Everyone has a uniform they gravitate toward for traveling. For this editor, it’s a pair of stretch skinny jeans, a comfortable T-shirt, a lightweight jacket, and sneakers. Some of you may prefer to go for a cute leggings-and-sweater combo. But what should you honestly never wear—especially if you’re jetting off on a long journey (e.g., those six-plus–hour flights)? Well, we turned to some of the biggest names in the fashion industry (women who frequently travel for work and know what’s up) to spill on the items to avoid for a long plane ride. Some of their picks may surprise you, and some may totally make sense. Regardless, this guide will definitely be helpful as you head out on your next summer getaway.
Keep scrolling to check out this expert advice. Plus, go a bit further to shop comfortable items, ideal for any flight. We promise there’s something for everybody with what’s coming ahead.
“I am constantly traveling for work, and flying comfortably is key. I secretly envy the women who can maneuver through the airport and make it through a flight in heels, but I just can’t do it. I would never fly in sky-high heels. My go-to traveling shoe is a comfortable lace-up sneaker, like the white leather KAM.” — Kara Council
Because heels are never a good idea for a long day of travel.
“Never, ever wear something too summery on a long flight! I remember rushing to the airport from a photo shoot once, coming back from a beach location, and getting on a flight with a cute summer dress and sandals. Big mistake! On the next connection (at a very small airport), I had to buy the most ridiculous sweater and sweatpants before boarding my final flight. Instead, go for F.R.S pajamas and a men’s V-neck cashmere sweater. I like to pair this look with cute Gucci loafers, and don’t forget sunglasses for arrival.” — Melissa Rubini
This sweater is totally worthy of curling up in.
“I would never wear jeans! While I love a good pair of high-waisted skinnies—the tighter the better—unfortunately, those give me no room to breathe or get comfortable on a long flight. My solution is a great pair of black track/jogger style pants with an elastic waistband, that never wrinkles and always looks polished, whether paired with trainers or heels.” — Marissa Rubin
You’ll legit want to live in these.
“I would never wear only warm-weather clothes on a plane, even when traveling somewhere warm! I’m all about the layers for when the plane gets cold; plus, it leaves more room in your suitcase!” — Kate Alper
You can’t forget a lightweight jacket for those chilly planes.
“Don’t let anyone ever tell you comfort can’t look chic. I’m a self-proclaimed cozy girl, which means you’ll never catch me in jeans on a flight. When I wear jeans I like them to be skintight, which is not ideal for hours of sitting. I always love to throw on a cute pair of joggers with my go-to sneakers of the moment.” — Maya Allen
These are not only comfy but incredibly sleek too.
An oversize shirt is ideal because it’s polished without being uncomfortable.
This stylish tote will carry all of your essentials.
Wider-leg jeans are great and roomy for long flights.
It seriously doesn't get any cozier (and stylish!) than this.
A scarf is a smart idea for any flight because it can double as a blanket.
The ideal travel shoes—you can slip them on and off so easily. Plus, they’re stylish, too.
What would you never wear on a long flight? Let us know in the comments below!
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