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 a good tactic to employ, as you can warm up or cool off accordingly. 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 to bring you the most covetable airport outfits.
So next time you’re packing your case, reserve a few of your best pieces for the trip and assemble your travel outfits as instructed below (and feel free to wear flats).
Effortlessly showing that black needn’t equal safe, British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley opts for comfy, streetwear-inspired separates on her transatlantic sojourns. And for that supermodel twist, she adds a pair of smart sandals to get the flashbulbs going at LAX.
With the elegance and poise of a ballerina gliding through an airport, model Doutzen Kroes shows that a pleated skirt needn’t be saved for Sunday brunch. Pair it with a cashmere jumper, and you’re guaranteed some serious comfort up in the sky.
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 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.
Film director Sofia Coppola’s signature style is revered—and it’s easy to see why. Her look incorporating pyjama-style pants, a comfy tee and a statement handbag is in line with her usual impactful (but approachable) way of getting dressed.
Actress Naomi Watts needs something practical to usher two small children around on flights, so denim dungarees are ideal. You’ll stand out in the duty-free queue in this versatile, practical and quirky look.
Magazine editor Carine Roitfeld savvily dons a tuxedo jacket to the airport—just in case she might need to throw it over her shoulders at a glitzy event once she touches down. Classic, muted accessories make this a look she revisits time and time again.
When you’re one of the world’s top models, the runway is your catwalk, so Izabel Goulart reliably rises to the occasion with Riviera-inspired staples. The good news? You don’t have to be a supermodel to emulate her sunny style.
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.
Designer Stella McCartney’s minimalist look isn’t boring—it’s brilliant. Chunky trainers, a warm coat and flattering denim make her a long-haul pro.
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