Even if you’re sitting in economy, you can still have first-class style. And while it’s easy to feel like a hot mess when traveling—lack of sleep, wrestling with luggage, security frisks and so on—there’s no reason to look like one.
We’ve put together five chic ensembles with your fabulous body shape in mind. These travel outfits will keep you looking perfectly polished from the taxi to the ticketing counter to the tarmac. Prepare to rack up serious fashionable flyer points.
Ruler: Fit to be Tied
This tulip-shaped trench will give Rulers curves in all the right places. The belted waist creates an hourglass effect, while the paneled bodice and wide lapels add volume to the upper half. Contrast sleeves drive home the defined and modern look. Pair with a slightly fuller trouser—bonus points for the travel-friendly stretch and elastic waistband—to add a little extra below the waist. Accessorize with perforated flats and a black leather tote.
Triangle: Mint Condition
Keeping eyes away from the heaviest parts of a Triangle’s body (read: butt, hips and thighs) is key. The braided detail on the raglan sleeves of this chic cotton sweater, along with its coiled neckline, will ensure that attention remains on top, while the chunky knit will keep you warm on chilly flights. Wear with a clean, mid-rise jean. This style features a contoured waistband and straight leg for an über-flattering fit. Plus, the denim’s ample stretch will serve you well while sitting for long periods. Pair with ballet flats to speed up your time at security and a roomy carryall for all your travel essentials.
Inverted Triangle: Blanket Statement
Broad shoulders and a wide chest can make getting dressed a particular challenge for Inverted Triangles—and all the more reason to keep the focus on your waist on down. This cozy wraparound sweater is voluminous at the bottom, which will help balance out a wider upper body, while being the perfect travel companion (think super-stylish Snuggie). Wear over a fitted black long-sleeved tee. When it comes to pants, go for on-trend jogging-style bottoms. This version’s harem silhouette and metallic sheen will prevent anyone from mistaking them for sweats (the horror!), yet the stretch jersey fabric, drawstring waist and relaxed silhouette (further drawing attention away from your upper half) will keep you comfortable—even in a middle seat. Finish things off with croc embossed slip-ons and a snake print tote—and you’re ready for takeoff.
Hourglass: Precious Cargo
Layers are a must when traveling—even if you’re heading to a tropical destination, the airplane that takes you there may be freezing. For Hourglass shapes, a menswear-style jacket that can be worn open is a great option. Flattering to both a fuller chest and curvier hips, the blazer is a no-brainer. You’ll look polished, even when it’s worn over a linen tee. Plus, it’s easy to get in and out of when going through security. Pair with ultra-stretchy streamlined cargo pants for maximum mobility and style. Complete the look with subtle gold sneakers and a floral infinity scarf.
Circle: Blush Hour
A lightweight coat in a straight silhouette is perfect for Circles on the go, pulling together any look while concealing your stomach and keeping you warm should your fellow flyers blast their air in your face. The of-the-moment pale pink hue will have you looking stylish even at baggage claim. Pair with a light wash skinny jean in a mid-rise cut to show off your legs while avoiding muffin top. You’ll be thankful for the denim’s stretch after buckling in for your flight. Accessorize with classic ballet flats and statement sunnies.