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These $75 Leggings Are My Favorite Thing to Wear When I Travel

BRB, running through the terminal in these $30 compression-fit leggings. And they have pockets! ✈️

9/22/2019 2:56:00 PM

BRB, running through the terminal in these $30 compression-fit leggings. And they have pockets! ✈️

I’m a travel writer based in Berlin, which means I'm flying about four times a month. Trust me when I say: These are a game changer.

Travel days are when efficiency really matters.Exactly how late can I set my alarm so I make my flight, while still allowing enough time if my Uber gets stuck in traffic? How can I arrange my carry-on so I can unpack for the security screening in seconds?

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And of course:What can I wear so that I can be comfortable on a long-haul flight, still look like I’ve put thought into my outfit, and have enough freedom of movement to sprint to the gate should dire moments call for it?If I’m being honest, I still romanticize what getting dressed for a flight looks like

Mad Men–style: dresses, heels, a scarf that’s tied with that Parisian flair. (Yes, my reference imagery is a midcentury airline advertisement.) But then my alarm goes off at 4:12 A.M. after three hours’ sleep, and it’s a race out the door to catch my red-eye.

I’m a travel writer based in Berlin, which means I head to the airport about four times a month to fly budget airlines that make Southwest feel like the Ritz Carlton of air travel. When I think about what I want to wear, I’ll go for an outfit that’s going to make my day easier—not more complicated.

I’ve written about the$35 dressthat served as my travel-day uniform, and I still stand by it. It’s a great piece that works with or without tights, can bounce between climates (both weather-related and cultural), and is basically like wearing an acceptably oversize T-shirt. The only downside? No pockets. That’s fine if you’re a highly organized person with a designated spot for your passport, your wallet, your boarding pass, your headphones, and so on. But that’s not me. And when I was staring down the barrel of an almost-12-hour flight to Singapore (plus a layover), I knew I was going to have to switch it up.

I’ve been wearing these$75 leggings from Victoria’s Secretfor years, exclusively for fitness purposes. I liked them enough, and I noticed the brand had a version with pockets. I bought a pair specifically to wear on travel days. The pockets are high enough that you can throw your iPhone in one without having to take out your earbuds, but deep enough that you can tuck a passport in the other without worrying it’ll fall out as you sprint-walk through the terminal. (I guess technically this makes them cargo leggings, but we don’t need to talk about that.) But I’ve found there’s so much more about them that makes them ideal for flying, specifically: a high waistband, a compression fit, an opaque fabric that’s more breathable than cotton but not at all sheer, a great ⅞-length option, which is perfect for transitions from colder to warmer climates, as when I left 40-degree Berlin for 85-degree Penang. Oh, and they’re durable—I had a pair from 2016 I just got rid of last month.

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