How to travel in high-class style -- for less

How to travel in high-class style — for less

July 19th, 2013

By Aimee Heckel

People used to dress up to fly on an airplane. Then velour sweatpants happened.

Now, it seems people dress down, in their rattiest sweatpants — or worse, straight up pajamas and slippers.

It’s time to bring back some dignity and pride to being in public. We’re not saying you have to blow more money on new clothes than you spent on the roundtrip ticket. But, a shower would be polite. Maybe some ironed clothes with buttons and collars. Not only will you feel better, but taking the time to care for yourself shows respect to the people around you, too.

Here are some ways to class up your next flight — and how to save money doing it.

NMT696M_mx1. Get a new jacket or blazer. Even if you don’t want to wear a button-up, a blazer over a dress or just a T-shirt can make you look and feel pulled together. Like this Michael Kors blue blazer from Neiman Marcus, currently on sale for $111. The model here wears it with a plain white tee and colorful pants; nothing uncomfortable. The swingy cut of the blazer won’t constrict you, and the big white buttons give it a playful look, but it still looks classy and sophisticated.

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2. Tote a chic carry-on. Don’t cram your belongings into a reusable Whole Foods bag. Pick something more durable, with more pockets for easy access and with a beautiful style and design, to pull your outfit together.

237908_3_1We could not love a carry-on more than this one by Juicy Couture, on sale for 59 percent off at eBags for just $99.99. Free shipping.

This bag is the perfect mixture of professional-meets-trendy. Store your quick-access items (phone, headphones) in the big front pocket.

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245472_3_13. Pick one quirky (but functional) accessory, such as these faux fur headphones, also by Juicy at eBags. For $29.99, pick from four colors. These are useful while on the plane and look a whole lot cuter than the cheap plastic headsets you will find in your front seat pocket.

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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