DESIGN

Five items for looking good on long-haul by Laird Kay

"What do I wear on the flight?" is a fraught question that every traveller wrestles with before getting on the plane. There are so many different criteria for the outfit; it must be comfortable, it must be adaptable for different temperatures (we've all been on those hot and on those cold flights), and of course, it must be stylish.

COMFORTABLE PANTS

Fabric technology is now giving brands many more options for design. Lululemon, and Kit and Ace now have a category of clothing they've called 'Bleisure' – looks like a business pant, but feels like a comfortable leisure pant. They are stretchy, they are soft, and can you walk off your red-eye flight looking pressed and ready for a business meeting.

SLIPPERS ARE A MUST

It's always more comfortable to take shoes off on a flight. But, no matter if you've had a pedicure or you think your feet look great, let's face it, your seat mates don't want to see your bare feet. Instead, pack a pair of Tom's Canvas Slip ons in your carry-on. Slip-ons are breathable, have a relaxed fit, and your seat mates will thank you.

COMPRESSION SOCKS

With airlines scheduling longer flights (hello Singapore Airlines, with the Changi to New York 18-hour marathon), for your health, compression socks are a must to avoid deep-vein thrombosis. Companies such as Top&Derby have a line of fashionable compression socks in bold colours with names like "Daylight Savings", "Coral of the Story", and "Sesame Sweater". The best part is no one will know you are wearing compression socks.

SWEATER WEATHER

Always wear layers when travelling. Most flights are a bit of a Goldilocks experience: will the plane be too hot, too cold, or just right? Best to wear layers and peel off as need be. Bring a sweatshirt/cardigan, and if it gets too hot, roll it up inside out, and use it as a pillow.

This article has been published by The New Zealand Herald