What to Wear on a Long Haul Flight and Look Stylish

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If you’re wondering what to wear on a long haul flight and look stylish, this guide has you covered!  In this post, I’m sharing my best long haul flight outfit ideas, as well as a few tips and tricks on what to wear when flying long distance. Before your trip, also be sure to check out my list of 40 travel essentials for women!

 

What to Wear on a Long Haul Flight and Look Stylish

The best outfits for long haul flight will keep you warm, comfortable, and also consist of pieces that you’ll wear once you arrive at your destination.

In general, steer clear of dresses and skirts because you’ll be cold, and rompers are waaaaaay too difficult to undo in an airplane bathroom.

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I have two outfits that I wear on overnight or international flights, depending on the kind of trip I’m going on.  They’re pretty similar, but have a few key differences:

 

Long Haul Flight Outfit Idea #1

This outfit is perfect for any of the following trips: a city weekend, spring, fall, or winter in Europe, or work travel.  Here’s the breakdown:

  1. Black skinny jeans (these have a ton of stretch and fit curves so they’re my favorites),
  2. Black ankle boots
  3. A long camisole layered under a polished, neutral long sleeve t-shirt
  4. An oversized sweater.  This one is cozy enough to act like a blanket, but also chic enough to look legit for a dinner out.

The whole look is very celebrity-on-the-go.

Long Haul Flight Outfit Idea #2

This second outfit is perfect for adventure travel, beach or summer travel.  Here’s what it consists of:

  1. Black, cropped leggings (these are my favorites)
  2. A long camisole layered under a loose-fitting t-shirt
  3. My favorite long cardigan (did I mention that it can be worn EIGHT DIFFERENT WAYS)
  4. For shoes, depending on the trip, I’ll wear either these sneakers (best travel sneakers EVER because they’re so lightweight and comfortable), or these ballet flats which are crazy comfortable.

This look is athleisure at its finest.

For more ideas on what to wear on a long distance flight, check out my travel fashion board on Pinterest!

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The Basics of Looking Stylish On a Long Flight

The ideal stylish long haul flight outfit should consist of these pieces:

 

Base Layer: A Long Camisole

And don’t forget the word long!  Camisoles have a tendency to creep up while you’re seated, and the last thing you want on a plane is to give everyone a show while you’re asleep.  These long camisoles are affordable and come in a 4-pack, so you’ll have extras to throw in your suitcase, too.

 

Two Tops

On top of the camisole, layer two tops.  The first should be a loose-fitting shirt, and the second should be a long, warm cozy sweater or jacket.

 

Comfortable but Versatile Pants

For casual or adventure travel, I’d recommend wearing cropped leggings during a long flight.   They’ll be perfectly comfortable during the flight, and once you arrive, they can double as workout gear, pajamas, or loungewear.

For what to wear on long flights for other kinds of travel, I recommend black, stretchy skinny jeans.  They’re incredibly versatile, look polished, and are comfortable, too.

 

Shoes

I’m a firm believer that you can pack for any trip with only two pairs of shoes.  As for what to wear on a long haul flight, steer clear of anything that’s open-toed.  Your feet will freeze!

If you do decide to wear open-toed shoes, make sure you pack socks to wear on the plane.  Keep reading for more info on the best accessories to wear during a long distance flight.

 

More Tips for What to Wear on a Long Haul Flight

Now that you know the basics of a long haul flight outfit, here’s a few more tips on what to wear during your long haul flight:

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1. Wear your heaviest clothing and shoes on the plane

In general, I always recommend wearing your heaviest clothing on the plane, because it helps you to pack light.  The same thing goes for shoes, too!  So if you have to choose between wearing one of two pieces on the flight, always pick the heaviest!

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2. Dress in Layers

The best long haul flight outfits consist of multiple layers of clothing.  Typically, overnight and long distance flights get really cold, but I’ve been on plenty that have been crazy warm, too.

Since you never know what sort of temperature you’ll be dealing with, I always recommend dressing in lots of layers.

I always wear at least three layers on top: a camisole, a t-shirt, and a sweater or jacket.  A fourth layer (if it counts?) is a big, cozy scarf.

 

3. Don’t Forget these Key Accessories

There’s a few key accessories that will elevate any long distance flight outfit, so they’re must-have essentials!

First is a big, cozy scarf.   This one is less than $13 and comes in a ton of colors.

Even during summer travel, I still fly with a huge scarf on overnight or international flights, just because they can be freezing.  Even if I don’t need the scarf to keep me warm, it’ll double as an extra pillow.  A third use for your scarf on a flight is to roll it up and use it as lower back support.

A second key accessory for a long flight is compression socks.  I know, I sound like your grandma.  But compression socks help prevent DVT and swelling during long flights, so they’re important to bring when you take long flights.

I have these compression socks – they’re awesome and I haven’t found them cheaper anywhere else. Socks are just one of 22 long flight essentials that you should pack with you on the plane.

 

4. Best fabrics to wear on Long Haul Flights

The best fabrics to wear on long haul flights have stretch, breathe and don’t wrinkle.  They also keep their shape so that you don’t look like you’ve slept all night once you get off the plane.  Fabrics that fit the bill are lightweight wool, lycra, or a blend that has enough stretch to it that your clothes won’t get baggy.

Fabrics that you shouldn’t wear on a long distance flight are linen or all cotton – because they’ll both get incredibly wrinkled over the course of a long flight.

 

5. What to Wear in Business Class for a Long Haul Flight

Some readers ask me if what they wear on the plane should be different for flying coach vs. flying business class.    The answer?  It doesn’t really matter.  If you follow the above tips, you’ll already look stylish during your long flight!

The same goes for what to wear on a long haul flight in business class.  It actually matters less, since chances are good that you’ll be covered up in a blanket most of the time!

 

6. How to refresh after your long haul flight

Once you land after 10+ hours in the air, you’ll be in need of a quick refresh.  This post has all the details of how I refresh in airport bathrooms!   And once you land, here’s my best tips on how to quickly recover from jet lag.

Now you know what to wear on a long haul flight and look stylish!

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