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Your guide to true comfort (and style) on a long-haul flight

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Lauren SamsFashion editor

QUESTION | As flying internationally takes off again, I am ready for long-haul. The trouble? I’ve forgotten what to wear. I don’t want to wear activewear or tracksuit pants; I want to look chic and presentable. I also, obviously, want to be comfortable. What to do? – Flying High

Channel the A-Listers, from left: Julianne Moore, Adrien Brody and Anne Hathaway pictured on arrival at Nice airport for the Cannes Film Festival. Getty

Dear Flying High
The days of dressing glamorously for plane travel have passed, but we can all make an effort to look presentable for our fellow travellers, as you say. After nearly three years of being grounded, some passengers have to be reminded that a plane is not, in fact, a bedroom, and certainly, it is not a private space (unless you are flying on your own private jet, which is (a) clearly preferable and (b) a wear-anything zone).

For comfort and style, head to Juliette Hogan, Cultiver, and Jac + Jack. All purveyors of fine knitwear in breathable, temperature-regulating wool, these brands do a roaring trade in the kinds of clothes that feel like pyjamas but look fit for the outside world. Wool is something of a magical fibre, which naturally cools and heats according to the external temperature, and wicks away sweat. It is perfect for the climate aboard commercial planes.

Pack layers – a tee, a cardigan, a scarf – to add and subtract warmth as necessary. While Juliette Hogan and Cultiver offer clothing for only women at present, Jac + Jack offers clothes for both genders, and all three brands make styles that can be worn at any age. A word of warning: white knitwear is chic, but it is practically guaranteed that you’ll soon be accessorising with a pasta sauce stain. Don’t do it.

I always pack spare socks and underwear for comfort on long-haul flights, and wear loafers I can easily slip on and off (bare feet in a plane bathroom, even in business class, is a speedy path to tinea).

Finally, a matching eye mask that signals I am officially out of office is my only accoutrement – leave jewellery at home or pack it away in your on-board.

Relax. You’re flying the friendly skies again.

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Lauren Sams
Lauren SamsFashion editorLauren Sams is the fashion editor, based in Sydney. She writes about lifestyle including the arts, entertainment, fashion and travel. Lauren has worked as a features editor and fashion journalist for ELLE, marie claire and more. Email Lauren at

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