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Wondering what to wear on a plane? Find out our foolproof formula for long-haul trips. Use them on long-haul flights or short weekend getaways!
What to Wear On A Plane
Written by: Niki Landry
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Over the last few years, I’ve developed a sort of formula for long-haul trips. I know the clothes I prefer to wear from my travel capsule wardrobe, I have my electronics and airplane toiletries readily available, and my water bottle is full before boarding the plane.
These are the small steps I take to make my airport and plane experience tolerable, if not enjoyable. It all begins with my outfit, though. If I’m wearing the wrong clothes, it can throw everything out of order. Wear these suggested outfits on the plane or pack individual outfits in each packing cube as shown in this video!
To help you plan what to wear on a plane, I’ve put together 5 airplane-friendly outfits that work well for long-haul trips:
I don’t leave home without a pair of black leggings; in fact, I am usually wearing them out the door. They are the ultimate in comfort and my favorite bottoms to wear on planes. Our readers’ all time favorite style to wear at home and while traveling is the Zella Live In Legging, available in sizes XXS – XXL.
The dark color helps conceal any mishaps or spills, the stretch is perfect for extended periods of sitting, and they keep you warm when the plane inevitably becomes freezing mid-flight.
Reader’s Choice: Zella “Live In” Black Leggings
The adorable espadrilles are easy to slip on and off at security. Plus, they are a nice closed-toe option for warmer weather. Just give yourself enough time pre-trip to break them in.
Take a look at our readers’ choice for the best leggings for women that travel!
A comfy tank maxi dress is the perfect base for a long-haul flight. It’s unrestrictive shape and soft fabric allows you to stay covered and feeling fresh for the whole ride.
I would layer a tee over a sleeveless maxi for extra warmth–and to make my bag a little lighter. (Here are some tips on how to layer clothes.) The same goes for a light jacket: I always wear or hold my jacket on the plane. It doubles as a makeshift blanket during naptime.
These are some of our readers’ favorite maxi dresses!
When planning your outfit for a long travel day, the focus should be comfort, but you also want to put a little effort into looking polished and presentable.
This outfit is the perfect laid-back plane outfit with style. The lounge pants and shirt are upgraded with flat slip-ons, a pretty scarf, and a cozy sweater. All of these items can easily be re-worn when you get to your destination. Add the ultra popular Bombas no show socks if you plan to fly with sneakers.
Here are some cute and comfortable slip on sneakers – an easy airport option!
When you’re planning what to wear on a plane, keep in mind that it’s best to avoid tight-fitting clothing while sitting for extended periods of time. This is why I suggest avoiding overly tight or rigid jeans on long flights. The fabric doesn’t breathe and can become restricting quickly.
If you like to wear denim, opt for a looser-fitting boyfriend jean or a stretchy comfortable pair such as this style by Prana.
Always try to wear your heaviest or bulkiest shoes on the plane; it may be your boots. You can always slip them off and wear compression socks to help soothe your legs for the duration of the flight.
Find out some of top flight essentials for a long-haul trip!
Pull Up Pants
You’ll notice that in all of these outfits, the legs are covered. That’s for two reasons: airports and planes are always cold, and you can keep your luggage light by wearing some of your bulkier clothing on the plane.
This ensemble, with easy to wear pull up pants by Anatomie, is the perfect alternative to leggings or jeans. Stretchy but tailored, these pants will get a lot of use when you arrive at your destination.
Pair them with an anorak, sleeveless button-down shirt, and sneakers to complete the look. You’ll have the most chic yet comfortable outfit for long haul red eye flights!
Here are more of the best pants for travel!
You’ll also need a few undergarments to get you through the flight, and that are suitable for your travel activities, too. I avoid underwire bras when flying and opt for something ultra-comfy such as the reader favorite Comfort Evolution Bra by Hanes.
For a complete list of recommendations for women of all shapes and sizes, take a look at our post on the best wireless bras.
These are more of the best travel bra options for small to large busts!
What are your tips on what to wear on a plane? Share in the comments!
For more ideas and tips on air travel, please read:
- Best Real People Airplane Outfit Ideas from Europe
- Airplane Essentials: 10 Items to Make Flights More Enjoyable
- 10 Airplane Beauty Tips: How to Look Good After a Long Haul Flight
- Take Flight in these Fashionable Airplane Outfits for Fall
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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.