In the early days of airplane travel, women wore their finest dresses and men wore impeccable travel suits. Buying an airport outfit was a status symbol for being able to afford to board a plane and talk of travels to exotic and domestic destinations was a dream of glitz and glamour out of the reach of the masses. With budget airplanes and a general downgrade of what is considered your Sunday best, a well-dressed man should always travel in a suit and with a suit.
Be prepared to network
You can make a flight as productive as possible by starting a reciprocal conversation with your seatmate. Those who have jobs that require quite a bit of travel may see a flight as a chance to advance their projects and careers through networking. Airlines such as Delta and South Africa Airways have been rolling out social seating. These programs connect travelers with experts in relevant industries while in-flight as a form of short-term mentorship. Other programs allow passengers to view the Facebook and LinkedIn profiles of fellow passengers in advance and select their seat assignments based on who they feel is a great industry match. Think of it as a real-life LinkedIn. You should travel with a suit so others will want to shake your hand and view you as a professional who prepared to make social gains by looking his best. Make the right first impression with a lined suit or sport suits – the essentials from the House of X.
Arrive looking fresh
An xSuit is stain-, wrinkle-and odor-resistant and made with the best material for comfort and ideal for traveling. Turbulence and the general clumsiness of having so many people together may cause you or others to spill their drinks, resulting in a damp and/or stained shirt that makes travel uncomfortable. Long-haul flights make being comfortable a must, which is why the xSuit might be the best suit ever. One cannot travel to the four corners of the earth in stiff jeans and a scratchy shirt. Another benefit of the xSuit is the ability to go straight from the airport to an international boardroom without worrying about freshening up too much. A splash of cold water on your face and a comb through your hair should suffice because you will be wearing a clean suit.
Be a confident traveler
During the golden age of commercial aviation, looking sharp was mandatory. Airlines strictly enforced dress codes. A man without a suit or at least a black corporate jacket could be turned away despite having paid good money for a seat on what was once considered a cocktail party in the air. Social media makes marketing yourself and your brand a necessity – no matter where you are on the planet. Be the person that someone takes a sneak picture of for looking so dapper, or who someone asks to take a picture with for your style or accomplishments. A suit makes a statement that represents your brand. Make sure you are marketing yourself correctly by traveling in style.
Be prepared for anything that happens in the air. Whether it be a great networking session or interesting conversation, always look your best by wearing an xSuit that was crafted with travel in mind.