How to nail airport dressing

2 mins
24 Aug 2022
How to nail airport dressing

Catch flights, not feelings, in style

words Sophie Lou Wilson

What to wear to the airport can feel like a fashion dilemma. You want to be comfy, of course, but that doesn’t mean rocking up in pyjamas, even if you rolled out of bed bleary-eyed at 3am. Just because you got dressed in the dark, you don’t want to look like you got dressed in the dark. After all, Kate Moss was scouted at an airport and celeb airport paparazzi pics are an art form in their own right. Victoria Beckham even famously declared that the airport is her runway. It turns out jet lag can be incredibly chic.

In fact, celebs can teach us some important lessons about in-flight style. Stylish sunglasses hide pre or post-flight eye bags, oversized clothing is the way to go and, when it comes to bags, the bigger the better – travelling light is overrated. Rihanna is perhaps the queen of airport dressing. Her elevated streetwear look strikes the perfect balance between fashion and comfort. It’s a stylish amalgamation of cosy hoodies, joggers, designer shades and extremely oversized jackets as blankets. Other notable mentions go to Bella Hadid’s airport athleisure, Robert Pattinson’s 90s-inspired style and Zoe Kravitz’s dressed down bo-ho look.

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On a practical note, however, it’s best to avoid jeans or anything with a tight waistband to account for mid-flight bloating. And plan your look the night before, not the morning of because you don’t want to forget your passport just because you were too busy deciding which shoes to wear. Below, we’ve curated a go-to airport capsule wardrobe because travelling is stressful enough without having an outfit crisis too.

PYJAMA PARTY

Oversized Shirt

Oversized Shirt

Balenciaga
£ 895.00

I know we said no pyjamas, but pyjama-inspired pieces don't count. This Balenciaga shirt combines all the comfort of nightwear with all the glamour of statement satin tailoring. What's not to love? Refresh your travel wardrobe with this burst of bright green. Flying business class isn’t the only way to experience in-flight luxury.

CLASSIC COOL

Logo Patch Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Logo Patch Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Carhartt
£ 30.00

A versatile t-shirt to take anywhere. Head straight from the airport to the beach in Carhartt’s soft tee, crafted from 100% cotton. This workwear classic is comfy and cool. Plus, black clothing can masterfully hide stains if you spill your drink down yourself during mid-flight turbulence. Wear with wide leg trousers, casual shorts or joggers for a holiday-ready relaxed look.

SOFT VELVET

Long Sleeve Velvet Hoodie

Long Sleeve Velvet Hoodie

Telfar
£ 471.00

Snuggle up in Telfar’s velvet hoodie. The New York brand is best known for its viral shopping bag, aka the Bushwick Birkin, but if you miss out on their bag drops, their clothes are worth checking out too. This long puff sleeve hoodie has a drawstring hem, lending it a one-of-a-kind silhouette. Wear oversized with dark sunglasses and loose trousers for a paparazzi-worthy look to wear strutting through passport control.

JUST JUICY

Blue Butterfly Track Pants

Blue Butterfly Track Pants

Juicy Couture
£ 70.00

It’s Britney bitch. Travel back to the early 2000s in this blue velour Juicy Couture tracksuit. The once derided Y2K celeb staple has made a comeback and thank god for that because it’s comfy af. This one’s similar to the style Britney wore on Valentine’s Day in 2003.

ANTI SOCIAL

Mind Games Hoodie

Mind Games Hoodie

Anti Social Social Club
£ 205.00

It's not the mile high club, but if you wear Anti Social Social Club, you’re still in cool company. The LA streetwear brand counts Kanye, Kim K, BTS and Kodak Black among its fans. The branding gives a subtle hint to the person next to you on the plane that you don't want to be disturbed.

KANKEN CARRY ON

Fjallraven Kanken Clay Backpack

Fjallraven Kanken Clay Backpack

Fjallraven Kanken
£ 65.00

The Kanken backpack is adored by students, hikers and art hoes alike. It’s also the perfect size for underseat luggage. So, if you’re planning a short trip and don't want to pay for overhead or hold luggage – or you want to take as many snacks and magazines on the plane as possible – you can rely on a Kanken. This shade of clay goes with everything.

WALK ON AIR

Air Trainer 1 Mesh Sneakers

Air Trainer 1 Mesh Sneakers

Nike
£ 135.00

In an ideal world, you won’t be sprinting to the gate to catch your flight. But these things happen so make sure you’re prepared with comfy footwear. Nike’s Air Trainer 1 trainers were developed in 1987 to meet the intense training demands of professional baseball. They use Zoom Air cushioning and adjustable buckle-fastening straps for a comfortable, lightweight feel.

SLEEK SHADES

Cat-eye Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses

Cat-eye Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses

Loewe
£ 260.00

Sunglasses aren't just for the sun. Hide the signs of early mornings, jet lag and hangovers with these snazzy shades from Loewe. No matter how dishevelled you feel, finishing your look off with these tortoiseshell sunnies will make it look like you've got it together. They're a holiday essential for stepping off the plane and out into the sun.

SPORTY BAG

Brown Corduroy Duffle Bag

Brown Corduroy Duffle Bag

BDG Jeans
£ 37.00

Pack up your troubles. This vintage style duffle bag is a trusty yet smart travel companion. Crafted from cotton cord fabric with comfy webbing carry straps, it can be worn cross-body or over your shoulder. Ideal for overnight stays and longer travels alike.

FLUFF YEAH!

Fluff Yeah Sheepskin Slides

Fluff Yeah Sheepskin Slides

UGG
£ 100.00

Slippers get a stylish update. Treat your feet to a snug flight with these fluffy sheepskin slides. UGG are best known for their iconic boots, but their sandal range is equally cosy, offering chic slippers to be worn at home or out and about. Destination: extreme comfort.

TRUE BLUE

Ribbed Vest Mini Dress

Ribbed Vest Mini Dress

Asos Collusion
£ 8.00

When it comes to airport fashion, stretchy fabrics are your friend. If you're heading somewhere hot, a ribbed mini is practical staple to add to your travel wardrobe. You can wear it by the pool as well as on the plane. Just pack a jacket or sweatshirt for your journey to the airport and pair with some comfy trainers.

THANKS KIM

Knitted Jogging Bottoms

Knitted Jogging Bottoms

SKIMS
£ 96.00

Kim K has mastered airport style – just Google her paparazzi pics! – so you can count on SKIMS, the brand she founded in 2019, to offer some flight-ready staples. These pink knitted joggers are elasticated for optimum comfort. Perfect for lounging in while you stick on a mid-flight movie.

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