red-eye flight outfits

This piece is part of our GATEZERO hub — a travel-focused content series celebrating GATEZERO, our concept store at Zurich airport.

The long-haul flight is a divisive concept. While some can’t contain their excitement as they board their home for the next 12 hours, others grow weary at the thought of an air conditioning-blasted sleep and an inevitable illness at the end. The thing is, everybody says that they know the secret trick to winning the red-eye flight. Some say that staying awake and watching films for the whole trip is the key, while the rest suggest that getting to sleep as fast as possible is the way forward. Our tactic? Make sure that your red-eye flight fit is on point and the rest will follow.

Being comfortable is the starting point for a successful red-eye flight and, therefore, the foundation to a successful trip altogether. And, while you’re sauntering through the airport in the knowledge that you’re the most comfortable person there, it helps to back it up with some style, too. That’s right, comfort doesn’t negate style, despite what you might have heard.

To put you on the right track, we’ve rounded up our essential comfortable red-eye flight fits which range from retro-style sweatpants through to a cashmere eye mask. Start filling your virtual cabin bag below.

This fit acts as proof that comfort and elegance can coexist. YMC’s understated Sugden Zip-Up is an anchor, effectively setting the foundation for Wales Bonner’s bold Sunshine-Trimmed Sweatpants to shine. Round out the fit with Bottega Veneta’s already iconic Puddle Sandals Which are unrestrictive (an essential red-eye quality) and don’t skimp on style.

An oversized Acne Studios hoodie is the starting point for this streetwear-leaning ensemble. The dusty-green hue couples perfectly with Our Legacy’s wide-cut Reduced Ribbed Trousers. Flights can get chilly overnight, so having loose-fitting wool-blend pants on your side is a real asset. Suicoke takes charge of the footwear with the half-slipper, half-sneaker PEPPER-Evab Trainers. Insulated & slip-on like slippers, but with a rugged sole unit to boot, this pair will see you all the way through to your hotel room and beyond.

Not to be forgotten are the accessories. Getting your outfit right is highly important, but it’s the accessorizing that distinguishes a truly perfect flight fit. A cashmere-silk eye mask from Johnstons of Elgin is our sleep hack when deployed in tandem with the BAPE neck pillow. Our Gatezero Sigg water bottle will keep you hydrated and fresh while the Porter-Yoshida & Co. Pouch is a utilitarian final touch: enough space for a couple of sweets, a toothbrush, and your passport.

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