Choosing the perfect outfit for a long flight, such as New York to Paris is tricky.
The priority is on comfort.
A cross-atlantic flight is a minimum of 6-7 hours, not including the time spent pre-flight in the airport, waiting in security lines, and lounging at the gate.
However, you want to pack light.
Checking a bag for a long flight is not only costly, but trekking the historic, and often rugged stone streets of Paris is not easily accomplished dragging 30" Hard side luggage.
Lastly, you don't to look like a total slob.
Nothing say "I'm a tourist" like walking off the plane in Charles De Gaulle airport wearing pyjamas and runners.
Our recommended long haul plane outfit touches on all of the key elements: comfort, style, and traveling light. Perfect for late Spring, Summer or Early Fall travels abroad.
What to Wear on a Plane to Paris
The Flight to Paris Outfit:
A top that won't wrinkle, or look sloppy after 7+ hours
Avoiding the white-coloured clothing for long-haul flights is essential. A bright, but darker colour will any accidental spills, and also brighten your complexion. Look for fabrics like Merino Wool, or Tencel which are naturally wrinkle-resistant.
A multi-functional scarf cardi layering piece
Wrap it up. Adding a multiway scarf to your long haul flight outfit is something you will not regret. Use it as a wrap, scarf, hood, blanket, pillow and more. Multiway scarves are also useful at your destination as many of them, like our Chrysalis Cardi can transform into other outfits. Hello, space saver!
While leggings are a viable option, not everyone subscribes to the notion that 'leggings are pants' especially Parisians. Go minimal, chic and comfortable with a tapered pair of dressy sweatpants.
Your Heaviest (and ideally, comfiest) shoes
The shoes you wear on the plane will vary greatly with the time of year of your cross-Atlantic travels. However, a solid Ballet Flat (like Tieks), lightweight runner or bootie is always a good option.
Invest in a GOOD carry-on. Consider not only the aesthetics but most importantly -- the weight, the ease of turning (2 wheels vs. 4), interior pockets and organizational aspects, and other nice to have features such as built-in USB chargers.
Your companion travel purse should go with your carry-on for easy transport, however choosing a classic shaped tote, that's easy to dress up or down will give your bag double duty en route and at your destination.
Sunglasses, just so essential.
Long haul flights are extremely dehydrating and exhausting. Pack a reusable water bottle (our pick is the BKR bottle), Facial Mist, and an Eye Mask to let your eyes rest even if you cannot sleep on the 7+ hour journey.
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