A Qantas flight from London to Melbourne, Australia takes twenty-two hours. That's a pretty long time to be sat in one seat as you head down under. It's true that an economy seat will be comfy, and that there'll be a delicious new onboard dining system and over 1500 in-flight entertainment options to choose from (including movies, TV shows, music playlists and games), but it's still twenty-two hours - and it's hard to remain looking stylish and feeling fresh when you're doing long-haul. Qantas challenged me to see how I would style it out on a flight to Melbourne, and I've used an exciting fashion moment for the airline as my creative inspiration.
Qantas is synonymous with style. If you've ever looked at photos of air stewardesses from the 1960's wearing cute skirt suits and pillbox hats and thought: "I'd do that job for the outfit", then you should know that designers of previous Qantas uniforms include Yves Saint Laurent and Emilio Pucci. I do prefer the baby blue colour of their 1960's uniform (below left) to the bottle green of the 1970's (right), but I'm loving the Anchorman-style power marching and moustaches of Qantas' seventies era. You can check out more Qantas uniforms from yesteryear here.
In 2013 staff had another uniform makeover, this time from Australian designer Martin Grant - known for dressing elegant fashion mavens Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton. He created a stylish fitted dress (as modelled by Miranda Kerr at the uniform launch) using a colour palette of black, French navy, pink and the red of the Qantas logo. Hats are back too! A navy trilby with black and red trim can be worn with a classic trench coat en-route from terminal to plane; the levels of fabulosity have been well and truly raised!
I'm flipping it round and using key pieces in pink and red, with black and navy as accent colours. Travel is all about comfort and layering. You need clothes that will allow ease of movement and not cause one iota of bother mid-flight. Therefore, avoid jumpsuits and all-in-ones LIKE THE PLAGUE; you don't want to have to remove pretty much your whole outfit each time you use the loo. Tight jeans may seem like a good idea until you start to get that "I wish I could slip into something less restrictive" feeling. You do not want to be stuck with that for hours on end. Leggings and soft jeans are your friend, keeping you warm and comfy.
In my collage at the top of the page I opted for stretchy black jeans from ASOS, along with some pink Converse sneakers - the warmest, and most cosy trainers known to man. They're also easy to slip on and off if you like to change into slippers or socks onboard. To stay warm in wintery London I layered a pink coat over a black or navy t-shirt - this can also double up as a snuggly blanket. Bear in mind that it's currently summertime in Australia, so a coat needs to be super lightweight and easy to hold or pack away as you travel on in Melbourne. A red satchel completes the look to hold all the carry-on essentials. Oxblood is very in right now, and is bright red's darker, more sophisticated sister. The cute heart-shaped luggage tag is a nod to the Qantas red, as is the lipstick I'd be rocking - though whether to go for red or fuchsia... hmm. I'm also loving these red and navy ASOS tops for layering.
What's in my bag, you ask? Take a look at the collage below. Staying with the colour palette I've selected some travel essentials, starting with beauty - TAKE HAND CREAM AND LIP BALM. You never want to do long-haul without either of these! I'd also bring face wipes to take off my make-up, and a bag of cosmetic essentials to do a basic face as we near our destination. Keeping your skin super hydrated is key, a facial spritz like The Body Shop's Vitamin E Face Mist and a serum (loving Sarah Chapman's Overnight Facial at any time of day right now) will do the job. Remember to pay attention to liquid limitations and decant your fave beauty products into travel bottles. With all the Qantas in-flight entertainment you won't need masses stored on your iPad. I'd bring this along for writing up blog posts and organising my photos; preparing for all the images I'd be taking to blog the journey and my stay in Melbourne. The headphones are mainly for use in the airport, but they can also be used on board for noise cancelling. I'm definitely one to kick off my shoes, and that's why I'd bring this adorable fuchsia cashmere set - snuggly socks, a blanket and eye mask. Soft as butter! A large holdall, like this ASOS one, is a great alternative to a suitcase for short trips (or for masses of carry-on if you've been snapping up Duty Free bargains like a boss), and it means you don't have to wait for any luggage when you arrive at your destination. What can I say? I'm the master of travelling light.
A few little stylish extras - how perfect is this fuchsia, black and red currency case from Smythson? I'm also loving their pink Bright Ideas notebook, perfect for jotting down blog notes and lists of things I'd want to see and do in Melbourne. Top of the list would be the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria... how amazing would that be to see? I swoon at the very thought. Finally, I think the new Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc polish in Judo Red is a pretty near perfect match for Qantas Red (though I'd be wearing it, not attempting to take on board obvs). Ah, Qantas - such a style inspiration, and Melbourne - a fashion-forward city to dream about. This style challenge has been so much fun, not least for researching photos of moustachioed air stewards of the past. I'm also now loving pink and red combos; Qantas could very well be influencing my style on the ground this season too.
Sponsored Post. Main images courtesy of Qantas and ASOS.