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Men’s Travel Outfits: Look Cool on long Haul Flights

Men’s travel outfits, fashion tips and a shopping guide to reach your destination in style.

Men's Travel outfits

I don’t know about you, but “cool” and “long-haul flights” don’t necessarily go together. Long-haul flights are uncomfortable, we all agree. And “cool” can take a backseat to practicality on flights.

It’s okay if you are flying in the pointy end of the plane, but it’s hard for the rest of us to look stylish with no sleep and leg crampsWhat if you can create a stylish, comfortable outfit?

Now there’s an idea!

With some planning and thoughtful shopping, it is possible to maintain your fashion sense and style on your next long-haul flight. Many of us have found ourselves in this stressful position – running to the shops for a last-minute purchase when we realise we have nothing ‘good’ to wear on the flight!

You are not alone if you dread the long-haul flight yet dream of looking like a celebrity when you arrive at your destination.

Online shopping has made planning and finding what you need easier.


Smart Fabrics – Non-Iron & Stretch Fabrics

Comfort is paramount on a flight, but you need to be mindful of the purpose of the flight. Are you heading away for a beach holiday? Tracksuit pants are perfect!

Or are you meeting a client or employer at the destination airport? Are you struggling to plan your travel outfit to make an impression on arrival? Enter the stretch chino.

Stretch chinos are a great alternative to joggers if you need to look slightly elevated when arriving at your destination. Are you meeting the new business partner in chinos or joggers? Unfortunately, first impressions count.
There are suits now designed for travel, too – for those who need to hit the ground running.
Wrinkle-free shirts are perfect for keeping that crisp look.

What about jeans? In general, jeans are not very suitable for long-haul travel. As your legs bend and contort for hours, the knees and upper legs take the pressure from the unforgiving denim fabric (not to mention other areas on the body!).
If you can’t sit on your local bus for two hours in jeans without discomfort, you might need to search for an alternative bottom-wear option.

Non-IronShirts

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Cotton Slim Fit Formal Shirt, Full Sleeves Wrinkle Free Shirt by GESSATI
Dobby Non-Iron Slim FIT Shirt by Blackberrys
Dobby Non-Iron Slim FIT Shirt by Blackberrys
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Dress Shirt Xtreme Slim Fit Non-Iron by Calvin Klein
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Dress Shirt Slim Fit Non-Iron Stretch Solid – French Cuff by Calvin Klein
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Dress Shirt Slim Fit Non-Iron by Tommy Hilfiger
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Regular Fit, Easy Iron, Wrinkle Free Shirt by L P Creation

Non-Iron Pants

Non-Iron Pants for long flights
Luxury Stretchable Formal Pants by The Pant Project
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Track Pants Quick Dry Wrinkle Free by Regalia Procot

Stretch Pants, Chinos & Track Suits

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Stretchable Casual Chino Pants by The Pant Project
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Slim fit Stretch Chinos by Marks & Spencer
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Casual Lycra Pants Stretchable by Ezee Sleeves

Travel Business Fashion

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Solid Formal Regular Fit Wrinkle Free PolyViscose Trousers by McHenry
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Travel Ready Grey Pv Stretch Suit by Nautica

Outfit Inspiration 1 – Long tap on the image to pin the look.

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Stay Cool – Wear Layers

Planes can be icy – or scorchingly hot. And herein lies the challenge. Airports, too, vary in temperature. To avoid major discomfort on long-haul flights, consider layering your outfit and ensure your clothes are versatile.

One way to layer for men is a lightweight, breathable t-shirt underneath a hoodie, long-sleeve t-shirt, polo top, jacket or sweatshirt. Rather than one bulky sweater, wear several light eight pieces that can be removed or added as required. It might seem like you are taking too many pieces on board. However, you spend most time seated and don’t need to carry the items, except at the end of the flight.

Lightweight pieces will also be helpful for your wardrobe at the destination, providing you with multiple outfit combinations.

Layers look cool, too – they show others you know how to wear styles that suit you and that you take comfort but also style seriously.

Lightweight T-shirts

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Regular Fit T-Shirt by Scott International
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Regular Fit Organic Cotton Melange T-Shirts | Anti-Bacterial by ALMO
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Breathable Men T-Shirt by U.S. POLO ASSN

Long sleeve T-shirts/Polos

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Cotton Full Sleeve T-Shirt by AELOMART
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Full Sleeves Regular Fit T-Shirt for Men with Breathable Fabric by UT-UNITEES
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Printed Men Round Neck Full Sleeve T-Shirt by London Hills

Lightweight sweaters

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Lightweight, Ultra-Warm, 2X Softer Sweatshirt by ALMO
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Lightweight Sweater by Nautica
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Zip front Men’s Sweater by Marks and Spencer

Cardigans

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Cotton hooded Long Cardigan by Tinted
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Cotton hooded Long Cardigan by TintedLong, slim-fit Cardigan by Pause
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Lapel Collar Solid Full Sleeves Soft Melange Cotton Shrug/Cardigan by Corsair

Hoodies

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Cotton Blend Hooded Cardigan by Tinted
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Long Sleeve Casual Lightweight Hoodie by Three Sixty Six
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Evostripe Hoody by Puma
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Slim Fit Hoodie by Maniac

Outfit Inspiration 2 – Long tap on the image to pin the look.

