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Sure, you could wear frumpy, stretched-out sweatpants when you're rushing to make your next flight.
Or, you could make like Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow or Jennifer Lopez and rock a casual yet polished ensemble that turns every outing into your personal runway. It doesn't take much effort, or a ton of money, to slip into something that works both at 30,000 feet and on the ground. You simply don't wear anything constricting, or something that will wrinkle easily.
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Style expert Melissa Garcia is here to help you be fashion-forward this summer. Her one travel dealbreaker: "Heels. It’s just not a good idea. Comfort plays a big role in airport style, so why put your feet through the pain? You can look cute and still be comfortable at the same time," she said.
And she has a simple rule of thumb when dressing for globe-trotting. "Lots of layers! Layering pieces are key when it comes to airport style," she said. "Add a big, lightweight scarf for the plane and use it as a blanket."
Here are her (and our) fashion faves.
"A button-down always looks published and tailored, so this is an easy way to do it while traveling. If you want to pack lighter, this can double as a swimsuit cover-up!," said Garcia.
New York & Company Kate Shirt, $49.95, NY & Co.
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We also love this shirt from Madewell, available at Nordstrom for $44.
Free People Dark Wash Denim Leggings, $58, Lulus
Steve Madden Sneakers, $70, Zappos
"A maxi dress is super comfortable. And it also can double as a cover-up. You can wear it out to dinner with a wedge heel or during the day with a flat, strappy sandal," said Garcia.
Lane Bryant Knot-Hem Midi Dress, $60, Lane Bryant
Or how about this gorgeous scarlet number, which retails for only $18 on Amazon?
Old Navy Plus-Size Denim Jacket, $45, Old Navy
Or how about this fashionably functional Levi's jacket from Amazon, for $60?
"Layering is essential when traveling through different climates," said Garcia. "I love the idea of putting a lightweight cardigan and scarf as a layering option. The shoes are easy to slip on and off."
Simple Pleasure Cardigan Sweater, $60, Lulus
Amazon has another elegant cardigan, which retails for $60.
Old Navy Lightweight Scarf, $10, Old Navy
Poppy Bow Front Mule Loafers, $20, Boohoo
"Leggings are the most comfortable travel pants. I would go with black because they go with everything," said Garcia. "And if it's too hot, just wear the tunic and you're all set.
Dotti Bali Beach Lace-Up Tunic Cover-Up, $42, Macy's
Athleta Meshblock Salutation Tight, $89, Athleta
We also love these $20 leggings Amazon reviewers won't stop raving about.
A few other travel staples:
Hue Double Knit Shaping Leggings, $48, Zappos
These are flattering and cozy, and the elastic waistband is key for comfort.
You can also buy these on Amazon.
Calvin Klein Solid Satin Finish Pashmina, $40, Zappos
Stay warm on those chilly planes with this elegant wrap.
Amazon has these in a ton of colors as well.
Beach'd Straw Beach Shoulder Bag, $50, Amazon
This baby holds your passport, sunscreen and water bottle.
Or check out this attention-grabbing raffia circular tote from Nordstrom.
Lark & Ro Women's Boat Neck Tunic Sweater, $35, Amazon
The style comes in a forgiving, lightweight fabric that is perfect for travel.
Macy's has these functional and fun hoodies as well.
Mod-o-doc Jersey Fit & Flared Dress, $95, Zappos
Collect seashells, and keep them in this dress's handy side pockets.
And for a dose of flower power, take a look at this dress from Nordstrom.
Express Striped Cut-Out Midi Dress, $80, Express
Show just a hint of skin with this frock.
Cult Gaia Mini Ark Handbag, $128, Nordstrom
If you're willing to splurge, let it be on this funky bag from the season's must-have brand.
You can also buy it at Shopbop.
Caudalie Favorites Set, $39, Amazon
And no need to clutter your carry-ons with a ton of skin care products. Instead, grab these must-haves, all in TSA-approved sizes.
It's also available at Sephora.
Supergoop! At Play Tote Value Set, $45, Amazon
And don't forget your sunscreen! We love this brand, which is an editor favorite.
And to help plan your trips: