Need an airport outfit that is both chic and cozy? Here's what the experts want us to wear through departures

From cozy loungewear to stylish staples—here’s what you should wear to the airport…

Airport outfits: Lori Harvey and Hailey Bieber in a two-picture, pink and blue template. Lori wears a white top and grey cargos while Hailey wears pink bicycle shorts and a pink sweatshirt
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Planning a trip but have no idea what to wear on your travels? These airport outfits will keep you comfy and stylish, so they definitely belong in your holiday capsule wardrobe

While maxi denim skirts and a pair of ballet flats might have made their way into your suitcase—along with your go-to non-comedogenic foundation and sunscreens for the face, of course—most of us prefer to be as comfy as possible during those long airport wait times.

And though the best comfy loungewear is top of our list, a practical but stylish look is the best of both worlds for when you also want to look prepped and ready for touch-down at your vacay destination. So, we’ve asked the experts for all the essential airport styles…

What to wear to the airport and during your flight

The best airport outfits will feature a range of different features:

  • Layers, layers, layers: Celebrity stylist, Ellis Ranson says layers are key for airport fits—always make sure you have a sweater or hoodie on hand!
  • Elevated staples: opt for interesting basics, like racer necklines or an oversized T-shirt or stylish but soft trousers, like high-waisted suit pants or cargos.
  • No creases: Avoid fabrics that crease, for an overall polished look.
  • Jewelry: A simple pair of huggie hoops or gold necklaces can really elevate a basic fit. And make sure to avoid anything metallic for the security sensors!
  • Athleisure: Bicycle shorts and seamless leggings are great fall-back pieces if you want to be comfy but still chic.
  • Remember, comfort is everything: Regardless of what's stylish or trendy, as long as you're comfortable you can't really go wrong!

Airports often involve upright seating that is by no means comfortable, long wait times, sometimes queues and are either drafty or stuffy (there's no in-between), meaning you need to consider a whole lot of things—not to mention the flight itself! 

A key tip is layering, such as wearing a t-shirt under your jumper or hoody for any changes in climate (in and out of the airport). Celebrity stylist, Ellis Ranson says: “I always wear a little crop top under my jumper and jacket if traveling anywhere warm, so you can pull it off as soon as you arrive.

Another tip, footwear-wise, for anyone jetting off on a summer getaway, Ranson adds: “Wear socks and sliders and remove your socks or pack a pair of flip-flops in your hand luggage.”

Staples are key for building a chic but comfy fit, Ranson advises to "elevate your basics, go for different shapes look at racer necklines or an oversized t-shirt. Tie a jumper around your shoulders or go for an oversized blazer." 

A nice blazer atop your fit would definitely give you that 'Quiet Luxury' feel! We'd also recommend some soft, suit-style pants, as they're loose-fitting but smart—not to mention effortlessly chic.

Ellis also says to keep your fit 'tonal' adding: "Don't wear anything that will massively crease. I always think if you look polished and neat you look great. Don’t forget to add a few layered necklaces and bracelets and do a messy hair-up do, to go with the look.” Gold huggie earrings are also a must—but make sure you have a mini jewelry box or bag with you though, in case you need to take off your bracelets, rings and so on for security.

Penelope Armstrong, Design Manager & Jessica Howell, Athleisure Buyer for Boohoo have also weighed in on the best airport fashion. "The perfect short tracksuit set is a must for traveling in," the pair notes, adding: "We love oversized hoodies and sweatshirts or t-shirts teamed with matching cycling shorts." This is an ideal fit if your home destination is on the chillier side, but where you're heading to is hot, hot, hot—as you can just ditch the sweaters when needed!

If you have comfort in mind, Armstrong and Howell suggest a pair of seamless leggings, paired with 'an oversized hoodie/sweatshirt or an oversized shirt' for a chic and minimalist but also cozy fit.

Like Ranson, they also advise elevating your fave athleisure look, "with some sliders or comfy trainers, a cap and one of our giant tote bags to make the most of that carry-on allowance! Caps and tote bags also double up as beach day must-haves whilst you’re away."

MIL's picks of chic airport essentials

So, now we know that athleisure and minimalist staples are the way to go for your airport fit, where can we shop some versatile, airport-ready pieces?

Now, to make your life even easier, here's our pick of cool-girl airport pieces—from loungewear to smart and very on-trend, wide-leg pants...

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COS The Full Volume T-shirt 

RRP: $45

This tee is so chic, it's oversized and will not only work for the airport but also with the rest of your work capsule wardrobe (y'know, for when you return to your post-vacation reality *sob*). We recommend pairing this top with some linen trousers.


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Weekday Open Neck Tank Dress

RRP: $42

This dress is perfect for airport styling, it's soft but chic and can be paired with a knit jumper/hoodie and some Adidas Sambas, for an off-duty look.


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Nike Hoodie in Stone

RRP: $90

For a layerable element, you can't go wrong with a comfy, squishy hoodie. This one from Nike is minimal and comes in a light stone shade, with will go with everything.


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COS Minimal Concealed-Placket Shirt 

RRP: $120

This shirt is made of 100% cotton and features a relaxed fit. A white and blue striped shirt is very on-trend right now but will always be timeless.


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ZARA Jogger Pants

RRP: $29.90

These joggers are the perfect example of an elevated basic. They're wide-legged, which is very on trend and will look great with a white tank top and some chunky trainers.


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ZARA Linen Blend Wide Leg Pants

RRP: $47.90

Linen trousers are the ultimate holiday piece and they're both comfy for the airport and light and airy for when you reach your sunny destination.

You can go from wearing them in the airport terminal with an oversized shirt to a bikini top, while you're sipping a cocktail, poolside.


 The best celeb airport-ready outfit inspo  

If you're still in need of some visuals, we've found a few celebrity fits that deserve a spot on your airport fashion mood board...

1. Sydney Sweeney's Cannes outfit

Sydney Sweeney seen wearing blue jeans, a white crop top and a blue and white striped shirt/ at Hotel Martinez during the 76th Cannes film festival on May 22, 2023 in Cannes, France.

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While we're not necessarily on the side of wearing jeans to the airport, a pair of wide-leg jeans could be the way to go, especially for a short flight! Sydney Sweeney's Cannes look is giving elevated casual, which is the goal here!

2. Hailey Bieber's bicycle shorts

Hailey Bieber seen wearing sunglasses, a pink sweatshirt and light pink bicycle shorts

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Here, we can see Hailey Bieber repping a pair of light pink bicycle shorts, paired with an oversized darker pink sweatshirt. She accessorized her sporty look with a small handbag and her signature sunnies (yes we know exactly what brand Hailey Bieber's sunglasses are).

This is a great fit if you're traveling to a warm and sunny destination and want to be comfortable in both the airport and from the moment you disembark.

3. Lori Harvey's leggings and cap

Lori Harvey seen wearing a grey hoodie, leggings, chunky black boots and black Prada bucket hat

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For a more sophisticated but still cozy fit, why not take some cues from the always-stylish, Lori Harvey? Here we see her sporting a pair of black leggings, with a grey zip-up sweater and a Prada bucket hat.

4. Kendall Jenner's layered-up legging look

Kendall Jenner seen wearing a cap, sunglasses, black leggings and a brown leather jacket

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If you're traveling to a chilly climate or starting your journey in one and want to be nice and wrapped up, this Kendall leather jacket and leggings combo is perfect.

She has elevated the look further with a black tote bag, sunnies and cap—all of which are vacation essentials!

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.


Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.