As a working mom, my favorite on-the-go attire is all about designs that speak to both comfort and fashion.
Though I am a fan of celebrity travel style spreads in glossy magazines, the realities of being a busy working mom require me to juggle many things at once, and squeeze into economy seats with a travel outfit that is comfortable and practical.
Thankfully, fashion-forward travel clothing has started to build a name for itself.
The Wall Street Journal’s Chloe Malle noted in her article, The New Rules for Airplane Dressing: Chic, Yet Comfortable, that clothing brands have started taking the category seriously, creating unique names for travel attire: “style names like the Wander Pant, a slim cut from Athleta, or the Jet Set trouser, which Époque Évolution bills as made for comfort on that red-eye flight, and style at that 9 a.m. after you land.”
Athleisure, as it’s now known, is designed to take on the physical and emotional tolls of navigating busy airports and creating comfort in cramped situations in flight.
So with an eye to giving us all a better shot at comfortable travel, I’ve rounded up the top places to shop athleisure clothing at airports.
Where to shop athleisure clothing at airports
Marika recently opened its first branded retail store at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Location: Next to the food court in the A-B Terminal.
Lululemon opened its first airport store at Hong Kong Airport last December. They make technical athletic clothes for yoga, running, working out, and most other sweaty pursuits.
Location: Post-security, Level 6 Departures, Terminal 1 near Gate 40.
Canadian company Lolë features bold and beautiful athleisure clothing for women. Lolë (pronounced low-lay) stands for “Live Out Loud Everyday.”
Locations: Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, and Vancouver Airport.
Lorna Jane specializes in gym clothes, yoga attire, and workout gear. This world-renowned luxury activewear brand was established in Brisbane in 1990.
Lorna Jane has two locations. The first, at Sydney Airport, has a Move Studio where you can do some pre-flight stretching. You can also pick up one of their onboard picnics to enjoy in flight from their Nourish Cafe. Shop the new Active Travel Wear line and the rest of the latest fashion-forward Activewear range.
Locations: Sydney Airport, T2 Domestic, near Gate 34, and Brisbane Airport, Level 2 Domestic, post-security, Virgin Terminal, near Gate 39.
Get comfortable at the airport
On the whole, airports tend to be challenging places to feel comfortable, calm and relaxed. But with increasing options in athleisure clothing popping up in terminals around the world, at least we can boost our wellness a bit by picking out a comfortable travel outfit.