Do's and don't's for in-flight fashion

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Not only can certain forms of clothing put you at risk of developing DVT on long flights, but if airline staff find your sartorial choices offensive or inappropriate you run the risk of being turfed off your flight! Avoid clothing featuring controversial slogans which may cause raised eyebrows. A good rule of thumb is, if you wouldn’t wear it to dinner with your mother-in-law you should probably give it a miss on your flight.

Don’t: Tight clothing
Do: Natural, breathable fabrics
Sitting for long periods of time, especially in the confined space of an aeroplane seat, can increase your risk of DVT, and so can tight clothing which restricts blood flow. Shun skin-tight clothes and anything made from fabrics that lack breathability, such as nylon or leatherette. Choose instead to wear loose-fitting clothes made from natural fibres such as cotton or linen. Compression stockings are also a good idea if you want to take further steps to reduce the likelihood of DVT.

Don’t: Complicated clothing
Do: Simple clothing
The toilets on planes are notoriously small and as the flight progresses the floor can become rather grubby and unsanitary. So try and avoid complicated pieces which require wriggling to remove, as well as long skirts and trousers which graze the floor.

Don’t: High heels
Do: Comfortable shoes
Consider wearing slip-on shoes or runners when flying, in case you need to take them off when passing through airport security. You want to be as comfortable as possible and, if you have connecting flights and have to rush from one end of the airport to the other, the last thing you want to be doing is dashing about in stilettos.

Alternatively if you have bulky shoes such as hiking or winter boots, consider wearing them  to free up some suitcase space, and carry a pair of slip-on shoes in your carry-on luggage.

Don’t: Perfume or cologne
Do: Freshly washed clothes
When passengers are crammed together in the cabin of a plane and the stale air is being recycled, odours tend to intensify. For the comfort of your fellow seatmates, avoid strong colognes and perfumes. If you have been travelling for a few weeks, it’s not a good idea to wear the same clothes you have been trekking in when onboard.

Don’t: Light colours
Do: Dark colours
No one wants to find themselves in the position of having your airline lose your luggage. But if you are unfortunate enough to experience this inconvenience and find yourself wearing the same clothes for a few days in a row, wearing darker clothes when travelling ensures spills and stains will be less noticeable.

Don’t: Contact lenses
Do: Glasses
Your eyes can dry out in the cabin of a plane and wearing contact lenses can be very uncomfortable. Wear your glasses instead.

Don’t: Wear heavy clothing
Do: Wear layers
You may be leaving home when it’s wet and raining, only to arrive in the tropics. The key is layering. Scarves or pashminas are ideal to use to wrap around yourself if you are chilly, but can also be scrunched up and used as a pillow. An added bonus with layering is, the more layers you can wear on the plane, the less you need to pack in your luggage.

Fashion rules are not the same when travelling as comfort usually trumps style. Do you have any suggestions for what is acceptable and appropriate when flying?

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Written by Andrea


Total Comments: 4
  1. 0

    A few years ago I flew on a long haul flight. i think it was Qantas business class. We took off late at night, and after the usual drinks and supper, we actually got handed jammies.
    It was a nice touch. Much more comfortable sleeping in loose clothing. although I never had trouble sleeping on the new flatbeds after a few glasses of wine.

  2. 0

    Don’t wear artificial fibres or plastics in shoes or clothes. They are very dangerous if there is a fire.

  3. 0

    Always carry a spare set of clothing in your carry-on hand luggage – so you don’t have to wear the same clothes if your main luggage is lost or delayed. Crease resistant natural fibres are best.



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