When it comes to packing for a holiday, you see it as either a headache or a joy to be savoured. But before you neatly roll everything in your bag, don’t forget to pick out an airport outfit. Airports and aeroplanes have microclimates of their own: roasting one minute and freezing cold the next. Not to mention all of the potential waiting around and that bloated feeling long-haul flights always seem to cruelly cast upon you. So what to wear? It’s obvious but true: Layers are essential.
Comfy bottoms are a must for long-haul flights—be they trusted jeans or souped-up leggings. But if this all starts to sound a bit more like the ideal camping outfit, check out the outfits below for the ultimate inspiration on how to style these useful separates. We’ve mined the arrival ensembles of our favourite celebrities and influencers to bring you the most covetable airport outfits. So next time you’re packing, reserve a few of your best pieces for the trip and assemble your travel outfits as instructed below (and feel free to wear flats).
Only Kate Bosworth would bring a rust-coloured jumpsuit to our consciousness at the airport. (Note the bejewelled Mary Janes.) This is a clever look that can take you straight to brunch or dinner once you’ve left the terminal.
With an It for statement pieces, Jessie Bush offsets her stand-out faux fur coat—which will double-up nicely as a cosy blanket—and cowboy boots with long-haul-approved leggings and a camel jumper.
An airplane-dressing aficionado, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s printed bomber, skinny jeans, and carry-all tote bag are perfect for any length of flight.
We can always rely on Tamu McPherson to make even casual ensembles look incredibly polished, and this white-jean, printed tee and checked blazer combination is no exception.
Leggings aren’t the only option for round-the-world trips, as proven by Zoe Kravitz; jumper dresses are just as comfortable to sit, and will keep you toasty, too.
Joggers might not seem like a luxe option, but when you coordinate them to the rest of your like influencer Monikh Dale, they become quite sophisticated indeed.
Alexa Chung can always teach us a thing or two about style, so we’ll be taking a leaf out of her travel manual by packing two coats: a khaki utility jacket as a savvy extra layer, and a teddy-bear coat for ultimate comfort.
For city breaks when you step off of the plane and find yourselves straight in the action, make like Chloé Pierre and pair a slinky slip with a casual hoodie and denim jacket.
It’s fair to say that Victoria Beckham is the queen of airport dressing, and this look is one we can all get on board with. Her simple formula involves lashings of formfitting black, a handy pochette for essentials and white boots for that high-fashion punch.
Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.
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