First Class Travel clothing

Apr 17th, 2003, 01:14 PM
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Silivia, have a lots of fun... You lucky girl!! Enjoy all the great food and pampering and most of all wear what you like..
Bon voyage,
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Apr 17th, 2003, 01:18 PM
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I wear whatever I want whether in first class or coach; however, there is a difference between wearing nice jeans and dressing like a slob ( which might or might not involve wearing jeans). I don't wear jeans for flights as a rule as they are not the most comfortable. Usually I wear a comfortable longish dress or pants that have some give and don't look wrinkled when I get off the plane, especially important on long flights.
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Apr 17th, 2003, 02:32 PM
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I think you get to keep the pjs (hey, the ticket was $15,000), so they're not recycled. I didn't take them when offered (in Cathay) because they were an unflattering tan colour and there was an attractive man sitting nearby. I know they hand them out on Qantas, too (alas I was in Bus Class and didn't get pjs). So, since I've never actually received a set, I'm not quite sure what happens with them afterward, but I'd just assumed that one kept them (like the free socks, toothpaste and eyeshades etc).
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Apr 17th, 2003, 02:39 PM
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So Business Class misses out on the jammies? Darn!!! What else?
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Apr 17th, 2003, 02:53 PM
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Continental has switched to Business First for its first class section. All the amenities as always. Wear what you want--the guy next to me, obviously a businessman (and I don't think he would have fit into a coach seat for length!!) had on a sweat shirt and jeans.
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Apr 17th, 2003, 04:40 PM
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OK, Virgin Air lets you keep the jammies. They are also thinking of doing double bed type seating and water beds. They also had a couple arrested on one flight who had a little too much to drink and decided that while they were "in bed" they would engage in some connubial canoodeling
British Air is $16,500 from JFK-London and they also let you keep the jammies, what a deal!
I still think I would prefer my own clothes.
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Apr 17th, 2003, 04:48 PM
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I keep picturing an emergency landing and trying to get out of those tan cheap looking pajamas and back into my clothes while putting the mask up to my face and hanging on to my purse while my seat belt is still fastened.
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Apr 17th, 2003, 11:09 PM
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Flyaway, you were supposed to say the politically correct thing which is that class is inside. So while you are sitting next to someone in first class in jeans and a tshirt you know that inside he/she is a lovely classy person and that the businessman in a suit is a cad. Don't you watch movies that prompt you to root for the common or poor or idiot savant man?
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Apr 18th, 2003, 01:36 AM
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The days when people "dressed" for travelling are, for the most part, long gone, whether for good or for ill.

I have had occassion to fly in 1st International around the world for business. There are likely to be any number of people who are in business clothing or who will look "dressed up casual" In part this is because people who pay their own way in 1st often have lives in which their "casual" clothes cost more than a car.

I also think it's nice to look clean and neat (really in any part of the plane- but it's a little more part of keeping the atmosphere in 1st) but given the increased evidence of the toll long distance flying takes on your body and the fact (as mentioned above several times) that airlines adore and worship their 1st class passengers, because there is SOOO much profit there, you could dress like Carmen Miranda and it wouldn't matter.

I often fly long distance 1st in (nice) sweats and a tshirt and sweater. I think the idea of trying to change outfits on the plane is silly -- too much mishagas and when you arrive you still have to deal with baggage and customs and getting to your hotel, after you've been flying for hours.

Be comfortable. Don't worry. To the extent there is a class issue remember that real old money is all about inconspicuous consumption -- a tattered tweed coat with patched sleeves and a comfortable pair of chinos make more sense than a suit and tie. It is really the nouveaux riches who concern themselves with dressing up in order to "fit in"
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Apr 18th, 2003, 05:54 AM
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Scarlett - The idea of "recycled" PJ's is a bit disturbing to me too!!,,,,,

but, alas, you get to keep them when you leave the plane, and if you choose not to take them, they just get tossed away like the used spoons, forks, and "plastic" knives!

I've actually kept a few pairs of mine, and have used them for long-haul flights to/from Asia when I was travelling Biz class. They really were comfortable, and the BA PJ's are a nice grey color. (KateW is right tho,,,the "tan" ones from Cathay are not really all that nice!)

Best wishes, Dave
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Apr 18th, 2003, 09:10 PM
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Have you thought of wearing a pair of leather pants when you fly? I like them for several reasons:comfortable, look dressy, if you spill it doesn't stain, and they don't crease. I take a pair when I go to Paris because they aren't too warm when it's a "warmish" day, yet they keep you warm when it's cool. They also don't get hurt if it rains and they never need a pressing or dry-cleaning. I'm going to Paris in June and am seriously considering them as my in-flight outfit if June looks to be on the cool side. I have a black pair of lamb leather which I can wear with a white GAP tee or a dressy shirt or a Tneck sweater.
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Apr 19th, 2003, 11:23 AM
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I'm of the "wear what you like" camp. Having said that... I find jeans *way* to confining for a long plane flight. I prefer some kind of a nice looking knit outfit. But if jeans are what you would wear in the back-o-the-plane, sure wear 'em up front too.

Personally I would pack the jeans (if you think you'll use them) and find something else to take out of your suitcase. I'm *big* on packing light, so look for duplicate-function items (you really don't need that same shirt in 3 different colors, or 4 not 8 pair of socks will do, for example).

Have a great 1st class trip! I'm jealous.
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Apr 21st, 2003, 07:41 AM
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I'm just chuckling at Mcnamara's insinuation that the person wearing jeans in first class is "common" or "poor". Thanks for my daily laugh.

Busterla has it right.
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Apr 21st, 2003, 08:05 AM
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If you are flying on a ticket given to you buy a relative who works for an airline then you are expected to dress up. It still makes me laugh thinking of my wife running to the bathroom to change into something nicer since they wouldn't let her on. They gave her 5 minutes or the doors were closing.
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Apr 21st, 2003, 08:23 AM
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I just returned from a First Class travel to Spain and always wear what is most comfortable. Jeans are fine, however, it is my personal preference not to wear jeans in Europe. Men wore them in Spain but I did not see women other than very young women wearing them. I personally don't like to stand out as an American tourist especially with the local pickpockets.
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Apr 21st, 2003, 10:06 AM
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Re: "To the extent there is a class issue remember that real old money is all about inconspicuous consumption..."

Good point. Except for that old money Louis XIV, of course.
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