Men’s style guide: dressing for the airport

If you’re about to seek out some sun on your holidays, you’ve probably been preparing for weeks. Have you got sun lotion? Passport is in the drawer, right? What about your outfit? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you sort out your airport outfit and keep you on-style and comfy the whole flight long.

We’ve got a SS18-inspired guide ready for you right here. So, let us help you plan your ideal airport outfit.


A little more formal

For business travel, it’s important to look smart but without sacrificing comfort. Take inspiration from your normal work wardrobe, but just tweak it slightly to make it airport-appropriate — this means not wearing anything tight and restrictive, or too many accessories that might cause a headache at security.

Give your workwear a touch of SS18’s trend with check patterns. Whether you go for larger window pane checks or a smaller grid check, a square-pattern blazer over a plain, long-sleeve, buttoned-up Oxford shirt delivers the perfect upper body style fit for a business-focused flight. Pair with stretch jeans to tone down the formality and offer you extra comfort for the journey, then finish off with tan brogues.

Get beach-ready

Excited for the sun? Pick out an outfit to show your excitement for the clear seas and golden sand that await you…

This season, we’re seeing some amazing tropical prints. Button up a short-sleeve shirt featuring a palm tree pattern and pull on a pair of beige or blue stretch shorts for the ultimate beach-ready look that’ll be comfy enough for a flight. If you don’t fancy wearing shorts at the airport bar, go for light-coloured chinos with a vertical-stripe shirt — a pattern that will be everywhere in men’s fashion throughout summer this year. Boat shoes make perfect holiday footwear, or you can opt for slip-on canvas sneakers for the same laid-back effect.  


City travel

Planning a break in the city? Then, you need an outfit with an on-trend, urban look when you check-in for the flight.

A block coloured, long sleeve t-shirt with cropped, mid-weight trousers would be a perfect pick for the airport. Tonal dressing is big in men’s fashion right now, so choose a colour you know looks good on you and get your top, pants and shoes in different shades of it. You may need a jacket when you land if you’re heading somewhere with a cool climate, like a city in northern Europe, but make sure you opt for something flexible and light — a stripe or chevron, zip windbreaker is ideal.

Comfort is key

A long-haul flight will see you spending more time both at the airport and on the plane. So, comfort merged with style is crucial to make your commute pass swiftly.

You’ll want to be as comfortable as possible, while still looking good. Go for a plain tee in a shade that matches the band on your side-stripe joggers — this clothing piece was on all the catwalks at the men’s SS18 international fashion shows. Match with neutral-colour, lace sneakers that are easy to slip on and off at security and throw over a light-weight bomber, or boxy denim jacket that’s easy to roll up and put under your seat during the flight.

From the airport straight to the bar

Are you only getting a short-haul flight? If so, put together a look that fits a bar or restaurant crowd to make sure you can head straight out after check-in. You also might be getting a private jet charter like Jettly, allowing you to skip the queues and do things in style.

If this is the case, then style can take the lead. Pull on a pair of turn-up jeans, which was a massive trend in men’s fashion weeks, and combine with a contrast polo shirt for an on-point, smart-casual look that’s fresh for summer 2018. Polish off the outfit with a chrome watch that’s easy to take off at the security scanner, and end with a pair of suede loafers — the ideal men’s shoe for summer.  

Fashion tips for the airport

Keep your travel as smooth as possible with these clothing tips for the airport:

  • Avoid belts: you only have to take these off for the security check.
  • Layer up: go for multiple layers to keep your body temperature at the perfect level.
  • Keep it functional: don’t wear clothes that are restrictive or awkward.
  • Wear socks: to keep your feet cool and dry during long commutes.
  • Avoid lace shoes if possible: go for footwear that’s easy to remove.
  • Take a small carry-on bag or wear clothes with plenty of pockets: to keep your passport, boarding pass and other airport essentials safe.

Follow these summer 2018 men’s fashion tips and you’ll land at your destination in style.

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