While you may have a go-to travel uniform, a little outfit inspiration doesn’t hurt to keep that airport look feeling fresh. And for those fashion-forward ideas, we tend to turn to celebrities in particular. Interestingly enough, when it comes to the supermodel set, we realized that they’ve especially mastered the fashion-meets-function airport ensemble by incorporating stylish yet comfortable basics.
Yes, many of the staples in question just so happen to be essentials that we all often wear in our travel rotations as well. To get a better sense of what we mean, we pulled together a range of recent airport outfits from top models like Elsa Hosk, Cindy Crawford, and Jasmine Tookes that feature versatile basics. Keep scrolling for more visual and shopping intel, and get inspired to style your favorite airport basics in a new way for your upcoming holiday travel.
On Elsa Hosk: Chanel tee; Prada bag
While we all (models included) incorporate a variety of different basic outerwear styles into our travel fits, the oversized blazer is ramping up to be a new go-to staple because it brings a sophisticated spin to a look while still remaining comfortable given the roomier silhouette.
On Elle Macpherson: Hermès bag
Non-stretch skinnies aren’t the most functional denim choice for those long-hauls. But slightly looser straight-leg blues? Well, talk about a jean cut that’s ideal for all of us.
On Ashley Graham: Adidas sneakers
If there’s one travel basic that’s universally adored by models (and everyone else), it’s a pair of black leggings for extreme comfort.
On Jasmine Tookes: Away The Bigger Carry-On ($245); Chanel flats
Stilettos are clearly a no-go for comfy travel, but timeless flats? Talk about a staple footwear choice. The beauty of a pair in a natural hue is they can be paired with any look—including this cozy burnt orange ensemble here.
Who: Cindy Crawford
Okay, there are many spot-on pieces in this ensemble (straight jeans, trench coat, and flats included), but we wanted to call out the white tee, in particular, because it truly is one of the most basic essentials that can work as the base layer to any airport vibe.
On Bella Hadid: Magda Butrym jacket; Ralph Lauren bag; Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers ($50)
If you’re not feeling flats (like above), sneakers are probably your go-to for comfy shoes. While lace-ups great, slip-ons are also a smart idea to be able to slip them on and off easily through security or on the plane.
On Alessandra Ambrosio: Celine bag
A classic leather jacket is not only practical (ideal for layering), but that go-to find will bring an instantly-cool twist to even the most standard ensemble.
Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.
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