Travel in Style: The Flight “Suit”

December 22nd, 2014

It’s traveling season. Time to head back to the old stomping grounds to spend time with family and friends for the Holidays. For many of us that involves long flights, in my case it’s a six hour trip from Los Angeles to southern Ontario. Therefore, I thought it would be a good time to touch on traveling in style.

We get it, you want to be as comfortable as possible to deal with all the stresses of flying. This is why airports are filled with couch clothing: hoodies, t-shirts, sweatpants, etc. The old-world glamour of air travel is officially dead, which is interesting because airports are great places to meet new people (who just happen to be traveling to your same destination).

Well, our good friend Waraire Boswell (menswear designer, bespoke tailor to Lebron James, and one of our all-time favorite profiles) is here to prove that being comfortable doesn’t mean looking like a slob. Later this month he will be launching his much anticipated ready-to-wear collection, beginning with the release of his “Lear Suit”; a sweat “suit” designed specifically for traveling in comfort and style.

We got our hands on a couple early samples of the Lear suit to bring you some new ways to deal with the airport hassle.

The New Sweat Suit

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With more and more menswear designers trending toward “comfort tailoring”, the lines between traditional business suits and casual sweat suits are becoming increasingly blurred. Boswell’s Lear suit (named after the Lear Jet, of course) takes this a step further. It’s build for extreme comfort, but unlike most of the sweats on the market, it’s cut with a trim fit.

The jacket (or cardigan) has a three-button front, patch pockets, single vent, and shawl collar. The trousers (or joggers) are trim cut with a drawstring waist, patch pockets, and ankle cuffs.

Getting through the security checkpoint in this thing is a breeze. Just throw your metal accessories in your carry-on (Frank Clegg and I designed this travel duffle with exterior patch pockets specifically for this purpose), slip off your sneakers, and slide right through.

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  • Sunglasses by Illesteva ·
  • Black polo shirt by Uniqlo ·
  • “Lear Suit” in Charcoal by BOSWELL ·
  • Leather sneakers by Benjamin Daedfyshe ·
  • Black shrunken leather duffle bag by Dan Trepanier x Frank Clegg

Carry-On in Comfort & Style

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This is as comfortable as a suit gets, and/or as classy as a sweatsuit gets. The knit shirt is cut from a stretchy pima cotton, too, which is as soft and comfortable as a quality t-shirt.

No matter how comfortable or casual the look, the right accessories can always bring it up a notch. In my opinion, if you dropped some coin on a beautiful luxury watch (like this vintage Rolex), you shouldn’t need to wait for special occasions to wear it. Wear it as often as possible! A classy watch can ramp up just about any outfit.

Of course, the Lear suit is not exclusively for traveling. It would be just as functional and stylish for casual activities like heading to the gym, or lounging low key.

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The Lear Suit is not yet available for sale online, but will be soon. We will be making an announcement when the first limited release drops. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-speed with the latest from Articles of Style.

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  • Vintage Ralph Lauren Sunglasses from Kings of Past ·
  • “Lear Suit” in Cream by BOSWELL ·
  • “Miles” knit shirt by Reiss ·
  • Vintage Watch with Crocodile Band by Rolex ·
  • Brown suede captoe sneakers by Lanvin ·
  • “Piazzale” wheeled leather suitcase by Maxwell Scott

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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