Planning on going on holiday? Once your packing’s done and you know everything’s in check, you only have one more thing to think about: the airport outfit.
Did you consider that what you wear to the airport can impact your commute? From feeling on-trend for drinks at the airport lounge to feeling comfy on a long flight, this SS18-inspired fashion guide — put together by men’s fashion retailer, QUIZMAN — will set you straight on how to dress in style and comfort when you check-in.
When flying long-haul
Usually when you’re heading on a long-haul flight you need to get to the airport earlier, you also spend longer on the aircraft. So, comfort merged with style is crucial to make your commute pass swiftly.
Choose an outfit that’s good for confidence and comfort. 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.
Flying for business?
Think formality and comfort for a business flight. 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.
Check patterns are really on-trend this season. 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.
Heading on a city break
If you’re flying away for a city break, you want to bring a cool urban vibe to your outfit.
Why not go for a casual, short-sleeve men’s shirt in a block colour and pair it with cropped, mid-weight trousers? 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.
When flying short-haul
You shouldn’t be too tired after a short-haul flight, instead you’ll probably go out pretty soon after landing if you’re on a short-haul flight. So, put together a look that fits a bar or restaurant crowd to make sure you can head straight out after check-in.
This also means that you can make fashion a priority. 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.
Travelling to a beach getaway
Channel sun, sea and sand vibes with an appropriate airport outfit.
Did you know that tropical prints are in this season? 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.
There are a few fashion must-dos:
- 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.
Touch down in style with these airport SS18 tips.