• The Editors

What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight to Look Put-Together Upon Arrival

Updated: Apr 9

There is only one time when a red-eye flight isn't completely miserable, and it's when you're sitting in business class or better. You have room to stretch out (or even lie down), and the amenities provide as much contentment as possible. If you're in economy seating, we're sorry to inform you, it's not going to be great—a hard fine, maybe. You'll be achy, especially if you're above the age of 25, and sleep-deprived. But hey, that's the nature of the red-eye flight.


Unless you plan on changing in the minuscule airplane bathrooms, you need the perfect, comfortable red-eye attire that works from departures to arrivals. It doesn't matter if you're the person relaxing in first-class or the traveler roughing it back in 32B, the fabric for whatever you choose to wear should be soft, breathable with the option for warmth, and wrinkle-resistant—and you probably shouldn't look like you literally rolled out of bed.

Leave the pajamas at home; here's what you should wear on your next red-eye flight.


Let's start from the top:


A warm sweater or sweatshirt for layering (the cabin gets chilly)

A breathable solid t-shirt or long sleeve shirt

Leggings or joggers

Thick, warm socks or compression socks

Easy-to-slip-on shoes

Don't forget the overnight essentials—silk eye mask and our favorite hydration products included!