Be comfortable enough to cross a dozen time zones without looking like it's laundry day.
There are people who disembark from trans-continental flights looking as put-together as Amal Clooney, while others emerge like teens after a sleepover. It's idyllic to see ourselves emerging from an airplane in a slim-cut dress or trim tweed pants, but the reality of long-haul flights is that the only way to survive is a solid sleep. Until changing into pajamas becomes de rigeur, we've rounded up our favorite pants for overnight jaunts—for both men as well as women—that are plenty comfortable for the duration and won't invite sideways glances at the hotel check-in desk.
Slouchy Wide Leg Pant, $88
Comfort reigns as a relaxed waist gives way to roomy legs. But this mid-weight, stretchy wool pant from Everlane has both structure as well as trend appeal—meaning they'll pair well with stacked heels or pointy flats and an embellished top for a night out upon arrival.
Relaxed Trouser, $255
Upgrade an elastic waist (code-word for comfy) with expert tailoring and 100 percent wool. Our Legacy's roomy pants for men can go from Coach to First Class easily with a light knit sweater or a pressed button-up shirt for daytime sightseeing.
Slim Stretch Pant, $295
Rag & Bone's equestrian-inspired, flat-front cropped pants do triple-duty. Go easy for the flight with a slim sweatshirt and low-profile sneakers, pull on an oversized sweater and loafers for daytime, and don heels and a tucked-in silk tank for night out. Best of all? They boast an elasticated waistband, too.
Upscale Sweats, $95
For whatever reason, men can get away with looking put-together in sweatpants more easily than women. The key is finding a pair with elevated fabrics or patterns, such as this French terry option from Grayers. Smart details, like the herringbone drawcord and a working button fly are best-matched with a trim sweater. If you're between sizes, order down to keep things out of tailgating territory.
Tech-Forward Trouser, $255
Sometimes our pants need to be more than comfortable and good-looking––they must also hold up during outdoor activities. Men will love Pashko's smart Storm Chasers, which look as good with dress shoes as they do hiking boots. Bonus: they move and breathe, on flights or on mountains, thanks to an elastic waist and moisture-wicking fabric. They have women's styles too (we're particularly enamored with the cloud hopper) and they're well made to stay nice for a long time.
Stretchy Moto Pants, $89
Unless you're en route to the Olympics (as an actual competitor), avoid wearing workout pants on your flight. Athleta's stretchy twill answer to the yoga pant is afforded some edge by well-placed zipper accents. Four-way stretch and a mid-weight, machine washable fabric layers well with a practical (and trendy) vest.