I used to be friends with a woman who always wanted to dress up when she was travelling by plane. She loved the idea of wearing heels and looking glamorous when getting off an aircraft. I, on the other hand, will go as far as almost wearing my pyjamas on a plane. I love nothing more than wearing the comfiest, softest and cosiest clothes I can get my hands on. Maybe said friend wanted to be upgraded to first class and thought the best way to do so was to wear really uncomfortable clothing. Needless to say, I am no longer friends with the aforementioned woman, because I cannot understand anyone wanting to wear heels on a plane. Just kidding, we are no longer friends for other reasons, but I should have paid closer attention to her airplane attire when we took a trip together.
In all honestly, they should make leisurewear for airplanes. When I was in the security line on my way to a film festival recently, I saw a man ahead of me wearing the softest looking grey sweatpants I have ever seen. They were incredibly figure flattering, and it took all of my strength not to hop over a few people and ask him if he’d like to switch pants. Leisurewear for airplanes would be such a big seller, especially if they made them in your choice of “comfy” levels, like soft, softer and softest; fitted, lose and loser might also work. You could have sweatpants, cardigans, T-shirts, jersey maxi dresses and hoodies in soothing colours like grey, blue and black. Colours that remind you of sleep and rest. No one wants to see you wearing yellow or orange on an airplane: these colours make you think of stress and caution.
My imaginary Plane Attire is made out of the softest cotton: the kind of cotton that induces sleep and makes you think of fall days, even in the summer. It’s light on your body and it’s not constricting. You’re forced to sit in a narrow confining seat and stuck up in the middle of the sky – why would you wear something that’s tight? I suppose I could add leggings to my brand. Leggings are perfectly acceptable while traveling via plane. It’s one of the few occasions where you can wear leggings as pants!
But, what if you’re meeting something at the airport who is a fancy business person, and you have to look fancy and professional? Well, I say change when you get to the airport. Put your outfit into your carry-on luggage and change when you land. Now, you might not always be able to do this, but isn’t it more reason to wear your most comfortable clothing when flying whenever you can? And let’s face it, unless you’re a celebrity, no one gives a crap what you look like when you get off a plane. Anyone who meets you is just happy to see you!
So next time your travel companion insists on wearing heels and a form-fitted dress on a flight, put on your comfiest outfit, throw on some running shoes and put your hair in bun, and then ask her how she’s doing on hour four in the air. Chances are she’s going to be eyeing your loose cotton T-shirt and sweatpants and wish she felt as comfortable as you.