The debate between what is appropriate and what is not appropriate airplane attire has been raging for years. There have been passengers that have been booted off of flights because of politically motivated, obscene and offensive clothing or revealing clothing. While airplanes don’t have a blatant ‘what to wear’ policy, if you have second thoughts about wearing something, don’t wear it.
A typical travel outfit for me is usually sneakers, jeans or cute joggers, a t-shirt and a blazer or sweater. Yes, travelling use to be a glamorous affair but now it’s all about comfort and personal choices. If you see me in the airport, I may be looking busted. I am not that woman who is going to wear a face full of makeup, hair done, nails did and have on heels while heaving my luggage throughout the airport, I have a bad back! But, kudos to the women that can do it and do it effortlessly. I admire you and your style!
When traveling leisurely my main goal is to always remain as comfortable and appropriate as possible. I wear sneakers because they’re awesome for running to gates, tolerating long walks and of course they keep my feet warm. Sneakers are easy to slip on and off when going through security check and socks ensure that your feet never have to touch the floor. I wear joggers because they’re loose and when sitting in cramped airplane seats they provide me with some comfort and limits indecent exposure. I have seen too many women bending over and providing everyone with a free peep show. Cover up ladies, there are children around! I limit the amount of jewelry I wear because I don’t want to take off and put back on jewelry after going through security check points. I have had friends who have lost lots of valuable real estate because of it.
Let’s face it, everyone’s definition of ‘appropriate’ is different. Wear whatever works for you, but always keep in mind your final destination not just personal comfort. Do a little research before you decide on your wardrobe. Your freedom of expression and liberties may not carry over to certain cultures and I suggest that you should always respect cultural norms and traditions.
Don’t be a disruptive traveler.