If you're accustomed to flying for work, you will know that you rarely have the choice to wear something more comfortable than the suit you need to have ready to go when you hit the ground and race to your first meeting. This is your basic non-crushable business shirts, linen suits, etc.
But when it comes to long haul flights, some compromise needs to be made. But as one colleague recently found out when they attempted to pull off shorts while travelling in pointy end of the plane, there are limits to what is considered acceptable. Even if they are by Margiela.
So what should a stylish bloke wear while flying that won't make the journey more intolerable than it already is.
The transitory wardrobe
It's the age old question of function over form. Or in this case, comfort over class - whether it be business or economy.
The modern day business class is comfy enough not to feel the need to wear shorts (for comfort, one would presume) but economy, with its close quarters, can be a little more harder to handle.
To start, a great rule of thumb no matter what end of the plane you're sitting in is to keep it dark. Black and navy are automatically going to make whatever you wear premium, and should you spill that missed sip of red wine or pasta – it's not going to be as obvious at the other end of your flight.
For comfort, Australian label Bassike are rocking some great, relaxed-cut pants – including their roller suit pant (with a two part elastic waistband!) so you can look the part while still keeping comfort to the max. These can also be easily teamed up with a blazer (airline staff will cloak it no matter what class you fly) to ensure you roll on and off the flight looking sharp.
For guys who feel the chill and want to wear something less structured on your flight, cardigans come with the sophistication of a jacket crossed with the casual ease of knitwear. Take a look at Swedish label Acne Studios who have that minimal Scandinavian aesthetic down pat or Tom Ford's "Steve McQueen" shawl neck number for truly luxury time in the sky.
This can easily be rocked with a simple, relaxed fit white cotton shirt, the sort that Aussie label Jac+Jack have mastered. The beauty of these is they can be rolled up and stored during the flight and pulled out, looking comfy as all hell, when you disembark.
In terms of footwear – another key part of your flying wardrobe and one often overlooked the all white sneaker (Givenchy, Common Projects, Saint Laurent) is a chic winner. Pair with either denim or your favourite navy suit you can't go wrong.
Alternatively, to bridge the gap between polished and cool, a pair of RM Williams leather boots in brown or black will work with just about anything – except shorts - and maybe even give you a bit of nostalgia as you fly back in over this sunburnt country, listening to the Coachella Spotify playlist on your Bang & Olufsen noise cancelling headphones. And hey – there's no dress code on that.