The Science of the Plane Outfit

As you know, I'm heading off to NYC on Friday morning, and couldn't be more ecstatic. When my friend, Lindsay, asked me to do a guest post for her, the only thing I could fathom writing about, was my trip - so that's exactly what I did. This post will be featured on Lindsay's blog as well - so go check it out my girls blog, too!


The airplane outfit is one that requires a very scientific strategy:

First of all, you’ve gotta think about the details.  Where are you going? What time are you leaving/and what time are you getting there? How long is the plane ride? These questions form as the foundation of your outfit
When : My flight takes off at 6 o’clock in the morning on Friday (not my choosing).  I’ll probably need to  roll out of bed before 4am, so this means no shower, no straighter, minimal makeup, and comfy clothes needed.

I’m going to be arriving in the city at the ripe time of 9am on a Friday. This means, while I’m tired, groggy, and gross from the plane, the rest of Manhattan will be fresh faced, fashionable, and ready for work.

Where: NYC. While I did mention the word comfy, be aware that “comfy” has a different standard in the Big Apple. Juicy sweatsuits won’t cut it.

Hypothesis: Since I will be waking up at 4am, I need to wear something comfortable – and most likely dark in color (better to hide beneath). I’ll need sunglasses, and possibly a scarf, as well as comfortable shoes and a good, deep purse.

Research: What are celebs rocking on the nyc runway? Here are the looks I’m going to for inspiration:


It’s still going to be hot in NYC, so no leather jacket or boots, but I took the ingredients from my research and came up with my reality:

4 more days! 4 more days! 4 more days!

Happy Monday lovies.


  1. I wish I could be that stylish when traveling. I tend to just wear sweatpants:)

  2. I'm OBSESSED with your look Tess!! I especially love that top!

  3. OMG Tess, that is so funny this is your post. I JUST had an entire conversation with my friends from the internship on the IMPORTANCE of an airplane outfit. They thought I was very strange...I'm so glad you feel the same. PS, the outfit is super cute.

  4. i love to wear cute outfits when i fly! sometimes i think i put more thought into my plane outfit than what i actually put in my suitcase