Designed by Julian MacDonald and launched in 2004, this classy uniform reflects British heritage with its fitted pinstripe suit, white shirt and union jack inspired neck tie. The hats were designed by Stephen Jones and introduced in 2011, with the start of the new mixed fleet operation. This look is one most revered by Cabin Crew as it brings some of the old airline glamour back.
This classic navy ensemble with red flashes in the gloves and bow belt epitomizes Parisian elegance. The uniform was designed for Air France by Christian Lacroix in 2005 and no doubt will stand the test of time and be forever stylish and a favourite of all Cabin Crew.
Not a well known uniform but it has that 40s style classic cut with a neat pillbox hat that shows understated grace, elegance and charm. It is an old school Cabin Crew look, forever classic and beautiful and will always turn heads at the airport.
Quirky and unique, this uniform was designed by Gianfranco Ferre in 2005. It has elegant tailoring and is in the company colours of light blue, cream and white. This design requires perfect uniform standards and impeccable presentation. The shiny blouse and structured scarf make this a fresh and fun airline uniform of exacting standards.
This capsule collection was introduced by Virgin America and Banana Republic in 2013. Modern yet sophisticated in shades of red and grey, this states more secretary style than Cabin Crew uniform but is a fresh take on an old look. Sleek and understated no doubt it will be popular with Cabin Crew in time with a less formal look.
Breaking the mould, this uniform is so cool and young, you can almost believe it couldn’t be a Cabin Crew uniform. Grey trousers and burgundy sweaters with a trilby hat set off with red trimmed grey shoes by John Fluezog, a Canadian shoe designer. It oozes style now but may be outdated before you know it but could become iconic for originality.
Similar to Air France’s uniform and also designed by Christian Lacroix this uniform is elegant and chic. The navy dress is highlighted by a pillbox hat and wide red belt for instant and simple glamour.
‘If it isn’t broken don’t fix it’ - the old adage goes, the same can be said of the ‘Singapore Girl’ look. The traditional Sarong Kebaya was first designed in 1968 by Pierre Balmain and has no signs of being changed. It reflects the airlines tradition and heritage and is one of the most iconic Cabin Crew uniforms recognized worldwide.
Vivienne Westwood was the designer of choice for the revamping of their Cabin Crew uniform in 2014. It is extremely stylish and has classic Westwood touches of British heritage and her famous tailoring. This will be a uniform most Cabin Crew will envy, crave and adore.
New on the block too, Qantas recently redesigned their signature look in 2013 with the help of Australian designer Martin Grant. It is inspired by the Qantas logo and looks chic, contemporary and effortless. The uniform has 35 pieces – the key item being the navy dress with bold red or pink flash with contrasting scarf. The trilby hat and navy trench coat are standout and have given their Cabin Crew a new and modern style, they well deserve being in the top 10 of best dressed Cabin Crew.
The Cabin Crew uniform is extremely important in terms of corporate identity and many airline uniforms have become iconic. They are designed to be practical and look good as well as to inspire the passengers’ confidence in the airline and we have to be instantly recognizable. Of course wearing the uniform and keeping up with airline’s grooming standards are very much part of the Cabin Crew job.
In the 1930s the uniform was the same as a nurse and later reflected the austere times and had a military focus. It wasn’t until the late 1940s that the uniform became more feminine and glamorous and remained so until the 80s and 90s when the glamour of the uniform had long gone and it became utilitarian. From then on, milliners and designers have been often used to design uniforms and give that classic Cabin Crew look, a new inspired twist.
Nowadays, our uniforms are often inspired by heritage and history and the golden age of the airlines whilst some are fresh and modern and some just plain stylish. We’ve come a long way since the Pucci prints and the paper dresses of the 1960s, here we take a look at today’s ‘Top 10 Best Dressed Cabin Crew’.