Styling Your Business Class Travel


With Melbourne Stylist & Fashion EditorKirsty Milligan

Now that you have your Business Class travel ticket in your hot little hand, welcome to the world of delightfully decadent travel. Champagne on arrival, silver service with menu options, seats that don’t touch the person next to you and sleep, real honest to goodness lying flat out sleep. Even if there wasn’t a dress code, you should still dress up for this.

When you’re travelling Business Class your holiday starts the moment you get on the plane. So your holiday packing should definitely include travel outfits. As a pilot’s wife you’ll be well aware of the company dress code for travelling with your staff benefits.

Not everyone else in Business Class is heading to interstate meetings; many are actually heading on holidays too. So you don’t have to get dressed up in a suit and tie or corporate dress and stilettos to fit in.

Very smart casual is definitely the way to go. The knack is to look super stylish, but effortless at the same time. You want to look like you belong in your fancy seat and be comfortable as well.

So here are my Top 5 looks for travelling on Business Class:


Business Class Style - the maxi dress. 3 images show a lady in a black maxi dress, a grey, long sleeve maxi dress and a blue maxi dress with black leather jacket.

The Maxi Dress is one of the easiest and most versatile ways to dress up and stay comfortable on your travels. V-necks are my favourite for a slimming effect, and a lovely long necklace will dress it up just enough. This look will work amazingly by itself or teamed with a leather or denim jacket for those cooler months. A strappy wedge will be comfortable and super stylish, and your biggest, bestest dark sunglasses complete the look.


Business Class Style - the crisp white shirt.

There’s nothing fresher than a crisp white top. If you want to look as cool getting off the plane as you did when you got on, this is the look for you. Just remember to use your napkin wisely when eating your delicious three-course meal. Yum.

Business Class Style - The Dark Jean


Dark jeans are not only a casual Friday staple, they are a stylish Business Class staple too.

Don’t wear jeans with rips or frays in them, many dress codes disallow this and they don’t look classy.

For comfort a tailored or hi-lo shirt will look stunning and be wearable at the same time.

You don’t need to pop on a heel for these looks to be glamorous. A ballet flat or comfy wedge will look just as gorgeous and get you in the holiday mood.


Business Class Style - Your favourite flats

Anyone who knows me knows I love my heels. I even refused to let them out of my sight at 37 weeks pregnant with twins. I know not everyone carries the same fetish, so here are some gorgeous outfit ideas with the humble flat.

Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and you’re on the right track.

It’s all about colour coordination with these little beauties. Please believe me when I say this is no place for a ‘pop of colour’ (one of the most over-used terms in styling, blah!).

Don’t draw attention to your feet with brightly coloured shoes. It will make you look shorter and stubbier. Keep them in neutral tones or the same colour as your pants. And leave the over-worn, frayed, faded, stretched out pair at home. They may be comfortable but they make you look disheveled. (btw, your true friends would have told you this as quickly as telling you there’s lettuce in your teeth).


Business Class Style - The Shirt Dress

As versatile as it is gorgeous, the shirtdress is another staple piece for your stylish Business Class travel wardrobe.

Like the Maxi you can dress this up or down. Add features like a slim line belt or scarf. The navy and tan combination always looks very Ralph Lauren to me – love love!

A matching travel tote will have you looking like a seasoned Business Class traveller and no one will question you occupying a seat there as they pass you on the way to economy.

Quite honestly, not everyone will get to travel Business Class in his or her lifetime. Whilst it’s vastly more accessible now than it was when passenger flying began, it’s still an offering for the few, not the many.

When you get an opportunity to enjoy the luxury and incredible service of a Business Class flight, make the most of it. Dress well. Based on the service you will be getting, it’s actually respectful to do so. Enjoy the fact that you’re dressing up for your travel and not throwing on tracky dacks and sneakers.

Life changes in an instant and you never know what’s around the corner. Enjoy this moment of relaxed, inflight pampering. It’s rare. Be as indulgent as you are grateful, and as stylish as you are comfortable. Enjoy!

Love, Kirsty xox

Mention Sky Families to receive a 10% discount on all services and 15% discount on rebookings. 

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