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WIWTD + What to Wear on a Long-Haul Flight?

January 6, 2015

Fifteen hours.

That was the longest flight I have taken in my life. It was a non-stop flight from NAIA Terminal 3 to Heathrow. I was quite thankful that it was a non-stop flight (I hate layovers when you get confused about time 🙂) and very much delighted when I boarded the plane and found out there were only a few passengers flying from Manila to London (!!!)

My longest travel was actually from Manila to Toronto – but total flight time was only 12 hours from Manila to Vancouver, and another 4 hours for local flight.

My good friend #A called me hours before my flight and she was so excited for me (I love my friends!). One of the questions she asked me – what are you wearing? 

I laughed how effortlessly funny she is! I told her I don’t want to look like a typical tourist and that I was channeling the #modeloffduty peg. 

Most of the passengers who were waiting at the boarding gate were wearing boots and fancy jackets, while I was wearing a simple plain top and jeans. If only I could wear pajamas, I would. I know it was going to be a long and tiring flight.
I actually have two styles in traveling – going out of the country, I wear comfortable clothes and shoes; going back, I wear all the heavy clothes with me (because I know my luggage would be full and loaded by then). 
Anyway, sharing with you what I wore in my 15-hour flight from Manila to London…

  • Plain (Comfortable) Shirt: I wore a simple white shirt which I can accessorize with scarf or jacket. 
  • Jeans: I love wearing skirts and shorts, but for long flights – I know airplane temperature can be really cold – so I wore my favorite denim. 
  • Shoes: I wore flats which I can easily take off for security checks in the airport. I looked at the other travelers boarding the plane wearing fancy and elaborate clothes. I refused to calculate the time they spent fixing them after security check.  I wore the most comfortable flats (I brought my boots in my luggage).
  • Jacket: I brought my leather jacket for the rock star feel! Haha 
  • Sling Bag where I kept my travel documents (passport, ticket), money, and other important items.
  • Travel Bag (from Freeway Art Collection) where I kept my clothes, gadgets, books and other travel stuff. 
I also brought:
  • Scarf: I always bring scarf whenever I travel. It works as a blanket and pretty accessory upon landing.
  • Socks: I wore socks most of the flight hours because the plane temperature was freezing (gives you an idea why I wore flats and comfortable shoes). 
  • Sunglasses: again for that rock star look Hehe. 

Inside the hand-carried bag, I have:

  • Extra clothes: In case my luggage gets lost, I have extra clothes (and underwear!) to wear if shopping is not possible at the time of arrival. 
  • Gadgets: To keep me entertained. 
  • Toiletries: of course.
  • Bottled Water: Hehe yes, I was able to sneak it inside the plane. I needed to keep hydrated. The whole flight, I only asked for water and ditched coffee, juices and carbonated drinks. 
  • Pillow: for that more comfortable sleep – which I never got (more stories soon at
Here’s my picture taken upon arrival. I still look decent after hours of non-sleep and boredom in the plane. Yes? Comfort always comes first for me 🙂  I asked my “personal driver” to take a photo of me. Hehe. I couldn’t remember the temperature then, but I know it was not as cold as I expected it to be.

What I Wore That Day:
Plain Top from Forever 21
Jeans: Forever 21
Ballerina Flats: Charles and Keith
Sling Bag: SM Accessories
Animal Print Scarf: H&M

The collage basically represent the pieces I have worn. If you want to buy the same pieces I wore,  I recommend, SheInside for the leather jackets and jeans (the store ships worldwide). For plain shirts, go for the Giordano Classics (they are back!). But I buy mine from WetSeal. H&M has a lot of nice scarves and flats too. Just make sure that you bring comfortable shoes whenever you travel. Bring a nice sling bag to give you a chic look. You can get nice sling bags from Lazada’s new fashion line – LZD. 
Here’s my first picture taken outside the hotel in London – Cumberland Hotel
More travel stories, style tips (and hopefully #ootd ‘s) soon!
What do you wear on a flight?

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