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Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 2:34 am

Do you Dress up when you fly? personally, I dress up a little, I`m not talking about a suit and tie, but maybe a sweater and khakis or something like that. Just trying to keep flyin a little classy.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 2:40 am

I usually go with the minimum I have to for work: which is khakis and a polo shirt. If I'm paying for a ticket for myself, I sometimes go in shorts if the destination is tropical.

In the 1970s, my family dressed up whenever we flew, which meant ties for the men and skirts/dresses for the women. It seems kind of funny now that we did this just for the flight, but we did.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 2:46 am

it is amazing how people now a days look like trash, bikers with t-shirts. business guys and gals in work out cloths and so on. the old people who fly still pull out the sky blue leasure suits and always get a smerk.i do dress up, not ties but always dress up.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 3:26 am

When I first began with the airline, the dress code was a coat and tie. Now, it has relaxed to nice pants and collared shirt in first class and collared shirt with jeans in coach as the minimum. I tend to wear a golf shirt and some decent pants with my leather walking shoes on the plane, even if first class looks like it is full. After all, you never know.....
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 3:39 am

No, i don't "dress up" up for flights. I just wear my casual clothes, baggy jeans,loose jackets. Comfortable clothes is a must! Specially when you're gonna be stuck in a 32 in seat pitch sitting in an upright position for 10 hours.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 3:42 am

I got used to flying in a suit and tie and now I can't even wear shorts on a plane!

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 3:49 am

if the company buys my ticket i do because thats there dress code. if i buy my ticket no way, sweat pants and a tee shirt for me
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 3:54 am

Dockers and button down or polo shirt for me in C class.
Sometimes jeans for short trips.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 3:55 am

I always wear casual clothing whenever I fly, depending on the weather. Usually jeans or khakis and sometimes polo shirts. I make sure the material is comfortable so I don't feel uneasy, especially on a long haul flight.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 5:18 am

No, I just make sure the clothes I'm wearing are clean and casual, but not too casual. I usually wear a good pair of pants and a nice tee-shirt. (I wear tee-shirts year round anyways, so it dosen't matter.)

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 5:27 am

Yes. I dress 'business casual'-- khakis, a plaid shirt, and a sport coat. Flying was once an elegant experience--I can remember my parents dressing me up to fly in pre-deregulation days as a kid.

We might not all need to wear ties, but it seems to me that flying should be a classy experience as Delta 777 says. I dress up regardless of whether I fly on a Cartel carrier or a low-fare carrier.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 5:30 am

Just remember to wear cotton or another natural fiber: you want to burn and not melt, right?

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 5:37 am

I try to dress decently, "business casual" as someone else noted. While it's not necessary to be formally clad, one should not look like a skell either.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 5:38 am

I usually just wear some khaki pants and a nice shirt. On one occasion I did wear a baseball jeresey when I flew out to California to see a baseball team . And if i'm going to a tropical destination I will wear some shorts and a hawaiin shirt  Smile.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 5:41 am

I dress up a little since flying is something of a celebration for me!
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 5:50 am

I usually dress up somewhat like others have said already-something like a v neck sweater or a turtle neck, khakis, and my leather blazer and black dress shoes. When I was younger- early 90s when I was like 5,6,7- I would dress up in my suit and tie since my dad was- Delta at that time required adult non revs, if I remember correctly, to really dress up. I am glad they are not that strict now as I really would hate to wear a suit and tie on a flight.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 6:11 am

I just wear some hip clothes or something cool. Or sometimes even shorts. Depends on the occasion/weather. But on my way back from SFO to DEN than to BIL, I wore khaki shorts a long sleeved shirt, when I got to BIL it was below zero! Brrrrrrrrr!  Big grin

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 6:26 am

The minimum for me is dress pants and polo shirt, but that is if I am in economy. I might wear a dress shirt too on the flight, depending on the destination (no tie). If I am in First/Business, minimum is dress shirt and dress pants, with a tie. Sometimes I leave the sportcoat, others no. These are personal regulations to try and look the most presentable I can. It does irritate me a little when I am dressed up like item number 1 for a Delta Express flight to MCO when everyone around me is staring at me for being "dressed up", rather than in their torn shorts and wrinkled t-shirt.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 6:35 am

My two key words:

Cotton and comfortable.

Cotton, so that my plastic clothes don't shrink wrap me in the unlikely event of a fire.

Comfortable, don't know about you, but I generally end up feeling a little bloated after 11 hours.

