How to Still Look Suave After a 12-Hour Flight

Stop the unholy trinity of the hoodie, joggers, and sneakers.
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We go to great lengths to plan that perfect vacation—the best airline deal, the far-flung destination, the plush accommodations—but we often overlook one important detail: how we dress. Here, six essential pieces that let you endure those long trips and still come out looking sleek and suave.

The Any-Weather Coat: Burberry Mid-Length Kensington Trench

Burberry updates the iconic trench coat with a slimmer cut and set-in sleeves, but keeps hallmarks like the shoulder epaulets, gun flap on the upper chest, and storm shield at the back. This modern version is also still made from gabardine—the lightweight, waterproof fabric that label pioneered—and lined with the iconic house check. While the long camel trench is quintessential, a mid-length navy version is easier to mix with your existing wardrobe.

The Go-To Shirt: Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Milano Fit Golf Collar Dress Shirt

Think of the white shirt as the Swiss Army knife of your travel wardrobe. Brooks makes one in a form-conscious style and with a six-pleat shirring at the cuffs, both of which lends an extra hint of erudition. What we also like is the golf collar, which looks good buttoned up with a slim tie or simply undone. And did we mention that it’s wrinkle-free?


The Versatile Jeans: Rag & Bone FIT 2 Raw Selvedge Denim Jeans

This pair is made from 10-ounce American selvedge indigo denim and comes in a low-rise, tapered fit. That means you can wear it for a day trip in the country or night tour on the town. Because it is selvage, you also don’t have to worry about laundry.

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The Easy Carry-On: Louis Vuitton Christopher PM Backpack in Gray Ostrich

Conquer airport security with a hands-free hand-carry. Side pockets keep travel documents and gadgets within arms’ reach, while the double-strapped flap provide protection for valuable stuff within. The Christopher comes in the recognizable LV Monogram or Damier patterns, but the gray ostrich scores points for stealth sophistication.  

The Comfortable Shoe: Gucci Horsebit Brown Leather Moccasin

Forget sneakers. For comfort and style, we’d like to propose the Gucci slip-on leather moccasin. Made with supple leather and a collapsible back, it offers rest to poor feet on both long-haul flights and very long walks. The iconic horse-bit hardware also means you will have no problems making an entrance anywhere.


The New Eyewear: Ray-Ban Foldable Round Metal Sunglasses in Green

May we encourage you to wear something different like, say, the Ray-Ban Round? Its circular shape, a symbol of ‘60s counterculture, is making a comeback this year. Also, the brass metal frame is foldable and therefore practical, particularly when slipping into your shirt pocket. There are many colors to choose from, but we like the pair in classic green.


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