Airline uniforms (plus a chance to win free tickets on Olympia Airlines)

Just like Cliff Muskiet, the uniform freak, I have a thing for airline uniforms. I think most flight attendants do. In fact, inside my guestroom closet hangs three different uniform styles from two different airlines. I’ve saved it all – the pants, the skirts, the dresses, the jackets, the vests, the blouses, the wings, and even the blue tie I snapped around my neck and the epaulets I wore on both shoulders with the pleated Bermuda shorts and high heels at Sun Jet International Airlines. Talk about embarrassing. I still own everything except for the silky red and blue scarf I wore thirteen years ago when I first got hired to fly for the airline I currently work for. Oh how I wish I still had that scarf. I wore it off to the side, tied in a knot around my neck. That simple scarf made the conservative navy blue polyester uniform appear sexy and feminine.

“I loved that navy blue coat dress we wore years ago,” said Cady, an ex flight attendant who is also my very best friend.
Personally, I prefer the look of the white starched blouse paired with the navy blue knee length skirt and fitted blazer, even though I always end up wearing the uniform dress. As a commuter, I have to pack what’s easy.

Now my all time favorite airline uniform is worn by the flight attendants of Air France. Though they look great, I’m not quite sure how I would actually feel about serving drinks while wearing the big red bow at 35,000 feet. Delta looks fantastic in navy blue with just a hint of red. However the white bell sleeves, while stylish, seem like they could easily get dirty. That could be a problem for me. I’m a bit of a mess when I get stuck working in the galley, and a dirty uniform is an ugly uniform. Emirates‘ uniform is pretty nice – that is if you look good in Khaki and don’t mind wearing a head scarf. The worst airline uniform has to be First Choice Airways. I mean seriously, pink?

As I began writing this post, I wondered what others thought about all the different airline uniforms, so I posed the question, which airlines have the best uniforms, on twitter.com and here’s what a few people had to say…

Airline uniforms

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Heather Poole View All →

Yeah, that's me, the one standing in the aisle wearing flammable polyester...

4 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I hear you. in fact,I get annoyed when I see sloppy flight attendants.

    We have the opportunity to look fabulous, so work it out!!

    Personally, I wear a suit for my airline, but some of my co-workers do the bare minimum, not to mention cart toe to boot.

    Grrrrr.

  2. You bring back memories of airlines long gone, from Pan Am to National to PSA…How things have changed. Certainly, most uniforms are much more casual these days.

  3. I am very biased but Virgin Blue had a great uniform when I worked there (still the same). Hipster skirt or pant or pinafore, very smart white shirt and very cute thin red belt. Designed by Marx (I think that is how you spell it!). It was comfortable, wearable, sexy but not too sexy.

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