What to Wear on a Plane: 7 Tips To Stay Comfortable and Stylish

by | Nov 8, 2017 | Live Work Play Travel, Luggage & Packing, Travelling | 6 comments

Air travel is often a mix of different climates. From a warmish terminal, to a hot tarmac, to an arctic air-conditioned cabin during the flight to a warm terminal again. And after that you have the local conditions at your destination to deal with. Then while on the plane you may have to deal with cramped conditions. With all these differing climates and different situation you will be asking yourself what on earth should you then wear while travelling on a plane? On any flight you will want to be comfortable and look stylish at the same time. So without further ado here are my suggestions on what to wear on a plane so you will be comfortable and stylish.

The following items provide plenty of comfort plus a touch of style, making them the best clothes for flying. Be the best dressed in the cabin with our guide to in-flight apparel.


7 Tips on In-flight Apparel to keep you Comfortable and Stylish while Flying


1. Wear Layers, Layers, Layers


My biggest tip is to wear layers of clothes when you travel on a plane. This way, you can take off or put on a layer of clothes as the need be. Which in turn, helps you to maintain optimal comfort during your flight. You don’t want to freeze during your flight and end up arriving with a cold at the other end. Nor do you want to boil in too many clothes and be unable to cool yourself. Another advantage to wearing layers on your person means the less you need to pack in your luggage.

Your initial layer could be a pair of jeans or slacks or leggings with a t-shirt or shirt. Then add a layer of a jumper or sweatshirt or jacket. For added warmth maybe a shawl or pashmina or scarf. 


2. Breathable Fabrics


Cottons, linen or silk are great fabrics that breath. They allow air and moisture to pass through them providing you with more comfort. Basically if you wear fabrics that don’t allow air to circulate around your body they will hold sweat on your skin and more than likely make you feel dirtier faster and cause you to smell quicker. So breathable fabrics are a must during your flight.


3. Loose-fitting clothing


Another thing to consider when deciding what to wear on a plane is to ensure you wear layers that are loose-fitting. Loose fitting clothing (pants, skirts and tops) help to reduce the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) by not restricting blood flow through the veins. On long flights you may spend a long time in a cramped seat so feeling comfortable in your clothing is a must. Being comfortable can help you sleep better on long-haul flights.


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4. Comfortable Shoes


Comfortable, simple shoes that are flat and easy to get on and off are a must for your flight. You will be standing, sitting, walking, etc. before, during and after your flight and so your shoes need to be comfortable. And if you need to take them off to go through the x-ray machines you need your shoes to be easy to get on and off.


5. Compression Leg Wear


Although I have said it is advisable to wear loose-fitting clothes it is highly suggested to wear compression socks/stockings during long flights. The socks or stockings help to promote blood circulation which helps to prevent swelling of the legs and DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). There are plenty of stylish compression leg wear out there, check out these.


6. Clothes with Lots of Pockets


As airlines can be very strict with their carry on luggage having clothes with pockets where you can store items for your trip can be useful. You could easily put your packet of tissues, lip balm, ear phones, etc. in to a pocket. This way you don’t have to keep accessing your carry on luggage for those little things during the flight. And if your luggage is weighed you may be able to avoid excess fees by having some things in your hidden pockets.


7. Something Stylish


Don’t throw all your fashion sense out of the window just because you are taking a flight. There are many functional clothes out there that are stylish and comfortable and loose fitting that you can wear on a plane. It is amazing by adding a scarf, some jewellery or a nice pair of flat shoes that you can be comfortable and stylish. And looking stylish can sometimes help you be upgraded. It won’t happen all the time but sometimes when flights have been overbooked staff are advised to look for stylish dressed people checking in to upgrade. True!


The Perfect Plane Outfit for Women


Check out these items and put together your perfect in-flight outfit. Add a t-shirt over a pair of leggings or jeans and add a shawl or cardigan with some comfortable shoes.


The Perfect Plane Outfit for Men


Put together your perfect in-flight outfit for your flight. Team a t-shirt or shirt with a pair of jeans or pants and add a light jacket or hoodie or blazer and some comfortable shoes.


Don’t forget a Bag for Your Personal Items



Final words


So there you have it, my 7 suggestions of what to wear on a plane so you are comfortable and stylish at the same time. I hope you have found them useful and will implement them next time you fly. If you have other suggestions to add to my list I would love to hear them in the comments following. Happy Travels.


A Man And A Woman Standing At The Airport In Casual And Stylish Clothes.

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  1. simplyjolayne

    Let’s just hope that we can be back to flying soon!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Totally agree with you there. I’m looking forward to this pandemic being over. On saying that, Australia is covid free and we can fly interstate at the moment, but that can change!

  2. Natalie

    Great tips! I always wear tons of layers when flying, but that’s usually because I’m an overpacker and have to wear all the clothes that didn’t fit in my bags hahaha. I’m working on packing less though! Also, I usually end up needing to wear my hiking boots on the plane since they take up a lot of space, but I also take flip flops in my carryon backpack to change into when on the flight 🙂 Never tried compression socks, but I’ve been considering giving them a try. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Thanks. I have been flying all my life cause my dad worked for an airline so I have massed a lot of tips for what to wear on a plane.

  3. Alison

    Such a great list. Hope I can use it soon!

    • Sharyn McCullum

      Thanks. I have travelled on planes a ver long time and you really need to be comfortable and hopefully stylish at the same time.


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