How Your Favorite Celebrities Dressed for the Airport Years Ago

It may seem hard to believe, given the world's obsession with what celebrities wear to the airport, but there was once a time when celebrity airport style wasn't a thing. Photographers didn't camp out at major cities' airports, publications didn't discuss it, and celebrities didn't always dress for the cameras. It wasn't until roughly circa 2008 that we all started seeing and caring about what celebs wore for air travel, and it's safe to say that it's reached a fever pitch. There are even some photographers who spend their entire careers at LAX, according to Racked's recent depiction of the evolution of the airport style craze. 

In the spirit of summer travel season, we thought it would be fun to reminisce back to when it all began with a few of our favorite airport style mavens, including Blake Lively, Kendall Jenner, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. We did some digging and unearthed some of their first documented trips to the airport and compared them to their most recent. One thing became very clear with our research—celebrities know there will inevitably be paparazzi staked out at the airport, and they now dress accordingly.

Scroll down to check out how the airport style of some of your favorite celebrities has evolved, and shop some of their travel style essentials at the end! 

Diane Kruger

Photo:

Both: Splash News

Then: May 2009
Now: May 2016

We could actually see the perennially stylish Diane Kruger wearing this outfit today, sans flip-flops.

Victoria Beckham

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L: Rex USA; R: Splash News

Then: 1997 
Now: June 2016

VB favored sleek airport outfits, even back in her Spice Girls days.

Kate Bosworth

Photo:

Both: Splash News

Then: July 2006
Now: January 2016

Bosworth was in on the legging craze the first time around with this comfortable airport look. 

Taylor Swift

Photo:

Both: Splash News

Then: April 2009
Now: July 2016

Swift still favors feminine frocks paired with flats for travel days. 

Jessica Alba

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L: Fameflynet Pictures; R: Splash News

Then: December 2008
Now: June 2016

While Jessica Alba's look is more streamlined now, she's always gone for practical, comfortable airport outfits.

Kendall Jenner

Photo:

L: Splash News; R: Getty Images

Then: July 2010
Now: July 2016

This is where Jenner's evolution into one of the champions of airport style all began. 

Blake Lively

Photo:

L: Splash News; R: Getty Images 

Then: September 2009
Now: May 2016

Blake Lively's journey to becoming the style star she is today included the actress swapping her ubiquitous pillow out for heels. 

Selena Gomez

Photo:

Both: Splash News

Then: July 2008
Now: July 2016

Gomez still favors jeans and graphic tees for the airport, albeit with fancier accessories these days.

Miranda Kerr

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L: Fameflynet Pictures; R: AKM-GSI

Then: May 2008
Now: July 2016

Miranda Kerr has worn her staple skinny jeans to the airport from day one. 

Rihanna

Photo:

Both: Splash News

Then: February 2008
Now: March 2016

Rihanna's airport style has become decidedly less conservative over the years, as evidenced by these examples. 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Photo:

L: GVK/Bauer-Griffin; R: Rex USA

Then: January 2011
Now: June 2016

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's airport handbag style and pants of choice have remained unchanged throughout the years. 

Celebs always have a pair of stylish frames on hand to shield themselves from both the sun and the flashing lights of the paparazzi.

While we see celebrities wearing everything from sneakers to stilettos at the airport, black ankle boots have been a frequent choice throughout the years.

Pretty much every celebrity endorses a chic oversize jacket for travel days.

Skinny jeans are the one style of denim that every celeb has turned to throughout the years, time and again.

Perfect for hiding from the photogs (or just hiding bad hair days), a hat has been a celebrity airport essential accessory from the start.

A comfy tee, especially of the striped varietal, is a perfect choice for the airport, as shown by Diane Kruger on repeat occasions. 

Which celebrity do you think has most evolved in the airport style department? Tell us in the comments below, and check out what little things celebs do to step up their airport style. 

Opening Image: Splash News