Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Just Plane Chic Cool and Comfortable Is the Ticket to Traveling in Style

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Just Plane Chic Cool and Comfortable Is the Ticket to Traveling in Style

Article excerpt

SKIES TO THE north of the airport looked about as angry as a passenger who'd lost his luggage.

And perhaps the weather was why so many flights were canceled.

Whatever the reason, travelers to and through Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport the other afternoon had plenty of time on their hands - to crunch on caramel popcorn, to sip iced caffe mochas at Starbucks or to buy one last St. Louis souvenir.

Some looked tired and frazzled, but others looked just plain chic.

Keys to chic, under such circumstances, included T-shirts, tops, pants and skirts that were the color of vanilla ice cream.

Bobbie Jo Hamrock wore some of these cream-colored clothes in a slim textured-cotton skirt plus matching tunic top, as she put in her seventh hour of waiting for a connecting flight to Pittsburgh, her hometown. But in her summery outfit (purchased at home) and a rich, brown suntan from the previous week in Florida, she was very comfortable, she said. She was looking forward, however, to a 6:30 p.m. flight heading northeast.

A similar long-sleeved, off-white cotton T-shirt was the choice of traveler Nancy Prives, as she prepared for a very long flight to Bangkok. But her shirt was layered under a different kind of garment - a roomy, brushed-cotton jumper of navy with tiny red windowpane checks.

The UMSL student was going to Thailand with her mother to see relatives, she said. And for about 21 hours aboard what she knew would be a chilly airplane, Prives said the shirt and jumper (Contempo Casuals) would help her "stay warm and stay really comfortable." Plus, she added, they'd also make it "easy to use the restroom on the plane."

And then there was Rita Donovan, a Chicagoan whose cream-colored outfit was all linen, in a long, button-front tunic top with pale roses covering the buttons. She wore it with matching slacks, pearls and a Louise Brooks haircut. A flight attendant, Donovan was here for a training session and chose an outfit that's very different from her working uniform: "It's a little bit wrinkly," she said, "but so comfortable."

Vests worn alone, as cool summer tops, made up another airport-terminal trend on this hot afternoon. …

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