What to Wear to the Airport + What I Packed for A Short European Trip

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Photo: Nasilele Photography

It’s tempting to just roll up to the airport in your jammies, but I really want you to not…lol. Yes, you want to be comfortable (I do, too especially since everything on me even my arms swells up like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloon float) but you also want to look presentable in case of things like potential first class upgrades, possibly meeting your soul mate, or shoot—you can even meet your next career opportunity. Can’t do that with PINK splattered across your booty…lol. So here’s a post on what to wear to the airport :)

airport outfit

I typically have on some sort of jeans/comfy shirt/comfy shoes combo when I go to the airport—but I decided to actually document this one. Next time I’ll have to do one of these on what to wear when you go from a cold climate to a much warmer one—when I went from NYC to ATL to Grenada (stopping in ATL for 2 weeks to hang with my family) I wore workout leggings (they’re stylish so they double as cool pants) under my jeans and then a tank top and sweatshirt with my coat. Then when I got to Grenada I started peeling off all the extra layers. Uniqlo has really cool puffer coats that can fold into a tiny bag that would be perfect for this type of travel but they are SUPER thin so you’ll have to layer like crazy. But at least you won’t have a big huge coat to worry about. Nas did a post on what she wore to the airport recently to go to Grenada—check it out here.

Photo: Nasilele Photography See outfit details here

ANYWAY, so since it was cold in NYC when I left (I’d say maybe around 20-30 degrees) and then slightly milder in Düsseldorf (averaging 32-50 degrees Fahrenheit), I decided to wear my camel maxi coat I bought from Urban Outfitters. Then I layered with a long-sleeve tee and a sweatshirt on top. I wore comfy shoes that are easy to slip on and off at security and of course I needed my big oversized scarf which comes in handy when I get randomly cold during my flight.

Photo: Nasilele Photography

What I Packed:

packing for a european trip in winter 2


packing for a european trip in winter

So I packed VERY little and still had a few things I wound up not wearing. I packed three sweaters (wore all three), two costumes (for Düsseldorf Karneval—that’s what the zebra print thing is you see…lol), two pairs of jeans (wore one on my flight and packed the other), a jumpsuit, a dress (the one I wore in this post), sneakers, and of course my night clothes and underwear. I wound up not wearing the jumpsuit and dress since the nights we went out we wore our costumes…lol. Though I had some cute comfy flat shoes that I wore on the flight, I wound up wearing sneakers the most since there was a ton of walking involved.


skincare for european winter trip

So I learned my lesson after losing one of my makeup bags on my last trip to do super small items and carry things that won’t make me want to cry if I lost them…lol. I mostly used a travel size Nude Cleansing Oil (I got it from a Sephora cleanser kit), a deluxe sample size of First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay, Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 (on days when it got closer to the 50s and I knew I’d be out all day), Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil, and Verso Night Cream. I brought some extras like de-puffing eye gels from Ole Henriksen, Estee Lauder Clear Difference Targeted Blemish Treatment, and a few Boscia masks just in case my skin went a little crazy. And I could not have been without my mini samples of Kilian Good Girl Gone Bad and Straight to Heaven.


makeup for european winter trip

I packed my Cover FX complexion essentials: Total Cover Cream in N110, the NEW Counter Kit in N Deep, Illuminating Primer, and Illuminating Setting Powder. Then for eyes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Brow Wiz, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion, and Ellis Faas mascara. For lips: a few of the new Jordana matte lipsticks plus whatever was in my purse…lol. Cheeks: I have Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons in Ebony pictured but actually wound up bringing Illamasqua Blusher in Excite.


I just realized I never took pictures of my hair stuff…lol. I got my hair done the morning before I left (thanks, Gabi!) so I only need to bring my paddle brush, my Tancho stick, and then I bought a Berta curling iron and flat iron combo with a European plug so I wouldn’t have to worry about my own stuff getting burned out from the adapter and converter. It did a pretty decent job—it got up to 200 degree Celsius and curled pretty well.

And that’s that! Stay tuned for my post on my experience in Düsseldorf :)

What do you wear when you go to the airport? Tell me in the comments!

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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One Response to What to Wear to the Airport + What I Packed for A Short European Trip

  1. Taryn Nicole says:

    I’m gonna look over some of your old posts. It’s official. My boyfriend and I are going to Panama for my birthday in June. I definitely have no idea how to pack. Instead of waiting until the last minute, I want to prepare early. This post definitely helped. And yes you look goooooooorgeous girl! Glowing in the cold. Wins!

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