Let’s face it: When you’re about to embark on a six-plus-hour intercontinental flight and your body is buzzing with anxiety at the thought of potential delays, missed connections, and lost luggage, piecing together a stylish outfit is probably the least of your concerns. Factor in the near-impossible feat of sleeping upright on a plane and tolerating snoring seat mates, and it feels necessary to prioritize comfort on long-haul flights.

While matching sweatsuits are one (beloved) way to go, there are plenty of options in the way of loungewear these days. Pieces made of finely woven knits that feel as soft as a cloud, compression fabrics that prevent swelling, and buttery cashmere travel blankets that you can cocoon yourself in are among the ones we recommend for overnight or otherwise lengthy flights. Below, find 18 brands whose clothes and accessories will make deciding what to wear on a long flight as easy and comfortable as possible, broken down by categories:

This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

Performance wear and athleisure

Lululemon is a perennial favorite for basic black leggings, snag-one-when-you-can belt bags, and comfortable joggers. But don’t overlook the brand’s tops: Pieces like this oversized cropped crew and the cotton half-zip shown below are made with soft, breathable fabrics that’ll keep you feeling good from plane to car to hotel.

Lululemon Fast and Free high-rise tights

Lululemon Textured Double-knit cotton half zip

Huckberry serves up menswear basics made for the active traveler, including soft yoga joggers and water-resistant workwear-inspired pants that will take you from the plane to a bike ride or beachside stretch session with ease. The brand’s bestsellers section is full of pieces you can wear in the air and repeat on vacation, like the 72-Hour Merino T-shirt and The 365 Pant. You can find travel and outdoor gear from brands like Patagonia, Barbour, Marine Layer, and Saturdays NYC on Huckberry’s site, too.

Patagonia Terrebone jogger

Huckberry Proof 72-Hour Merino Travel Pant

You may have heard the Vuori pitch before (the brand is an active podcast sponsor for many popular shows like Smartless and Crime Junkie): It offers premium performance apparel inspired by the active coastal California lifestyle, and wants to offer a new perspective on the athleisure category as a whole. I admit, the clothing is some of the softest I’ve ever worn, which certainly sets itself apart from more traditional activewear brands like Nike or Adidas. Try Vuori’s joggers, shorts, and super-soft tees for an outfit that feels like pajamas, but looks respectable enough for the airport lounge.

When warm weather is in the forecast, the exercise dress comes back out. Often designed with shorts underneath and a built-in bra, the practical, sweat-wicking one-pieces are a great multi-purpose vacation outfit: Wear one on the plane with a jean jacket layered on top, then break it out again for a pickleball game or afternoon walking around to see the sights. Outdoor Voices makes a comfortable one with adjustable straps and a built-in shorts liner. If a dress doesn’t sound appealing, opt for the Zephyr pant—it’s made of a lightweight performance fabric that will serve you well in warm destinations. Of course, the brand’s classic leggings are a great in-flight option, too.

Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress

Outdoor Voices Zephyr 29″ pant

Loungewear sets

If the only thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Spanx is shapewear, you’re missing out. The brand has extended its offerings over the years to include everything from work dresses to jeans and blazers. But for long-haul flights, we’re partial to the AirEssentials collection, which has a super-soft, drapey, scuba-like fabric. Shop The Travel Edit for even more style options, including shorts and jumpsuits.

Spanx AirEssentials half zip

Spanx AirEssentials wide leg pant

If it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s got our vote. Cozy Earth’s bamboo joggers received the media mogul’s official seal of approval in 2020, by way of her Favorite Things list, and after trying them on ourselves, we understand why. The mix of premium viscose from bamboo, acrylic, and Spandex produces a super smooth, cool-to-the-touch fabric that’ll make you feel like you’re wrapped in your favorite set of sheets. The brand’s Stretch-Knit Bamboo Lounge tee and Ultra-Soft Bamboo hoodie are among other bestsellers.

Cozy Earth ultra-soft bamboo crew and joggers

Cozy Earth Men’s Bamboo Jogger set

Any physician will tell you that sitting in the same position for long periods of time is bad for you: It limits blood circulation, causes swelling, and increases the risk for blood clots. Movement around the cabin helps keep your blood moving, as does wearing the right garments. Sleepwear brand Lunya has an all-in-one fix with its Restore Travel Kit, which comes with a basic tank, a long-sleeve tee, a pair of leggings, a sleep mask, and socks (former city guides director Corina Quinn is a big fan). The bundle is neatly packaged in a very practical mesh laundry bag, and each item is crafted from a breathable Pima cotton-blend fabric that promises to help increase blood flow and oxygen levels, ultimately improving circulation.

Launched in 2022, Friend + Folk is a woman-owned, gender- and size-inclusive line made in downtown Los Angeles at Bomme Studio, a CFDA-approved, ethical and sustainable production house. The pieces are produced in small batches to reduce waste, and are supremely comfortable—the Joon joggers are a personal favorite of mine, but for a more classic sweatpant, try the Harbor style. Other in-flight staples include the long-sleeve Witter T-shirt and Crosby classic hoodie.

