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Plane Outfits: What do YOU wear on a long flight?


When it comes to flying long-haul, I know that comfort is important. It’s also important to avoid anything constrictive since it can contribute to DVT.


Relaxing in comfort and style with my Bamboo Body Grace Top, jeans, and ballet flats.

But since I’m usually packing light and I don’t like to wear tight clothes anyway, my plane clothes generally consist of a pair of looser pants, a light top, a scarf/pashmina, and a light jacket. I ditch the belt when boarded and kick off my shoes and socks (if they feel too tight) while trying my absolute best to get comfortable. (I do try to wear flight socks on longer flights.)

I don’t have anything set aside that specifically counts as my “plane outfit”, but you know what… I might now.

Ciao Bella Travel, when they signed on as sponsors of BvtW for the next 3 months, let me pick out some key pieces of travel gear from their online shop. While searching, I noticed a lot of products in the Bamboo Body line, and a lot of rave reviews about how comfortable that clothing felt.

So I got some.

And I tried it on.

And I was an immediate convert.

yoga pants compilation

The MOST comfortable & stylish outfit I have ever owned: Bamboo Body Grace Top, Softlines Essential Bamboo Pants, Flipsters fold-up flip flops, Fanciulla Roma Cabin Bag

Made from sustainable and organic fabrics including bamboo viscose and cotton, the clothing not only feels like Heaven and drapes beautifully, but it also helps you to do your part in supporting ethical fashion.

Did I mention it feels like Heaven? It’s like wearing silk sheets — the perfect addition to any flight and any travels. A big component of the clothing line is just being able to dress it up or down.

top and black skirt

From yoga class to business, this top alone is uber versatile. And cute. Love that color!

The sophisticated fabric in the Bamboo Body line means you can forget about suffocating waists and tight, constrictive creases in your pants on those long flights. Instead, you can kick back — whether it be in economy or business class — in absolute comfort.

chillaxing more

Yep, I look good AND feel good. Jealous?

So, long post short, I found my plane outfit (the awesome top and yoga pants) and I plan to use it on my upcoming trip to Hawaii — for the flight and beyond! Can’t look like a backpacker all the time, right?

What about you? Do you have a specific type of outfit you wear on planes, or do you just rock up and deal with what you have on already?

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*The clothing in this post was provided free of charge by Ciao Bella Travel as part of their sponsorship, but all words and thoughts are my own.

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28 Responses to Plane Outfits: What do YOU wear on a long flight?

  1. Melissa October 22, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    On my recent long-haul flights I wore my yoga leggings with a jersey tunic shirt, comfy long sweater and flats. I just don’t own jeans yet that are comfortable enough for a 12-hr flight in economy. I just cannot abide people who wear ratty sweats or, worse yet, pj pants on flights.

    • Brooke October 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      Cute graphic on your site πŸ™‚ I never felt the need to dress nice for a flight until I flew business class, and then, I felt out of place ha.

  2. Jan Ross October 22, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I agree with Melissa below; can’t stand it when people are dressed like bums on flights. You have to be comfortable but come on! I usually wear my skinny, stretchy jeans (it IS hard to find a comfy pair – mine are from Torrid and I love them), a soft top, ballet flats and a cardigan which I have in dozens of colors. I often stick a pashmina in my bag as well since I have read how nasty those airline blankets can be! Hurray for those of us who look comfy yet classy on flights! I think we should be automatically upgraded for first class, don’t you??

    • Brooke October 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      So I haven’t read anything about the airline blankets… and I don’t think I want to!! But I do always pack a pashmina/scarf to help with the chills πŸ™‚ If only being upgraded were as easy as dressing snazzy!

  3. Caroline Eubanks October 22, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    My favorite plane outfit is currently my ExOfficio shirtigan, leggings and Toms. Feels like pajamas but doesn’t look like it! You look great in those outfits! Might have to look into it.

    • Brooke October 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

      Can’t go wrong with Exo! Yes, look into that Bamboo Body line. Nice clothing – really happy to be able to enjoy it.

  4. Katie October 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    I don’t really have a plane outfit, but I do try to wear some of my bulkier items so I don’t have to pack them – like hiking shoes or a thick sweater (I always get cold anyway!). And I almost always wear jeans.

    • Brooke October 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

      Yes! Page out of my own book! When you’re traveling the Stans, definitely more of a logistics thing than a class appearance thing. But when I fly to the States next month, I’m taking my Bamboo Body outfit because I’ll want to look/feel nicer.

  5. I’m loving your outfit & I commented on twitter but wanted to here as well: I always wear SUPER comfy outfits on the plane. Since we travel back and forth to Grenada a few times a year, I have actually found a plane outfit in the form of a pink jacket and comfy pants, haha. I’m sure the Grenada airport people know me by now. It’s a little obnoxiously bright, but hey it does the trick. πŸ™‚

  6. Ashley of Ashley Abroad October 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Those clothes look really cute and comfy! Thinking I might need to order them before my transatlanic flight next week…

    • Brooke October 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      Where are you headed, Ashley?

  7. decoybetty October 23, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    I generally just wear layers: khaki pants (loose comfy, pockets!), tank top, long sleeve shirt and a comfy sweater/jumper thing.

    But these look amazing!!

    • Brooke October 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      Yes, they feel amazing too πŸ™‚ I’m excited to see how they play out in the long run. I’m sure that green top is going to become one of my most worn pieces πŸ˜‰

  8. Ricardo October 23, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Excelent suggestions for woman. But apart for a good clothes fanother tip for longhaul travel is to walk to galley or in some case use the bar aboard the airplance, well all depend of the carrier.

    Good article!

  9. mary October 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I like to wear what I call my fluffies. Sweat pants that are from a decent sports store, (and they are all fluffy and warm on the inside) that fit properly and look nice. Planes are cold. I usually put on a cute tee shirt with it and a hoodie or a long sleeve t. I also like to wear cargo pants that are a loose fit. The shoes come off and the sarong comes out so I don’t get cooties from the gross airplane blankets. Ya can’t beat comfort.

    • Brooke October 28, 2012 at 1:33 am #

      Comfort is key! Thanks for sharing your flight travel style.

  10. Erik Smith (@eriksmithdotcom) October 27, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    I usually wear the outfit I want to have on for my arrival in the destination on when I board. I carry in my carry-on some clothes that might be more preferable for a flight (loose shorts and an extra T-shirt) and I change in to those right after liftoff and change back right before landing.

    • Brooke October 28, 2012 at 1:31 am #

      Isn’t it difficult to change in those little bathrooms, though? πŸ˜‰

      • Erik November 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

        Where there’s a will there’s a way. πŸ™‚

  11. Our Dear Lady Expatriate October 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Yup – jealous. I can’t believe how versatile that top is. I’m definitely going to remember this brand for when I’m someplace where I can receive mail – as in, not Cambodia!

    Love the challenge of trying to be comfy and stylish on flights. It’s truly a skill! My current go-to flight outfit is my navy dress with a scoop neck and a gathered empire waist. It’s long, which is great because I can stick leggings under it when I get cold – which is always on flights!

  12. JoAnna October 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Are your shoes Tieks? I have a pair that looks like that in maroon.

    • Brooke October 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Yes! I just got them a few weeks ago and have been wearing them everywhere. I love that they fold up, but also that they are made of leather and can be classed up.

  13. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) October 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    That grey top is gorgeous and far nicer than anything I am currently carrying in my 40L bag. Consider me jealous! I wish my entire travel wardrobe were so stylish yet comfy!

    • Brooke October 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

      The fun part is they fold up super small! Perfect for light packers πŸ™‚


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