Dressing for travel is a fine art. It’s about getting the right balance between practical and stylish, comfortable and chic. So, who better to ask for some tips than the ICONS fashion team? From clever cover-ups and sage shoe advice to the must-have accessories that can pull a travel look together with ease, this is what the editors wear when they’re bound for the airport.
For both hygiene and temperature reasons, I prefer to have as little skin exposed as possible when I’m flying, so my musts are: covered legs, closed-toe shoes, a baseball cap and always, always a cosy cover-up. Plus, I always carry my in-flight beauty essentials for a spot of altitude self-care.
I opt for loose-fitting trousers and a shirt to keep things looking pulled together, and a sweatshirt over my shoulders to avoid the in-flight chill. As well as a tote (for my travel essentials) I always have an easy-access, crossbody bag, which makes passport control a lot easier. Shoe-wise, I like to wear something that keeps my toes covered but is easy to kick off at security if needed. A refreshing face spritz is always the first thing to go into my in-flight toiletries bag.
When flying, I rely on my monochrome classics – a fresh white T-shirt, loose track bottoms and my trusty Birkis layered with a luxurious cashmere sock to keep me warm in-flight. I pull this look together with a khaki jacket that’s lightweight but great for layering and extremely useful with its multiple deep pockets. A large lightweight tote is a must.
I’m all about comfort when travelling. I always have sunglasses to hand to cover tired eyes from early starts/no make-up and sunshine on arrival. In addition, layers are essential for me as I really feel the in-flight chill, so a lightweight shirt or cardigan and a pair of cashmere socks in my hand luggage to wear with slip-on sandals for the flight. All fit in my trusty basket bag, which is usually too big to pack in my case anyway.
Instead of thinking about my travel outfit as a separate entity, I look at it as part of my holiday wardrobe – it’s a simple way to add a few extra pieces without using up packing space. It’s all about being smart and having a good overview of everything I’m packing.