Best Travel Outfits for Planes

It’s super tempting to travel in your pajamas or sweatpants, especially for the long-haul ones. However, it IS possible to look stylish while you’re lugging your suitcase around and be comfortable. I’ve taken a lot of different flights over the years, so I put together some of my favorite combinations. Here are the best travel outfits for planes depending on your style! While I mix it up, I’ll admit the leggings outfit sometimes wins out when it’s a longggg flight haha!

Best Travel Outfits for Planes

Classic Outfit

Skinny Jeans/Jeggings + V-Neck + Slide Sneakers + Oversized Knit

You can’t go wrong with this outfit for the plane – just choose jeans that aren’t too tight on the waistband. Throwing a nice baggy sweater over top of the outfit makes it perfect.

Casual Outfit

Yoga Capris + T-Shirt + Flip Flops

My go-to when I fly international and long-haul. My flights to India are something 30-40 hours all together and it can be exhausting. The last thing I want to worry about is how I look. I will sometimes wear this with high top sneakers to look a little more put together. I always choose some really cool leggings, though!

Hot Weather Outfit

Loose Pants + T-Shirt + Sandals

India, Bali – this is the one! I wear this combo when I travel around hot countries and countries that are a little more conservative. In general, I like to wear “ali baba”/harem style pants, silk trousers, and other baggy style trousers that make me feel like I’m not in gym clothes but as comfortable as if I were!

Cooler Weather Outfit

Loose Shirt + Cableknit Sweater + Fleece Leggings + Slides or Boots

Flying into Europe in the winter (like when I went to Finland last year!) this is the best outfit because layers are exactly what you need! If you don’t have fleece leggings, go get you a pair! You won’t regret it.

Sporty Outfit

Baseball Cap + Jogger Pants + Boxy Tee + Sneakers

Are you in on the “jogger pants” vibe yet? It’s not going away. I feel like it’s the only acceptable way to wear actual sweats these days. Plus, it’s only in the USA that people go to the grocery and out in public in sweatpants. In Europe, people find it odd, and if you are flying internationally, it does make you feel a bit gross.

Chic Outfit

Jumpsuit + Tee + Mules or Slides

I save this for short flights: within the USA, within India, or mostly just domestic flights or flights under 3 hours. I love jumpsuits because they are comfortable, take literally no time to style, and make you look instantly chic with basically zero effort. They do sometimes get wrinkled which is why I go for this on shorter flights where I won’t be figeting around trying to get comfortable sleeping.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Suzanne February 2, 2018 at 12:51 am - Reply

    Sorry to be a negative Nelly, but the airlines do not recommend slip-on shoes in case of a crash landing. You really want to have your shoes on your feet if you’re walking around in debris. This is just stuff I worry about. It’s a great post otherwise. :-)

    • Amy February 2, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Suzanne this is an excellent point. I recall several survival trainings that highlighted the best chance of surviving with the least secondary injuries was to have shoes that you could keep on and also natural fiber clothing made from cotton over polyester or synthetics.
      All good tips otherwise. Love Rachel’s blog!

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