Traveling in business or first class has its benefits—from classy lounges and free limousine pickups and dropoffs to gourmet multi-course cuisines and apartment-style suites. But even with all the luxuries, traveling from point A to point B can be draining, which is why wearing comfortable clothing is important in order to feel at ease throughout your journey.
If you’re looking to travel in style while still remaining comfortable, here are our top clothing picks to wear in business or first class for men.
What’s nice about traveling in business and first class is the ample amount of space you have compared to an economy seat, which also means it’s even easier to layer on clothes and then take the heavier items off while still leaving enough room to stretch out. And what better way to start your layer than with a butter-soft t-shirt like the Pima V-Neck or Crew-Neck from Mack Weldon, made from 100 percent Pima Cotton. Another one of our favorite shirts for traveling is the Patagonia Capilene Cool Trail Shirt fro REI, featuring a quick-dry and odor control material.
Heading somewhere cooler? Or, you just want a longer shirt to keep warm while sitting in the often too-cold airplane cabin? Although some airlines offer pajamas in first class and only a few in business class, many don’t, which is why we tend to lean towards the Go-To Henley by Public Rec, which is soft and stretchy yet still appropriate and comfortable to wear in a premium cabin. We also favor the Luxury-Touch Crew-Neck T-Shirt from Banana Republic, made from 100 percent cotton and is not too tight or too loose-fitting.
Sweaters can make or break a trip, and if you’re not traveling with a coat or jacket, we recommend the Williams Cashmere Crew-Neck Sweater that’s made from 100 percent cashmere and is extremely comfortable to travel in. There’s also the Ace Crew Neck Sweatshirt from Mack Weldon, which is made from micro-sanded french terry material (95 percent is cotton) for a truly luxurious feel and fit.
Wearing proper pants can either make you extremely comfortable, so much so that you can sleep in them, or be too stiff and unbreathable. One of our go-to’s is the award-winning Evolution Pant by Western Rise, which is lightweight, extremely easy to move around in and can be worn while flying and exploring a new city. If you’re a fan of Chino’s, we found the Rainier Lightweight Comfort Travel Tech Chino Pants by UNIONBAY to be our top choice, made from a stretch fabric that’s quick-drying, water-resistant and is UPF 50 to keep your skin safe from the sun.
If you really like to travel in shorts, especially if you’re traveling in-between hot-weather destinations, we turn to the Boca Grande Nylon Short by Bimini Bay Outfitters, offering you a total of 9 pockets for all your loose items, an elastic waistband, and is made from 100 percent nylon that’s quick-drying and protects against stains. Another pair of comfortable travel shorts is the PFG Permit II Short by Colombia, made from 100 percent quick-drying nylon material, is loose-fitting, offers sun protection and is equipped with 10 pockets.
Do you have a specific type of clothing you wear when it comes to traveling? Do you prefer comfort and style? Or, simply comfort?