5 Comfy Airplane Outfits for Summer Travel

Whether your flight is an hour or a whole day, what you wear on a plane can make or break the ride. Here are 5 Comfy Airplane Outfits for your for your next trip.

Airplane Outfits | linen pants, tee, jean jacket | styled by Fabulous After 40

1.  Linen Pants and a Cute Tee

Linen is a popular travel fabric because it’s light, breathable, and keeps you cool. These loose linen pants with the comfy drawstring waist are laid back and easy to wear. Team them up with a cute t-shirt, sandals, and a denim jacket for a travel look that is simple and no fuss.

Airplane Outfits for Summer Travel | leggings, long olive button up top | styled by Fabulous After 40


2.  Leggings and a Long Top

Stretch is important when you are on a flight, so leggings are a natural choice for airplane outfits. Pair your favorite black leggings with a soft, long shirt or tunic and settle into your seat with a good magazine.

5 Comfy Airplane Outfits for Summer Travel |Skinny Jeans with blush Slip on Sneakers | Styled by Fabulous After 40


3.  Comfy T-Shirt and Sneakers

Many gals like the simplicity of a comfy tee for summer travel, but with air-conditioning blasting, it can get quite cold on long flights. This 3/4 length sleeve blush-colored tee is the perfect solution to keep away a chill. Plus, the drawstring hem gives it plenty of styles.

A cute pair of statement sneakers adds to this modern travel look and is perfect for those long hikes through airport terminals.

Comfy Airplane Outfits for Summer Travel | Striped Cotton Dress | Styled by Fabulous After 40

4.  Cotton or Knit Dress

If you prefer a dress when you travel, then this striped cotton shift dress is sporty and practical. Once again, 3/4 length is the favored sleeve length for summer travel. Backless sneakers with summer rope trim are easy to slip on and off at security checks. Comfy Airplane Outfits for Summer | Navy poncho with white jeans | Styled by Fabulous After 40

5. Cozy Pullover

Layering is important when you travel as temperatures change from place to place. For that reason, this cute, lightweight cotton pullover is an ideal travel piece.  Wear it as is on its own, or layer it over a t-shirt or tank top. Once you arrive, roll it up and tuck it into your carry-on if it’s too hot outside.

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7 thoughts on “5 Comfy Airplane Outfits for Summer Travel

  1. HI Deb, I’m enjoying your blog posts about updating my look, especially when on the road. I’ve recently retired from 2+ decades as an international stockbroker, so I have had lots of opportunities to mess up how I’ve dressed traveling!
    The white pants made me laugh, as I would undoubtedly spill something on them immediately. (Anti-bacterial wet wipes seem to work to mop up most spills.)
    I’ve seen women wearing skirts or dresses with leggings underneath, which would seem comfier than just a dress as planes can get COLD. Would you have any suggestions for a +60-year-old about how to pull this off with comfortable flats without looking frumpy?
    One suggestion about long haul flights would be to invest in a high-quality black cashmere blanket scarf. In summer, I change it up with a lighter weight charcoal gray wool scarf that Nordstrom always carries in many seasonal colors.
    Alternatively, planes can get HOT, sitting on the tarmac with broken air conditioning once was enough! I now wear some light camisole or sleeveless top underneath.
    Because I see some luggage posted here as well, consider Swiss Gear. It’s pricey but worth every penny. I’ve had my carry on repaired TWICE for free by returning it to the luggage store where I bought it. (Though check the fine print as my older pieces had a LIFETIME repair guarantee, but it appears some bags now only carry ten years.)

  2. I love the outfits. My suggestion would be to wear footwear that allows you to wear socks. Most often you have to remove footwear at security, which means you will be barefoot on the floor (along with many others), if you are wearing sandals. I guess you could always carry a pair of socks to slip into if you want to go barefoot in your shoes or sandals. Just a thought!

    1. Hi Janet, That’s a good suggestion because it feels pretty gross going barefoot at security if they make you remove your shoes. Imagine all the germs! That’s one reason I prefer to wear sockettes with closed toe shoes like statement sneakers. The other reason I wear closed toes shoes is for safety. A flight attendant once told me that they always recommend closed toe shoes because if there was ever a fire or some kind of problem on the plane where you had to evacuate, your feet would be protected. You just never know. Thanks for dropping by! Cheers, Deb

  3. Hi Deborah,

    I love to get your emails!! I loved this article as well :) .
    I would like to know what you suggest to wear to a long road trip that’s about 15-20 hours long?
    I will travel during summer and during Thanksgiving Holidays. I live in Austin, TX and am going to Philadelphia, PA both times.

    1. Hi Michelle, Jeans are tight, heavy and uncomfortable after a while in the leg and crotch area. (Sitting for hours in tight jeans can also give you a bladder infection!) My first choice would be leggings and a long, stretchy top or tunic that doesn’t wrinkle. You can’t get any morecomfy than that. In summer you can wear capris leggings or ankle length leggings with statement sneakers or sandals. In the fall you can wear full-length Ponte leggings and statement sneakers or booties. Also, don’t forget to bring along some kind of light, long cardigan or a little jacket in the fall for when you stop to eat. You will need it in November on your way up north. Thanks for writing in and have a great road trip! Cheers, Deb

  4. I love to travel with a long top and leggings. They are very comfortable.
    But as per your suggestion next time I surely gonna try “Linen Pants”

    1. Hi Ava, Linen pants are light and cool in summer but I wouldn’t suggest pure linen. They’re crisp and wrinkle too much, even though wrinkles are a part of the linen look. I’d suggest a linen blend that is light and comfy but less wrinkly. For example, linen/rayon blends don’t wrinkle as much as linen, especially after several washings. They also have more drape.

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