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Choose Stylish Outerwear/Jackets

So you didn’t manage to remain groomed and now appear somewhat dishevelled. What are your options?

One option is to cover the whole lot under stylish outerwear.

There are so many options available in men’s fashion in this category. You can showcase your style with outerwear (as with your shoes), and with the right choice, elevate your simple travel look to something special.

Outerwear is one way to distinguish yourself from the crowd. You don’t need to wear it on the flight necessarily (although it can prove invaluable on those frosty night flights), but the items come into their own during departure and arrival.
And who doesn’t need more pockets on a flight?

Puffer Jacket

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Bomber Puffer Winter Jacket by Veirdo
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Lightweight, Packable, Water-resistant Jacket by TSLA
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Bomber Puffer Jacket Qube by Fort Collins

Vest

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Quilted High Neck Puffer Vest by United Colours of Benetton
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Sleeveless Zippered Puffer Jacket by Urbano
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Quilted Zippered Vest by Amazon Brand – Symbol

Long Coats

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Trench Coat Slim Fit Single Breasted Business Long Jacket by CHROES
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Trench Coat Slim fit Double Breasted Windproof Overcoat by Gafeng

Jackets

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Lightweight Layering Jacket by Amazon Brand – Inkast Denim Co
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Travel-friendly, lightweight and breathable Jacket by Qube by Fort Collins

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The Perfect Shoes

Shoes are a crucial travel essential to get right when flying. Whether it’s running madly for the boarding gate, carrying heavy luggage, or for in-flight comfort, choosing the optimal pair of shoes will be the difference in your overall travel experience.

Like outerwear, shoes are an area where style and comfort combine in endless options for men.

Trainers or sports shoes are the obvious choices.

Versatile and comfortable, you can run to catch the gate before it closes,

Consider shoes without laces for the most convenient option on board and pre-departure. Airports often have rules relating to security and footwear, and men often have to remove theirs, so seek out airport-friendly shoes if this bothers you.

An excellent option for travel is a sports shoe-hybrid style that works for casual and semi-formal occasions. Any space you can save in the luggage department is a bonus! But shoes are an area of men’s fashion that allows style to make a personal statement. A good pair of shoes can transform your entire outfit. Also read- 5 must have shoes for all men in 2023.

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Vega z5 Running Shoes by Bourge
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Leather Casual Pull-on Shoes by Red Chief
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Casual Leather Sneaker by Woodland
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Boat Shoe by Amazon Brand – House & Shields
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Loafers, Anti-slip by Prolific
Stylish Travel Accessories

Accessories are another way to add instant cool and up your style quotient.
A run-of-the-mill tracksuit elevates to a style statement with the right fashion travel accessory.
No one wants extra weight or hassle on their flight, so look for options that can work hard for you and multitask pre, post and in-flight.

Scarves

Never underestimate the power of a simple scarf when packing for your next flight. The size and weight only add a little to your baggage allowance but can add a lot to your comfort. Scarves can be handy on flights, for sleeping comfortably overnight and at the airport as you wait for your transport.

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Fashion Muffler/Scarf by Brandonn
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Long pashmina business stylish scarf by WorldCare

Headwear

With a dual purpose of keeping warm and looking cool, headwear can make a simple outfit look ultra stylish (Check out how many celebs use this style accessory at the airport).

Of course, another use of headwear is to hide the ‘bedhead’ hairstyle you have acquired on your long-haul journey!

men's travel accessories- cap
Sports Cap, Low Profile Fit & Snap Back Closure by Under Armour
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Classic Cuff Beanie by Puma
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Knitted, Slouchy Beanie Unisex by Gajraj

Passport Pouch/Convertible Laptop Bag

We all know the hassle of carrying the necessary documents and personal items while travelling. They need to be in easy reach. Consider a stylish travel wallet, passport pouch or convertible /laptop bag.

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Leather Passport Pouch by ABYS
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Nylon Sling Cross Body Travel Office Business Messenger One Side Shoulder Bag by Storite
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Vervo 15.6-inch Laptop/Travel/Casual Backpack with rain Cover by Harissons
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Transit Backpack Laptop by Mokobara
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Lightweight Laptop Backpack by Ultima

💡 Shopping Tips – In-Flight Planning

  1. Create a Pinterest board full of ideas, outfits and fashion before you go shopping
  2. Choose styles that can multitask – business to casual occasions, convertible bags, winter layers etc.
  3. Once you find your perfect piece, consider buying two (or more) in different colours.
  4. Think about colour choice – will your purchase go with the rest of your wardrobe?
  5. Compare trend, durability and cost. Generally, a trendy piece will not be as useful long term as a classic fashion item. Expect to pay for Classics upfront, but wear it for longer.
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