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Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:25 am

I am flying on AA to SJU on December 21, and I was wondering, would you recommend dressing up when I travel? I never really did, but I wonder what are the opinions of A.netters. Some options could be a natural stretch poplin shirt or a relaxed fit oxford shirt.

I just don't know if it will be ideal for comfort since one of my flights (MIA-SJU) is overnight. I think the best for comfort (besides a T-shirt) would be an interlock polo with a hoodie. On that particular flight I'm luckily in Business Class, so I just wonder if I should dress up or not.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:51 am

There is a fine line between overdressing and underdressing.

I frown upon tackie (stretch pants or jogging pants, sport attire), but do you have to dress in a (3 piece) suite to match, also no.

I tend to go business casual or a casual polo or shirt. In winter a smarter jumper.

But in the end, It's up to you, no real rules.
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:29 pm

I like to wear a collared shirt and a nice pair of jeans and shoes when I travel; no shorts and sandals for me.
 
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Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:43 pm

I have never flown any thing but Y. However if I ever get the chance to fly business or first etc, I will be wearing exactly the same as I would in economy. I dress depending on the length of flight and with a small eye towards the conditions at my destination. This means if I’m flying long haul to a hot destination (LAX, SIN, JNB or maybe just returning to LHR in the summer) I will be wearing my gym vests, shorts and flip flops. I like neon colours, so it’s highly likely I’d be wearing my neon yellow vest too. But then I hate grandeur and often find service uncomfortable. If there’s no stewards around, I’m more likely to walk down to the galley to ask for a beer rather than press the call button. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever pressed a call button.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:19 pm

I'd never fly in shorts or flip flops. As ex-crew I have visions of sliding down a chute or flames in a cabin or near aircraft with exposed skin. You only experience rubber burns wearing shorts on a chute once to never again step on a plane in them.
A nice collared shirt and Docker type pants or nice comfy jeans are easily the "uniform of the day." Add a sport coat or sweater vest for a "resort casual" look. And women will appreciate a man who doesn't look like he just stepped out of a gym or his bed...... but just think comfort for you.
And yes I am :old: school, but easy to look nice and be comfortable on a long trip.
 
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Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:40 pm

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I'd never fly in shorts or flip flops. As ex-crew I have visions of sliding down a chute or flames in a cabin or near aircraft with exposed skin. You only experience rubber burns wearing shorts on a chute once to never again step on a plane in them.
A nice collared shirt and Docker type pants or nice comfy jeans are easily the "uniform of the day." Add a sport coat or sweater vest for a "resort casual" look. And women will appreciate a man who doesn't look like he just stepped out of a gym or his bed...... but just think comfort for you.
And yes I am :old: school, but easy to look nice and be comfortable on a long trip.



Oh I like my gym kit. Always clean on of course. Skinny trackies, shorts, gym vests, dry-fit tops and my laceless running trainers. Anything like that. Also, I don’t really care what women will appreciate about me. Peoples opinions aren’t going to make my long haul flight comfier, but my new vest and trackies however make it much more relaxing.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:22 am

How can MIA-SJU be overnight? It's only 1000 miles.
 
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Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:18 am

Try to smell nice as well. Sit next to someone with bad body odour is much more suffering than next to someone with bad taste of fashion. We can always close our eyes but not our noses. :D
 
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Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:07 am

I tend to go for a tailored suit every time I fly. I want the flight attendants to know that I'm someone who takes flying very seriously and can help in an emergency.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:10 am

afterburner wrote:
Try to smell nice as well. Sit next to someone with bad body odour is much more suffering than next to someone with bad taste of fashion. We can always close our eyes but not our noses. :D


I will probably put on some Old Spice deodorant and Banana Republic cologne.
 
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Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:17 am

CO764 wrote:
I tend to go for a tailored suit every time I fly. I want the flight attendants to know that I'm someone who takes flying very seriously and can help in an emergency.


I really hope that’s tongue in cheek 8-) . Now partly the reason I have so much gym kit is because I body build. Of course, I know nothing of your physical stature but I’m willing to bet the Cabin Crew would be quite happy to use my support should they need it (and I would be more than happy to help). Also, my brightly coloured gym gear would work great in evacuations in a dark or smoke filled plane!
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:31 am

I've never "got" this US obsession with dressing up for flying (maybe slightly for the non-rev upgrades).

For me it's always clean, tidy and culturally appropriate. But long haul it tends to be jeans and a light weight black sweater. Travel is usually PE or above these days.

