8 Things You Shouldn’t Wear On a Plane, According to Flight Attendants

Take it from the people who fly for a living—you can look stylish and still travel in comfort with their insider tips.

Things not to wear when traveling

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You can be comfortable both on the plane and when you arrive at your destination without sacrificing style—but everyone knows the agony of wearing the wrong thing that can make security or the flight miserable. We reached out to Taylor Garland, strategic public relations coordinator for the Association of Flight Attendants, to share her list of things you should avoid wearing when flying—and the things you definitely should.

Jewelry or bulky accessories

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Metal will slow you down at security—it’s one of the more likely things to get you flagged by the TSA. The nails in high heels can trigger the metal detectors to go off; so can shoes that sport large metal adornments or studs. Jewelry that can be hard to remove will also slow you down in the TSA line. Any jewelry shaped like a potential weapon also raises red flags.

Wear instead: Take off your jewelry—except for a simple bracelet you can easily remove, say—and check it with your luggage or put it in your carry on bag.

Anything tight

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Tight waistbands, skirts, blouses, shirts are all a no-no while traveling, for the simple reason that our bodies naturally swell when we fly. You want to avoid cramping by moving around in your seat and the aisles, whenever possible. Restrictive clothing does not pair well with bloating, also common on airplanes. You want to be able to move comfortably, encouraging healthy blood circulation and avoiding deep vein thrombosis—blood clots in the legs.

Wear instead: Anything with an elastic waist. Leggings or stylish sweats can keep you feeling cozy without sacrificing style points. Exercise gear has evolved into “athleisure”—even celebrity stylists, Kate Young tells the New York Times, recommend this category for plane rides.

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