I know the most cliche and useless thing to complain about is airplane accommodations, yes? We all know the seats are tiny, there's little room to move and that it's not the ideal way to spend a few hours. So I won't get into all of that. However, last week when I flew to Napa and sat with Superior Coworkers on the way there and back, it got me thinking about how I like to fly when I'm trying to still be all Professional and ish...
For instance, when I fly for leisure, this is generally what I go for (however, I don't look as cute as this looks):
Leggings: Because they are as close to Pajamas as I can wear in Public without scorn.
Long Gray Tee and Zip-Up Sweatshirt: For the varying hot/cold flashes and the fact that I like to snuggle into the hood.
Uggs: If my feet are cold, all else fails.
Flip-Flops in my bag: For the destination.
A Scarf/Pashmina: For plane snuggling (works well with the hood) and can kinda hide my face behind it to sleep.
Personal Effects: Something to read, something to snack on and some lippy.
However, when traveling for work, from start to finish: You're representing your company. And even your plane look should reflect that.
Here's how I typically try to mesh those two worlds:
Professional Dress: The WORST for me is sitting on a plane with an uncomfortable button digging into my belly-button from trousers. I always choose to travel in a professional dress: flowy, no digging into my sides and still work polished.
Tights: Because they seal you up with warmth. I always need my feet covered on the plane!
Shoes: I usually keep Uggs on hand (small ones preferably) in my briefcase for the flight and put my heels back on upon touchdown.
Pashmina: Again, the stylish accent that also doubles as a sleep-aid and blanket.
Day Planner: I want to be prepared for when I land- not to mention, having a single point of contact for all my receipts and ticket information. All about exuding efficiency to your peers.
Accessible Mirror/Make-Up: Most business trips I go on, I have to meet people shortly after landing to start the 'work' part of the trip. Polishing my face before landing... after a morning that likely started at 4:30 AM and has since resulted in me face planting into my scarf and sleeping and drooling... is a musttttt.
Reading: A book or a better magazine such as "Vanity Fair". Leave the "Cosmopolitan" on your bedside table.
That's just how I do: Does your flight attire change when it comes to Personal trips verses Professional ones?