By Andrea Romano
Updated March 10, 2021
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Sometimes getting an upgrade isn’t about the right timing or knowing the right people. Sometimes, it’s all about having the right outfit.

There's one way you can score a free upgrade to first class without having to do very much, flight attendants told Who What Wear: just pick the perfect ensemble. And the good news is, you don’t need to be a fashion icon to do it.

While many travelers prefer to wear sweatpants and sneakers (or even blankets) when they fly, these seasoned cabin crew members say that putting a little more effort into your appearance can go a long way.

“When we fly, we have a strict dress code to follow. No jeans or trainers — so I always go for tight black trousers and a blazer or a dress. For men, chinos or trousers and a shirt are worn,” one flight attendant told Who What Wear.

Another flight attendant elaborated that you don’t have to be on trend or wearing designer clothes. “Smart but understated. You should look like you travel often...it helps; someone who is potentially due to get an upgrade can be knocked back if they aren't dressed suitably.”

Essentially, you can still be comfortable, but don't dress like you're going to the gym; think more casual workday chic. Dirty sneakers, flip flops, leggings, old shirts, jeans, and other “comfy” but generally too casual clothes will probably keep you in your economy seat.

Luckily, there are lots of comfortable, business-casual sweaters and stretchy slacks out there, as well as protective face masks that you can easily wear for hours on end while traveling. Keep reading for our favorite comfortable yet stylish travel clothing and accessories.

Summersalt 'The Packable Everyday Pant'

Summersalt Pants
Credit: Courtesy of Summersalt

To buy: summersalt.com, $80

Everlane Pima Micro-rib Turtleneck

Woman wearing red cotton turtleneck
Credit: Courtesy of Everlane

To buy: everlane.com, $38

Everlane 'The Drape Trench'

Everlane The Drape Trench in sandstone
Credit: Courtesy of Everlane

To buy: everlane.com, $148

Allsaints Traveling Rib Scarf

Allsaints Traveling Rib Scarf in Pink Lady
Credit: Courtesy of Nordstrom

To buy: nordstrom.com, $79

Rothy's 'The Loafer'

Rothy's The Loafer in linen double stitch
Credit: Courtesy of Rothy's

To buy: rothys.com, $165

Nxtstop Travleisure Bamboo Face Mask

TRAVLEISURE ADJUSTABLE, REUSABLE, WASHABLE, BREATHABLE FACE MASK
Credit: Courtesy of Nxt Stop

To buy: amazon.com, $16

Mali + Lili Four Layer Mask Scarf

Woman wearing pink striped cloth face mask
Credit: Courtesy of Nordstrom

To buy: nordstrom.com, $40

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