1. Do not wear tight-fitted clothing
The seat’s already tight enough, why make yourself feel more uncomfortable with tight clothing? Fitted clothes are also problematic because they restrict blood flow, which can result in deep vein thrombosis.
Wear instead: Loose-fitted clothing that afford plenty of breathability and movement.
2. Do not wear boots or heels
Unless you’re able to run, jump, slide and swim in heels, you’re most likely going to be hampered by your gorgeous high heels in the case of an evacuation. Plus, when it comes to walking around the craft in heels, you also run the risk of losing your balance.
For the case of boots, think of it less as a rule and more of a guideline. Boots-wearers are required to take them off at security checks, so you’re going to have to fiddle quite a bit with your laces and straps. Totally not worth the time and effort.
Wear instead: Flat mules that you can slip on and off easily, or sneakers. If you’re afraid of having cold feet mid-flight, pack a pair of warm socks into your hand-carry luggage.
3. Do not wear perfume
When you’re in an enclosed space, such as an aircraft, odours get intensified. This means that every smell – good or bad – gets even stronger when you’re on your flight. Plus, the stale air is recycled, so the smell will surely linger.
Wear instead: Clean, fresh clothes that are laundered and odour-free.
4. Do not wear unbreathable or synthetic materials
Synthetic or hard to breathe fabrics like nylon and leather are not advised for a flight. They do not wick away sweat, nor do they allow your skin to breathe. So you’ll end up feeling sticky, sweaty and smelly in your seat, which is not a good situation.
Wear instead: Breathable fabrics like cotton, linen or silk.
5. Do not wear mini skirts
Less about attire and more about hygiene, mini skirts are ill-advised. With the recent reports of bed bugs found in an airline, it’s important to remember that your seat isn’t thoroughly cleaned all the time. You’ll want to make sure that you keep the parts of your body that come into contact with the seat covered, and a mini skirt – or a pair of micro shorts, for that matter – just won’t cut it.
Wear instead: A midi skirt, or just opt for full-length denim jeans.
6. Do not wear white
This is an especially handy tip to remember if you’re on a long-haul flight. White clothes open you up to a whole host of messy problems, including spillages and dirt marks. Sometimes, food service remains operational despite mild turbulence, but all it takes is one jerk and an unsteady hand to put spaghetti bolognese all over your white shirt.
Wear instead: Dark colours, or busy patterns that can distract from an unsightly stain.
7. Do not wear a bulky coat
You’d be surprised at the number of people who constantly ask for their coats to be hung up. Unless you’re travelling in business class or higher, such services are not afforded to you. Plus, when the overhead compartments fill up, you may be left with no alternative but to have your coat take up precious space in your seat. So it is recommended that you pack your coat in your hand-carry bag, or have it checked in completely.
Wear instead: Layers of clothing. This gives you the freedom to toggle how cool or warm you want to feel without the inconvenience.