I just finished reading Classy by Derek Blasberg, and not only do I have a new favorite book, but I also discovered the new bible for all modern women (especially if they live within a 50 mile radius of New York City.)
When I arrived at the chapter entitled “A Lady Goes Abroad,” I was very excited. I had just curled up in my airplane seat, ready to finish reading all of Blasbergs’ rules before my flight from Madrid arrived in New York.
When I began reading the section “Lady vs. Tramp: At the Airport,” I immediately cringed, knowing I did look the part of a modern lady on the go at the moment. (I was wearing sweatpants, an old t-shirt, a sweatshirt, and Ralph Lauren sneakers. I know…what was I thinking, but it was a very long flight.)
The rationale he gave for looking good while traveling was this:
“…it’s important to look nice when you travel. Think about it: Now that the entire courting phase of a young person’s dating life has gone out with hoopskirts (there are fewer debuts and cotillions every year, and church mixers are harder and harder to find), the airport is one of the few remaining places where you might randomly meet a good guy. You should want to look your best.”
Although I completely agree with this statement, it is hard, both physically and mentally, to stomach a 9-hour plane ride while wearing the constricting jeans a woman is expected to wear these days. After reading the rest of the chapter, I decided I would find some way to travel in style and comfort. I will no longer be the predictable girl you see walking through the airport in sweatpants.
I used to think it was enough that I know I’m fashionable. Why would I try to impress the people at an airport that I would most likely never see again, right?
After reading Classy I realized my thought process was all wrong. You want to try to impress everybody you encounter. Even those early morning airport encounters. That way if you do happen to meet somebody appealing, they will be impressed, rather than distressed, with your fashion sense.
Next time you’re heading to the airport, pack the sweats and pull out the jeggings. Give the pilots something to look at!