As a connoisseur of all things luxurious and a lover of jet-setting in style, my travel wardrobe is something I take seriously. From sipping champagne in the lavish lounges of Koh Samui to the fashion-forward streets of Milan, Italy, my journey is not just about the destination but also about the voyage itself. So, it might come as a surprise when I tell you that leggings, the go-to travel attire for many, won’t be making an appearance in my travel ensemble for my upcoming flights.

Now, before you raise a perfectly arched brow in question, let me dive into the glamorous yet safety-conscious reasoning behind this decision.

As someone who has been gallivanting around the globe for over three decades, taking flights more times in a year than I care to count, I’ve learned a thing or two about the do’s and don’ts of airplane attire.

The crux of the matter lies in the unforeseen circumstances we hope never to encounter mid-air or upon landing — the kind of situations that make the heart race faster than a final clearance sale at Dolce & Gabbana. Imagine, if you will, needing to make a swift escape through a cabin fire or facing a blaze on the ground after deboarding. It’s not the most glamorous scenario to ponder, but safety, my dear readers, should always be en vogue.


Leggings, those stretchy companions of comfort, may seem like the perfect travel buddy. However, they are usually made from synthetic fibers that, while excellent for showing off the results of your latest Pilates obsession, are not your allies in the face of fire. Travel, especially in the opulent manner to which we aspire, should not come at the cost of safety. As much as we adore our yoga pants for their flattering fit and unfettered comfort, they may not be the wisest choice for air travel, where preparedness for every scenario is paramount. Instead, consider fabrics that are less likely to betray you in your moment of need. Opt for natural fibers that offer both comfort and protection, ensuring that your journey is as safe as it is stylish.

These materials are more likely to ignite, melt, and adhere to your skin, transforming a fashion statement into a hazard.

Cable knit leggings



And let’s talk about footwear — or the lack thereof. The temptation to slip off those designer shoes and let your feet breathe is understandable, especially on a long-haul flight. Yet, consider this: in the event of an emergency, traversing the aisle barefoot or in socks could be an agonizing ordeal. Whether the floor is scorching hot, freezing cold, slick with oil, or even ablaze, proper footwear can mean the difference between pain and protection. As for me, I opt for chic yet practical slippers, balancing hygiene and readiness with impeccable style.

Speaking of hygiene, let’s not overlook the petite ecosystem of germs that call an airplane cabin home. Armed with wipes, I wage a silent battle against these unseen foes, ensuring my personal space is as pristine as a first-class suite should be. After all, one’s health is too precious to gamble with, and a little precaution goes a long way in these high-flying times.

Air Jordan 1 Nike purple women's shoes


As I pack my suitcase for my next glamorous adventure, I’m reminded of the delicate balance between beauty and practicality. The world of travel is ever-evolving, and with it, our approach to fashion in the skies. So, as we chase the horizon, let’s do so with an eye for style and a heart attuned to safety. After all, the true essence of luxury travel isn’t just in the places we visit or the outfits we wear, but in the grace and wisdom with which we navigate our journey.

To my fellow globetrotters, may your travels be filled with beauty, luxury, and an unwavering commitment to safety.

Gracie Opulanza The Westin Excelsior Florence Sustainable Fashion (2)

One of many shoes I own. one of many I have given away too

Let’s redefine high-altitude fashion, one informed choice at a time, ensuring our adventures are as secure as they are stylish. Remember, the sky is not the limit; it’s just the beginning of where our fashion-forward sensibilities can take us, especially when we’re dressed smartly, not just in terms of fashion, but in foresight and preparedness too. Here’s to safe travels, fabulous fashion, and the endless pursuit of opulence in the clouds!