In an earlier post, we talked about how to pack your carry-on like a pro.  Now it's time to step onto that plane in comfort and style.  We've picked the top 5 essentials to creating a relaxed yet sharp look.  

An anonymous traveler told Goop: "On a Virgin flight back to Heathrow, I spotted one of the staff's monitors that read, 'Look for well-dressed people to upgrade.' The staff then began looking around for well-dressed people to upgrade. I'm not saying this will happen every time, but if you are looking to get upgraded, it helps to look smart."

1. The Tank

Versatile tanks like the ones below are comfortable and fashion forward.  Theory has some great tanks like the one below.

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2. Leggings

Leggings are super comfortable to wear on a long flight, won’t wrinkle, and the black keeps you looking pretty sharp.  Uniqlo offers a great legging pant:

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3. A Blazer

I live in California, and even in wintertime, I can leave San Francisco in jeans and a tank and be comfortable on the plane and back in cooler weather with the right blazer (and scarf). Blazers also keep you looking pretty sharp, especially when everything else you’re wearing stretches.


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4. Slip-on Shoes

Both of these choices are a cinch to slide on and off during security. The Bloch flats fold easily into my carry-on if I have to wear heels for a meeting once I get off the plane. The boots are cool and a thick heel is nice, and comfortable, if you’re trying to look a bit more put together.


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5. The Scarf

An easy, airy scarf is the perfect non-committal layer.  A bigger, more shawl-like scarf can be used as a blanket to keep warm on a long flight.  I've even used a versatile throw blanket like this one that doubles as a fashion accessory and shawl

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