When I’m at airports and see an international flight crew walking through the terminal, I stare. I know it’s rude to stare, and it makes people uncomfortable, but I can’t help it! They just look so good. The perfect hair, nails, and make-up…is it even possible that those flight attendants have been on a plane for the last eleven hours? (I usually look like I feel when I finish a trip; tired and haggard).
Oh, but the uniforms. Sigh. The scarves tied neatly. A perfectly pressed collar. A fitted blazer. The strategically placed hats, donned for the walk through the airport, and to greet passengers during boarding, all coordinated to create a symphony of intrigue, so that passengers swoon, “Wow! The life of a flight attendant. It must be a big deal.” (I’m NOT a big deal. Trust me).
I’m not the only one that is transfixed. There is just something about a uniform. Police Officers. Military Men (not to exclude the women, but I don’t swing that way). Pilots. Fire Fighters (my favorite). A uniform is hot. The coordinated pieces of a uniform communicate respect and class. I notice how differently I am treated when in uniform, and how I personally snap into a space of sophistication. It’s as if the act of donning the uniform signals to myself that I am going on stage. I’m no longer the 2o-something confused about life, but instead, I confidently step into the role of rule enforcer, soda server, and smiling stew.
Sybil, my roomie/landlord’s, 4-year old grandson said once after I returned home from work, “I like her costume.” Well, thank you Jackson. I like my costume too. It’s convenient and cuts down get-ready time with a uniform requirement. And since I look like I’m 18, the ensemble helps when I have to tell a 40-year passenger he’s breaking a rule. It’s the ‘I mean business’ outfit. I also like that I don’t have to decide on the fashion-of-the-day, and my choice of white blouse or blue shirt is decided based on what doesn’t need to be ironed.
Oh, both are wrinkled? Shake it out! Or where’s my vest?
To be completely honest, I want to work for some airlines based solely on the uniform that the stews wear. It’s a known fact that, if you walk onto a Virgin America flight, not only will the Flight Attendants be nice, they will probably be young, hip, and sport a trendy, sexy uniform, fashioned by Banana Republic.
Obviously, not all airlines are fashion forward, but quite a quantity of flight crews appear to have stepped straight from magazine to 747. Miss Iceland flies for IcelandAir, RyanAir has a calendar, a la Hooters style, and Lufthansa is known to hire the stunning gems of Germany- absolute beauties. Of course my airline, we are in a class all our own.
So, In closing I’ll leave you with some photos. I’ve scoured the web, finding photos of flight attendant uniforms, from a variety of carriers, from all over the world. This way, you and I can both stare without being rude or making anyone feel uncomfortable. Fantastic. Comment and let me know which airline you think has the best flight attendant uniforms.
Have a fashionable flying week!
Supposedly, this uniform is what the Lufthansa flight attendants wear during Oktoberfest.
And the year round version…
Check out this interesting website to view the most extensive flight attendant uniform collection in the world.
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