21 December, 2009
Style

Long Haul Flight Style

21 December, 2009

If you’re an expat living in Hong Kong, the likelihood is that the Christmas holidays means a long-haul flight home. This year, we’re visiting my husband’s family who live in Florida, so we’re flying out to New York, and then down to Miami. It’s a super-long flight, and so I like to plan in advance to be as comfortable as possible – I admire women like Victoria Beckham who seem to be able to fly in mini-skirts and sky-high heels, but I’m all about staying warm and snug in a draughty cabin. I put together this selection of items which represent my ideal flying outfit – some of them are pretty out of my budget, like the flats, but I’m planning on heading to Cotton On today to pick up one of their bargainous pairs.

I like to wear a nice pair of jeans to the airport, and then change into sweat pants in the aeroplane bathroom before the flight even takes off. I pack some warm socks (leg warmers would be just perfect) and a cosy scarf and tuck myself in for the long journey. I like to wear a long thick cardigan to cover the sweat-pant bum, and to double as a blanket or pillow. A huge bag is a necessity for shoving magazines, chewing gum and airport novels, and Maura and I have both learned the hard way about trying to wear our contact lenses for entire flights (her a scratched eye, me the kind of bloodshot eyes that didn’t fade for three days) and have invested in glasses. Lastly, I choose the softest cotton t-shirt I own, and pack a spare in my bag to change into just before getting off the flight so I feel a little fresher.

Clockwise from left: Ribbon-tie Cardigan from Phillip Lim; Miu Miu glasses; Striped t-shirt and Snood from Topshop;  Helmut Lang Cropped Sweatpants; Hobo Bag from Topshop; Lanvin Ballerina Flats; Current/Elliot Skinny Jeans; Grey Legwarmers from Dorothy Perkins.

4 thoughts on “Long Haul Flight Style

  1. Only thing is wearing jeans will never bag you that much desired upgrade…

    My own top tips include:
    1. take a gym water bottle which you can fill up with water as soon as you are security cleared so you can drink l’eau the entire flight and arrive slightly less dehydrated
    2. Use one of the anti puffy eye masks underneath your eye mask when you sleep, no one will know honest…
    3. Don’t wear make up as it will cake on – Use intensive moisturising face masks, then a spalsh of subtle tanner for the majority of the flight and then dash to the ladies just before landing for mascara and blusher top up, really takes the edge off that pasty 17 hr look

  2. Great tips Charley! I had never thought of putting tanner on before landing, but think that is an AWESOME idea! I always arrive looking like absolute death, so you’ve inspired me to pop some FT in my carry on before my flight tomorrow!

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