All My Travel Outfits Follow This Rule – M & S
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All My Travel Outfits Follow This Rule

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One perk of my job is that I travel a lot. This means I've had a lot of time to master the art of packing a carry-on, figure out the fastest way to get to the airport (which actually isn't all that fast in New York), and most importantly learned exactly what—and what not—to wear. All it takes is one red-eye pretzeled in an exit-aisle seat to know your outfit choice can make a pretty big difference.

My first key bit of advice: slip-on sneakers. This TSA-approved footwear choice not only makes navigating security a breeze, but it's also ideal for subtly sliding under your seat without the fear of having to fumble with shoelaces or fitting swollen post-flight feet into anything remotely high-top. Second, the clothes I choose my outfit using the stretch test. Doing a few quick lunges and an arm reach, I always calibrate: Does my bra ride up? Do my pants squeeze? Does my jacket constrict? If the answer to any of the above is a yes, I immediately abandon my choices for something comfier.

If I can get away with it, the stretch test means that the majority of my travel outfits are basically a lesson in head-to-toe athleisure. Sweats, a sports bra, and a cozy sweatshirt are all designed with comfort in mind, which can make a world of difference seven hours into a transatlantic flight. If I need to look a little more polished post-flight, I'll make sure to have a cool jacket handy and to wear jeans that I know are stretch enough to keep me happy. Below, I've highlighted a few styles that will pass the stretch test with flying colors so you can make your next flight just that little bit less miserable.

Before you leave the house and head for the airport, take a minute to do a few lunges, arm swings, and other stretches to ensure your travel ensemble won't cause any problems.

Your favorite yoga gear is just as great for trying to fold your way into your airplane seat. Available in sizes 1X to 4X.
A hood is a great way to avoid awkward eye contact.  Available in sizes XXS to XL. 
No awkward shoe-lacing issues here. Available in sizes 8 to 12. 
A long-sleeve tee is ideal for when it gets chilly mid-flight.  Available in sizes XL to 4XL. 
Head-to-toe black looks sleek while being awfully comfy. Available in sizes X to 4X. 
If you're forced to run through the airport, you'll be just fine in these. Available in sizes 1X to 3X. 
Should you need a more polished piece, this coat does the trick. Available in sizes X to 4X.
These jeans are surprisingly comfortable. Available in sizes 23 to 32. 
A sweatshirt is a key layering piece. Available in sizes XXS to L. 
Slip-on sneakers with a fashion-forward bent. Available in sizes 5 to 11. 
Sporty and oh so cool. Available in size XS. 
Two words: cashmere pants. Available in sizes XS to XL. 
Who says a sweatshirt has to be boring? Available in sizes M to XL. 
We love a good sports bra. Available in sizes XS to XL. 
Hot tip: Try velour. Available in sizes XS to L. 
Sweats that are actually chic. Available in sizes XS to L. 
A tee that can handle even the longest day of flying. Available in sizes XS to L.  Now you're all set to travel in style.


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