There’s always deep, personal turmoil before I fly: “What should I wear?” I know I’m a dude and some would say, “what’s there to think about?!” Well, plenty for me.
I like to be comfortable when traveling, but I also don’t mind dressing up a bit. You know - being presentable. Back in the day, everyone dressed up while flying. It was more of a privilege to fly. It seems to me, that people outside of the States still make the effort to look goooood while flying.
Jordan grew up in an aviation family. Her grandfather was a commercial pilot and her mom was a stewardess, so she flew a lot as a child. She tells me the horror stories of having to dress “up to the nines” as a little girl – as if she was going to a wedding. She hated it, but she still dresses up while flying today, and insists that I do too.
I don’t mind throwing a sports coat on for an international flight in a premium cabin.
I may or may not have worn a pair of sweat pants on a Southwest flight (hopefully Jordan isn’t reading this). Hey, don’t judge, it was a “nice” pair of sweat pants. They were more expensive than some of my jeans and even had back pockets. I was rockin’ a nice athletic look.
Anyway, that’s about where I’m at. I like dressing up for international flights, and I prefer to dress down a bit for domestic flights. From what I’ve noticed, it seems like people enjoy going the casual route. I even sat next to a guy yesterday who was wearing a white undershirt, shorts, and black socks with sandals. But hey – not judging, only observing. He was comfortable!
How about you guys? Obviously, if you’re traveling for work – then you will need to be in your work duds. Otherwise, do you dress up or down when you have the option to choose? Answer the poll and let me know!
— Geoff Whitmore