Dressing for the airport is no easy task—striking the perfect balance between comfort and sophistication is a feat many strive for yet few have mastered. Among those demonstrating serious jet-set style prowess are, unsurprisingly, today’s most in-demand models and actresses, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Lupita Nyong’o. And while these ladies may have stylists helping them out, there are several key tricks to their chic plane-ready ensembles you can re-create all by your lonesome. Consult these looks before you board and who knows? You might get papped like Kendall and Gigi next time you’re at LAX.
Cinch a medium-width belt—which can be removed during the flight—over a blazer or slim jacket. The addition of this simple accessory instantly pulls your look together and is a great option if you don't have time for an outfit change before any commitments upon landing.
Balance utilitarian accessories (like Lupita's heavy-duty boots) with a sleek, longline coat. Wearing it in-flight also saves precious room in your luggage and ensures you don't freeze in the plane's often unpredictable climate.
Skip your basic crewneck sweatshirt and opt for an equally cozy collared knit to lend polished, preppy vibes to a casual look. Pair with dark-wash denim to maintain an elevated yet off-duty vibe.
Punch up a basic long-sleeved-tee-and-jeans uniform with a sleeveless waistcoat. This easy layering trick feels of-the-moment without skewing fussy.
Swap your go-to T-shirt for a funnel-neck knit—the juxtaposition in texture and silhouette pairs perfectly with your favorite worn-in leather jacket.