While most of us will toil away in coach seats on budget airlines, I was curious to find out what women wear when they're traveling on the best luxurious airlines in the world. My theory: When your airline ticket costs as much as two months' rent, you might be tempted to wear something a bit more polished than you normally would. To test my theory, I tapped stewardesses for their insights and also scoured Instagram to see what It girls wear.
I asked a former Singapore Airlines stewardess named Becky about the outfits she observed on the top-of-the-line airline. "Passengers are very travel-savvy nowadays, so they know how to dress comfortably while still looking stylish," Becky told me. "They don't always dress lavishly (even in first or business class), but they exude class through expensive, elegant accessories like scarves, handbags, etc."
Amy, another former Singapore Airline stewardess, agreed that designer bags are extremely common. "Singapore Airlines provides dust bags in business and first class because many passengers carry designer bags," Amy told me.
Naturally, passengers' style can vary on different types of flights. "Passengers going to fashion cities like Seoul or Paris always look Instagram-ready, even if it means being in full makeup for seven to 13 hours in flight," Becky told me. As for what passengers don't wear on the world's fanciest airlines, Becky offered her thoughts: "Generally, I think people are still sensible when dressing for travel—things like miniskirts, stilettos, or sheer tops are less common compared to staples like jeans, pullovers, and sneakers."
Scroll down to see what It girls wear on the world-class airlines that win every best-in-travel award.
Based in Dubai, Emirates routinely wins awards for being the best long-haul airline, having the best in-flight entertainment and staff, and other accolades. So what does one wear on the 15-hour flight from Los Angeles to Dubai? Well, Olivia Culpo made the journey on Emirates wearing an outfit that struck the perfect balance of comfortable, practical, and chic: She wore an Alexander Wang sweatsuit, Stella McCartney platform sneakers, and a Saint Laurent embossed bag.
Australian model Shanina Shaik traveled back to her home country on Aussie airline Qantas, which also nabs best-in-travel awards on the regular. For her trip to Melbourne, Shaik wore a cute red-and-white sweatsuit by I Am Gia. I also own one of the brand's hoodies and can attest to the fact that it's absurdly soft and comfortable enough for a long-haul flight.
Singapore Airlines was named the world's best airline in 2018, so you know it attracts the most discerning travelers. Camila Coelho shared a photo of herself in the airline's roomy seats wearing a fur-trimmed leather jacket, leggings, sneakers, and every Instagram girl's ultimate accessory: a logo Dior tote.
Based in Doha, Qatar Airways has made fans out of It girls like Chiara Ferragni, Hanna Stefansson, and others. The airline has a slew of awards under its belt, including best first class lounge, best business class seats, and more. For her trip from Qatar to Italy, Ferragni wore Gucci's instantly recognizable sweatpants with a white tee, and Stefansson brought along her color-block Boyy bag.