By Kent & Lime / Columbus Direct on 24 June 2016

We get it. The words ‘looking good’ and ‘long-haul flights’ aren’t normally used in the same sentence. But we’ve got some good news for you: Being well dressed on a plane – and feeling comfortable at the same time – IS possible. We’ve asked the style experts at Kent & Lime to share the key to being your best stylish self during your travels. The answer is genius yet simple – one word: Layering.

So how does it work?

Layering means to simply wear a number of garments on top of one another. That in itself is pretty easy, but at the same time, there is a certain art and intricacy to it. Without following the basic rules you’re more than likely to end up either looking like the Michelin Man (much to the frustration of the people sitting in the seats next to you), or become so incredibly bulky that you’re not able to move around anymore.

the art of layering

So to be fair, the idea of putting layers and layers of clothes on top of each other might sound a bit off-putting at first; besides, it doesn’t always look very attractive either. If done right, however, layering is the perfect combination of comfort and style. It’s also just plain practical and will make for some truly impressive outfits.

What should I wear?

If you want to nail your layering game, then there are a few simple rules to follow.

First of all, fabric is key. Wearing multiple layers, you want to make sure that you work your way from thin to thick. Wear a light-weight t-shirt or dress shirt as the base, and then add a slightly thicker sweatshirt or jumper - either go for cotton or go for a more cosy wool option. Finish your outfit off with a textured blazer or coat.

In any case, avoid acrylic and polyester – You don’t want to have all eyes on you for the wrong reasons (yes, we’re talking BO).

Once you get the hang of it, you can start introducing some bold colours, patterns, or prints. But, until then, ‘less is more’ is a wise choice. Pick one statement piece – either one of the garments or an accessory - and then construct the rest of the outfit around it using complimentary colours. That way there’ll be no clashes, which will ensure your overall aesthetic & get you those envious ‘man, he knows what he’s doing’ looks from seat 45B.

how to choose your colours

And don’t underestimate the importance of the last rule: Make sure your look works regardless of whether you add or remove a layer. You don’t want to be that guy who’s stuck in his seat on an overheated plane too afraid to take off his jacket because his shirt doesn’t work with his pants.

The great thing is: If done right, layering gets you right from the plane to your business meeting – or ready to arrive at your summer holiday location. Maybe don’t wear swim shorts under your chinos though.

Keen to kick off your new style today? Head over to Kent & Lime for $50 off on your first box. Simply quote the code TRAVEL IN STYLE when you chat to your stylist over the phone or via email. Valid on orders placed before 17th July 2016. For full T&C’s, visit

We know we're going to sound like mum, but make sure you look after your new travel outfit - keep your receipts, order emails etc. and take a photo of your stuff before you pack it into the suitcase. That way, if you need to claim on your travel insurance, you'll be able to prove what was in your luggage.

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