There was once a time when travel used to be glamorous — yes, really. What has now become an occasion to wear sweatpants and flip-flops was once an opportunity for custom-made couture dresses and designer shoes.
It’s possible this shift in travel style came as air travel got much more democratic over the last several decades. Back in the 1950s-1980s, what was considered the “Golden Age of Travel,” fares were double what they are today meaning travel was designed for the elite few who could afford it. You’d get fine dining on an hour-long flight and spacious coach seats that looked like today’s business class.
Today, airports are larger and busier, airplane food (if you’re traveling far enough to get it) doesn’t exactly qualify as fine dining, and legroom is shrinking by the minute. These reasons alone are warranted causes to dress more comfortably during long travel days.
But why sacrifice style entirely? While the glamour of transport has certainly elapsed, the excitement of a new destination, a break from reality, or the promise of a foreign romance are all reasons to dress up. And there are ways to attain that chic, retro-inspired travel style without sacrificing the comfort we all seek for our commutes.
Below, a round-up of seven pieces that will elevate your travel wardrobe and infuse a bit of glamour back into your travel routine for decades to come.