Top 5 Vintage Stewardess Uniforms
- Published:15th Jul 2016
Up, up and away.
We all know that fashion through the decades got a little… imaginative. But did you know that it wasn’t just weekend wardrobes that had all the excitement? Uniforms were revamped according to the latest trends too, in particular stewardess uniforms. So here is a glimpse into the fashion of stewardesses from influential era’s. From shifts to flares, miniskirts to blazers, we have rated our top 5 flight attendant uniforms.
Of the moment trends were key to the glamour of the airline industry. Flying became an adventure and luxury, with flight attendants seen to be alluring, glamourous and beautiful. The 1930’s requirements paved the way for the future glamour of stewardesses. "The girls who qualify for hostesses must be petite; weight 100 to 118 pounds; height 5 feet to 5 feet 4 inches; age 20 to 26 years’.
The fifties had relatively conservative styling, featuring pencil skirts and buttoned up blazers. Hats became a key feature of every uniform, designed usually in the pillbox shape; these hats were circular and covered just the top of the head.
The hippie was born. Shift dresses and colour, the sixties developed the uniforms into colourful masterpieces. Psychedelic prints and vibrant colours decorated mini dress shapes which were worn with knee high boots.
The decade of love and freedom. Airline advertisements were provocative and uniforms became sexualized, with short, colourful and fitted uniforms to reflect a ‘single and available’ look. Braniff Airlines claimed that ‘even an airline hostess should look like a girl’ in their 1970’s campaign, ‘The Air Strip’, which created the tradition of air hostesses removing their outerwear on board the flight. Vintage style fashion at its finest!
The sexualisation of flight attendants was enforced by the requirement that they must be single and if at any point she got married, this meant an instant dismissal.
The eighties brought bold block colours, oversized and tailored blazers and of course neon. A particularly outstanding uniform, designed by Pucci, featured a plastic space helmet to protect the flight attendant’s hair do.
The Space Bubble
Pucci designed this protective helmet and hood ensemble during the 60’s to protect flight attendants hair, how thoughtful. We particularly like the vibrant colours and geometric pattern underneath. A bizarre statement piece!
The Hippie Look
Striped orange palazzo pants with a neck tie? Pure genius. This is the ultimate 70’s hippie chic look and we love it.
The Lufthansa designer look
A 1960’s fashion statement. Star designer Oleg Cassini designs a uniform for Germany´s Lufthansa. So retro and so chic, we love the military buttons and tilted cap.
The Alaska Airlines Look
This is fabulously big. An Alaska Airlines flight attendant models a hat with ostrich feathers worn to greet passengers on board in the 1960’s.
The Pacific Southwest Look
Pacific South West flight attendants went all pink and orange in the 70’s. Amazing colours, hair and hats. Wish they where still around...
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The casual charmer - Contrast top-stitching accentuates Sophie's Sohos' asymmetric detailing. Button-through with a twist, Sophie's Soho dress looks great with trainers or heels. This versatile dress is perfect for every occasion.
The tiny dancerWith a draped neck and loose shape cinched in by a top-stitched waist-belt this dress will flatter all body shapes. Sasha's Statement comes fully lined and with comfy side pockets.
The 1970's Boho - Giving a nod to the 1970's, this red midi dress comes in floral-printed chiffons, detailled panelling on the bodice and flat piping. Madelaines Marvel dress has a flattering midi-length and self-fabric waist tie means you can cinch in the waist for some extra definition.
The elegant geisha - Figure skimming Benika's Bonsai dress cuts a flattering silhouette in a true Japanese fashion. Intricate panelling and a top stitched self-fabric tie belt gives this easy day-dress a beautiful and feminine look.