Flying for business often means stepping off the plane and into a team meeting, conference session or dinner with clients. It’s important to balance comfort with professionalism when planning what to wear when traveling on a plane, especially during a business trip.

Start with wrinkle-resistant, moisture-wicking layers. A soft cotton shirt treated to be wrinkle resistant or a top made from a breathable synthetic fabric make a good base layer.

Your jacket should be structured to pull your outfit together, but you can easily take it off on the plane for comfort. It’s smart to prepare for fluctuating temperatures throughout your flight. Consider adding a cardigan between your shirt and jacket, as well as a large scarf, for warmth.

Your pants should offer both stretch and structure. Restrictive pants can be uncomfortable and even dangerous on long flights. Denim and other unforgiving materials restrict blood flow. A loose pair with give that hold their shape, allowing you to wear them multiple times throughout your trip, are the perfect option.

Women can skip the separates and opt for a flowing maxi dress or jumpsuit. Top either with a tailored jacket for business travel attire that goes from plane to a relaxed meeting or meal.

Regardless of the layers you choose to wear when traveling by plane, skip white and other light colors that make spills and wrinkles more obvious. Dress up your basic business travel clothes with fashionable shoes and statement accessories.

Your footwear should be slip on to make going through airport security simpler. However, choose a pair with backs to make navigating the airport and plane easier, especially in case of an emergency. Block heels, ballet flats and loafers are good options. Finish your travel day look with conservative jewelry (a statement necklace, delicate bracelets or a watch), a polished bag, and sunglasses, if necessary.

 

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