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How To Look Glamorous When Flying

When you’re on vacation, you want to look your best. By the time you step off the plane, though, most of us simply wind up looking tired and messy. I certainly do! After spending hours cramped into a small space and likely suffering from jet lag, you’ll probably feel far from glamorous by the end of your journey. Luckily for you, though, we’ve put together a few tips for staying fresh and fashionable while flying.

What to Wear on a Plane

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First things first, choose your fabrics carefully. Naturally, you’ll want to travel in something that’s comfortable, so lightweight fabrics are your friend. If you’re squished into a small seat, though, there’s a good chance that your clothes could end up rumpled, which is never a good look. That means you should avoid linen, since this fabric is very prone to crinkling and crumpling.

Instead, consider wool if you’re travelling somewhere that’s not too hot. Consider spandex or synthetic fabrics if you’re heading to a hotter climate. When choosing an outfit, feel free to pick a favorite. After all, it’s probably your favorite because it’s also comfortable. Another smart idea is to wear layers that you can easily add or remove. This will ensure that you don’t end up too hot or too cold, helping you enjoy your flight in comfort. Plus, once you arrive at your destination, you can quickly adapt to the local weather.

Makeup or No Makeup?

As for your hair and makeup, simplicity is key. It’s always tempting to go all out when you’re going somewhere public, but bear in mind that you’ll have a hard time touching up your makeup or your hair in a cramped airplane bathroom. If you opt for something simple yet stylish, you’ll make your life a lot easier. If you want to keep your hair out of your face, then a braid is a great choice, as it looks trendy but isn’t high-maintenance.

Many travelers opt to avoid makeup altogether. If you still want to look glamorous, then be sure to use primer before putting on your foundation. Doing this will ensure that your makeup stays on longer and will stop your foundation from looking patchy by the end of your flight. For eye makeup, choose a neutral color and top it off with a few swipes of mascara. If you want to add a splash of color to your look, then a vibrant lipstick is the way to go. After all, this is the easiest part of your makeup to touch up!

Hydrate Your Skin

If you’re on a long-haul flight to the other side of the world, then you shouldn’t slack on your skin care routine. Since these sorts of flights can take up a whole day, you’ll want to ensure that you keep your skin looking fresh and healthy. While you can only take small bottles of moisturizer or other liquids onto a plane, this should be more than enough to cover your skin care routine. Plan accordingly, and decant some of your favorite products into smaller bottles.

How to Handle Jet Lag

I’m so envious of those people who arrive at a destination ready to go. I always suffer from jet lag, and it gets worse as I get older. There are a few ways to make jet lag easier, though. Taking melatonin, trying to adjust to the destination time while in-flight, and arriving early are just a few of the ways to handle jet lag. If you’re flying overnight, try following some tips for red-eye flights and change your sleeping pattern before you leave.

As you can see, then, there’s no reason why you can’t look your best when flying. You just need to take care of yourself and make the right choices with what you wear. Just follow these tips, and you’ll arrive at your destination feeling fresh and looking as fabulous as you did when you left!

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.