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Business Class: How to Dress Smart for Flights and Meetings

Unfortunately for some, travel doesn’t necessarily mean holiday. If you’re away for work, you’ll have to strike a balance between comfort, practicality, and being able to make an impression. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Here’s how to ace your outfit for plane flights and business meetings alike. Photos by Kirk Kenny /

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 August, 2016, 12:56pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:19pm

Dress for the Best
You can’t go wrong with a dress shirt like this one from RCANO. You’ll look smart during the trip and once you land, it’ll serve you equally well in the meeting room and for after-work drinks. Ditch the jacket, undo the top buttons and you’re good to go!

Blazin’ Through
When traveling with a business agenda or smarter schedule, a blazer like this one from Cuffs is a must. No matter how the weather is outside, remember planes do get cold inside—this will be a great additional layer, plus the pockets come in handy for storing travel essentials.

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Chino Man
Get a pair of stretchy chinos: They look great and keep your legs cozy for the flight. This pair from Zara is a great combination of style and comfort: versatile enough to fit into day or night, business or smart-casual. There’s even a little detailing at the hem when you roll it up.

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Loafing Around
When it comes to traveling, getting the right choice of shoes is crucial. Make sure they easily slip on and off as nobody wants to be the guy at airport security spending 10 minutes putting his shoes back on. These loafers from Zalora are practical and elegant at the same time—not to mention affordable!

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Carry That Weight
Stylish carry-on luggage is a great investment for both the occasional and the seasoned traveler. Hong Kong brand The Dot gets artists from all over the world to design prints for their accessories: This travel bag features work by Romanian artist Felicia Atanasiu. 

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Travel Essentials

Snooze Easy
A short trip is perfect time for a quick nap, and for long flights, it’s essential. Keep lights and distractions out with this G.O.D. eye mask, with a Chinese saying meaning “Keep Clear and Be Quiet.”

In the Neck of Time
Not managing that nap after all? Travel pillows can make all the difference. Check out this practical and adjustable city skyline Ostrich Pillow from HKTDC Design Gallery.

Safe and Dry
Safety and security should come first—but it helps to look good, too. A passport holder like this elegant travel wallet from Dry & Co. is perfect to keep your tickets, credit and mileage cards, and local currency all in place.