Four Reasons You Should Dress for Travel


Have you ever been thanked for your outfit at the airport?

The last time Dapper Husband and I were traveling, the employee at the check baggage counter (for we can never pack light enough to avoid checking a bag) thanked us for dressing stylishly to fly.

We were not over dressed by normal outside-of-the-airport standards. Husband was not in a three piece suit and I hadn’t painstakingly put together a special outfit. We merely dressed in clothes we might wear to the office. Husband had trousers, a button up shirt and a pair of Chelsea boots- topped off with a sport coat as he often gets chilly on the flight. I had donned a comfortably fitted dress and my spectators. Yet, among the average traveler today in sweatpants or pajamas, we were notably put together.


Sweatpants are comfortable and travel is tiresome. Why bother?

  1. You’re in public
    Somewhere in the democratization of travel, we seem to have forgotten that travel is a very public experience. You’re venturing out with many strangers inevitably in tight quarters. Once upon a time being well dressed was considered good manners. Send the silent message to everyone around you that you respect yourself and them by dressing appropriately for a public space (and not your bedroom).
  2. Better service
    It’s just human nature as unfair as it might be. The better dressed among us are more likely to receive preferential treatment. With delays, unfavorable seating, full flights, any little nudge towards a more beneficial solution to your transit problem is golden in my book.
  3. Lose your luggage and not your style
    If something happens to your luggage, you are wearing an outfit that can carry you through the first day or two at your destination. You don’t have to be embarrassed to go shopping for replacements or cancel that dinner at the club with the dress code (this almost happened to us in Cuba).
  4. Honor the Journey
    Your flight or train ride is part of the journey. It’s the start or end of your travels and should be treated with the decorum owed to being part of that experience.


So grab a glass of wine and celebrate your chic style and the beautiful journey you’re about to embark on.

I’d love to hear about your favorite travel outfit in the comments.  Until next time- stay lovely, my friends.


2 thoughts on “Four Reasons You Should Dress for Travel

  1. I loved this post. I agree, dressing well to travel is so important. I remember having an argument with my mum because she wore track pants (that’s what we call sweatpants) on her flights. I tried to reason with her that jeans were just as comfortable but much more appropriate, but she couldn’t hear me.

    I almost always wear jeans on planes because, like Dapper Husband, I get quite chilly. I do occasionally wear a dress for a short flight but tend to err on the side of caution. A nice blouse and a cardigan or blazer to wear over the top is comfortable yet chic. I also often have a scarf in my handbag for when I get extra chilly. I am in awe of Lauren from An Organised Life who wears heels on her flights. I haven’t quite graduated to that yet.

    We are actually heading on holidays tomorrow, starting with an eight hour drive. You’ve inspired me to make sure I am dressed tres chic!

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    1. Lovely to hear! Thank you for taking the time to write about your travel outfit. Sometimes, I think we can do nothing for others except lead by example and hope they pick up on it (this is what around about minimialism). I hope you have a wonderful holiday!


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