security also asks that you remove outer layers before going through the metal detector. Depending on the weather, though, you may need to bring a coat with you. In that case, opt for a coat that’s easy to remove, and possibly one that can be packed neatly into your carry-on for later.  

  • Complicated shoes – The security line is not the occasion for strappy heels and knee-high lace-up boots. Most people need to remove their shoes before going through the metal detector, so don’t make it harder on yourself to do so. It’s also smart to remember that you’ll be walking barefoot on the airport floor—best to wear a pair of socks.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about everything you can wear through security that will keep you feeling comfortable and on-trend, too:  
  • Comfy fabrics – Choose clothes made of fabrics that move with you and keep your body temperature in check. Synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon are perfect for their stretchiness and breathability.  

  • Loose clothing – There’s a defined line between loose and baggy clothing. Don’t go for the super-oversized sweatshirt, but a cropped boxy tee and joggers will keep you comfy without raising any alarms.  

  • Light layers – While you do need to remove outer layers at security, it’s helpful to have a light jacket or cardigan with you in case you get chilly. Bring something small that you can stow away when needed, and leave your chunky sweater and puffer coat at home.  

Now, next time you pick out an airport travel outfit, you’ll be an absolute pro.

Tips for Looking and Feeling Fresh From Take-Off to Landing

Depending on how long your travel time is, things can get a little less fresh than ideal. Be prepared for anything with these tips:
  • Bring travel-size hygiene products – That mini deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, and emergency makeup bag will feel like treasure when your flight keeps getting delayed. Remember to bring products that are below the liquid/aerosol limit for going through security. While in the U.S. it’s 3.4 ounces, in Australia it's 100ml or less - including all liquids, gels, creams, and aerosols.

  • Wear breathable fabrics – It’s hard to account for or control the temperature while in the airport or on the plane. In some airports, lines stretch outdoors, and you may have to make a mad dash for your gate. Be prepared for sweat by wearing fabrics that keep you cool and wick away moisture so that you can feel comfortable no matter what.

  • Pack a change of clothes – Whether you’re traveling to a distant destination or you encounter unexpected challenges, you could end up traveling for a day or more. For this reason, consider putting an extra pair of clothes in your carry-on bag so that you can feel fresh and ready to go when your plane lands. Even bringing an extra pair of underwear or socks can keep you from feeling stale as the hours drag on.

It can be hard not having access to your usual comforts, but if you play it smart, you can stay fresh and look great while at the airport.

Iconic Airport Travel Outfit Ideas

With the advice above, you’re ready to start putting together a comfy yet chic airport outfit idea that shows off your unique personality. And P.E Nation is happy to help.

#1: Monochrome Sets

No need to worry about clashing colours or patterns—try one of P.E Nation’s matching active sets. Twin with the blue sky by wearing the Free Play Legging and Backcheck Sports Bra in Aqua, or feel pretty in purple by wearing the Amplify Legging and Agility Test Tank in Lavender Lustre. Either way, you’ll be right on par with the latest athleisure trend in fashion.
And, if you’re looking to make a hot statement from check-in to the gate, try one of our many patterned sets, like the Del Mar LS Top and Pursuit Bike Short in Leopard Print.

#2: Bodysuits - One and Done

Waking up at four in the morning to make your seven o’clock flight is easier said than done. Throw in a major outfit decision, and you may as well stay home. If creating complicated outfits isn’t your strong suit, bodysuits might be your new best friend.
Try the Final Four Unitard or Aventura Unitard or other onesies from our Pilates clothes collection for an effortlessly stylish and comfortable look. Add an extra touch by layering on the Redline Jacket or the Endurance Hoodie. For more tips on what to wear bodysuits with, you can explore our helpful guide where we dive into all the details.

#3: Sweats, and More Sweats

If the airport isn’t the perfect place to show off your sweats, where is? P.E Nation’s sweats are made from ultra-soft cotton blends to keep you comfy all day and night. Try the slightly cropped Recalibrate Sweat in Cantaloupe or Potent Purple, or the perfectly oversized Backfield Sweater in Flamingo Pink.
If sweatshirts aren’t enough, we have a wide array of sweatpants that will keep your legs cosy, too. Go for a wide-leg look with the Off Duty Track Pant, or stay classic with The Original Track Pant, both made from the softest cotton.

#4: Hear Us Out - Jeans

If you want to feel comfortable while going a step above women’s leggings or joggers, give a pair of jeans a shot.

Try either of these daring denim options:

Both feature a wide leg, dropped crotch, and high waist for a loose, casual look that will impress your fellow travelers.


#5: Sneakers

Practical footwear is essential to making it through your day of travel, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear something bland. For sneakers that will have people complimenting you - and your feet thanking you - try the P.E X Asics EX89 MT in Black/Glacier Grey or Pearled Ivory/Burro.

#6: Functional and Stylish Accessories

Are you on day-three hair and want to cover your roots while still matching your outfit? Pull on the unique lace-up Immersion Cap or the Heads Up Logo Bucket Hat in White.
And, if you’re in need of the perfect bag to use as your personal item on the plane, look no further than the Del Mar and Crossroad Bags. Just pack ‘em, sling ‘em over your shoulder, and you’re ready to board.

From Security Check to Fit Check, P.E Nation Has You Covered

https://www.pe-nation.com/blogs/stories/serving-looks-top-tennis-outfits-to-ace-your-gameFollow our expert airport fashion advice, and you’re sure to be flying in comfort and style on your next trip. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, P.E Nation has the clothing you need to feel like your best self.
For more pieces that will have you traveling in luxury, browse the many clothing sections on our website, including our ongoing P.E Nation Sale. And, if you want even more outfit inspiration for a specific occasion, check out our blog for posts such as Serving Looks: Top Tennis Outfits to Ace Your Game and 5 Yoga Outfits to Enhance Your Flow.