23 Moments That Proved Traveling Was Much More Glamorous in the 1950s

Nobody would dare to wear sweatpants on a plane back then.

Between added fees, long TSA lines, and ever-shrinking seats, flying today can be a total drag. But back in the 1950s when commercial flights were a relatively new novelty, people dressed for the occasion. No one was more glamorous than Hollywood's elite when they arrived at the airport in their best dresses, suits, and furs. From Elizabeth Taylor's over-the-top hats to Clark Gable's tweed suit, here are some of the best outfits celebrities wore to the airport in the 1950s.

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando disembarks from an Air France flight to Orly Airport in 1959 wearing dark sunglasses and an all-black suit.

Judy Garland

Judy Garland poses for a photo wearing a black satin coat and black hat before boarding a flight in 1955.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn arrives at London Airport looking polished in a skirt and jacket combo.

Marilyn Monroe

In 1956, Marilyn Monroe poses for photographers as she boards an American Airlines plane from New York's Idlewild Airport—which later became JFK—to Hollywood.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor sips a drink and smokes a cigarette during an interview at Jersey airport on her way to Nice, France in 1957.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren stops for a photograph before boarding a flight in 1959 wearing a dark coat and statement hat.

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra climbs down the steps from a plane arriving at London Airport in 1956.

Grace Kelly

Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly Grace Kelly, wears a black dress with a white overcoat and gloves at Copenhagen's airport in 1957 with her husband, Prince Rainier of Monaco.

Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart

Lauren Bacall and her husband, Humphrey Bogart, stop for a photo on the tarmac at La Guardia airport in 1950.

Jean Seberg


Actress Jean Seberg arrives at London Airport in 1957 to attend the premiere of Saint Joan, in which she has the starring role.

Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds greets her future husband, Eddie Fisher, at the airport in 1954 with her French poodle Fannie.

Brigitte Bardot

French actress Brigitte Bardot arrives at London Airport in 1959 to make the film Babette Goes to War. She was wearing a matching skirt suit.

Clark Gable

Clark Gable boards a KLM plane at London Airport in 1953 wearing a tweed jacket and tie.

Audrey Hepburn

Accompanied by her husband Mel Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn steps off a plane at the Le Bourget airport in France in 1955 wearing a fur coat and carrying a small wicker basket.

Elizabeth Taylor

Shortly after denying any romance between herself and Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor boards a flight for Hollywood in 1958 wearing an unhappy expression and a satin turban.

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn arrives at Ciampino airport in Rome in 1959 wearing a classic trench coat and her purse slung over her back.

Ingrid Bergman

Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman wears a matching tweed coat and hat while traveling in 1959.

Kim Novak

After flying from Paris to New York for the premiere of her movie Middle Of The Night, Kim Novak waves to the photographers from the steps of an Air France plane.

Tennessee Williams and Diana Barrymore

Playwright Tennessee Williams poses with actress Diana Barrymore at New York's Idlewild Airport in 1959 after returning from a vacation in Cuba.

Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra greets his wife, Ava Gardner, with a kiss and flowers on her arrival in New York at Idlewild Airport in 1952.

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier


Sir Laurence Olivier and his wife, Vivien Leigh, arrive in Rome in 1953 wearing a fur coat and suit.

Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher

In 1959, Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, Eddie Fisher, dressed her children Christopher and Michael in matching outfits to fly to London.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor arrives at the Orly airport in Paris wearing a matching polka-dot dress and coat to shoot the movie Moulin Rouge in 1952.

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