How To Dress Comfortably For Plane Travel

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Arc’teryx, Birkenstock, Carhartt Work In Progress, FIG Clothing, French Connection, Icebreaker, KAVU, Merrell, Patagonia, prana, Smartwool, Sperry, The North Face, Travel. How To Dress Comfortably For Plane Travel

No matter the length of the flight, comfortable plane attire is a must for travelling. From running to the gate to 9 hours layovers, wearing the right outfit can make all the difference. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, you shouldn’t have to choose between comfort and style. Shop our brands below for tips on flying in comfort and style all summer long.

Wear Comfortable Fabrics & Materials

From an itchy collar to heavy fabric, the little details make all the difference. Several factors can contribute to your comfort when travelling by plane. One of the most important things to consider when choosing your clothes is the materials used to make them. 

For those flying in the summer months or heading to hot destinations, breathable and moisture-wicking materials are ideal. Brands like Icebreaker and Smartwool use merino wool and wool blends, great for regulating body temperature and fighting odours. Known for their base layers and socks, these brands also have a stylish range of casual wear. The Safari collection from FIG Clothing also offers technical fabrics with a comfortable fit, perfect for the plane and other types of travel.

FIG Clothing

IVA Dress

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Icebreaker

Yanni Tee Dress

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Icebreaker

Sphere Short Sleeve Polo

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Smartwool

Merino 150 Pattern Polo

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Dress in Comfortable & Non-Restricting Fits

If you plan on enjoying the in-flight entertainment or taking a quick nap, the right fit is essential for any journey. Too loose and your clothes can get in the way. Too tight and you might find yourself re-adjusting a little too often. Planes are already stuffy, but it can be even harder to relax and get some shut-eye when your clothes are bothering you. For those who want to stay relaxed without having to bring along their pyjamas, there are plenty of options available.

Bottoms

For red-eye’s and longer flights, relaxed fit clothing is perfect. Tights, leggings and sweatpants are a great option. With sweatpants becoming more and more versatile thanks to new looks and designs, you can easily get away with wearing them when you travel. 

For connecting or daytime flights, opt for loose and relaxed fitting garments. For women, a flowy dress is always a safe bet. For men, linen pants and other relaxed fabrics work well. Joggers are currently in style and good for travelling. Be sure to choose pants and shorts that are comfortable when sitting still for extended periods.

Arc’teryx

Contenta Dress

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prAna

Soledad Pant

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Patagonia

Baggies Pants

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Reigning Champ

Slim Sweatpant – Mid Weight Terry

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Tops

Tops are easier to pick because you can choose something looser fitting without having to worry about stumbling over the fabric. Flowy tops and sleeveless shirts are a great choice. Materials that are expandable and breathable are lifesavers on packed flights. A proper fit is also important because it can give you a full range of motion without getting in the way.

Patagonia

Paper Peaks Organic Muscle Tee

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FIG Clothing

SUB Top

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Under Armour

Cormac Crew SS

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Arc’teryx

T-Shirt Cormac

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Comfortable Footwear

Some women can sprint from one terminal to the next in stiletto heels. Although stylish, that may not be the most practical choice. To the women who want comfort above all, flat shoes with just the right amount of elevation for support are perfect.  

Remember, your feet tend to swell up during and after your flight. For this, we would recommend a pair of shoes that aren’t tight fitting.  If you’re heading to a warm and tropical destination, rocking a pair of sandals on the plane is a great choice. Just remember to pack a pair of socks in your carry-on in case your feet get cold.

Birkenstock

Arizona Smooth Leather

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Sperry Top-Sider

Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Sho

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TOMS

Canvas Classics Shoes

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Native

Apollo 2.0 Shoes

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FIG Clothing

FIG Clothing, is a women’s brand that makes stylish and relaxed clothing, essential for an active lifestyle. From dresses and skirts to blouses and shirts, the Voyage Collection features casual pieces designed for travelling in comfort.  The products from this collection are wrinkle-resistant and made from stretchy cotton-based fabrics. Below are some of our favourites from the FIG Clothing Voyage Collection.

NIX Skirt Shorts

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YUM Dress

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MAT Pants

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ZAZ One-Piece

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Getting There

There’s no better feeling than stepping off the plane after a long journey. For those who don’t have the luxury of travelling First Class or Business, long flights can be rough. Leg room and airplane food might be an issue, but what you wear shouldn’t. From stretchy pants to flowy tops, comfort and style should go hand in hand. So grab your carry-on essentials, and buckle up, getting there should be half the fun.

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