Hats, gloves, an ever-changing hemline: The flight attendant getup has always been as much about fashion as it is function. With both Delta and Jet Blue debuting new duds for their cabin crews, we can't help but look through the archives of history's most fashionable staff. Behold, the evolution of the flight attendant uniform.
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Most early flight attendant uniforms were sophisticated and sweet, with long sleeves, swinging skirts, and—of course—the stewardess cap.
Some airlines, however, left slightly less to the imagination.
In the ’50s, flight attendants donned crisp collars and white gloves, with perfect coifs under their caps.
Sadly, these terrific toppers were often removed before takeoff.
When mod was mode, flight attendants took to wearing stand-up collars and shift dresses (and flats).
1972Sky-high hemlines were complemented by fantastic head scarves in the early ’70s—a nod to the decade's departure from structured style.
The ’80s, meanwhile, apparently left many flight attendants clad in plaid.
Even at high altitudes, one could not escape the shoulder pads and boxy blazers that were popular in the early ’90s.
As the century came to a close, flight attendant uniforms (like all fashion) became considerably more relaxed.
These chambray shirts, fitted vests, and floppy bow ties are far more comfortable than the uniforms of yesteryear.
And this nod to the mod era? We dig it.
Jet Blue's new uniforms are simple and sleek—a winning combination of modern elements, as well as those of flight attendant uniforms past. Some things really do get better with age.