Marilyn is descending from an airplane while dressed to the nines.
Are you old enough to remember when people DRESSED to travel? While I’m not quite of that era, I do remember that when I flew somewhere by myself when I was 18 — this was the first time I had flown since I was four — I put on a sweater and skirt for the journey. And I believe I’ve seen photos of my family flying somewhere when I was four (1973) and we were all dressed nicely.
Contrast that with now, when people wear all sorts of things when they fly. I’ve seen athletic gear, sports jerseys, falling-apart jeans, flip flops, velour track suits with JUICY or something else splayed across the backside, and even pajamas.
Contrary to what you are thinking, I’m not going to criticize this because I usually travel with a crew in which the adult male will likely have on khaki shorts, a polo shirt, and sneakers; one teen will have on jeans and Chucks; and the other teen could very well have on a t-shirt, comfy knit pants, and Crocs. The chances are quite good that I’ll have on a cardigan, jeans, and ballet flats. So, we’re not exactly dressy travelers.
I understand the desire to be comfortable when traveling. I really do. And especially for long-haul flights.
But I do not understand dressing for yoga, a sporting event, or painting the garage when traveling. Then again, I also don’t understand wearing flip flops anywhere other than the pool or beach and really cannot fathom flip flops with jeans, a sweater, and a scarf. I know that many of you disagree on that point.
And, yes, I recognize that dressing for one’s destination and plans makes sense — no need for a sports coat if you’re going to be backpacking through the Himalayas.
What do you think? Has travel gotten too casual? How do you dress when you’re on a plane?