The best outfit to wear on an overnight flight is comfortable, stylish and versatile. Start with a smart pair of dark color jogging pants with a stretchy long sleeved top. Add a comfortable pair of non skid trainers or athletic shoes with wool shoe liners for warmth. A light packable down jacket will double as a pillow when folded into its bag or keep your legs warm during the flight. Throw it on when you get to your destination. Add a wool blend poncho or scarf as a flexible layer to wrap around neck and shoulders and keep drafts out especially in a window seat.
If you’re a certain age, you may remember when plane travel meant dressing up. My first plane ride was on a DC8 from Toronto to London and I think my mother wore the little white Jackie O gloves with her suit. Two seats on each side of the aisle approached with a maximum of style, a paper ticket and boarding pass clutched tightly. Lord help you if you lost it!
Fast forward and plane travel in the 21st century has changed forever. Your boarding pass lives on your phone and suits are for business class.
What hasn’t changed is the need for some style and attitude.
We’re treated better when we exude confidence and while we’re not dressing up anymore, a little style doesn’t hurt. You never know who you might meet!
Life can get pretty chilly at 30,000 feet so it’s important to be comfortable too. Take something warm and soft to slip around your shoulders and on your feet when the cabin gets chilly.
Be prepared for the chill of the plane and your destination too. Layers, my love, is what you wear on an overnight flight.
One of your layers could be a warm wrap or poncho in your carryon to layer over a lightweight long sleeve tee. If it’s warm when you arrive, stuff your poncho in your carryon. If it’s chilly, put on your packable down jacket and wrap your poncho around your neck as a scarf.
So glad athletic shoes are still trendy. A lightweight comfortable shoe looks cute with these leggings or joggers and is perfect for those high speed treks through terminals!
What to Wear on an Overnight Flight
Here’s some of my favorites.
- Athleta Venice Side Stripe Jogger
I still love Athleta quality and styling. The side stripe is having a moment right now and these look comfy and chic. I would pair these with a solid top that can be tucked into the front of the joggers and steer clear of anything with a baggy sweatshirt fit.
- Athleta Distance Jogger
Backup travel pants for those chilly fall and winter flights with a brushed soft lining. Super styling with tapered ankle, deep waistband (muffin top proof) and pockets. I’m a big fan of the versatility of olive. Goes with black, navy and grey. Let’s hope these don’t get discontinued!
- Hanes Ultimate Bra: Comfy Support Comfort Flex Wire Free Bra
Simple little bra that does wonders. Comfortably wire free and easy to get on and off. One of the few soft bras that has a clasp to adjust at the back. No padding, just comfort. Sizes SM to 2XL.
- Puma Vikky Softfoam Lo Suede Women’s Sneakers
Great colors, soft comfortable footbed, style to spare and nice price. I’ve walked miles in these sneakers and they transition easily from the streets of London to Brighton. Oh and they combine the best of comfort and style. I have a pair in olive natch and the gray.
- Smart Wool Women’s Secret Sleuth Shoe Liners
I found these socks on sale at Orvis, and they’re my go to for wearing in sneakers. A true very low profile no show sock in wool which breathes so your tootsies never get overheated. In a pinch they look stylish if you need to take off your sneakers at your seat.
- Athleta Uptempo Long Sleeve T
Love that it’s longer in back so your booty is covered and your legs look longer. The cut is a flattering classic round neck. Lots of color options, this one is only available online. Add your own touch with a scarf if you want to keep your neck warm and covered.
- Jigsaw Wool Cashmere Blend Rolled Poncho
One of the few ponchos I’ve found that does just what it’s supposed to. Lovely fabric, warm and soft. Not too oversized so if you’re petite you won’t feel swamped. Available in several neutrals, I chose the soft blue. Nice timeless piece which you’ll reach for again and again when traveling. A poncho pulls together a simple t-shirt and jeans into a stylish outfit. Also try this one from Lululemon.
- Eddie Bauer Microlight Packable Down Jacket
Another piece I’ve worn again and again. So versatile! It comes with it’s own little bag so you can mush it into a spot in your carryon bag, ready to pull out for an extra bit of warmth. I’ve laid mine over my legs to keep warm on the plane. Not fussy with a lot of zips or trim, just a clean super light down jacket that’s perfect for travel.
- Lug Cross Body Bag
I searched online and in person to find a lightweight hands free cross body bag for traveling to Europe. This bag is still going strong two years later. The wide shoulder strap is comfortable and adjustable. RFID protection and multiple compartments give you endless choices for stowing your stuff. I use the front zip pocket for my Oyster card and train tickets so I always know where to find them. If you can’t find the LUG bag, Baggallini makes a very similar cross body style that I’m using as well.
You deserve to be comfortable on your next overnight flight. Arriving in style is just a bonus! See all my favorite resources in one place.