One of the hardest parts of travel is knowing what to wear for the flight. You want your airport style to be comfy, but you also want to look half respectable (no thank-you tracksuits). Plus, when you are boarding in chilly London but disembarking in the heat, it only gets even more tricky. Whether you are vacationing or backpacking, heading for a city break or a beach getaway, what to wear for a flight can be a challenge.
I am not a leggings kind of girl – being neither 8 years old nor a size 4, however Yoga pants became my best friend for long haul, thank you Lulu Lemon. But the rest of the outfit only became more difficult – how on earth do you style yoga pants without actually carrying a yoga mat and chanting namaste?
Follow these simple rules and select your items from my pick of interchangeable pieces and be on your way in the ultimate style and comfort (and hopefully to a free upgrade, too!).
The Airport Style Essentials
A great option for comfort and style, a maxi skirt could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Perfect to snuggle up in, and without the uncomfortable zip or waist belt. Style it up or down, and layer with anything.
A snuggly jumper is a great item for chilly air-conditioned cabins. The turtle neck is great for layering under a jacket or cardigan, and looks smart and sleek with anything. Invest in a good quality fabric that won’t itch, and this could be the perfect staple for your travel wardrobe.
I always take my shoes off when I get on a flight, but hate the thought of standing in the toilet in my socks so putting them back on mid-flight can be a pain. Slip on shoes are a godsend. Not only are they easy to wear, they allow the extra comfort after the flight if you suffer from swollen feet or ankles.
A thick cardigan is perfect for replacing a coat if you are heading somewhere hot where you just might need the extra layer at nighttime. It is easy to wear, and will keep you snuggly, but also acts as a good layering item over a jumper. I bought a baby alpaca long cardigan in Peru and it is my best friend for flying.
MY PICKS… Clockwise L to R: Baby Alpaca Cardigan (similar to mine), Peruvian Connection, $179, Romy Knit Open Sweater, Modern Citizen, $78, Longline Cable Cardigan, Jack Wills, ON SALE $59 from $119.
Hoodies are not necessarily just for teens or sporty types. A great option for backpackers, due to the comfort level of having a hood and large pocket to sneak cold hands into.
MY PICKS… Clockwise L to R: Grey Hoodie, Jack Wills, $79, Cotton Blend Hooded Top, Calvin Klein Underwear, $100, Supersoft Hoodie, Topshop, $45.
I love boots. The great thing about simple slip on ankle boots is that they smarten up any outfit, and can be slipped over your in-flight socks. They work well with yoga pants, too. They will probably be the heaviest item in your suitcase so wearing them on the flight is a great option to lessen the weight of your luggage.
There is nothing better than a good quality t-shirt. A good soft fabric, such as cotton or a silk blend, will allow your skin to breathe on flight, and look casual and stylish. I wear them with statements necklaces to transform a simple t-shirt into a great outfit.
A relaxed-fix tailored blazer is a great way to pull together an outfit and polish a relaxed look. It is a great way to update a daytime look for a more formal evening style too, so you will probably find it will be a hardworking addition to your holiday wardrobe. Pair it with a simple t-shirt for a great airport look.
MY PICKS… Clockwise L to R: Relaxed Navy Blazer, Zady, $250, Madison Blazer, The Limited, ON SALE $69.96 from $99.95, Pink Blazer, ASOS, $57.
As mentioned above, I absolutely love my LuluLemon yoga pants. They are super comfy and yet look smart enough to get away with wearing them with boots and a jumper. They also have a great mini hidden pocket which can be useful for keeping some cash in case of emergency. I’ve used it to store my engagement ring safely in when backpacking through a slightly risky area.
MY PICKS… Clockwise L to R: Wunder Under Pant III, Lulu Lemon, $98, The Everywhere Crochet Leggings, Victoria Secret, $49.50, Urdhva Leggings, Sweaty Betty $150,
A cosy scarf is a must for travel, as it doubles up as an extra layer for the cold and a blanket for on board. It will come in so handy whilst you are away too, and is a very functional item of clothing to have with you. I always prefer a great fabric, such as cashmere or 100% cotton for extra softness.
Remember to follow these simple airport style rules:
Rule number 1: Layer – Try and stick to thin layers to find the perfect temperature. Airports and rushing around can be hot, whereas on board it can be really chilly.
Rule number 2: Colour co-ordinate – When investing in good quality clothing make sure you pick flattering colours than can be worn/layered together. A simple black/white/grey rule for basics usually does the trick.
Rule number 3: Fabric – Try and be wise with fabric choices for flights. Silk is a godsend but creases, so a silk/poly mix works well. Otherwise stick to cottons for extra breathability.
Rule number 4: Comfort – Don’t wear anything too tight or uncomfortable, as a few hours into your flight it is only going to feel worse. And if you can’t forgo your heels, pack a pair of flats for the plane.
Rule number 5: Wearability – The secret to light travel is making sure you are going to wear everything more than once. Plan what you wear on the plane according to this rule too!
Happy flying folks!
If flying is something that freaks you out, read my post on how to combat the fear of flying here.
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