Travelers have seen cabin crews proudly walking through the airports in small clusters, looking so stylish and turning so many heads, we’d be forgiven for thinking they just stepped off the runway.
These women (and men) are the public face of the organization and the first thing that people picture when they think of the airline, so it helps if they look sophisticated.
Some companies have got it wrong, dressing their flight attendants in old-fashioned and unflattering cuts that do nothing for their figures and look incredibly uncomfortable (no one wants to keep readjusting themselves mid-flight).
And then there are airlines who have created stunning uniforms. Companies like Emirates have considered the comfort and flexibility of their cabin crew, but at the same time, dressed them in stylish garments. Others, like China Eastern, have joined forces with fashion houses to ensure their garments make a statement.
Below are 20 flattering flight attendant uniforms.
20 Air Hostesses Working At Qatar Airways Have Super Stylish Outfits
The flight attendants working on Qatar Airways must know they look good in their outfits, otherwise, why would they take selfies in their uniforms?! Their looks are some of the most elegant creations in the airline industry, and it's because the company understands that their crew is the "public face of the organization,” Arabian Aerospace notes.
19 China Eastern Recruited Fashion House Christian Lacroix For Their Uniforms
You can easily spot the staff of China Eastern because they stand out from the crowd. One of the ways they have done this is by partnering with the French haute couture fashion house, Christian Lacroix. According to China Eastern Airlines, their uniform “combines traditional oriental charm with French-style elegance.”
18 Few People Look As Chic As The Crew From Air France
The uniforms for the flight attendants on Air France are incredibly flattering. They also look distinguished, and this should come as no surprise considering France is often celebrated for its stylish women, and is home to some of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world.
17 Stewardesses On Emirates Airline Are Proud To Wear Their Outfits
Emirates has managed to create a look that is sophisticated, with a slight vintage feel, thanks to the red pill-box hat and neckerchief. According to Emirates, their Emirates Executives uniform was designed to make a distinctive statement about the premium flying experience, but also considered the “comfort and flexibility” of the crew.
16 Virgin Australia Has Gone The Extra Mile To Ensure They Give Off A Stylish Appearance
According to Virgin Australia Blog, Virgin Australia's uniform design was created by Project Runway Australia winner Julie Grbac and launched in 2011. There are also slight differences in the colors of the neck scarfs worn by the crew, to easily recognize the cabin supervisors.
15 The Neck Scarf American Airlines Chose Just Pulls The Outfit Together
There is just something so chic about a neck scarf, and American Airlines’ decision to include one in their uniform was a smart move. The bright scarf demands attention, while the rest of the uniform is otherwise very simple and muted. This pop of color is all the cabin crew needs to look great.
14 Qantas Made A Bold Decision With Their Colors, And It Paid Off
Qantas is yet another company that decided they were not going to play it safe by creating uniforms with muted colors, and instead, they went bold. It’s a decision that has really paid off because the crew looks lovely. Plus, they are very easy to notice, which is a bonus!
13 The Crew On China Airlines Looks Like Models!
In 2015, China Airlines proudly debuted their new flight attendant uniforms. According to Business Traveller, the looks were created by Hong Kong’s William Chang, who introduced bold colors and based the design on the 1950s style cheongsam. Speaking of his creation, he said: “What I designed is fashion wear, not a uniform.”
12 The Stewardesses On Malaysia Airlines Are So Lovely In Their Uniforms
Malaysia Airlines wanted to create uniforms that are in line with their country’s culture. According to The Star, the Malaysian Airlines crew are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times and have respect for their sarong kebaya uniforms. The publication also notes that the use of the “full sarong kebaya” as its official uniform dates back to 1972.
11 The SriLankan Airlines Uniforms Have An Air Of Elegance
SriLankan Airlines have given a lot of thought and consideration to its uniforms, creating a look that is beautiful and elegant. The rich colors of the design are believed to have been inspired by the pattern of a peacock, Colombo Telegraph reports, noting that the company has always taken “great pride in portraying its corporate image” via the cabin crew.
