I’m going to LA tomorrow! For 10 days! I’m super excited to get out of town and hit the opposite coast for a much-needed week off of work. Although I will be staying at the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot Saturday-Monday, which is technically work (I know, don’t hate me). Stephanie will hold down the fort here while I’m gone, but naturally since my job follows me everywhere (voluntarily) we’ll be going with a California Dreaming theme on the blog next week. Hey Cali peeps – holler!

Anyway, point of the article: I have a 6 hour flight ahead of me and wanted to shed some light on the topic of what to wear for a day of flying. Back in the day I thought it was acceptable to wear leggings and a tee—I’d build my traveling ensembles purely for comfort and treat it like a “dead day”. But then my gay hubby Michael (you know, the one that I’d have babies with if I’m still single at 40) kicked me into shape on a trip to Vegas in 2007. “No more flying in flip flops,” he warned me, “from here on in you are wearing heels and dressing like a woman every time you fly. You’ll meet a sultan!”

These words stuck and have become part of the way I view traveling –  forget the sultan… it changed my flying mentality and I’d like to pass it along to you. You never know when you’ll run into old friends, meet a prospective business partner, or get upgraded to first class. Remember when I landed in Rome in heels and then ended up on an afternoon date with Miguel? He wasn’t a sultan, but that cappuccino was pretty solid.

The key to dressing when you fly is blending comfort with high style so you feel cozy and look glamorous. These clothes are not mine, but this look hits all the checkpoints of the ideal traveling ensemble:

THE TOP: Always wear a dark top (in case your tomato juice spills), and make sure it’s breathable. Short sleeves or long sleeves that roll up easily are the way to go so you don’t get too hot or cold. This one’s an oversized tee with dolman sleeves that fall gracefully off the shoulder and doubles as a dress – also a great versatile piece for your trip in general. Tuck it in for a clean look. Z by Zandra Rhodes, 50% off on The Outnet right now for just $40.

THE BOTTOMS: If it’s cold in once place and warm in the next, or you just don’t want to sit on the plane in shorts, layer up. Sure you can throw shorts in your bag, but this way’s more fun. These Vera Moda shorts from House of Fraser, 26 euros, are pleated and belted for your sophisticated escapade, and the black cotton high waisted American Apparel leggings can slip right underneath for cozy comfort.

THE SHOES: I’m not saying your shoes have to be 6 inches like these from H&M (from the UK again sorry, 29 euros), but wear wedges or mules or platforms that you can walk around in comfortably. The spa-girl secret: Keep roll up slippers in your bag so you can change out of them the moment you slide into your seat. White and Warren makes one of my all-time favorite little luxuries – a cashmere travel wrap & slippers set that I can’t fly without.

THE GIANT CARDI: The key to your travel cardigan is this: Dark, over-sized, cozy, warm and THIN. It’ll roll up tiny in your bag, and double as a blanket. This Lumiani Basanti in black hits all the marks and is only $49 at Zappos.

THE CARRY ON BAG: Big and colorful, this tribal print canvas bag is right on trend and will fit all your stuff, and conveniently doubles as your pool bag. Always think ahead: “Will I use this bag at some other point on my trip?” Redherring, 22.40 euros at Debenhams.

THE SHADES: Never forget a great pair of sunglasses, and feel free to wear them on the plane to be shady if the person next to you talks too much. Cat Eyes are of the moment, and these fierce finds from OC Shades will only set you back $10.

THE JEWELRY: The secret here is wearing a statement piece of jewelry that easily slips off and into your bag while you snooze, but instantly makes you look put together when you step off the plane. This one’s Endless by Kenneth Cole, $48.

THE HAT: This season get the biggest most obnoxious one you can find. These babies can’t be packed, so you’ll be looking like the movie star you are—so incognito that you’re sitting coach. ASOS, $46.16

PS, here’s what I actually wore. Apparently I took my advice pretty seriously.

What are your fashion secrets for traveling in style?

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