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Flying business class? Flying for business travel? Need to dress up for a flight? You’ve come to the right place. We and our readers are proving that business airplane attire can still be comfortable. Keep reading to see six comfortable business class airplane outfits for style inspiration!
How to Dress Comfortably for Business Class Flights
Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
My husband is an executive with an airline company. While that means we fly positive space, first class, it also means that we’re always representing the brand. I’m stumped as to what to wear that’s comfy but not TOO casual on an upcoming 15 hour flight. Yoga pants, leggings, sweats – that’s all out. Any suggestions?
When you plan what to wear for a flight, you might try to choose a comfortable yet polished outfit. But when you’re flying business or first class, many people expect or want to dress more professionally. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between “comfortable” and “professional.”
Here, our readers share their tips for the most comfortable business class airplane outfits.
Editor’s Pick: Anatomie Skyler Pants and J. Crew Tippi Sweater
Before we dive into our readers’ picks, we’re sharing our favorite, go-to outfit for flights when you need to look dressy but still want to feel comfortable. Any time we have to look chic, we go for an all-black ensemble.
The Anatomie Skyler pants are some of our favorite (link to review post) travel pants because they’re so versatile and you can dress them up or down. Our readers agree, with one saying, “I broke down and spent the money for the Anatomie pants that TFG recommended. Then I wore them on a trip and bought two more pair. They’re the perfect blend of comfort for the plane and style when you get off.”
Pair a black pair with the J. Crew Tippi sweater in black for a light layer. The cashmere makes it so soft and it won’t overheat you if it warms up on the plane. Finish the look with black leather sneakers or flats!
Find out what’s the best travel pants for travel!
Athleta Ponte Pants and a Blazer
Our readers constantly rave about Athleta for its stylish athleisure. Their pants are a standout product, and our readers say they make for a great professional yet comfortable pant.
One reader says, “Athleta has a lot of non-legging but still travel-friendly pants,” while another adds, “Athleta has a lot of pants that can pass for workwear but are as comfy as yoga pants. They even have a stretchy blazer or two in tech fabrics.”
Pair these black Athleta pants with a dressy white tee shirt and a blazer for a professional yet comfortable airplane outfit.
Check out this review on Athleta Ponte Moto 2.0 plus other Athleta pants recommendations!
Maxi Dress or Skirt and Scarf
If you’re traveling in the summer or don’t want to wear pants, several readers recommended a maxi dress. One reader says, “I would go with a nice simple black maxi dress, cardigan, and pashmina,” while another adds, “I love traveling in a maxi skirt, cute top, and cardigan, along with a scarf.”
Black is always our go-to option for any business look, but you could also opt for a navy. Alternatively, pair a black maxi dress with a bright cardigan or scarf for a colorful pop.
Here are eight different ways to wear a scarf when you travel!
Swing Dress and Duster Cardigan
For the ultimate versatile outfit, some readers love pairing a dress with leggings. You can remove the leggings if it warms up, so you have two outfits in one.
A reader shares, “my go-to airplane outfit is a swing dress over leggings with a long duster cardigan. It’s also one of my favorite work outfits because it’s professional yet comfy enough to sleep in.”
We love the simplicity of this dress that you can easily take from the airport to a dinner date. Layer over our favorite Zella leggings and a duster cardigan.
Take a look at these cardigan outfit ideas for your next trip!
Tunic with Leggings and Pashmina
What is classier than a tunic with leggings? As one reader says, “never say ‘no’ to a tunic over nice leggings with a pashmina.” For fall and winter, opt for a sweater tunic, and for spring and summer, go for a lighter weight tunic in a linen or cotton fabric.
We love pairing a white tunic with black leggings. Layer with a grey or tan pashmina for a classic look, or spice it up with a colorful shawl.
Here’s what our readers voted for the best leggings for women that travel!
Wide Leg Pants with a Slim Tee
Wide leg pants started as a trend but they seem to be here to stay, especially in the professional world. As one reader says, “wide leg pants are always comfortable and look elegant.”
They make for a great look when balanced with a slim tee (go for black to dress it up). If you go for a cropped pair of wide leg pants, pair with them ankle booties with a slight heel. You’ll look trendy yet still business professional.
Our readers voted for the best black travel pants and these were their favorite styles!
What’s your comfiest business class airplane outfits? Share in the comments below!
For more airplane essentials, please read:
- The Comfiest Airplane Pants for Travel
- Take Flight in these Fashionable Airplane Outfits for Fall
- Best Real People Airplane Outfit Ideas from Europe
- What To Wear On A Plane: Our Foolproof Formula
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