I do like to look respectable, so that the first class passengers don't think we're all just trash back there in the rubbish seats.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 6:39 am

Depends on the flight. For longhauls I like to wear a suit on J class, and smart casual on Y. For short hauls I will wear reasonably casual clothes, but then again I always dress reasonably smartly anyway (no jeans etc)
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 7:03 am

I usually dress up. I tried not dressing up once and the way I was treated wasn't as good as when I did dress up a little. Seems that the airline personel treat you with a little more respect. Thats what I have gotten out of it.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 7:15 am

As I said in another post on here, dressing smart also helps if the airline is looking to upgrade people, after all they are not going to upgrade some scruffy student to sit in the more expensive seats - worth considering when yuor next preparing to travel.

I dress smartly when I'm flying scheduled airlines, because of the above and usually because I'm on a non-rev standby ticket,but when I'm flying on a charter, I wear what ever I pick up off the floor first Big grin.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 7:15 am

I always wear jeans and usually a polo shirt or a tee shirt.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 8:48 am

I always wear khakis and a button-down shirt on a flight. (Sometimes a polo shirt in the summer) I also get my hair cut before a flight.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 9:03 am

I wear jeans and a t-shirt regardless of class...I dress to be comfortable, not to impress the f/a's or fellow passengers...and I am most comfortable in the aforementioned articles...

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 11:01 am

I actually get something of a cheap perverse thrill from dressing down when I know I am flying in F class on a positive space ticket. A couple of years ago, flying into SFO in F meant a dress code straight out of MTV or college Spring Break. Actually, the attire was much worse than the worker bees in coach had to dress.

I act like I'm an unshaved wealthy millionaire by wearing soiled mismatched clothes and having disheveled hair. Then, I add to the annoyance felt by the F/A's by being really particular about my drinks, food, etc... This is the sad wretched state my life has become.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 11:16 am

Actually I did the same thing on BA about two years ago from LGW-IAH in Club World...but not to your extreme. Jeans and sneakers and a ripped T. And never took my sunglasses off. And, of course, the mandatory backward facking ball cap.

To their credit, they treated me as if I were in a smoking jacket!

To my credit, I did, of course, shower and brush my teeth.

The guy next to kept asking me if I were an actor (thank Mom and Dad for those great pearly whites!)
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 11:21 am

I snap on my pink thongs and sometimes a manbra.....the usual stuff.  Big thumbs up
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 11:52 am

I don't dress up, I just wear something comfortable, jeans, t-shirt and sneakers (whether I fly J or Y). I don't see why I have to 'dress-up', flying to me is just another mode of transportation. Maybe cos I was brought up in a different culture or I haven't experience days where flying was a glamorous thing.

Anyway, it's the personality/attitude that matters more, you can dress in an Armani suit but still be a pain in the @ss!

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 11:56 am

YEs, i like to dress up, because i believe it makes the experience much better and more fun!
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 11:58 am

I myself dress for comfort, especially on the long hauls. If it's summer here, I'll usually fly wearing a pair of shorts, some gym shoes and a nice shirt (but usually not tucked in) and probably a baseball cap. If it's a little cooler, I'll wear a pair of comfortable pants and a sweater. I like to sprawl out as much as I can with the little room that I have in economy so I'm not too worried about looks as much as I am with comfort. I have flown in a tie befire and I've flown in a suit before which was OK. Thank God they were short flights (ORD-EWR-ORD and ORD-LGA-ORD).
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 12:50 pm

I'll wear the aforementioned 'business casual' of Khakis, a polo shirt, and a sport coat, regardless of class. I do this mostly for comfort, but it has gotten me upgraded once or twice when coach was overbooked and first/ business wasn't  Big grin
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:04 pm

When I worked in the airline industry & travelled on ID50, 75, 90 etc., I always wore a suit when travelling or least a blazer & tie.

With my Greg Kinnear good-looks and flashing my best smile at the female or possibly-gay-male gate attendant, I'd get upgraded with ease! Whatever it took.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:39 pm

I always dress up. I look at flying like comming to work. I wont wear Jeans on a flight but rather something professional. I like to make an impression on my F/As (female of course)  Big grin. When I was a kid I use to wear a 3 pice suit and tie and everytime I did, I always got asked to come in to the cockpit. Hummmm wonder if that would work today.  Big grin
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 2:02 pm

Yes I always dress up when I fly, Dress Pants, Collared shirt, Fleece Vest, and Dress Shoes.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 3:08 pm

I give my clothes a second thought, not necessarily dressing up:

for comfort:
- comfortable clothing
- layers, in order to be able to quickly adjust to changing temperatures (heat on the ground, chilling cold [a/c] in the air, plus anything in between)

for safety
- no polyester, plastic etc. (better in a fire)
- no shorts (I want to slide down the slides without getting the back of my legs burnt)
- stable shoes (for running away through debris)

Talk about paranoid, huh?

