The Art of the Comfortable Airplane Outfit

Last Christmas I got a red onesie so cozy and warm that I pretty much wore it all winter. Whenever I put on that onesie I would think to myself, this would be the most comfortable travel outfit for those long-haul flights where you know you’re going to curl up and sleep (or at least attempt to). However, I’m yet to wear it on a plane, because: 1) I’d look like Santa’s helper wandering around in my PJs, and 2) I have a feeling security wouldn’t be a fan and it would likely result in a thorough pat down. (I mean, what would you think if you saw someone parading through the airport in an outfit like this? You see my dilemma now.)

So while I try to muster up the courage to rock my onesie outside the house, I have another go-to comfortable airplane outfit that isn’t quite as eye-catching, but is cozy enough for long flights.

Comfortable Airplane Outfit for Travel

Slouchy pants or leggings

My number one concern when choosing what to wear on a flight is comfort, so that’s why I usually go with either slouchy pants or leggings. I tend to wear a black pair of slouchy cotton pants if I need to look presentable upon arrival (these are easy to dress up and they give me the flexibility I need), but otherwise I tend to go for a more sporty look and stick to leggings. The questions you should ask yourself when selecting a pair of pants are: Can I bend my knees? Can I sit cross-legged? If you can answer ‘yes’ to those, you’ve got yourself a pair of comfortable travel pants.

Loose v-neck t-shirt

For tops I usually go with a simple v-neck t-shirt. Again, comfort is my utmost concern here, which is why I go with a loose fitting shirt in a breathable fabric. I don’t have a particular preference for colours, though I tend to stick to either white or dark colours.

Warm hoodie

On top of the v-neck shirt I usually add a hoodie. A zip-up hoodie is easier when going through security since they usually ask you to remove your sweater. If I’m travelling for a work-related project and I have to meet someone, then I’ll usually throw a black blazer over my hoodie to try and dress things up a bit (a girl can try), but otherwise I just keep it simple.

Comfy sneakers

When it comes to footwear, once again, I’m only looking for comfort so that means no strappy sandals or heels (though I admire girls who can travel in these!) I usually go with a pair of sneakers, though I know some people prefer slip-on canvas shoes (like TOMS) that they can easily take on and off without worrying about shoelaces. That being said my shoes have laces and I still slip them on and off – once your shoe has moulded to the shape of your foot, you’re set!

A few accessories

I’m not one for jewellery, but that being said, I do like to tack on a few accessories. First up, a scarf because I’m always cold on planes. I can either wrap this around my neck, or potentially use it as a blanket if none are provided on the flight. I also like having sunglasses, not particularly for the flight, but more for the arrival when you look like a zombie with bags under your eyes. I recently got my first pair of big girls sunglasses here – I went with the Ray Ban Clubmaster Fleck in spotted green and I’m super happy with them! And lastly a hat, because I’m probably going to be looking a bit disheveled and that’s the best way to hide it. A toque works for winter, but if not I’m really digging bowler hats at the moment.

What’s your go-to comfortable airplane outfit?
And most importantly, would you rock a onesie?!

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10 Comments

  1. says: Stef

    I agree with your outfit. Comfy trousers or leggins, sneakers and definitely a hoodie no matter how warm it is in the destination/departure location. I always freeze in the plane and do not understand the people sitting there in their flip flops and short pants.

    1. says: Audrey

      I’m right with you! I remember I would always have to bundle up when I was flying in SE Asia, and then I’d have to change at the airport so I wouldn’t melt once I set foot outside.

  2. says: Zascha

    You’ll always find me at an airport wearing leggings, a long top, a comfy hoodie and comfortable boots.
    Years back I had decided to wear heels on a flight from Copenhagen to London. That was not a good time. Let me just say that I had to walk through Border Control in London with no shoes on … 😀

  3. says: Bee

    Yes! Your outfit definitely works! I can’t go on an airplane without a big scarf in my bag (or around my neck). They are so versatile – wear it, use it as a pillow on the budget flights, or as a blanket on the legs!!

  4. says: Erica

    As for me, leggings are the most useful thing for traveling. It’s so comfortable. I prefer cotton dress instead of t-shirt and short sweater. But it’s still the same meaning 🙂

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