Celebrity travel style spreads mock us all. We mere mortals squeeze ourselves into economy seats, we don’t travel with stylists, and comfortable travel clothes, especially athleisure, dominate the friendly skies because dressing up sounds like torture. Yet who among us hasn’t dreamt of sashaying out of the airport looking vacay-ready a la Blake Lively or Brad Pitt?
Ridiculously Comfortable Travel Clothes
Make that dream come true when you put on these shockingly comfortable travel clothes that are guaranteed to slay both en route to your destination and once you get there.
Uniqlo AIRism T-Shirt
Peeking out from under a blazer or worn on its own with sleek jeans, this unfussy layering tee is anything but basic. The budget-friendly AIRism T-shirt is crafted for comfort, with soft quick-dry microfibers, a stay-in-place hem, and self-deodorizing technology that keeps you feeling fresh on long journeys.
Mizzen + Main Wilkes Shirt
No-iron shirts that feel as good as they look are what Mizzen + Main is known for. So when your itinerary calls for more stylish travel clothes, the Wilkes shirt brings boardroom-level tailoring to a surprisingly maneuverable button-down that won’t wrinkle in airplane seats. Pop a jacket over it for work, then untuck it for play.
J.Crew’s Italian Cashmere
The brand’s downy soft Italian cashmere feels pajama-worthy but looks luxe. Pieces like men’s sweaters and the women’s zip-front hoodie are cozy, well made, and warm-but-not-too-warm—perfect on planes and in locales where unpredictable weather is the norm.
You can’t live without your skinnies, but sitting in stiff denim is actually bad for your health. Deep vein thrombosis is no joke, so slip on M.I.H. high-rise jeans on the road or in the air. They’re made of stretch denim that keeps its shape and sculpts your bum, but leaves your circulation intact.
KUHL Konfidant Air Pants
Konfidant Air pants look dressier than they feel, have nine generous pockets, and leave plenty of room in (ahem) critical areas—nice when you’re feeling the cramp in coach. Plus, they’re made of rapid-drying ENDURO fabric with UPF 50 protection, so these comfortable travel clothes are as at home on mountaintops as they are in museums.
Skyler Travel Pants
TravelFashionGirl’s Alex Jimenez calls Skyler Travel pants “the best travel pants for women.” They’re as cozy as your favorite leggings, but they’ve been tailored for a more upscale look. Wrinkles are a non-issue thanks to slimming stretch fabric, and—bonus—they still look freshly washed after a few days of wear.
Uniqlo Ultra Stretch Skinny Chino
If these ultra-stretch chinos were any more comfortable, Uniqlo would have to market them as jammies. They’re crafted from a specialty fabric woven by Kurabo that all but swaddles you from the waist down—and they only get softer with each wash.
Kameleon Rose Ultimate Travel Dress
While the claim that the Kameleon Rose Ultimate Travel Dress can be worn 20 different ways may be a stretch, this is definitely a versatile frock that will take you almost anywhere. The buttery-soft fabric is flattering, easy to pack, and quick to dry. Even better, unlike so many other comfortable travel clothes for women, this dress has a generous zippered pocket.
Steve Madden Kaden Mule
Slippers in the airport are a sartorial no-no, but plush fur-lined mules are a definite yes-yes. Beautiful backless loafers like the embroidered Kaden Mule (which was inspired by Gucci) come off as classy but—we won’t tell if you don’t—are still basically slippers.
Arche Baryky Booties
Step out at your destination in lightweight Arche Baryky booties. The supple structured deer-skin leather looks super luxurious but feels more like your favorite socks. The back zipper makes them easy to slip off at security checkpoints, and the anatomic sole and breathable materials keep your tootsies cool and comfortable all day long.
Clark’s Desert Boot
A favorite of world trekker and chef Anthony Bourdain, these classic desert boots have remained virtually unchanged for 60 years. Why mess with perfection? The soft leather lace-ups can be worn with outfits from casual to classy but, more importantly, are cushy enough for serious walking.
BARDOT Military Trench
Outerwear can hide a multitude of sins, and you can never go wrong with a classic trench coat. The BARDOT trench is crafted from silky, wrinkle-free fabric that makes this sophisticated jacket feel more like a blanket. If your goal is to look perfectly put together but still travel in yoga pants and a tee, it’s a game changer.
Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket
This water-resistant down jacket packs weighs less than eight ounces, meaning you stay cozy even when you’re packing light. The stylish low-profile channel quilting traps heat without any bulk, and the elastic cuffs keep the breeze at bay.
Bottom line: You can stay on trend in comfy travel clothes that feel like pajamas. Emerge from the airport in any of the above pieces and your travel style will always be paparazzi worthy.
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