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.
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.
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.