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How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:17 am

Hi guys,

I had a bad day because (parts of) my car broke down today but I also got some great news. In March I have to fly together with a colleague to Washington D.C. for a business trip (I still can't believe that someone is sending me to the US of A for a business trip  Smile/happy/getting dizzy).

We will arrive there in the afternoon and meet our business partners/colleagues on the next day. Of course I will wear a suit during the actual meeting but do you think that I can dress rather casual (jeans, sweater, polo shirt) during the flight and the first day there or does this look "unprofessional"? Should I wear a suit from the beginning till the end of the trip?

What do you think?

Patrick
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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:26 am

First off, what kind of business are you in? That's what really makes all the difference. But generally slacks, a polo, and obligatory mobile clipped to the hip are necessary.
 
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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:34 am

First off, what kind of business are you in? That's what really makes all the difference.

Aviation (non airline).

As I wrote in the thread starter, a suit is mandatory during the actual meeting but I want to know if it is OK to wear casual clothes like a jeans, etc. when I am on the plane and on the hotel bar together with my colleague.

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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:34 am

I believe it depends who you are going with. If it your boss I would say that a suit is not nessesary but it looks good. If its someone that is on your level in the company I would say some nice pants (not jeans) and a matching polo shirt would do. You could always wear the jacket from the suit if it matches, and when you are in the plane take it of.

Also one has to take the class he is traveling and his trip to/from the airport. My parents travel sometimes (not long haul) but my dad always wears his suit but without the shirt( pants, regular tee/polo, and a sweater)

But if you really look at it even if you do wear the suit, during the flight you can relax(take tie ,off unbutton the collar and if using a blanket unhook the pants)

But I don't think it would be nice to come walking in with jeans and a nike sweater.

I have flown JFK-CDG in a suit and it wasn't to bad. Its not like u can stretch in eco, and in J you can lay down on the bed.

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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:33 pm

Slacks, Polo Shirt, Comfortable shoes in the air. You're doing a trans-Atlantic, might as well relax a bit.

I'd wear some Dockers slacks or something similar in case you're met by an associate on the DC end of the flight (perhaps without notice). This will make a good impression, beats a pair of jeans and a Pull Over Sweater . . . first impression is always the lasting impression.

If you're traveling in F, jeans are a no-no IMHO. We went over this in Civ-Av a couple months ago if I remember right  Big thumbs up.

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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:45 pm

Well you never know what could happen between the time you land and the next morning, so I recomment slacks and a shirt/polo. Plus it also looks professional at the airport, specially INS/TSA in the US would care less bout someone wearin business clothes, as compared to if you were wearing jeans and a shirt.
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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 1:12 pm

If you're traveling in F, jeans are a no-no IMHO.

I frequently fly F, and I wear whatever I please, thank-you very much, 'nice' jeans included.
 
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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 1:33 pm

"Plus it also looks professional at the airport, specially INS/TSA in the US would care less bout someone wearin business clothes, as compared to if you were wearing jeans and a shirt."

It sounds like you are suggesting they are profiling. I always wear jeans and a t-shirt and have yet to be pulled to the side by TSA.

"If you're traveling in F, jeans are a no-no IMHO."

It's an opinion, but the airlines take the money and I am willing to pay it, and unless I'm meeting someone at the airport on biz, I'll wear what I want.
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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:38 pm

When in doubt for an upcoming business trip, err on the side of being slightly over-dressed. Nix the jeans & wear the dockers.
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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:46 pm

flip flops, board shorts, wifebeater and a baseball cap.
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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:45 pm

IMHO suits are only for professional occasions where business attire is mandatory.
The flight in itself does not qualify as such and no business partners will be present, nor at the arrival.
Henceforth you should wear whatever you deem comforatble/appropriate for the trip.
I was regularly sent on business trips in some of my former jobs, and while I dressed up formally for the business interactions, flights were taken wearing (sometimes very) casual attire, even in C.

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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:55 pm

I will never wear a suit during a flight, regardless what the plans are for the other end. Your suit gets so rumpled during travel that it is in no condition to wear to a meeting anyway.

What I usually do is wear a decent shirt, tie and blazer when boarding. Hang up the blazer in the closet, take of the tie and shirt and change into something casual during the flight. 30 minutes before landing, put the shirt and tie back on and collect the blazer.

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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:52 pm

I'm a utilitarian type of person. If I have a choice (and when I'm flying any soft seat, I have a choice) I will wear jeans and a long sleeve shirt of some type. In the extremely unlikely event of an incident, I feel survivability is increased with jeans rather than blended fabrics and the such. The ticket is paid for and if your company does not have a policy, wear what is comfortable to you (within the bounds of reason and modesty).

Will you be sightseeing? Will you be with your companion the whole time? I would pack business casual for dinner, but I see no problem wearing jeans while on your own seeing the town. In fact, Washington D.C. is easier to see on foot and I think slacks and sneakers are a fashion statement to be avoided.

Weather will be an issue. DC in March may be warm or it may be bitter cold. PAy attention to the weather before you leave.
 
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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:21 am

Thanks for all your tips!

...and while I dressed up formally for the business interactions, flights were taken wearing (sometimes very) casual attire, even in C.

I am planning to do exactly the same, good to hear that is is usual.

I will never wear a suit during a flight, regardless what the plans are for the other end. Your suit gets so rumpled during travel that it is in no condition to wear to a meeting anyway.

Correct Sean, this is another reason why I want to avoid to wear a suit during the flight.

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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:20 am

United wont let you on if your wearing taty jeans and flying First. haha
When flying in anything above Economy i wear slacks, a black v'neck jumper and a suit jacket. Looks smart/casual. And Sadly, gets me better service than the shmuck behind me in jeans and a T'shirt.
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RE: How To Dress On A Business Trip?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:36 am

Patrick, Keep in mind that if your luggage is lost all you'll have are the clothes on your back.

Also make sure you won't be embarrassed to meet a client or potential client on the flight.

Good Luck,

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