I’d been toying with the idea of posting ‘styling tips for a long-haul flight’ for a while now. But when Vicki Archer – one of my favourite bloggers of all time – put the idea out into the universe via this post, I knew I had to publish my thoughts sooner rather than later.
Interestingly, Vicki and I have similar views on many ‘in-flight style’ items. In line with Vicki’s thinking, I also look at the clothes I wear on a long-haul flight as a uniform.
I entirely agree with her when she recommends flying with a cashmere jumper. It has been years since I’ve flown anywhere without a cashmere v-neck tucked into my carry-on. I generally find cabin temperatures on overnight flights to be absolutely freezing and that light but warm cashmere is a definite must.
On the topic of cashmere, like Vicki, I’m also a fan of the cashmere wrap that doubles as a travel blanket. For far too long, I actually travelled with a (bright red) cot blanket. That was before I realised that a cashmere wrap would do a better job than my blanket – as well as doing double duty while we were on the ground!
However, while Vicki recommends a long sleeve top with her cashmere jumper/sweater, I tend to prefer my base layer to have short sleeves. This is due to the fact that all the flights from Australia stop in hot or humid Middle-Eastern and Asian climates on their way to Europe and shorter sleeves are more appropriate as you navigate your way between one airport gate and another.
A Few More Ideas For In-Flight Style
Aside from adopting an in-flight uniform, here are four ideas to help make your long-haul travel a little more stylish.
- Plan your outfit around your heaviest shoes. Minimising the weight of luggage is common goal for world travellers. And wearing your bulkiest shoes can certainly help to free up packing space and keep things lighter. There is nothing stylish about dragging your heavy luggage around behind you. But carrying the weight on your feet means you need to give the rest of your outfit some thought. I generally find that for our trips to France, my ankle boots are on my feet, which almost immediately dictates the pants I’ll be wearing. (Generally speaking this is jeans for me. I know, I know, not everyone likes flying in jeans. But personally I find them super comfortable. I think it has something to do with the built in stretch).
- Wear dark colours. Yes, I know it seems obvious. But flying is one time when adopting that Parisian favourite – black – is both a chic and clever idea. Flights can be bumpy things, and little spills are almost inevitable. While baby wipes do an excellent job of mopping up minor issues, dark colours hide help hide the residual damage. (Don’t forget to pack a change of clothing for any major accidents and as insurance against lost baggage too.)
- Consider wearing a blazer for boarding and disembarking. So often, in an attempt to ensure comfort, travellers let style go out the window. Yet more structured jackets cut for your body shape can be very comfortable and usually look quite smart. And when, at the end of a 24 hour flight you are feeling entirely crumpled, something a little smarter can certainly elevate your look considerably. Which is handy when you’ve still got to navigate your way through customs and checking into your accommodation.
- Think about the fabrics you’ll be wearing. You may be feeling a little worse for wear after a long flight, but that doesn’t mean your clothes have to look as wrinkled as you might feel. Crush resistant clothing equals joy for travellers who want to maintain a stylish look. It’s also worthwhile considering fabrics in terms of how they feel against your skin. You tend to spend longer than average in your travelling clothes so anything that scratches or irritates needs to be avoided.
Do you have any in-flight style tips? If so, I’d love for you to share them in the comments section below.
And until next time – au revoir.