Travel – How to dress for the airport

Airport attire: menswear

Passports at the ready — it’s time for your well-deserved vacation. Once your packing is done and you know everything’s in check, you only have one more thing to think about: the airport outfit.

Perfecting an airport look is something that we all strive for; and it can lead to a greater experience for when you go on your travels. 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.

Dressing for long-haul

Depending on what type of traveller you are, long-haul flights can be amazing or highly irritating — with longer time spent on the plane. So, comfort merged with style is crucial to make your commute pass swiftly.
You need to strike a balance when it comes to airport attire; look on point but feel entirely comfortable too. 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.

Dressing for business trips

Blazers for men are perfect if you’re travelling for business purposes, you want to make a good impression. 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.

Have you noticed the checked pattern trend this year? 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.

Dressing for city breaks

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

Why not wear mid-weight trousers with a short-sleeved shirt? 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.

Dressing for short-haul

With short-haul flights not being very time consuming, you’ll probably look to go straight out once you land. So, put together a look that fits a bar or restaurant crowd to make sure you can head straight out after check-in.

It’s important that you make sure you nail your outfit on a short-haul flight — there’s no excuses. 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.

Dressing for the beach

If you’re heading on a beach holiday, you need to master the perfect airport outfit for the change in climate.

If you’re ready to rock the beach look, you must cop a tropic print tee and pair it with a pair of light shorts. 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.

What you must know about dressing for the airport

To ensure that the journey you’re taking is stylish but stress-free, take a look and follow the tips below:

  • 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.

Look your best this year when you jet off to a sunnier destination. 

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