Have you ever been thanked for your outfit at the airport?
The last time Dapper Husband and I were traveling, the employee at the check baggage counter (for we can never pack light enough to avoid checking a bag) thanked us for dressing stylishly to fly.
We were not over dressed by normal outside-of-the-airport standards. Husband was not in a three piece suit and I hadn’t painstakingly put together a special outfit. We merely dressed in clothes we might wear to the office. Husband had trousers, a button up shirt and a pair of Chelsea boots- topped off with a sport coat as he often gets chilly on the flight. I had donned a comfortably fitted dress and my spectators. Yet, among the average traveler today in sweatpants or pajamas, we were notably put together.
Sweatpants are comfortable and travel is tiresome. Why bother?
- You’re in public
Somewhere in the democratization of travel, we seem to have forgotten that travel is a very public experience. You’re venturing out with many strangers inevitably in tight quarters. Once upon a time being well dressed was considered good manners. Send the silent message to everyone around you that you respect yourself and them by dressing appropriately for a public space (and not your bedroom).
- Better service
It’s just human nature as unfair as it might be. The better dressed among us are more likely to receive preferential treatment. With delays, unfavorable seating, full flights, any little nudge towards a more beneficial solution to your transit problem is golden in my book.
- Lose your luggage and not your style
If something happens to your luggage, you are wearing an outfit that can carry you through the first day or two at your destination. You don’t have to be embarrassed to go shopping for replacements or cancel that dinner at the club with the dress code (this almost happened to us in Cuba).
- Honor the Journey
Your flight or train ride is part of the journey. It’s the start or end of your travels and should be treated with the decorum owed to being part of that experience.
So grab a glass of wine and celebrate your chic style and the beautiful journey you’re about to embark on.
I’d love to hear about your favorite travel outfit in the comments. Until next time- stay lovely, my friends.