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What do you wear when flying? Jessica Biel amazed that “grown women” wear pajamas at airport

- April 15th, 2014
Actress Jessica Biel arrives at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Actress Jessica Biel arrives at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Jessica Biel wants “grown ass women” to stop wearing their pajamas to the airport.

The actress, best known for her role on the late-90s TV show 7th Heaven and for movies like Total Recall, said she was “amazed by the amount of grown ass women wearing pajamas in airports” in a post on her Twitter account last weekend.

As was reported by celebrity gossip site Just Jared, Biel added that she was “all about an elastic waistband,” before giving a possibly sarcastic “shout out to adults wearing pajamas in airports.”

(Twitter.com/JessicaBiel)

(Twitter.com/JessicaBiel)

While it’s possible pajamas should be saved for the bedroom, comfortable, breathable clothing is still a necessity for sometimes cramped economy-class flights that can last longer than the work day.

Here are four must-have items travellers need for comfortable long-haul flights. What do you wear when you fly? Share your tips and tricks in the comment section below.

Clockwise: Old Navy socks, starting at $5, oldnavy.ca; Walmart Allegro neck pillow and eyemask set, $12.97, walmart.ca; Tilley AdventureCloth Classic Pants, $135, tilley.com

Clockwise: Old Navy socks, starting at $5, oldnavy.ca; Walmart Allegro neck pillow and eyemask set, $12.97, walmart.ca; Tilley AdventureCloth Classic Pants, $135, tilley.com

1. Comfortable clothing: Tight clothing worn in tight spaces for an extended period of time can make you seriously uncomfortable.  Look for loose-fitting, wrinkle-free clothing in breathable fabrics — Independent Traveler suggests cotton or linen — to keep you feeling cozy through the flight. You don’t need to wear pajama bottoms, but you shouldn’t wear skinny jeans either.

2. Clean socks: Some travellers find their feet swell on long-haul flights. Store your shoes in the overhead compartment and bring along a pair of comfy, clean socks to switch into once you board the plane. The Huffington Post suggests flyers may also want to speak to their pharmacists about compression stockings or socks, which help improve blood circulation and prevent deep vein thrombosis.

Related: Chic travel gear for spring trips

3. Sunglasses and neck pillow: Shut out distractions and beat jet lag by catching up on your sleep during the flight. A pair of oversized sunglasses or an eye mask will help block light, while a plush neck pillow is a must for head support.  Even if you plan to watch a movie or read, having the support of neck pillow can be welcome on a long flight.

4. Layer with scarves or wraps: When you dress in layers, you’re prepared for any temperature you encounter during boarding, in-flight or after you land, say the experts at About.com. A scarf or wrap becomes a blanket to keep you warm in the sometimes chilly airplane cabin.

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14 comments

  1. Fat Matty | April 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    From what I can tell, a lot of grown women like to wear their pajamas just about everywhere.

  2. Brad in Canada | April 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Sorry Nicole, but too many women dress like they re shopping in Walmart on flights these days. It’s not ‘comfortable’ as much as it is pig slopping clothes. Too many have no class and should really be in the back of swine trucks. And for heavens sake, bathe! Don’t just douse yourself in dollar store patchouli. You stink people. Too bad so many have no pride.

  3. rm | April 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I like yoga wear for flying personally. It is as comfortable as pyjamas while looking at least a bit more polished. Easy to layer too.

  4. Mike | April 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    @Brad in Canada
    Too bad so many are judgmental assholes.

  5. north of 401 | April 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    It is not just the ladies–I realize flying today is not what it once was. However, it could not kill people to:

    -shower
    -not wear pajamas or any other clothing that was slept in
    -bring 2′ long sandwiches on with them
    -bring suitcases that (shockingly) won’t fit in overheads
    -and lastly (and the biggest)–DONT RECLINE your seat, are you kidding?

  6. rockybopper | April 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Holy up-you-own-arse much Jessica. Where’d this ego come from?

  7. JC | April 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Can’t agree more with Jessica Biel (Timberlake). You don’t see men wear pajamas or anything like that on-board, only women. And also, what’s up with wearing slippers with pajamas too?

  8. muganddevilry | April 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Women? While I agree that many women dress like slobs on airplanes (and elsewhere) men are no better and, in fact, may be worse. I’ve witnessed men on planes wearing camo everything, ‘muscle’ shirts over bodies with the tone of a walrus, totally bagged out sweats, crocs, shorts, and fleecies with more dog hair than a kennel club. And then there’s the matter of personal hygiene, or lack thereof. Let’s face it, many people act like they’re the only people on the planet and have no respect for others. Bring back courtesy!

  9. Rob | April 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Yes, that’s just what I want on a long flight. Someone asleep next to me snoring, drooling and slumping over against me so they can avoid jet lag.

  10. Bob | April 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Well Ms Biel, we all can’t afford to fly first class. Spend some time in the cattle car with some regular folk and you will find that you might just do anything, PJs included, to make your flight more comfortable.

  11. Frankie | April 15, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    When Jessica starts paying for my wardrobe, THEN she can comment. Otherwise, her opinion matters not.

  12. Ron | April 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Put a ban on pajamas outside the home for men and women. Airports are turning into WalMart fashion statements! You could ban fleece sweats too. Obesity is not hidden by these clothing style but rather accentuated!

  13. Joanne Yagelnesky | April 21, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I personally don’t care what people wear on a flight. That being said I would never wear PJs outside of my home. It is common courtesy to please bath and leave your cologne for another time.

  14. Sharon | April 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Brad in Canada, it’s not just the women who need to stop with the dime-store dousing. Men, GIVE UP the Axe, Old Spice, etc. I am tired of getting off planes smelling like I’ve been trapped in an NHL locker room for hours…and I am all in favour of “dressing up” to travel – it doesn’t have to be couture & Chanel, just not ‘jammies & jungle juice.

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