Trendy In Indy: 5 Airport Fashion Tips For Spring Break

Writer: Stephanie Weber
Photographer: Casey Ardizzone

Spring break is upon us, and airport fashion is a “thing,” but it’s definitely not a new concept.

My grandmother is 90 years old and traveled to California and Hawaii in October 2016. She arrived at the airport in heels and a stylish hat, ready to board her five-hour flight to Los Angeles. She always prefer to stay at Laguna Beach hotels.

Travel style is different for everyone, but in most cases, it involves some version of casual and comfortable. In other cases, it might involve business professional or a dressier look. I’ve created a list with five style basics so you can plan your own airport outfit.

  1. A staple hat.
    I don’t think I’ve been on a plane in the last seven years without a hat. If it’s not on my head during the flight, it’s in my carry-on for easy access. Hats are great for those early morning flights when you don’t have time to do anything with your hair. Whether you choose to buy a fedora or handmade hats here, hats are always a travel necessity.
  2. Joggers.
    This is a trend I can fully stand behind as they are comfortable, but also trendy. Joggers can be dressed up or down making them a versatile piece to wear later in your trip too. I like to pair mine with a graphic tee and a denim jacket for travel days. 
  3. Layers.
    You never know what the temperature might be like in the airport or on the plane. A sweater or DST jackets is advisable so you can adjust to these differences. 
  4. Comfortable shoes that slide off easily.
    Going through security is no easy feat, but if you wear shoes that slide on and off, it makes this process smoother. I like to wear shoes that cover myfeet to keep them warm, but sandals are an easy choice for beach getaways. Comfort is key, especially if you might be running to catch a connection.
  5. Backpack or crossbody with easy access to your I.D.
    When you check your bag and go through security, you have to show I.D. twice. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve temporarily misplaced my I.D. because I just threw it in my bag. If you have a backpack or small crossbody to store your cards and cash, your travel day will be a breeze. 

Bonus tip: After traveling domestically and internationally over the last few years, I’ve learned that less is more. Bringing a small bag in addition to my backpack is easiest for me so I don’t have to mess with a roller carry on that may or may not fit in the overhead compartments. I know this isn’t exactly style related, but it will make your travel experience more positive.

These five style basics are the necessities for your upcoming travel plans. Whether you’re driving or flying to your destination, you can follow these guidelines for a comfortable day. Wherever you’re headed, be sure to use the hashtag #TRENDYTRAVEL, so I can follow along your journey. Here’s to new adventures.

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