One time not so long ago I was flying to the West Coast when the airline lost my luggage. Yeah, they located it about 36 hours after I landed, but in the interim, I had to attend a full day of a professional conference, plus cocktails and a restaurant dinner. But I was okay because I always pack a toothbrush, mascara, and fresh underwear in my carry-on, and also because I never dress like a slob on an airplane. I’m not going to say that my travel outfit is the most stylish in my closet (it’s not), but it’s tried and true:
- a black cotton v-neck dress from Zara that has the benefit of both a plunging neckline and the ability to be slept in;
- a generous pashima that I picked up in India that 1. can hide the plunging neckline, 2. doubles as a blanket on cheapo carriers, and 3. is pretty;
- black cotton tights that are always a necessity on chilly flights but can be stripped off and stuffed in a suitcase in a tropical destination;
- suede booties that are chic and can be kicked off at security and under the seat;
- and cute jewelry.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to look better-than on an airplane and have the flight attendants compliment your shoes. And it’s precious to believe that you’ll get an upgrade for it. But isn’t the ability to go to work or dinner or an interview more valuable?