Getting dressed for the airport can be difficult. When you leave the house at 4AM or arrive to your destination after midnight, there are few outfits that sound comfortable and varying weather further complicates things. As frequent flyers, we’ve developed a travel uniform and put together a list of our favourite designers making red eyes and layovers a little less of a headache.
Originating as a horseriding boot brand, Buttero has since expanded into trainers, slippers, sandals and ankle boots. Multiple styles could easily find their way into our suitcase – a pair of cowboy boots for a trip out west or sandals for your beach holiday – but it’s their trainers and slip-ons that we’re pining for. Their pieces are perfect for racing through the airport and versatile enough to be worn with workout clothes, trousers or a sundress. They’ll work for most occasions and make it doable to live out of a carry-on for shorter trips. The slippers are also quick to get on and off at security points.
The classic Baggu tote is a frequent traveller’s godsend. The big Baggu is ideal as a personal item purse that can hold everything from your passport and travel-sized toiletries to last-minute airport purchases. They come in a variety of colours and patterns and are inexpensive enough to justify purchasing a few, while they also pack easily so you won’t feel guilty about bringing more than one on your trip. When not travelling, they double as great reusable shopping bags and make trekking home with groceries considerably more stylish. We also love their canvas backpacks and nylon pouches.
No matter what the weather outside, planes are known for unpredictable temperatures. Scarves can be used as wraps, pillows or blankets and as such are absolute travel essentials. Pierre Louis Mascia makes beautiful, soft shawls that even make even sitting in economy feel somewhat luxurious. Launched in 2007, Pierre Louis Mascia now do ready-to-wear, home decor and backpacks too. In eye-catching colours and designs, we weren’t surprised when our onboard neighbour asked where ours was from.
Cashmere sets are the next best thing to wearing pyjamas in public. Before launching her line, Milk’s founder Melanie Costa Leite studied cashmere production, seeking out farmers and factories practicing sustainable methods to partner with. Milk use raw materials in their designs and offer a variety of silhouettes. Pieces are perfect for layering when travelling between different climates. Cashmere’s also less likely to wrinkle compared to other fabrics, so you’ll look relatively together when you land.