When it comes to 2019 airport style, we regularly turn to the likes of Rihanna and Amal Clooney for guidance on what to wear for a trip. But long before they wore heels to LAX or traveled in minidresses, Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and Diana Ross paved the way and practically invented celebrity airport style—and you can bet their travel outfits are still wearable and chic as ever today.
In the '50s and '60s, women like Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy looked exceedingly polished and sophisticated at the airport, wearing pieces like skirt suits, shift dresses, structured bags, neck scarves, and more. Predictably, '70s airport style saw the emergence of more laid-back, hippie vibes, like Diana Ross's amazingly oversize round sunnies. Scroll down to see what Old Hollywood icons wore to the airport and shop 2019 versions.
Brigitte Bardot: Skirt Suit
Photographed in 1961, French icon Brigitte Bardot was all smiles as she arrived at the airport in Rome to film a movie. Luckily, skirt suits are having a moment right now, so there are plenty of similar options to choose from.
Babaton Gregory Jacket ($168)
Song of Style Cloe Skort in Rainbow Multi ($158)
Lovers + Friends Analee Jacket in Sun Yellow ($198)
Eloquii Tie Waist Tweed Jacket ($40)
Audrey Hepburn: Midi Dress and Structured Bag
Did you have any doubt that Audrey Hepburn would look as chic at the airport as on the red carpet? No sweatpants for her—here, she was photographed in 1953 arriving in London.
Medea Prima Hanna Small Leather Tote ($585)
Mark Cross Grace Small Glossed-Leather Bag ($2295)
Strathberry Nano Leather Tote ($445)
Grace Kelly: Black Dress and Neck Scarf
Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Laraine Day arrived in Los Angeles looking like the most impeccably dressed travelers ever.
Mango Pleated Shoulder Dress ($40)
Gucci Printed Silk-Twill Scarf ($195)
BaubleBar Vanessa Hoop Earrings ($36)
Diana Ross: '70s Sunglasses and Printed Button-Down
No one did '70s style better than Diana Ross—even at Heathrow Airport in London.
Ray-Ban Youngster Round Sunglasses ($128)
Dodo Bar Or Noemie Floral-Print Silk-Jacquard Shirt ($212)
7 for All Mankind Georgia in Uptown Rinse ($199)
Quay Tinted Love Sunglasses ($55)
Tory Burch Printed Silk Shirt ($278)
Jackie Kennedy: White Shift Dress
A few years after leaving the White House, Jackie Kennedy was pictured with her children arriving for a vacation in Ireland in a very '60s shift dress.
Alice and Olivia Gem 3/4 Sleeve Shift Dress ($295)
Lela Rose Lace Hem Knit Dress ($1290)
Mango Embroidered Short Dress ($60)
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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