I’ve always got an eye out for clothing that’ll combine into the most comfortable outfit to wear on long flights. The whole pajamas-in-public craze doesn’t do it for me, so I have to find clothes that work on a few levels.
Comfort is most important, but I don’t want to look like a slob, in case I need to appeal to a gate agent to give me that awesome seat instead of giving it to that person in a suit. I’m also looking for the right amount of coverage in terms of keeping warm in occasionally icy airplanes, but not too warm, because then I won’t be able to sleep. And then, finally, something that’s loose enough (but not too loose) that it’ll allow me to move, whether it’s in an attempt to find a comfortable sleeping position in an economy seat for 15 hours, putting my bag in the overhead bin, or running for a flight.
My current favorite top that meets all these requirements is the Smartwool Women’s Merino 150 Pattern Hoody.
Made from 87 percent Merino wool and 13 percent nylon core, the material is Smartwool’s lightest layer. The Merino is wrapped around a nylon core for better durability, but the benefits of Merino remain: softness next to skin, temperature regulation and breathability, and quick to dry.
The regular fit allows for comfort without looking like you’re wearing a tent, and the raglan sleeves won’t hold you back, whether you’re waving for a taxi or hauling your luggage around. I especially like the longer fit, so I don’t have to worry about the shirt riding up when my arms are overhead, or if I’m trying some weird sideways sitting position to find a way to get comfortable in the forever shrinking economy seats.