The 2019 Way to Dress for the Airport—and the One Piece to Skip

With regular events and appearances across the globe, celebrities log plenty of frequent flyer miles, so it’s no surprise that they are all masters of dressing for the airport. So, what are some style takeaways we can learn from celebrities? And how can these lessons teach us to dress for the airport better in 2019?

Looking to recent celeb airport outfits, there’s one major style lesson they all follow. Celebrities prioritize comfort when traveling, but they never sacrifice style. Their looks revolve around cozy pieces they can wear for long flights. That means everything from loose-fitting jeans paired with cashmere sweaters as we spotted on Bella Hadid to a matching knit set like Kendall Jenner recently wore. But also, a simple pairing of jeans and a tee with sneakers like we saw on Margot Robbie, or skinnies with a blazer and ankle boots like Meghan Markle recently wore. We’ll continue to see iterations of all of these airport outfit formulas long into 2019.

What, then, is the one piece all celebrities skip? Uncomfortable shoes. Yes, feel free to leave the heels packed into your suitcase and instead opt for comfy sneakers or ankle boots at the airport. Ahead, see my predictions for ways everyone will dress for the airport in 2019 and shop pieces inspired by the looks.


Bella Hadid
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On Bella Hadid: Miss Sixty x Elizabeth Sulcer jeans; Dior Belt; Fendi Runaway Logo Calfskin Leather Shopper ($2590); Balenciaga Triple S Logo-Embroidered Leather, Nubuck and Mesh Sneakers ($895); Jenny Bird earrings

Bella Hadid proves that loose-fitting jeans and sneakers are the comfortable airport outfit that also looks stylish.


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On Rihanna: Vetements x Alpha Industries jacket; Off-White sweatpants; Dior tote; Puma Sandals ($40)

Sweatpants paired with socks and pool slides? Rihanna knows the way to pull them off for the airport.


Margot Robbie
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On Margot Robbie: Gucci Runaway Logo Calfskin Leather Shopper $590); Puma Basket Sneakers ($80)

Here's proof that a simple look with jeans, a T-shirt, and sneakers can never steer you wrong.


Ashley Graham
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On Ashley Graham: Adidas sneakers

The airport outfit that has been popular for years and years? Leggings with sneakers and a tee.


Meghan Markle
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On Meghan Markle: Maison Kitsune shirt; Outland Harriet Jeans ($200); Serena Williams blazer; J.Crew boots; Pascale Monvoisin necklace; Natalie Marie necklace and earrings

During the royal tour in Austalia, we caught a glimpse at Meghan Markle's understated airport look built around a classic button-down, blazer, and skinny jeans.


Gigi Hadid
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On Gigi Hadid: Stuart Weitzman shoes; Vogue Eyewear sunglasses

A matching track pantsuit is something you'll definitely find in Gigi Hadid's closet. It's one of her go-to looks for the airport.


Kendall Jenner
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On Kendall Jenner: Nina Ricci sweater and pants; Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner Sneakers ($325); Jimmy Fairly sunglasses

Another proponent of the matching set? Kendall Jenner, who demonstrates just how chic and cozy it looks.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.