10 JetBlue May Not Be As Well Known As Some Of These Big Airlines, But Their Outfits Have Got Our Attention
Many of the airline companies mentioned on this list are relatively well-known. JetBlue, the American low-cost airline, may not be as big as some of the other companies mentioned, but their uniform is no less impressive. According to ApparelMag, the garments are “notable for their style and functionality.”
9 Some People Don’t Like The Bright Red Cathay Pacific Looks, But We Disagree
Bold red looks may not be for everyone but in the case of Cathay Pacific’s uniforms, it really works. Not all the female flight attendants loved having skirts form part of their uniforms though, and in 2018, the company made headlines after it was announced they would be ending their “70-year-old skirts-only rule,” The Independent reports.
8 The Women Who Work On Korean Airways Always Look So Neat
When you see a photo of the cabin crew from Korean Airlines, you probably think "wow, these uniforms are amazing." And they are, but according to Business Insider. "The flight attendants are actually the representative of the airline," they quote. "How they look will affect the image of it, so they have to always look formal and neat."
7 Chinese Carrier Hainan Airways’ Outfits Look Like They Came Off The Runway!
The staff on Hainan Airways looks just like runway models. In 2018, they rolled out their new uniforms, accompanied by some incredible photos. According to Business Traveller, the designer behind the looks is Lawrence Xu, who combined traditional Chinese elements, with “Western touches” to create these uniforms.
6 Not Only Do These Turkish Airlines Women Look Great, They Also Delivered A Baby Mid-Flight
Looking at the cabin crew from Turkish Airlines, you can clearly see that their uniforms are flattering. But if ever you needed proof that they were also functional, then the story of how they delivered a baby mid-flight is all the evidence you will require. According to NBC News, the staff helped a woman deliver a baby girl on one of their flights.
5 Vueling Airlines May Be Low Cost, But Their Uniforms Certainly Don’t Look Budget
Barcelona-based Vueling Airlines is a low-cost carrier, but despite cutting prices for travelers, they haven’t created budget uniforms. The company created a video in 2015 to comment on their new looks, which were designed to keep in line with “the company's modern image.” The colors of the uniforms are simple but the cut just works.
4 Thanks To Delta, We Now See That Purple Is A Color That Should Be Worn More Often!
Most of our wardrobes consist of dark, neutral colors that are easy to mix and match, and forgiving when it comes to dirt. There are few who are so daring that purple will be a color they wear every day because it’s very eye-catching. However, after seeing Delta’s uniform, we now see that this is a color we should definitely own more of!
3 We Love That Norwegian Airlines Doesn’t Make Its Employees Wear High Heels!
In 2013, Norwegian Airlines found itself the subject of an article in WWD, after they partnered with Moods of Norway to create interesting uniforms.
The company has recently announced that female crew members are “no longer required to wear high heels and makeup while on duty,” Fox News reports.
2 Virgin Atlantic’s Uniforms Were Designed By Vivian Westwood
Vivian Westwood is a designer that needs little introduction, and Virgin Atlantic decided to team up with her to create their uniform. According to Conde Nast Traveler, in 2013, Westwood first partnered with the company. She focused on female flight attendants (in 2014, Saville Row designed outfits for the men) and has created garments that are feminine and fitted.
1 It Seems Big Smiles And Patterned Uniforms Are Standard At Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines definitely deserves a spot on any list of the best, and most flattering, flight attendant uniforms. Their uniform is a sarong kebaya, and according to Cleo, the “iconic” uniform was designed by Pierre Balmain in 1972, and the design has reportedly remained the same since it was first introduced.
Sources: Arabian Aerospace, China Eastern Facebook, Emirates, Virgin Australia, Business Traveller, The Star, Colombo Telegraph, ApparelMag, The Independent, Business Insider, NBC News, Vueling YouTube, WWD, Fox News, Conde Nast Traveler, Cleo