Paging all corporate jet-setters: We hate to break it to you, but sweats and flip-flops aren’t going to cut it in business class. Achieve a comfortable—dare we say pleasant?—flight, even if they stick you in the overhead compartment, without losing green style points. From Garbo-esque ballet flats for hoofing it between gates to a Navajo-inspired take on the tired travel briefcase, here are 11 eco-friendly essentials for the style-conscious business traveler that will take you from “all aboard” to boardroom in no time flat.
JACKET Stewart + Brown Duncan Cloak Coat $114 SUNGLASSES Earth Conscious Optics Sunglasses $129 HAT-SCARF Lina Rennell Tie Hat/Scarf $50 WATER BOTTLE Klean Kanteen 40 oz. Stainless Steel Bottle $25.95 CARDIGAN Julie Park Cardigan $280 BAG Fleabags Indian Blanket Gunpowder Bag $440 PASSPORT HOLDER Nau Fluent Doc $65 PANTS Eileen Fisher Slim Zip Ankle Pant $148 SHOE LINERS Ecoland Organic Cotton No-Show Liners $18 SHOES Swedish Hasbeens Ballerina Hepburn $277 MOISTURIZER Suki Butter Cream Healing Salve $24.95
This series is brought to you by Nordstrom.com: Think Less Buttoned-Up—It’s a New 9 to 5.
WEAR IT YOUR WAY
Whether worn as a cardi or a button-down shirt, Julie Park’s sumptuous batwing topper, made from 100 percent cashmere, is a multitasking space- and sanity-saver. Bonus: It’s softer—and far more sanitary—than a polyester inflight blanket.
ZIP UP, FLY RIGHT
Bump your office uniform up a class with an ankle pant that’s work appropriate without being fusty. Eileen Fisher’s skinny organic-cotton trouser (blended with spandex for stretch) includes a pair of invisible side zippers, so you can give swollen ankles some respite during a long flight.
Look effortlessly put-together—even stumbling off the red-eye—with Stewart + Brown’s boiled-wool Duncan coat. Warm and all-encompassing, especially if you’re on the receiving end of an overzealous air-conditioner, the buttoned-up wrapper features a waist tie to cinch its voluminous silhouette into shape.
THAT’S A WRAP
Lina Rennell’s Tie Hat/Scarf pulls double duty as a noggin warmer and neck wrap. Ethically made in Northern California from a blend of organic cotton and wool, the two-for-one accoutrement is aviator chic at its finest. (All that’s missing are goggles and a flight jacket.)
Five-inch heels are less than glamorous when you’re sprinting across the airport to make your connecting flight. Channel your inner gamine instead with Swedish Hasbeens’ Hepburn, a classic ballet flat handmade from sustainably tanned leather.
SLIP AND SLIDE
If the thought of going barefoot through security is enough to give you hives, sheath your soles in a pair of organic cotton liners by Ecoland. Designed to be worn with pumps or flats without peeking through, the skintight prophylactics feature covered elastic and silicone grippers on the ankles to prevent slippage as you mosey through.
Stash your gear in one of Fleabags’ limited-edition carryalls, made from deadstock Indian blankets by Pendeton. The perfect size for a carry-on, the Indian Blanket Gunpowder is a lively travel companion even on the dreariest of days (or layovers).
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Nau’s handsome folio, made from 100 percent polyester, keeps your passport, boarding pass, and traveler’s checks organized and zipped up, so you don’t lose anything in the mad scramble to your seat.
Made with anti-reflective, polarized lenses and a frame derived from recycled metal and plastic, Earth Conscious Optics’ subtle cat-eye shades will protect your peepers in enviable fashion, while doubling as the ultimate inflight do-not-disturb sign.
The dry, recirculated cabin air can leave your skin parched and flaky. Hydrate yourself from the inside by sipping water from Klean Kanteen’s mega-sized 40-ouncer, made from bisphenol A–free, food-grade stainless steel.
Rough, dry spots and scaly elbows don’t stand a chance against Suki’s uber-moisturizing yet non-greasy balm. Packed with organic, fair-trade cocoa butter; organic arnica; and organic calendula, the inflammation-fighting formula mollifies chapped skin while providing lasting hydration. The best part? Unlike its fluid counterparts, this miracle-in-a-jar will breeze through security without a hitch.