For many people, airports are a mystical place where you can sip a Bloody Mary or throw back a whole bag of Sour Patch Kids in your comfiest sweatpants at 10 a.m. and no one bats an eye. For those of us who average five-plus cross-country business trips a year, though, travel uniforms require a little more thought. Namely, we have to find a replacement for those sweatpants that is equally comfortable but a little more professional.
I began flying frequently for business trips around 2015, and was almost exclusively headed to destination conferences. I remember my first LGA to LAS flight like it was yesterday. Per usual, I'd donned my favorite college sweats and an old T-shirt. I was quite obviously not expecting to see anyone I knew. Turns out, I was trapped in a tin can in the sky for almost five hours with about 20 people attending the same conference, some of whom would later become important business clients. After that flight, I knew I needed to polish up my in-flight look. If I was going to be running into clients on these flights, I couldn't look like I'd just rolled out of bed.
After trying a mix of pleather leggings, regular leggings, jeans, other pants, and even dresses, I finally settled on the Spanx faux leather leggings, which I pair with an oversized black sweater and a scarf for my signature flight ensemble. The Spanx leggings are just as comfortable as my favorite sweats, if not more so, and serve up a sleek and professional look. They come in sizes XS to 3X and you can choose between regular, petite, or small lengths. I've found that the leggings run quite true to size, although if you're between sizes I would recommend going with the larger one.
The Spanx faux leather leggings aren't just for flights either. You can take these tummy slimming, booty lifting leggings out for brunch or to a nice dinner and even out clubbing at night. Dress them up, dress them down, dress them however you want. I wear mine at least twice a week and pick up a new pair whenever I see them on sale. I've been able to get at least two or three good years out of each pair by following the wash instructions: machine wash cold with the leggings inside out to keep the sheen and hang to dry.
For the most versatility, pick up these Spanx faux leather leggings in plain black. If you're feeling bolder, though, there's always the croc shine version or even a patent leather style (these are harder to get into—definitely size up here). When I want to commit to rocker chic vibes, I cycle in Spanx’s faux leather moto leggings. Regardless of which style you pick, these leggings will become a staple in your travel (and day-to-day) wardrobe, and are 100 percent worth the hype.