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Do You Dress Up When You Fly Business Class?

Do You Dress Up When You Fly Business Class? Published on .

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While flying is still an exciting experience, the days of men wearing suits and ladies wearing their Sunday best on the plane are long gone. Nowadays, planes are getting more crowded, so most of us prioritise comfort, meaning many people show up for flights in the comfiest outfits they can put together. But what do you wear if you’re travelling in business class or first class?

Is There a Dress Code?

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Many people assume that if you fly on a premium ticket, there might be some sort of dress code, but the majority of airlines don’t enforce any sort of regulations. However, there are certain faux pas that have seen passengers kicked off a plane, including:

  • Showing too much flesh
  • Wearing t-shirts with expletives
  • Going barefoot
  • Low-hanging trousers

  • So, while there might not be an official policy on what you should wear on a plane, it’s worth bearing in mind that, just as in any private space, cabin crew can refuse to let you board if you’re not suitably attired.

    Comfort and Style when Travelling

    Flight service in a business class Singapore Airlines seat

    *Singapore Airlines business class cabin

    The great thing about flying in premium cabins is that you aren’t cramped into a tiny seat, so comfort doesn’t have to be your main priority. But, if you’re flying long haul, you probably won’t want to spend 12 hours wearing a suit. Stretchy trousers on the bottom and light layers on top can strike a balance between comfort and style, so you can relax during your flight.


    A man sitting in the first class etihad cabin enjoying a glass of champagne

    *Etihad Airways first class cabin

    Although there’s no obligation to dress up for first or business class, some people prefer to wear something that’ll mean they can blend in versus feeling like they stand out. If you’ve bought business class flights and haven’t travelled in the premium cabins before, then the last thing you want is to feel out of place. Therefore, it’s perfectly normal to want to dress a little more smartly than usual, if it means you enjoy your flight more.

    What to Bring On-Board

    Emirates first class cabin with full amenities on the flat bed seat

    *Emirates first class cabin

    Another great feature of premium class travel is you get a bigger luggage allowance, so you aren’t having to bring big bags on board and can stick to simple, elegant handbags or cases. Entertainment also tends to be upgraded, so other than a couple of magazines or a book, you don’t need to bring an awful lot. Remember your phone charger, as most seats have power outlets.

    First and business class travel also means you can, depending on the carrier, enjoy amenity kits with extras from slippers to toiletries, eye masks and neck pillows to pyjamas which actually moisturise you whilst sleeping, so don’t bother bringing all your usual travel accessories on board.

    Add a Touch of Elegance

    Glamorous couple wearing sunglasses and Sparkling dress
    Want to look like a seasoned premium-class traveller? It’s all in the accessories. Dig out that silk scarf, wear those designer sunglasses, and don’t be afraid to offer a glimpse of a designer, or at least designer-style, timepiece. Being elegant, understated, and polite will ensure you feel right at home in the premium cabins.

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