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. They’re guaranteed to slay both en route to your destination and once you get there.
Uniqlo’s 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’s Wilkes Shirt
Mizzen + Main is known for no-iron shirts that feel as good as they look. So when your itinerary calls for stylish travel clothes, the Wilkes pinstripe shirt brings boardroom-caliber tailoring to a surprisingly maneuverable button-down that won’t wrinkle in your airplane seat. Pop a jacket over it for work, then untuck it for play.
J.Crew’s Sweaters and Hoodies
J.Crew’s downy-soft Italian cashmere feels pajama-worthy while looking luxe, and the brand’s cotton tops hold up well for traveling too. In particular, J. Crew’s men’s sweaters and women’s zip-up 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 for long periods of time can actually be bad for your health. Deep-vein thrombosis is no joke, so slip on M.i.H.’s Mimi high-rise skinny jeans when you know you’ll be on the road or in the air. They’re made from stretch denim that keeps its shape and sculpts your rear, but leaves your circulation intact.
Kuhl’s Konfidant Air Pants
Kuhl’s Konfidant Air pants look dressier than they feel, have nine generous pockets, and leave plenty of room in (ahem) critical areas—which is especially nice when you’re feeling the cramp in coach. Plus, they’re made from rapid-drying Enduro fabric with SPF 50 protection, meaning that these comfortable travel pants are as much at home on mountaintops as they are in museums.
Anatomie’s Skyler Travel Pants
TravelFashionGirl’s Alex Jimenez says that Anatomie’s Skyler skinny pants are “the best travel pants for women.” They’re as cozy as your favorite leggings, but are 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’s Stretch Chinos
If Uniqlo’s ultra-stretch chinos were any more comfortable, the iconic Japanese company 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.
Steve Madden’s Kaden Loafer Flats
Slippers in the airport are a sartorial no-no, but plush fur-lined loafer flats are a definite yes-yes. Beautiful backless loafers like Steve Madden’s embroidered Kaden Loafer Flat (inspired by Gucci) come off classy but—we won’t tell if you don’t—are still basically slippers.
Arche’s Truffe Baryky Booties
Step out at your destination in Arche’s lightweight Truffe Baryky booties. The structured deer-skin leather looks super luxurious but is supple enough that it feels like your favorite socks. A back zipper makes these travel shoes easy to slip off at security checkpoints, and the anatomic sole and breathable materials keep your tootsies cool and comfortable all day long.
Clarks Desert Trek Chukka
A celebrity favorite, Clarks’s classic desert boots have remained virtually unchanged for 60 years. Why mess with perfection? These soft leather lace-ups can be worn with outfits from casual to classy. More importantly, they’re cushy enough for some serious walking.
City In Left’s Dovetail Trench Coat
Outerwear can hide a multitude of sins, and you can never go wrong with a classic trench coat. City in Left’s dovetail trench coat 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 feel like you’re traveling in yoga pants and a tee, this slim-fitting coat is a game changer.
Mountain Hardwear’s Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket
Mountain Hardwear’s water-resistant hooded down jacket weighs less than eight ounces, which means that you stay cozy even when you’ve packed light. The stylish low-profile channel quilting traps heat without any bulk, and the elastic cuffs keep breezes 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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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2018. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.