In warmer climes I might be in shorts and t-shirt
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:26 am

Whatever you would wear for a casual night out will be just fine.
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:32 am

Don’t be a slob, but don’t dress in something crazy. Jeans, shirt, proper closed-toe shoes and you’re fine. If you’re up here in Canada dress according to the worst weather you may be encountering... don’t be those dummies flying to Mexico I’m their shorts and short-sleeves only to have to evacuate in -20C weather at YYZ!

Oh and those of us that get employee travel benefits have to follow a dress code when using it.
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:47 pm

1337Delta764 wrote:
afterburner wrote:
Try to smell nice as well. Sit next to someone with bad body odour is much more suffering than next to someone with bad taste of fashion. We can always close our eyes but not our noses. :D


I will probably put on some Old Spice deodorant and Banana Republic cologne.
NO!!! Too much cologne in an enclosed space is just as bad as BO.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:54 pm

I normally will toss on a polo and wear climate appropriate pants (IE shorts in the summer, long pants in the winter, and convertible pants if I'm going long haul).
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:25 pm

Shorts and a tee except in winter, and especially for night flights. Apparently a majority of crews (or airlines?) think that the hotter the plane, the better people sleep, which is nonsense. Airports tend to be overheated as well.

Be clean and don't smell, is the important thing. I don't even notice what people wear on a plane.
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:54 pm

If I’m flying long haul business or first and it’s a day flight, a suit and tie could happen. It started in my non rev days but it’s nice to look good and have a sense of occasion.

On an overnight flight I have a fantastic trick that helps me get a full night’s sleep even in economy — after takeoff, I go to the bathroom and change into proper pyjamas, not track pants or anything, real flannel PJs. Puts me out like a light.

Shorts and flip flops is never OK, no one wants to see your disgusting feet and hairy legs. Appalling. (That said I know someone who always wears shorts in First not for comfort but so everyone knows he paid for the ticket and isn’t a non rev, which the smarter tailored among us could be mistaken for.)
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:10 pm

johns624 wrote:
How can MIA-SJU be overnight? It's only 1000 miles.

He said "flights" so I'm assuming he has a layover in MIA and flight late in the night/wee morning hours to SJU
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:52 pm

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Shorts and flip flops is never OK, no one wants to see your disgusting feet and hairy legs. Appalling. (That said I know someone who always wears shorts in First not for comfort but so everyone knows he paid for the ticket and isn’t a non rev, which the smarter tailored among us could be mistaken for.)


I wear shorts and sandals every day...... sun, rain or snow.... so I'm not going to change my choice of clothes just to fly....
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:01 pm

For that flight, a Santa outfit is the only choice. Pink, ideally.

Seriously, do many of you not understand the nature of the opening post?
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:10 pm

PITingres wrote:
Shorts and a tee except in winter, and especially for night flights. Apparently a majority of crews (or airlines?) think that the hotter the plane, the better people sleep, which is nonsense. Airports tend to be overheated as well.

I suspect their reasoning is more along the line of the hotter the plane is, the more passengers sleep, the less work there is.

I agree that airports and airliners tend to be overheated, which is why my traditional flying uniform is a nice pair of jeans and either a polo if going home (or straight to the hotel), or a button-down shirt and a sport jacket if going to a client, even if it is the middle of winter and I am going to Chicago. I'd rather be cold than hot.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:59 am

I wear a t-shrit, sweat pants, or basketball shorts in the summer, with tennis shoes. If I am going somewhere cold, I'll wear my heaviest jacket with me so I don't have to pack it and can save room in the luggage for everything else.

Unless it is for work, traveling isn't a fashion show and there is nobody to impress.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:02 am

johns624 wrote:
1337Delta764 wrote:
afterburner wrote:
Try to smell nice as well. Sit next to someone with bad body odour is much more suffering than next to someone with bad taste of fashion. We can always close our eyes but not our noses. :D


I will probably put on some Old Spice deodorant and Banana Republic cologne.
NO!!! Too much cologne in an enclosed space is just as bad as BO.

At least have a shower before flying. Deodorant is certainly helpful.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:32 am

Like most things it comes down to personal preference.

