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TALKING POINT | If you want to start an engaging discussion among frequent flyers, ask them about dress codes for airport lounges – especially first class lounges – as well as in business and first class sections on the plane.
Some people feel that business travellers should be dressed to suit, although wearing an actual suit may be taking this to extremes.
Others argue that comfort trumps style, and suggest that having paid top dollar for a business class ticket means you can wear pretty much whatever you please.
Most airlines avoid hard and fast rules on what to wear, and suggest that neat, casual attire is sufficient. There tends to be more focus on what not to wear, such as T-shirts and singlets containing "offensive" language or images.
In short, almost any clothing within reason and the bounds of decency is fit for flying.
That's bad news for later-day Beau Brummells who would rather see people put a bit more effort into their choice of travel threads.
My own approach to in-flight wardrobe is basic and fuss-free, but designed not to look out of place in a first class lounge or cabin.
Comfortable smart casual is 'the new norm'
My standard travel gear starts with a pair of cotton 'dress chinos' that are light, breathe well and still look good even with some in-flight creasing.
I usually pair that with a casual Oxford cotton shirt (I've picked up some excellent non-iron crease-resistant dress shirts) or for a more casual look, a plain cotton non-branded polo top.
Add a pair of slip-on shoes – ideal for breezing through airport security checkpoints and quickly slipping off once the flight begins – and I'm good to go.
Should airlines adopt tighter dress standards for lounges and business class travel? And what's your own choice of in-flight clothing?