A recent newspaper article about the decline of formal nights on cruise ships lead me to think about dressing for air travel.
The Washington Post‘s Hannah Sampson (who, coincidentally, featured René yesterday in an article about mileage running) wrote about the tradition of cruise ships’ formal nights — and how dress practices are causing rifts amongst passengers. (The article quotes a number catty insults. My favorite: a highfalutin woman asking a fellow dressed-up passenger, “Did you know it was formal night?” Ouch.)
Formal nights, during which cruise passengers don tuxedos or ball gowns, are pretty much a thing of the past, save for Cunard which keeps the tradition going
While not completely extinct, formal nights seem to be on life support.
Fashion styles have relaxed in recent years — for almost every situation. From workplaces to church to travel to restaurants, most folks (myself included) don’t dress up as much as they used to.
Air travel — once a glamourous, swanky experience — now lends itself to sweatpants, shorts, and t-shirts. Part of that is for comfort’s sake. Most people don’t enjoy wearing nice (and probably constricting ) clothes while being wedged into seats that are much smaller now than in days of yore.
Personally, I dress for comfort but try to avoid looking like a ragamuffin. I’m all for a nice pair of jeans and a polo shirt or sweater (depending on the weather and destination). For long flights, I prefer breathable pants. But I also have no problem wearing shorts for quick hops between Vegas and the Los Angeles area. (I draw the line at flipflops. Partially for safety in case something goes awry and mostly out of respect for others; no one wants to see my feet 😉 .)
What Do You Think?
Should people dress up for flights? Or if you cruise, do you wish there were more formal nights? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!
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