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clothing for the trip over

We fly to Europe in September..and have done so for the the past few years. My wife mentioned she would like a pajama or sweatsuit type outfit for the flight. Aside from getting sweatpants and a hoodie, are there any other suggestions? At 60, she does not want to look like she is travelling in her pajamas.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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She might try looking at the Magellan's website. They sell travel clothing made of knits, with elastic waists etc. that look nice but also look comfy. I haven't tried any of theirs so can't give a personal recommendation, but perhaps she'd find something to her liking. I might also suggest a sports bra.

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PJ's work for me, but I'd leave off the rabbit slippers. Seriously, how about sweatbritches and matching zipper jacket with collar type deal. I have no problems pulling a knit watchcap over my head if I get chilly in flight. (Don't buy the kind that goes over your face and has eye-holes, though. Some folks might not have a sense of humor.)

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Land's End corduory knit pants are perfect. LL Bean's Perfect Fit pants are yes perfect. Just wear a little soft jacket and tee.

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If I'm going to be on a long flight I wear black yoga pants. They don't look like pajamas or sweatpants and they don't bag out at the seat like stretch denim or fleece. And you don't end up looking like you've just slept in your clothes (even if you have) because they don't wrinkle.

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I don't wear anything on the plane that I don't plan on wearing repeatedly during the time over there. Why have a special outfit for the plane and then carry it around unused for the next two weeks.

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That's the beauty of yoga pants - you can wear them in all kinds of situations and they still look good. With a nicer top, they can go to dinner. With a casual top, you can wear them around town or hiking. And they can even be pajama pants.

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Thanks everyone for your responses. I like the idea of yoga pants and a hooded sweatshirt. We use my daughter's residence as a central point, so we tend to travel a little heavier than most people...sometimes I wonder if the plane will even get off the ground! So having an extra outfit isn't as big a problem for us....once we get to our destination we take shorter trips with less clothing. OK, I take less clothing. Again, thanks for your suggestions. I really think helpline readers are above average in intelligence and friendliness!!

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Yoga pants would be good, but some sort of soft jacket, with pockets, would seem more appropriate. Sorry, but a hooded sweatshirt just doesn't sound good to me.

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Hille, Yoga pants and a jacket are not mutually exclusive. In fact, a lot of people wear both. :)

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Hi Terry, another vote for yoga pants, which work with a variety of footwear choices. You might consider a matching yoga jacket without a hood - I find the hood gets in the way in high back seats (like on an airplane). Also, I find the hood often renders a sweat jacket a bit casual. There are lots of nice ones with a full zip, zip pockets and no hood - this is my favorite type of travel jacket. Good luck!

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I always travel in my yoga pants and a hooded zip up sweater. It is a nicer looking sweater, and on the over nights flights I pull the hood over my head. I find it cozy that way as I am always cold. Lululemon makes great clothes for this.

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Yoga pants seem to be the winning recommendation.....again, thanks for your suggestions.....not sure I like the hoodie on the plane either, maybe I'll look for a vest type piece of clothing. Happy holidays and happy traveling.

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Here's my pack list:

http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/profile?id=203861

For the trip over, the set on the right - adidas training pants and a zip up fleece layered over a comfortable shirt with light hiking shoes.

It comfortable for the trip but you still look like you're wearing clothes (rather than pjs) when you arrive.

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Instead of a hoodie, I usually bring a black pashmina shawl - it's reasonably dressy, and I just pull it up over my head when I get ready to sleep or need a bit of warmth. I've never tried yoga pants but after reading all these raves I may have to find a pair... do they come with pockets?

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carroll -- sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant yoga pants and a jacket instead of a hooded sweatshirt with the yoga pants...
And a pashmina with the pants sounds good, too.

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I wear my Lululemon yoga pants, a tank style top and a cotton sweater on the plane over and back. I don't wear the pants except for the plane ride, I do wear the sweater. With hot flashes, I like to be able to layer and remove when I get too hot.

One hint...wear a bra top instead of a bra with an underwire. I bought some at Target, Champion brand, very comfy, and in a pinch can be used as a top for swimming with shorts.

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I wear a pair of pants that has an elastic waist and is a really stretchy polyester type of material. They are comfy but quite dressy. My new Naot shoes with a cork insole are super for travel. I usually wear a shirt that has short sleeves, I wore a black part bamboo shirt on the last flight to Europe, very soft material. I use a fleece type of zip-sweater that does not have a hood and a pashmina scarf for warmth. Easy to remove if I am too hot. I use all of these clothes during the trip, which is important for packing light. Happy Travels.