The golden age of air travel was once reserved for the affluent and the sophisticated. Flying at 30,000 feet meant you had arrived. Flight attendant uniforms were crisp and hair was pulled back just right in a French twist that perfectly matched a freshly painted manicure.
Travellers' outfits changed around 1978. White gloves, dresses and suits were out, jeans and flip-flops were in.
WestJet employee Adelina Pepe wishes flying was held to the old standard and attributes her love for dressing up to the opportunities she gets outside of work.
"There is a dress code but it's not what it used to be like on a plane. It's kind of disappointing. I wear a uniform at work, which is probably why I like to dress up and splurge on some pieces when I'm shopping because I don't get to wear them on a daily basis," says Pepe, who just recently moved back to Winnipeg from Calgary and spent the day shopping in Osborne Village.
WHAT SHE WORE...
Coat -- "It's actually from Winners in Calgary."
Purse -- "Paperdoll Clothing in the Exchange District, I think it's Ooh La La."
Jeans -- "I want to say that they are American Eagle."
Boots -- "Boots are Aldo."
Sweater -- "It was a gift from my sister, I don't remember where she got it."
Jewelry -- "I got this ring in a market in Italy, same with the necklace. My family's from Italy, Calabria and Sicily. The last time I was there was in 2008."
"I would probably say coats, especially in this season. Your coat is what everyone sees at first glance."
DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF COATS?
"Yes. Coats and shoes are my weaknesses; I would say I have at least 10 winter coats that are for pure fashion and not for warmth. This one I'm wearing is for fashion, definitely not for warmth -- just a coat for in and out of shops like today. That's why I duck in and out and get some coffee to keep my hands warm." she says with a laugh.
"I've never been a fan of bras showing, depending on the type of shirt. It's a pet peeve of mine, especially if you're all dressed up and you're out on the town -- it's a faux pas. Buy a good bandeau. There are other options these days."
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