The One Item I Stopped Wearing When I Travel


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I just came off a five-hour flight yesterday, so my travel wardrobe has undoubtedly been at top of mind in recent days. In all honesty, comfort has not always been my priority when travelling, and it still isn't completely. I oftentimes place greater importance on what I need to be wearing for upon arrival than what makes the most sense for the actual journey there. But I have recently made progress in choosing airport outfits that are suitable for my destination but that won't leave me cursing my unfortunate wardrobe decision for the duration of the flight. 

After learning the hard way a few too many times, I finally decided to make a concerted effort to reform my travel wardrobe. And the first thing I ditched was one of the things I wear the most in life: high-waisted 100% cotton jeans. The no-stretch style is a favourite of mine for its vintage appeal and flattering fit. But when you're sitting upright in a confined space for hours on end and can barely bend over in them to pull your suitcase off of the baggage claim conveyor belt, let alone reach down to quickly remove your shoes when going through security, it's quite apparent that they're the worst denim style to wear on a flight. 

But all of this isn't to say that I've stopped wearing jeans on flights entirely. In fact, nine times out of 10, you'll find me in them when I travel. But it's the type of jeans I now opt for that's changed. I'll even still wear high-waisted styles, but only if they have some stretch in them. Trust me—even just 1 or 2% makes all the difference in the world. So if you want to learn from my unfortunate mistake(s) and stick to jeans that are comfortable enough to travel in, keep scrolling to shop three of my go-to travel outfits and 10 pairs of stretchy, comfortable jeans that won't do you wrong.


Pictured Above: Frame Striped Ribbed Stretch T-Shirt (£120); Zara Linen Trench Coat (£70); Nike Cortez Leather Lux Sneakers (£55); Frame Le High Straight Jeans (£240).


Pictured Above: Madewell Textured-Leather Biker Jacket (£605); Frame Le High Straight Jeans (£240); Stuart Weitzman Mulearky Slides (£360); Coach Embellished Space T-Shirt (£145).


Pictured Above: Comme des Garçons Play Sweatshirt in Ivory (£183); Frame Le High Straight Jeans (£240); Gucci Brixton Convertible Loafers (£525); H&M Satin Cap (£3). 

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.