Dressing the Part: 3 Ways to Breeze Through Airport Security

The time is 7:33 a.m. The place is Gate 9 at Grantley Adams International Airport. But by the time you read this I’ll be on vacation in St Lucia. As I wait on my LIAT flight, I reflect on how easily I sailed through security; partly because the airport is kinda empty at this time of morning and partly because I dressed for the occasion.

There are (probably literally) a million pages about how to dress to minimize airport security drama. But just the other day we had a conversation in the office about the “hassle” of air travel and how you have to take off so many things.

I have a simple rule: I don’t put on anything I will have to take off… Except shoes of course.

That means minimal metal. So no belt, no watch and very little metal jewellery.

It also means no complicated shoes. So no sandals with lots of little buckles and nothing with laces. I’m wearing ballet flats that are easy to slip on and slip off.

It means a third thing as well: an organized handbag. There’s nothing worse than getting to security and not being able to find that little ziploc bag with your 3oz liquids. Or finding that your electronics have disappeared among all the other items you absolutely HAD to pack.

It may sound boring to dress so minimally. I know it seemed that way to me at first but it’s an opportunity to either get rid of all the things you think you need on a daily basis or to challenge your creativity. By that I mean choose an outfit that looks amazing without needing all the extra accessories.

Today is a rare jeans and tshirt day for me but I think the bright turquoise handbag and carry-on with the neon luggage tag are my saving grace.

For some beauty-related travel tips, have a look at this post over at Bajan Beauty Blog.

Now tell me, what are your best travel fashion tips?

Post Author: Natasha Beckles

Natasha Beckles is a freelance copyeditor, writer and content creator. She has over a decade's experience in both traditional and online media. In addition to blogging about fashion and travel, she uses the written word to help brands and individuals tell their unique stories.

4 thoughts on “Dressing the Part: 3 Ways to Breeze Through Airport Security


    (May 2, 2013 - 11:08 am)

    slip on shoes, no belts, organised bags are definitely essential to getting through airports quickly. Great post.

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    (January 14, 2015 - 10:51 am)

    I have a go to travel outfit that works for me every single time. Black leggings, a tank top and a long sleeve sweater. I never have to take anything off but my flip flops or slip on sneakers. That makes security check points so much easier!



      (January 14, 2015 - 11:36 pm)

      Good idea. A little forethought makes travel a lot more pleasant. I don’t bother with anything metal so I just use beaded, wooden or plastic accessories to dress up whatever I’m wearing.

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