Friend + Folk Echolls short sleeve t-shirt

Friend + Folk Harbor high-waist sweatpants

Cashmere and wool basics

Spun from the finest goat hair, Naadam’s 100 percent Mongolian cashmere basics are so ridiculously soft, it feels like a luxurious blanket that you can wear out in public—and on transcontinental flights. The built-in perks of cashmere include high breathability, and anti-wrinkle and odor-blocking benefits. The brand’s tailored sweaters and hoodies will keep you comfy without looking unkempt.

Naadam The Original Cashmere Sweater

Naadam The Essential Cashmere Hoodie

Former Traveler editor Noah Kaufman calls Ibex’s clothing “some of the nicest, most comfortable stuff I’ve ever put on.” Made of Ibex’s signature Merino wool fabric, the clothes are built to curb odor, and the fabric is naturally thermoregulating—meaning you can wear pieces year-round—and smooth against skin (no itchiness here). He’s been wearing a pair of ultra-soft joggers around the house, and says they’ll make a great addition to any long-haul flight uniform.

Ibex Women’s Paradox short sleeve t-shirt

Elevated basics

Athleta has plenty of great leggings, workout wear, and athleisure, but if you’re looking for something a little more versatile to wear throughout your trip, check out the Brooklyn mid-rise ankle pant. Made with a stretchy, wrinkle-resistant, these pants are comfortable enough to wear on a plane, but have a tailored fit that can be dressed up or down. They’re also super lightweight, in case you decide to pack them on the way back home.

Athleta Brooklyn Mid Rise Ankle pant

If there’s a brand that can get us to wear “real clothes” on a plane, it’s Universal Standard. With clothes from size 00 to 40, its mission is to create clothing that looks and feels good on every body, using fabrics like premium Peruvian cotton, soft Italian Merino wool, and French satin-back crepe to do so. The Promenade linen jumpsuit could easily be worn all day long, and the Sally Liquid Jersey shirt dress is a piece you’ll wear again and again. As for the jeans, before you shake your head, know that the brand’s styles are stretchy, with a truly relaxed, comfortable fit—look to the ComfortDenim collection for the most plane-friendly pieces. If jeans are a no-go (fair), try the Go-Stretch pant for a looser waistband.

Universal Standard Moro Pocket Ponte Pants

Universal Strand Coastal Linen pants

With its penchant for solid colors (and the occasional stripe) and classic silhouettes, Everlane makes tons of mix-and-match travel essentials. The Cashmere Stroopwafel turtleneck and Dream Pant are some of our readers’ favorites, but we’d also point to the Perform legging, Re-Track barrel sweatpant, and Felted Merino half-zip as great long-haul flight pieces.

Everlane The Relaxed Oxford Shirt

Free People is known for its breezy, bohemian-style clothes, so of course they’d make the kind of pants, coats, and utility suits that are comfortable enough to wear on a plane. The Studio to Street collection and FP Movement collections are filled with layering pieces and roomy pants you can throw on after a workout, though like leggings or yoga pants, they serve many purposes. For overnight flights, we like the Hailee Cardi set. If you’re in need of a versatile jacket you can wear on cold planes and chilly fall evenings alike, the loose-fitting Dolman Quilted Knit remains popular and comes in tons of different colorways.

Free People Hailee Cardi set

Free People Dolman Quilted Knit Jacket

Plane to office clothing

If you’re not the type to wear loungewear on a plane, no matter the flight time, you’ve still got options that prioritize comfort. Banana Republic’s linen resort pieces fit the mold, with slim-cut and wide-leg pants, button-up short-sleeve shirts, and more options that can take you from the airport to the office, or to the resort pool, depending on how you style them.

Banana Republic Linen Resort shirt

Banana Republic Lina Slim Linen pant

Versatile and multidimensional, Aday ensures that every single one of its items has more than one feature—the result of working with engineers to source technologically advanced fabrics that can wick moisture, regulate heat, defy wrinkles, resist ultra-violet rays, and so much more. Simply put, Aday’s pieces are exactly what you want to wear on a long flight. There’s the technical silk wrap top that not only does all of the above, but can be worn more than one way. The thin strap tank, also made from technical silk, is the perfect layering piece (plus, it has adjustable straps). And finally, to complete the ideal traveling outfit, there’s the super-stretchy elastic-banded pant, which is both quick-drying and wrinkle-resistant.

The maker of many a wardrobe staple, including some of our favorite basic tees, California-based brand Buck Mason offers plenty of thermal tees, sweaters, and button-ups that make great layering pieces on chilly flights. For a classic but slightly elevated sweats look, Traveler‘s associate commerce editor Meaghan Kenny loves traveling in the brand’s cozy sweatpant and crew neck.

Buck Mason Loopback Wool Crew sweatshirt

Buck Mason Silken Twill Studio shirt

Buck Mason Herringbone Twill Utility Pant

Embody the laid-back, California-cool aesthetic with pieces from Jenni Kayne. Her designs are made to last, and often come in soothing neutral tones. You can find comfortable but structured essentials like the polished Rio trouser and the popular Cocoon sweater, as well as cozy accessories like cashmere socks and oversized blanket shawls.

Jenni Kayne cashmere Cocoon cardigan

Jenni Kayne cashmere socks


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