You know you’re in an advanced stage of style when you have to change up your airport outfit according to season
Spring/summer is in full swing and all of your favourite or popular clothing stores and brands are putting their new collections on display. This usually the best time to update your wardrobe, given that the relentless sun is on your back throughout the entire day. What you may not know is that there is actually a proper outfit for the new season as you decide to book your ticket to fly abroad. We’ve discussed travelling wardrobes in the past, but here’s a sure hit for any man planning to make a couple of trips above 30,000 feet.
With plenty of ludicrous politicians who continue to deny the rising tensions in climate change, you do have to consider where you’re departing from and where you’ll be landing. Dhaka, as we already know, is disgustingly hot. For the time being, we don’t have to deal with the infamous humidity in our tropical climate. This is where the outer most layer of this spring/airport look; the most important thing to have hanging on your arm.
Most cooler climates will require a fresh new coat; however, our city requires something much lighter. Even though it’s hot outside, the airport and airplane will drop temperatures almost drastically. It’s best to have a denim jacket. Keep in mind, we’re hanging out around the casual department when it comes to airport wear. And if it’s going to be a lengthy flight, you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible.
The denim jacket is sophisticated enough to heighten your look, and comfortable enough to slip in-and-out of. Ultimately, even with your destination in mind, the only time you’ll be donning the jacket is when you’re safely in your assigned seat. No one is telling you to flaunt it around like you’re on the runway.
Safe with basics
A basic white or any other solid coloured t-shirt is the ideal top underneath that denim jacket. While you’re channelling your inner James Dean, remember you want to feel as light as possible when waiting in unforgiving lines all the way to the boarding pathways. As you make sure you’ve applied your deodorant correctly and in all the right places, the white, cotton-jersey t-shirt (even better if it’s linen) will you make you feel and look at ease. Literally, you cannot look any lighter than wearing a basic white, but with plenty of quality, t-shirt. And a crispy new t-shirt will never take away your classy take on something so casual.
Not a fan of white? No worries, just make sure the shades you are aiming for on the lighter end of the spectrum. Something like a light blue or even pastel red will do just fine.
From the waist, down
Light-wash, slim-fit jeans are the go-to airport bottoms for the season. Sure, it might sound more comfortable to wear those fancy sweats from one place to another, but we’re talking about what’s “in” now, and not what used to be passable. Also, let’s be practical here. Sweats in this weather? If you think that to be acceptable, you’ve been drinking too much of that right-wing Kool-Aid.
The entire idea behind this outfit is to look as light and fresh as you can. Naturally, light-coloured denim, protecting the family jewels and everything else below the waist, does the trick. Doesn’t matter if they are selvedge denim, stretch-denim or traditional washed and distressed denim, just make sure they are lighter shades of blue.
Cushion those puppies
As mentioned countless times before, the sneakers culture is here to stay. You’ve guessed it, a fresh pair of quality sneakers rounds off this season’s airport look. Nothing too crazy or fancy, just the right pair that compliments an already simple look. The shoes themselves should keep the shades in the same colour family. Be it Nike, Adidas, Converse, Vans or even in the higher-end departments like Lanvin, the contrasting colours shouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Look for subtle contrasts that are likely to mesh in well with your outfit. You want to look good and slightly different from the rest, but you don’t want to attract too much attention to you either.
Think of yourself as a celebrity who simply cannot be bothered by the paparazzi but not too uppity to accept a compliment by a fellow passenger about your fly gear.