Getting ready for the airport should be an exciting kick-off to your holiday. So, you don’t want to waste too much time thinking about what you’re going wear to the airport. If you need a look that’s perfect for any type of holiday, check out this style guide and get the ideal look for every flight.
Flights to: a beach holiday
Put yourself in the spirit of a relaxing or party-centred beach holiday by throwing on the perfect outfit for a get-away somewhere hot and sunny.
Not keen on shorts for the airport lounge? Choose beige chinos with a stripe shirt. Boat shoes make perfect holiday footwear, or you can opt for slip-on canvas sneakers for the same laid-back effect. Tropical prints are definitely in this season, so 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.
Flights to: a business event
You have to keep an air of formality about you hen dressing for a business trip. 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.
Shirts for men come in all styles and patterns — but checks are massive in men’s fashion right now. 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.
Flights to: a European city
Go for a contemporary, urban look when you’re jetting off on a city break somewhere on the continent.
Buttoned-up, short-sleeve shirts with mid-weight trousers is ideal. 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.
Flights to: somewhere close by
Planning on ditching the cases and going straight out once you get to your hotel after a short flight? Then, put together a look that fits a bar or restaurant crowd to make sure you can head straight out after check-in.
Turn-up jeans and a contrast polo shirt is an on-point look that’s ideal for this fashion season. 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.
Flights to: a faraway destination
Comfort is your main concern on a long-haul flight. Dress in a way you know will make you look good but feel at ease. 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.
What to wear and not to wear at the airport
You don’t want any hassle at an airport, so bear these fashion tips in mind before you dress to depart:
Go for footwear that’s easy to remove.
Don’t wear a belt — it’ll need removing at the security check.
Go for multiple layers to keep your body temperature at the perfect level.
Avoid clothes that are restrictive or awkward.
Wear socks and keep your feet cool during long commutes.
Wear clothes with plenty of pockets to keep your passport, boarding pass and other airport essentials safe.
Land at your holiday destination in style with these key airport fashion tips for men.