I had a realization on my last flight, heading from New York City to Milwaukee to pick my dad up for a surprise Father's Day getaway. It wasn't why there's that mysterious hole at the bottom of airplane windows and it wasn't even a long introspection on why passports are different colors. For the record, both things I've spent too much time thinking about in the past. This time it was a sartorial light bulb, specifically that I had worn the same dress for the previous three flights in a row.
So about the dress: It's called the Geneva Standard Dress and you can find it online at Coverstory NYC. While the brand itself is marketed toward plus sizes, this dress can be worn close or loose to the body—the draping at the bottom is truly poetic—meaning it's great for any body type. Some of the best parts: it's pill-free, you can machine-wash it, and it even looks good slightly wrinkled (I would know). It's also found a permanent spot in my work wardrobe rotation.
The dress in question is one of those outfits you can wear again and again and it won't look the same twice. Dress it up with jewels, dress it down with sneakers, wear it completely plain so you have nothing that can catch or get uncomfortable in the many positions you'll find yourself in on an airplane.
So, there you have it. If you're likely to prefer a comfortable dress to jeans or leggings on an airplane and you still want to look completely put-together, you should probably check out this dress. My father's words when he saw me at the Milwaukee airport say it best: “You actually look great.”