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I love flying.
Have done since I was a small child and wore my TAA “The Friendly Way” Junior Flyer badge with pride.
I’d have the hostesses (back when they were called hostesses) fill in my logbook with every flight – mostly on fokker friendship planes between Maryborough and Brisbane.
We dressed up for flying. In our good “stepping out” clothes.
The perceived glamour of flying was not lost on me and is still with me today.
These days, most of my flying is for work – and mostly between Brisbane and Sydney.
It’s been a few years between long-haul flights but recently I found myself on a longer flight for my trip to Thailand for a week of healthy living.
I flew Etihad Airways to Singapore, transferring on to Bangkok Airways for the 1.5-hour flight to Koh Samui.
It was my first time flying with Etihad and it won’t be the last, not least because I was lucky enough to be upgraded on the return flight from Singapore to Brisbane to Business Class.
Etihad economy class was very good. Good service, good food (my gluten-free meal was the best inflight GF meal I’ve ever been served up) and great inflight entertainment options.
But Business Class … OH MY … how’s a girl ever to return to economy?
Now, we’re not talking Etihad The Residence flying as featured by Australia’s own Nicole Kidman in those dreamy new advertisements.
But we are talking a “studio” … and importantly a seat that converts to a fully flat bed and a blanket that’s more like a doona wrapped in a soft microfibre covering.
Just perfect for an overnight flight when sleep is something you’re supposed to be doing.
Part of me (the newbie Business Class bit) wanted to stay up all night ordering from the all-night menu and watching as many movies as possible on the 18-inch touchscreen TV, instead of getting the sleep I needed.
The other part (the sensible part that loves sleeping) said don’t be ridiculous.
So, I availed myself of that flat bed, pillow and blanket, tucked myself in and got about four to five hours’ sleep.
I was woken by the flight attendant two hours before landing with my pre-ordered gluten-free breakfast of egg-white omelette, mushrooms and spinach. It was tasty and just what I wanted coming off the back of a week at a health retreat.
I love that my “studio” included side tables and storage for all my bits and pieces. See, I’m not one for travelling light.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got better at this whole packing light for travel business, it’s just that when I’m on a long-haul flight, I want all my creature comforts within arm’s distance.
In my carry-on, you’ll find: laptop, iPad, phone, camera, a magazine, noise-cancelling headphones, allowable toiletries (moisturiser, deodorant, lip balm, BB Cream, toothpaste, Twenty8 Immune Boost essential oil blend), medications, a change of clothes packed in a small packing cell, compression socks and eye mask.
What to wear on a long-haul flight?
Lots of people have been searching recently for the answer to that question … and landing on Styling You … so I thought I’d share my tips.
For me, it comes back to those early flying memories of dressing up but with a big nod to comfort because of the distance to travel.
Above is what I wore for the Singapore to Brisbane leg and return again. I felt appropriately dressed when flying Economy and Business Class.
I think the key is wearing pants or leggings that are comfortable and feel like something you’d wear to bed but look like something acceptable to wear out of the house to meet friends.
Wear garments that don’t crush and layer as required for your destination. I had a t-shirt dress to swap into at Singapore Airport on the way there and out of on the way home so I didn’t have swelter at my destination or while waiting to leave from the open-air airport for my flight home.
Finishing the flying look with comfortable, yet stylish, shoes and a cashmere wrap, cardi or shrug takes the outfit up a notch.
I only had a t-shirt underneath as I wasn’t travelling anywhere cold but I’d switch this out to a long-sleeve tee if I were.
My extra scarf? I always travel with one as I invariably spill something on me. If I’m wearing the scarf, it tends to catch the spills!
Here is a styling suggestion for you.
1. Vigorella ponte pant $89.95 @ Birdsnest | 2. Bird Keepers tee $39.95 @ Birdsnest | 3. Betty Basics cardi $29.95 @ Birdsnest | 4. Witchery scarf $49.95 | 5. Frankie4 Footwear NiNA sneaker $219.95 | 6. Louenhide Cayman tote bag (with clutch included)
Do you regularly travel on long-haul flights? What do you wear? Have you flown with Etihad? Travelled Business Class or beyond?
I was upgraded as a guest of Etihad Business Class for my already booked flight from Singapore to Brisbane. For more information about Etihad Business Class, visit here.
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