The 2016 Airport Style Awards

If you find yourself busy travelling home for Christmas, you know the ideal airport outfit is a topic which can never be exhausted. Maybe because it’s so tricky to navigate the line between ease, comfort and style, but we’re always hunting for fresh inspiration, and we know you are too.

Now, as 2016 is coming to an end, we’ve found ourselves looking back on the jet-setting celebrity styles that caught our eye this year. Certain stylish women have mastered their own unique high-flying vibe, and each can inspire us for a different reason. To honour the best of the best, we’re handing out superlatives, highlighting what makes the best of the best stand out. If you’re ready to see who made the cut, you’ll want to read on, trust us.

See which fashionable stars made our 2016 best dressed list for their airport style…

Best Athleisure

Photo:

AKM-GSI 

On Bella Hadid: Adidas tracksuit; Nike Mid 07 Leather Air Force 1 (£75).

Bella Hadid has mastered the art of the athleisure look. From tracksuits to chic sweats and sweatshirts, Bella takes sporty basics and gives them a jet-setting twist by adding a chic structured bag and dressed-up accessories.

Most Polished

Photo:

AKM-GSI

On Victoria Beckham: Victoria Beckham top, skirt and Baby Half Moon Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag (£790).

When you want to dress to impress, there’s only one woman to take cues from, and her name is Victoria Beckham. The designer travels in sleek suits and polished dresses, often from her own line. Finished off with heels or sleek flats, it’s travel style that’s decidedly fancy.

Most Unique

Photo:

gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

On Rihanna: Madonna Blond Ambition tour T-shirt; Puma sneakers; Sunday Somewhere sunglasses.

One thing we love about Rihanna is that she’s never afraid to take risks with her fashion, including at the airport. She may keep things casual, or go for something more dressed up, but what she chooses to sport always feels unique. 

Best for Minimalism

Photo:

GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

On Gigi Hadid: Nili Lotan jacket; Sally LaPointe sweater; Parker Smith jeans; Stuart Weitzman Zepher Bootie (£440); Karen Walker Deep Freeze Sunglasses (£139); Saint-Laurent bag.

Gigi Hadid is no stranger to travel, models are constantly on the go after all. And with all of her jet-setting, it seems that Gigi has mastered the mixing and matching of great basics. Skinny jeans, black boots and a leather jacket are all go-to’s in day-to-day life, but they work when you’re traveling too. 

Ultimate Trendsetter

Photo:

GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

On Kendall Jenner: Sally LaPointe coat, trousers, and cashmere tee; Céline sneakers; Ahlem Republique Aviator Sunglasses (£378); Givenchy bag.

Kendall Jenner is a mix master when it comes to navigating the airport. Some days she’ll try track pants and heels, other days it’s all about statement suiting. One thing that’s always true, however, is that she clears customs looking flawless.

Best Use of the 3-Piece Rule

Photo:

GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

On Miranda Kerr: Barneys New York Twill Open-Front Trench Coat (£1094); Altuzarra pants; Aquazzura Pasadena Cutout Suede Sandals (£420); Céline sunglasses; Samantha Thavasa bag. 

Miranda Kerr has plenty of experience crisscrossing the globe, and one lesson we’ve gleaned from her frequent travels: stick to the three piece rule. Miranda’s uniform, jeans or leggings along with a cosy top and jacket makes for travel style that’s easy to try for yourself—and will definitely keep you comfy. 

Best Take on Smart-Casual

Photo:

starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

On Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Magda Butrym jacket; Saint Laurent T-shirt; Paige Denim jeans; Gianvito Rossi Leather Portofino Heels (£655); Céline ‘Catherine’ Sunglasses (£418); Céline bag. 

There’s a reason we’re head over heels for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s travel style. Like us, she’s a major fan of simple combinations like jeans and a tee, but she always manages to give her look a cool spin. Thanks to statement jackets and great shoes, she turns her go-to styles into seriously chic travel ensembles.

Most Practical (and Cool) Layering

Photo:

starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

On Chrissy Teigen: Spring jeans; Anine Bing belt. 

If there’s one woman we can count on offering up wearable, yet seriously chic inspiration, it’s Chrissy Teigen. She keeps things simple, usually wearing boots, jeans and a long jacket, but the combination always looks effortlessly cool. 

Now that you’ve seen our award winners, it’s best to consult our holiday packing list to get your suitcase in shape too.