6 Editor-Approved Airport Outfits That’ll Double Your Chances of an Upgrade


One of the most popular things we cover here at Who What Wear is airport style. Pictures of what Gigi Hadid, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner and more wear to terminals across the world are always just as loved as any fashion week street style pictures. It is, therefore, (unofficially) within our job descriptions to look at endless pictures of airport style, so you can bet we WWW editors have our own long-haul uniforms down.

Here, several of our editors have broken down what they always wear to travel and divulge their tips on staying comfortable and looking stylish at 39,000 feet. Our personal styles couldn’t be more different on a day-to-day basis, but when it comes to travelling, we all have similar tactics for formulating airport outfits. Each editor sticks to neutral palettes to make layering even easier, and every single one of them travels in a pair of flat shoes—some even opt for the very same trainer brand. Scroll below to see what six of our editors wear when travelling.

Hannah Almassi, Editor in Chief

“It’s been so long since I’ve flown that I almost can’t remember what I usually wear, but from what I recall, I like to prioritise a long cardigan or big shawl—something I can wrap myself up in on the plane (I always feel the cold) that’s also packable and resists creasing so I can bundle it up into a big basket bag. (Yes, I take my basket bag on the flight as I don’t want it to get ruined in a suitcase). I’d most likely chuck this over a comfy midi dress or slouchy trousers with a tee—never jeans as they’re so uncomfortable!”

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Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Poncho

“Something like this also doubles as a handy, chic cover-up on chilly nights.”

M&S Collection Cotton Rich Slim Fit T-Shirt

“I like my T-shirts fitted, not baggy.”

Dear Frances Bridge Slide in Nut

“I have these in navy suede, and they’re so easy to throw on with all summer outfits.”

Maxine Eggenberger, Deputy Editor

“Whether or not I’m travelling, I’m the sort of person who likes to layer year-round as I always feel the chill. For the plane, I’ll wear a blazer over a shirt layered over a vest, and then I’ll drape a cardigan overtop of my tote so I have it on hand when I inevitably get cold. Although my outfits usually revolve around dresses and skirts, jeans with stretch in them are my go-to for flights (again with the sole intention of keeping myself cosy). Superga trainers serve as my shoes of choice as they allow me to dash as quickly as possible from the plane to baggage collection to my hotel. I’m all about maximising my pool time.”

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Sézane Gaspard Cardigan

“Hands down, the best and most versatile knit I own.”

The Frankie Shop Lui Organic Cotton-Poplin Shirt

“When I land, I’ll style this over everything from bra tops to satin slip dresses.” 

Arket Rib-Knit Tank Top

“Look for cotton layers for breathability.”

& Other Stories Slim Cut Jeans

“These jeans are stretchier than they look.”

Collagerie Raffia Striped Tote

“Roomy enough for all of my in-flight essentials (read: skincare products and snacks).”

Superga 2750 Cotu Classic White Trainers

“Every outfit is improved with these classic trainers.”

Remy Farrell, Shopping Editor

“There is something supremely decadent about cloud-soft cashmere on a long-haul flight, and as I end up building most of my holiday outfits around a basic tank top, I’ll wear one to the airport layered under a jacket. As soon as I step off the plane and into the heat, I’ll swap out the comfy trousers for a printed midi skirt to make the most of that bare-legged feeling.”

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Whistles Cady Leather Jacket Overshirt

“To swap out the vinyl trench coats I lived in all winter, this cropped jacket has me covered for the chilly welcome back to Britain.”

N.Peal London Cashmere Trousers in Navy

“Ultra soft and impossibly chic.”

Bottega Veneta Arco Tote Bag

“An oversized tote is a must for me on a plane. After all, it has to hold all of my impulsive duty-free purchases.”

Superga 2795 Cotu Trainers

“Classic white high tops are my go-to airport shoes.”

Emily Dawes, Affiliate Editor 

 “I like to be comfortable but still feel a little put-together when I travel. That’s why these H&M satin-look trousers are perfect. They feel like pyjamas but look like tailoring! I also like to travel in layers as I’m only ever too warm or too cold. A hoodie is cosy, but I’ll add a chic trench layered on top for when I leave the airport. If I’m flying somewhere warm, I’ll stow the jumper in my case as I go through passport control. Of course, a roomy tote that doubles as a work or beach bag at the other end is an essential. And for shoes, slip-ons are my go-to, and since investing in a pair of Birkenstock Bostons recently, I can’t imagine a better plane shoe. Compression socks optional.”

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Totême Double-Breasted Cotton-Blend Gabardine Trench Coat

“I own this trench and think it’s well worth the investment.”

Colorful Standard Hooded Cotton Sweatshirt

“Hoodies don’t come chicer than this beige iteration.”

Arket Heavyweight T-Shirt

“The tee our editors all love.”

H&M Lyocell-Blend Trousers

“H&M always delivers on comfy trousers.”

Chloé Woody Medium Leather-Trimmed Linen Tote

“This designer canvas bag has been on my wish list for months.”

Birkenstock Boston Suede Clogs

“I’m devoted to my Boston Birkenstocks.”

Remi Afolabi, Video Content Creator

“I’m definitely the layering type when it comes to travelling. It makes it easy for me to adapt to my environment weather-wise. I’ve developed a love for matching sets as of late and adore this Le Ore cardigan-and-trouser combination—a much more stylish alternative to the regular tracksuit. Trench coats are easy to throw on and don’t carry too much bulk, which I like. Love how elevated this trench coat looks in this light sage colour.”

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Topshop Longline Trench Coat in Sage

“With a trench, I always feel that I look a lot more put together—this one is lightweight enough to throw on and off when needed.”

Reformation Madalie Knit Two Piece

“You don’t have to think too much about your look with a stylish matching set.”

COS Oversized Shopper Tote

“A serial over-packer needs hand luggage that leans on the bigger side.”

Reebok Classic Leather Legacy Shoes

“Comfort is essential when it comes to footwear. A pair of trainers is always my go-to.”

Eleanor Vousden, Beauty Editor

“I’m one of those rare breeds of people who like to travel in jeans. I’m not sure why, but I don’t like to feel too sloppy when I travel, so I never wear jogging bottoms or anything too slouchy. I typically wear jeans, a T-shirt and a smarter blazer, and I’ll bring a big scarf for the plane.”

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Arket Oversized Linen Blazer

“This blazer feels summery thanks to the linen fabric.”

Arket Crew-Neck T-Shirt

“My all-time favourite tee.”

& Other Stories Fringed Wool Blanket Scarf

“I’m always so glad for a scarf when I’m on a long-haul flight.”

Whistles Stretch Barrel Leg Jean

“The looser silhouette ensures these jeans are comfortable to travel in.”

M&S Collection Leather Bow Ballet Pumps

“Any shoe other than flats is out of the question.”

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