5 Flattering Travel Outfits for Your Body Shape

Even if you’re sitting in economy, you can still have first-class style. And while it’s easy to feel like a hot mess when traveling—lack of sleep, wrestling with luggage, security frisks and so on—there’s no reason to look like one.

We’ve put together five chic ensembles with your fabulous body shape in mind. These travel outfits will keep you looking perfectly polished from the taxi to the ticketing counter to the tarmac. Prepare to rack up serious fashionable flyer points.

Ruler: Fit to be Tied

This tulip-shaped trench will give Rulers curves in all the right places. The belted waist creates an hourglass effect, while the paneled bodice and wide lapels add volume to the upper half. Contrast sleeves drive home the defined and modern look. Pair with a slightly fuller trouser—bonus points for the travel-friendly stretch and elastic waistband—to add a little extra below the waist. Accessorize with perforated flats and a black leather tote.

French Connection Tulip Body Coat, $198

H&M Loose-Fit Pants, $30

J. Crew Nora Perforated Ballet Flats, $158

Coach Bleecker Riley Carryall in Leather, $498

Triangle: Mint Condition

Keeping eyes away from the heaviest parts of a Triangle’s body (read: butt, hips and thighs) is key. The braided detail on the raglan sleeves of this chic cotton sweater, along with its coiled neckline, will ensure that attention remains on top, while the chunky knit will keep you warm on chilly flights. Wear with a clean, mid-rise jean. This style features a contoured waistband and straight leg for an über-flattering fit. Plus, the denim’s ample stretch will serve you well while sitting for long periods. Pair with ballet flats to speed up your time at security and a roomy carryall for all your travel essentials.

Reiss Kersen Braid Knit Chunky Jumper, $210

7 for All Mankind Kimmie Contour Straight Jeans, $198

Lucky Brand Aimee Flat, $69

Banana Republic Ashbury Tote, $130

Inverted Triangle: Blanket Statement

Broad shoulders and a wide chest can make getting dressed a particular challenge for Inverted Triangles—and all the more reason to keep the focus on your waist on down. This cozy wraparound sweater is voluminous at the bottom, which will help balance out a wider upper body, while being the perfect travel companion (think super-stylish Snuggie). Wear over a fitted black long-sleeved tee. When it comes to pants, go for on-trend jogging-style bottoms. This version’s harem silhouette and metallic sheen will prevent anyone from mistaking them for sweats (the horror!), yet the stretch jersey fabric, drawstring waist and relaxed silhouette (further drawing attention away from your upper half) will keep you comfortable—even in a middle seat. Finish things off with croc embossed slip-ons and a snake print tote—and you’re ready for takeoff.

Zara Long Wraparound Cardigan, $26

James Perse Cotton-Jersey Top, $55, Net-a-Porter

Clu Metallic Jersey Harem Pants, $180

Sam Edelman Becker Crocodile Loafers, $100

Michael by Michael Kors Brooke Leather Tote, $398

Hourglass: Precious Cargo

Layers are a must when traveling—even if you’re heading to a tropical destination, the airplane that takes you there may be freezing. For Hourglass shapes, a menswear-style jacket that can be worn open is a great option. Flattering to both a fuller chest and curvier hips, the blazer is a no-brainer. You’ll look polished, even when it’s worn over a linen tee. Plus, it’s easy to get in and out of when going through security. Pair with ultra-stretchy streamlined cargo pants for maximum mobility and style. Complete the look with subtle gold sneakers and a floral infinity scarf.

Mango Straight-Cut Blazer, $110

Madewell Linen Heathered Infield Tee, $60

Uniqlo Ultra Stretch Skinny Fit Cargo Pants, $40

Splendid Lace Up Solvang Flat Sneakers, $78

Anthropologie Blushing Floral Infinity Scarf, $58

Circle: Blush Hour

A lightweight coat in a straight silhouette is perfect for Circles on the go, pulling together any look while concealing your stomach and keeping you warm should your fellow flyers blast their air in your face. The of-the-moment pale pink hue will have you looking stylish even at baggage claim. Pair with a light wash skinny jean in a mid-rise cut to show off your legs while avoiding muffin top. You’ll be thankful for the denim’s stretch after buckling in for your flight. Accessorize with classic ballet flats and statement sunnies.

Topshop Tailored Lightweight Coat, $150

J Brand 620 Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans, $178

Nine West Classica Ballet Flats, $69

Dior Oversized Round Floral Sunglasses, $295

Linda Parham
Linda Parham

Linda Parham is a journalist and writer who enjoys creating entertaining blogs. She started out as a newspaper reporter before moving on to editing magazines and newsletters. Linda specializes in writing about beauty, health, fitness, business and politics.

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