Designers Share Their Top Long-haul Style Tips

Long-haul flight

You’ve seen them in the customs line – those people who look impossibly put-together after a day-long flight while you slouch about in your tracksuit pants and sloppy jacket. So, instead of envying them, steal the style set’s tips for looking great the moment you hit your destination.

Dress in black and white

“Monochromatic tones are an effortless way to look your best. I go for black, white and grey and a few bolder pieces like a red hoodie, striped T-shirt or leopard-print shoes.” Kemal Harris, costume designer

Choose wrinkle-resistant fabrics

“Lately, my go-to [outfit for long-haul flights] is Perry Ellis’s New Uniform range. The pieces are versatile, in sportswear shapes and made from wrinkle-free, stain-resistant fabrics that stretch easily. The range includes the most comfortable trousers, a washable and dryable suit and crew-neck T-shirts.” Michael Fisher, stylist

Pack a classic blazer

Woman waiting in an airport

Ask the crew to hang it for you so it stays wrinkle-free. “Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang and Theory all do great ones.” Kemal Harris, costume designer

Stick to a uniform

“I have a uniform: cashmere sweater – I like Uniqlo men’s range because they’re a little longer – layered over a T-shirt or tank top, jeans and loafers. These pieces are all comfortable enough to sleep in but look more elevated than a tracksuit.” Kemal Harris, costume designer

Pack a different outfit for the plane

“Often, I have two outfits: one for the airport and one for the plane. At the airport, it’s jeans, a trench coat and trainers by Celine or Nike. On the plane, I wear Bassike jersey pants with a cotton T-shirt and a cashmere knit for comfort. I tend to choose pieces in grey marle and white because they feel fresh.” Mary Lou Ryan, co-founder of Bassike

Dress in cashmere

“As soon as I get on the plane, I change into cashmere pants and a jumper by Jac+Jack or Banjo & Matilda and I’m immediately relaxed.” Candice Lake, model, blogger and photographer

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Upgrade your T-shirts

“Cotton tees, plain or striped, that are oversized and relaxed. The Bassike T-shirt is a bit longer at the back, which is a refined and elevated take on the standard tee.” Mary Lou Ryan, co-founder of Bassike

Carry a stylish bag

“I always take a Longchamp canvas bag that folds up into nearly nothing – my shopping comes home in that.” Candice Lake, model, blogger and photographer

Take mini hair products

“I take some dry shampoo for long-haul flights to freshen up and I always spritz a GHD shine spray in my hair before landing to feel fresh.” Pia Miller, actor

SEE ALSO: The Best Mini Beauty Products to Take on a Plane

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