Come Fly With Me
You know what they say; fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Well when it comes to flying, I kind of have to agree.
There’s more pressure than ever to look great coming off what’s essentially a flying train carriage (thanks for that Rosie Huntingdon-Whitely you annoyingly babeish human). But for me, the most important thing is feeling super comfortable on board and being able to relax, curl up and get as close to feeling like you’re at home on the sofa as you can.
If I’m flying somewhere like New York or somewhere long haul that isn’t going to be super troical when I get there, I tend to travel in jeans. The kind of skinnies that are fairly light and have more stretch that I might normally go for so they don’t constantly need pulling up or bunching up on the calves. Layers are key as I always freeze on plane so a really soft sweater with an extra layer tied round my waist with a scarf in my bag does the job. I like travelling in trainers but if it’s a shorter business trip or something and you’re not going to need those Nikes the other end, plus your luggage is limited, go for boots or loafers with some cashmere socks in tow once you’re in the air. This Sweaty Betty fleecy sweatshirt has thumb holes which instantly take me back to the days I used to pick holes in my school jumpers and feel so satisfyingly nostalgic and cosy. When you’re trying to sleep in the equivalent of a sardine tin, little perks like warm hands and sleeves that don’t bunch up make all the difference. My leather jacket comes pretty much everywhere with me and unless you’re travelling to somewhere freezing cold, it tends to be one of the heavier jackets I’ll be taking and makes sense to chuck it on rather than take up some of those precious checked kilos.
While jeans and jumper are comfortable, sometimes you need the real deal. Yes people I’m talking leggings. While a full cashmere onesie might sound like the ultimate luxury, you kind of feel (and look) like an idiot walking through the airport on a layover. When I really, really want to settle in at home, leggings are my go-to. Good quality, flattering, thick cotton ones like these yoga Sweaty Betty ones (yes I had a bit of an SB haul recently) cling in the right places and skim over the bits you’d rather avoid. A giant cashmere hoodie, basic white tee and converse are regular travel companions for me; the hoodie especially is so nice when you’re trying to sleep and I always like having something like this to chuck on in air-conditioned hotel rooms if you’re just wanting to hang out between meetings or after dinner. This is the kind of get-up I’m normally in if I’m making several stops or have a 10+ hour stint on a plane. Shades and a giant bag stuffed with flight kit keeps from being too scruffy but if the leggings are really freaking you out, you can always change into them once you’re on the plane instead. Trust me though, leggings are going to be around a lot more this winter (remember those ones with the stirrups? Yeah, those) and these are some of the best you can find. I hate anything that looks too techincal or ‘active’ but these are soft, subtle and feel like they kind of suck you in too which is all tick, tick, tick in my eyes.
Ph. by Frances Davison