Don't Go GaGa on Long Haul

How to dress for a long flight may seem like an easy decision. But even the well-travelled can make mistakes. 

Take Lady Gaga for example. In 2010 The Great Gaga donned a pair of Alexander McQueen armadillo shoes and a wild outfit of black and yellow tape and boarded a transatlantic flight. During the voyage, Gaga (allegedly) began to experience symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a life-threatening condition commonly caused by a combination of in-flight risk factors like low cabin pressure, dehydration and immobility during long trips in cramped seats.

We can learn a lesson from Lady Gaga. Tight clothes can restrict blood flow in the already-confining space of an airplane seat. Is the reward of showing off your fantastically toned thighs worth the risk of acquiring a serious medical condition like DVT. Here are some Resortique practical tips on how to dress for long-haul travel.

Something Stylish

Don't misunderstand. There is no need to throw fashion totally out the window. When it comes to dressing for a flight we all agree that function is important. But dressing with a bit of style could help you get that free upgrade.
Tip: Throw on a flowy, fashion-forward dress to cover your compression socks and flash the airline staff a smile.

Breathable Fabrics

Temperatures in Airline Terminals and aircraft are unpredictable. So choosing the right clothes can genuinely affect your comfort, as well as safety. Maintain in-flight comfort by wearing breathable fabrics - materials that allow air and moisture to pass through - like cotton, silk, or linen. Fabrics that don't allow air to circulate will hold body moisture on the skin. This is likely to make you feel sticky and will necessitate a lengthy mopping up session in the washroom upon landing. Natural fabrics are great, as are moisture-absorbing man-made fabrics.
Tip: If you like wearing pants on a flight consider a pair of Sea Gypzy Silk Arabian Desert Pants. Match this gorgeous, loose-fitting silk design with a favourite, roomy T-shirt and you are set for a long haul flight.

Support Legwear

Socks or stockings, which promote blood circulation, help prevent swelling of the legs and help guard against DVT. They work by putting pressure on leg muscles and increasing blood flow.
Tip: The Sea Gypzy Hot Bermuda Pants are a fabulous wear when travelling to that tropical destination. They are full of stretch and they work with your body and not against it when sitting and standing. Creases disapear and the garment follows your body shape, giving you that fresh, tidy look when you disembark the aircraft. Pair them with the Sea Gypzy Panel Top which is loose-fitting with convenient pockets. The soft stretch modal also feels great on the skin.

Loose-Fitting Clothing

Loose-fitting dresses are fabulous when flying, particularly if they consist mostly of natural fabrics.
Tip: Consider the Sea Gypzy Lotus Dress. It is designed with a100% stretch cotton bodice with a body of easy wearing black silk. Great for temperature control plus the creases will simply fall out on arrival. Alternatively you might consider the Sea Gypzy Nightshades Dress with its blended silk/cotton panels looking fresh and tidy in the design’s khaki shades.

Wear Layers

The most comfortable and practical way of dressing when flying is to wear layers. Layers allows you to adjust quickly to any change in temperature.
Tip: The humble scarf provides an easy aid to layering. Even when heading to an island destination the airport terminal may be cold, as may be the aircraft itself. The scarf also adds an opportunity to pack some colour in your travel kit.

The Shoes

Tip: Sandals are a great choice. Flat or a slightly elevated heel works. Footwear that is easy to slip on and off makes passing through airport security that much easier. All that said, don't forget to pack a pair of cotton socks to slip into for the flight.

Holiday Jewellery

Women love jewellery. Why fly on an airplane without wearing it? It's a great way to add a bit of fun and colour. But keep it lightweight and avoid too much metal. Otherwise expect to take it off at airport security.
Tip: Paco de la Mancha does a great range of unique holiday jewellery in vibrant colours. It's fun, featherlight with minimal metal.

Hand Luggage ... is another story. So watch this space!

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