The best comfy-but-chic clothes to wear while travelling

This is your captain, Paula Burns, speaking. As we’re swapping the catwalk for the runway, check you have comfy-but-chic travel attire, from aviator’s jacket to retro shirts, and of course sunnies to puzzle the paparazzi. Enjoy the flight

The best comfy-but-chic clothes to wear while travelling

CELEBRITIES have repositioned their frow status from the catwalks of Paris and Milan to the runways of the world’s international airports. With the paparazzi snapping at every turn, disembarking from a long-haul flight is the new street style of the fashion weeks. As they stroll through Arrivals, celebrities put their best foot forward as there is no room for a fashion faux pas.

We’ve become accustomed to the Starbucks run, or model off-duty looks, where celebrities pretend their stylist had the morning off, and they just threw together any old look with no outside input. The same applies to the airport run which has been brewing its own style status over the past few years.

It all began with the queen of the heel, Victoria Beckham. Not even flying Heathrow to LAX could deter Posh from wearing those stilettos, so dissing the trackie for skinnies and heels seemed the only option. Other celebs have followed suit but with a less dramatic look. While comfort is key, think chic too.

Ax Paris multi print shirt dress, €37 from www.dresses.ie; Button-down tropical print dress, €80 from www.dresses.ie
Ax Paris multi print shirt dress, €37 from www.dresses.ie; Button-down tropical print dress, €80 from www.dresses.ie

The Kardashians/Jenner clan are airport royalty. When they’re not being shot wearing Balmain, there’s a good chance they’re been papped at an airport terminal. As a high-flying supermodel Kendall Jenner is the leader of the pack. In keeping with her off-duty model persona Kendall does airport chic while staying on the down low, as in without heels. Jenner has given our feet reprieve by bringing kudos to the sneaker. And she’s given us options from the Adidas Stan Smiths to black or white Converse the choice is there. Match with skinny jeans and Amazonian long legs for the complete Kendall look.

Adidas Stan Smith runners. €87 in The Athlete’s Foot, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork.
Adidas Stan Smith runners. €87 in The Athlete’s Foot, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork.

Fellow reality star come supermodel Gigi Hadid is another frequent style flyer. Gigi is a fan of the oversized approach to airport wear where comfort is paramount. Like Hadid keep the bagginess for on top. When it comes to this style opt for a boyfriends shirt or the duster style coat that repeals against form fitting. As with this look and all airport style the key is the skinny jean. Forget the rumours of the flare or 90’s Levi style sneaking their way back in. Nothing compares to the skinny, it’s casual yet chic and matched with an oversized shirt and vans being mistaken for Gigi is a given.

River Island sweatshirt, €33
River Island sweatshirt, €33

In keeping with the over-sized trend, the sweatshirt is having a style moment. Thanks to fashions obsession with all things 1990s, the logo has been revived and with it comes the sweatshirt. Celebs from Kristen Stewart to Cara Delevingne have rocked the sweatshirt airport look. It screams comfort with an edge but only when teamed with the ever-faithful skinnies, kohl eyeliner, and a touch of I-fell-asleep-on-the-plane hair.

Topshop bomber jacket, €117; New Look black and white striped embroidered bird bomber €59.99
Topshop bomber jacket, €117; New Look black and white striped embroidered bird bomber €59.99

Ironically another 1990s favourite taking to the airport runways this season is the bomber jacket. While the original can be found basking in its fashion glory, the high-street has created its own edit. What was once worn by fighter pilots has now been given a feminine revamp with bomber styles being found in shades of dusty pinks or adorned with butterfly motifs. Channel your inner Rita Ora or RiRi with a failsafe piece which will bring you from a chilly Irish summer to sunnier climates.

Armor Lux Navy and White Stripe Cotton Tee @Scoutdublin.com, €65
Armor Lux Navy and White Stripe Cotton Tee @Scoutdublin.com, €65

If the 1990s conjure too many painful fashion disaster memories, then taking a style note from the Parisian woman may be the answer. There is nothing more chic than the Breton stripe. Since style’s most famous icon, Coco Chanel, took notice of the French Navy’s uniform back in 1917, the Breton stripe has been an integral part of every fashionista’s wardrobe.Take inspiration from Alexa Chung or Diane Kruger who was recently spotted matching the nautical top with denims and a fedora hat.

Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Hallie Tote €335 at Brown Thomas; Penneys black straw fedora hat, €5
Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Hallie Tote €335 at Brown Thomas; Penneys black straw fedora hat, €5

If all else fails on the runway, turn to accessories to champion that celeb style. The must-have travel trimmings include every celebs go-to disguise, the sunnies. Flying can play havoc with our tresses so opt for a fedora or a floppy wide-rimmed to hide any bird’s nest. Stay true to the over-sized theme with a large tote. It not only holds all those flying beauty essentials but can also act as a cover-up to creases etc which may have occurred during the flight.

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