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 3:28 pm

I feel a certain level of 'class' is required for a flight. To this extent I do try and make myself look respectable.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 4:10 pm

For longhaul I try and make it smart but comfortable. For a long overnight flight I avoid ties, buttons around the neck, tight pants, etc., and usually go for a dressy casual round-neck shirt or polo, and jacket and comfortable pants. That way I can throw the jacket on before deplaning and look half-presentable - and it also helps going through customs if you don't look like a drug smuggler, illegal immigrant or associate of Rogue Trader.
In the "olden days" of one-class travel in the 50s and 60s, people certainly dressed a lot more, women even wore gloves. With the introduction of what was then called "tourist class", people started to dress more casually, especially down the back (or up the front as it used to be on the piston engined aircraft!). I remember hearing someone comment that you could always tell "those tourist people" by the appalling way that they dressed!
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 8:43 pm

If I am on business, I will wear a suit. If I am on holiday, I will still wear a jacket and pressed trousers (and sometimes a tie). If you dress and behave like a gentleman, you'll be surprised how well you are treated (including upgrades).
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 9:12 pm

Come on,

What is that issue about, do you guys think that anyone is looking at you when you fy?
Nobody really cairs what you are dressed up and so there should be no difference between Y/C/F class.

When I fly, I dress the same thing that I always do during normal days, but I put them on when they are back from the cleaners and a new ironed shirt.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 9:21 pm

I don't dress up other than looking neat and casual. I only fly for leisure not business -- if I did I would dress up, well I would be flying business class no doubt so I would have to! or want to anyway. I make sure that what I wear is comfortable, even for short flights. Also take warmer clothing if it gets a bit chilly. There is often a fair bit of walking to do for connecting flights so I take that into consideration too. I think if you dress up or at least look smart, then you will be more respected by the crew and other pax as well. Sort of goes without saying..

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 9:23 pm

When I fly myself, I wear my Nomex, leather flying boots and nomex gloves. A kevlar flight helmet tops it off.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 10:07 pm


Nobody likes a smart ass.

When I fly commercial I wear a wool suit and slacks, I may wear a polo with it but normally a dress shirt and tie. When I fly on our corporate plane things are different; when we are going to hit the ground running business attire is required although one of my rules for the company is women MAY NOT wear nylons. In point of fact I have made women take them off before we took off.

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Tue May 07, 2002 11:37 pm

Yes! Still do it to now but not so much on domestic travel e.g. 1 hr flight. Mostly on long international flights.
Also when traveling by ship in first class. At one time when a friend and I were traveling by ship we dressed up very well and even went around smoking cigars just for the sake of it.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Wed May 08, 2002 10:52 am


I second the recommendation for wool. It's just as good as cotton and a bit more stylish. I live in Toledo, too...small world!

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Wed May 08, 2002 11:07 am

I ahve been dressing up lately.
I usually wear some nice dress pants, like cream or something, with a Turtle neck on.
People say i look toooo done up...LOL.

Anyways, i thought i looked conservative on my last flight, NAN-AKL.
I was wearing a Turtle neck (i love them) and my Rarotongan LavaLava. I got a few looks, especially when handing out the Sweets for the Flight Attendants. LOL...i still thought it looked conservative. Polynesian Airlines flight attendants look real nice when wearing there ones, why cant i, i thought!!??

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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Wed May 08, 2002 11:38 am

If its domestic i wear either khaki's or shorts if its warm with a collared shirt and a belt, if its international, always pants. Gotta impress the f/a's right?  Big grin
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Wed May 08, 2002 11:53 am

Well, if you must know, I grow a GIGANTIC mullet a month in advance of any flight. Then I don't shave or brush my teeth the week in advance. I usually wear a pair of WWF boxer shorts and a stained wife beater. Now THAT's flying in style...
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Wed May 08, 2002 4:43 pm

When I travel, I dress for practicality. I usually wear jeans and a long-sleeved tee-shirt. I never wear sandles, due to the possibility of having my feet trod upon by my fellow passengers. I almost always wear either a baseball cap or a stocking cap because I like to lean my head back on the seats.
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RE: Do You Dress Up?

Wed May 08, 2002 6:49 pm

I usually dress up a little nicer than usual. But it also depends on the airline. When I flew Air Namibia I didn't really care... flying Ryanair I definitly won't care! But when I fly a "real" airline (LH and co.) I prefer looking business-like... Since I used to fly as PAD I also had to dress up since I had to "represent the company that my relative flies for"... That is what the guy told me at the gate when I wanted to fly to ARN from FRA in a T-shirt...


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