I've never understood people who feel the need to dress up to go and sit in a cramped flying tube for hours on end.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:38 am

I wouldn't wear shorts and flipflops to go to the supermarket...
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:54 am

Why don't you use the clothes from your avatar?
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:05 pm

Okay, I arrived as of yesterday and wore a light pink interlock polo and hoodie with blue jeans. Pretty comfortable most of the flight.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:42 am

Typically I try to dress "nicely " polo type short sleeves in warm climates. Colder climates I will wear some sort of decent pullover maybe one of those partial zippered, or a long sleeved collared shirt. Black slacks for pants work for a majority of the shirts I will wear. Black sneakers at least. More typically a decent pair of dark brown or black every day shoes. And I feel that what I wear is good enough for 1st class or business class. Typically I am a y flier. I can fly more often and do more by taking the cheap seats. Besides, I'm very low maintenance pax and am happy to just look out the window on day flights. I'll close the shade on night flights after takeoff and there's typically little to see. Open them again during the entire decent and .landing
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:36 pm

Haha reading that phrase ‘low maintenance’ I have to say I take some personal pride in being a low maintenance pax. From wearing my gym vests to heading down to the galley to get my own coke when the crew aren’t walking past. I’d love to fly business or First for the comfort and bed etc, but I’d be a terribly unnatural passenger haha. I find it awkward being always called ‘Sir’ and all that. Don’t worry, I’d still be in my flip flops and shorts :lol:
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:54 pm

Wear whatever makes you comfortable. If that's a 3-piece suit, fine. If it's sweatpants and a hoodie, fine. The people who suggest you should dress up for a flight are just pushing their own superiority complex onto you and are most likely trying to make up for something else that is lacking in their life.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:28 am

I will usually wear something that looks okay and is comfortable: jeans and a sweater. In my experience, aircraft cabins tend to be on the cold side, so that prevents me from getting (a) cold.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:09 pm

1337Delta764 wrote:
afterburner wrote:
Try to smell nice as well. Sit next to someone with bad body odour is much more suffering than next to someone with bad taste of fashion. We can always close our eyes but not our noses. :D


I will probably put on some Old Spice deodorant and Banana Republic cologne.


Please don't. Just make sure you wash yourself. Bad BO is only slightly worse than someone doused in obnoxious cologne/perfume. :yuck:
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:19 am

PPVLC wrote:
I wouldn't wear shorts and flipflops to go to the supermarket...


Who are you trying to impress at the supermarket?
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:28 am

It’s not that a t shirt flip flops and shorts is inherently bad, it’s that most men aren’t wearing the right cuts, don’t have the right body type, or the right hygiene to pull it off.

Harsh reality but if you are out of shape ungroomed and have hobbit feet probably don’t wear that. For those who the above doesn’t apply to, go for it.

On another note with fashion these days, you can show up wearing a nice pair of joggers a clean fitting hoodie and some nice sneakers and you’ll be comfy and looking better than the grumpy old dude with his baggy dockers, tucked in polo and new balance who thinks you look sloppy.

End of the day who cares what other people are wearing as long as they keep their hands to themselves and have good hygiene and don’t bother their neighbors.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:08 pm

Kno wrote:
PPVLC wrote:
I wouldn't wear shorts and flipflops to go to the supermarket...


Who are you trying to impress at the supermarket?
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No one wears shorts and flipflops to go to the supermarket around here, I wouldn't be the first; ;) I also enjoy buying shoes and nice clothes, it's one of my few luxuries in life.
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:00 am

If flying alone internationaly as a working age individual, dress on the conservative side. Having a valid Visa or visa on arrival does not assure you entry into a country. Once you are past immigration, you can revert to being a slob.
 
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:14 pm

maint123 wrote:
If flying alone internationaly as a working age individual, dress on the conservative side. Having a valid Visa or visa on arrival does not assure you entry into a country. Once you are past immigration, you can revert to being a slob.


I think there are two different things here. I've never had a problem at immigration in shorts and sandals (or even my bright pink Crocs). One does however want to avoid looking like something the cat dragged in. If you're reasonably neat, and not a sloppy mess, my experience is that mannerism at the immigration desk is way more important than the dress itself. Stand up straight, say hello, make appropriate eye contact, be forthright without being arrogant.
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Re: Should I dress up for flying on my trip?

Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:45 pm

Exactly. I’m always clean and I’m not stupid. I’m aware of the country I’m flying to. I normally keep a lightweight pair of running shorts and vest/T-shirt in my hand luggage just in case of emergencies (drink spillage, my locally purchased deodorant not being as powerful as the one I use at home etc haha) When I went to Qatar, I simply made sure it was T-shirt so I could wear my vest on the flight and then just respect the customs as I went through Customs. No problem at all.

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