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#1 ChaircatMiaow

Posted 23 February 2020 - 03:55 PM

I have the rare opportunity to fly business class on an overnight flight to Asia soon.

Was planning on wearing a waterfall cardigan with black leggings and sneakers so that I'm comfortable but not totally scruffy but apparently I won't get into the Qantas lounge with leggings on. Is that the case? What else would I wear? Can't bear the thought of wearing jeans, plus it will be cold at my destination.

Might be overthinking this but it's rare that I travel without kids and in the fancy part of the plane to boot...

#2 IamOzgirl

Posted 23 February 2020 - 03:58 PM

I have got into the Qantas lounge with leggings before.

I actually even got in with uggs on!

Took a photo and sent it to my mum just to annoy her lol

#3 MarciaB

Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:01 PM

You could either change on the plane - or just before your flight in the lounge if you are concerned?  That's what I did recently and no one blinked.  I wore in a pair of black pants that I wanted to wear when on holiday anyway and had a pair of leggings in my carryon which I changed into just before my flight was boarding.

For shoes - I wore black boots (again that I wanted to take with me anyway) and had Birkenstock slides in my carry on that I changed into on the plane with thick socks.

Edited by MarciaB, 23 February 2020 - 04:02 PM.


#4 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:02 PM

You can wear leggings, you just can’t rock up in head to toe active wear.

#5 ali-song

Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:05 PM

I exclusively wear leggings/legging pants when I travel, and have never been refused lounge entry. I tend to wear flats or sandals rather than sneakers, just for ease of taking off & putting on, but sneakers should be fine as long as they’re not scruffy.

#6 BusbyWilkes

Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:06 PM

You can get in with high-vis workwear and steel caps though (which is obviously much dressier than leggings!)

#7 born.a.girl

Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:15 PM

I've only flown four segments in business, but saw zero difference in what people wore compared with economy.

I wear nothing but leggings/slim stretchy pants on flights, with longline tops.

The blanket in business is thicker (do people get colder with more money?) so you don't need to prepare as much for cool air flow.

#8 BurningBright

Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:17 PM

I always go for comfort and live in these whilst flying and in lounges
https://www.uniqlo.c...4185490017.html

#9 Let-it-go

Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:49 PM

You can wear leggings.  Heaps of people are in leggings in the Qantas Club.

#10 lizzzard

Posted 23 February 2020 - 04:57 PM

You might get PJs to wear on the flight :)

#11 seayork2002

Posted 23 February 2020 - 05:26 PM

I wear black slip on shoes, all black canvas or made of 'sneaker' material

Occasionally leather

No help on the leggings

#12 RichardParker

Posted 23 February 2020 - 05:27 PM

They give you pjs on the flight- most people change into them straight away- so everyone is In their pjs. I took one of those long cardigans to go over my pjs and I was really comfortable in that - also a bit more respectable when walking around the cabin, especially if you take your bra off, which I did, and was still talking to colleagues and felt appropriate.

This means you can wear comfy but still a bit classy clothes in the airport and lounge- they also stay fresh for the other end.

#13 seayork2002

Posted 23 February 2020 - 05:42 PM

Oh i always travel with a cardi i live in them in cold weather and great for planes!

#14 ChaircatMiaow

Posted 23 February 2020 - 05:46 PM

Ooooo Qantas pyjamas!!!

#15 Moo-me

Posted 23 February 2020 - 06:04 PM

I don’t know if your familiar with Eva Marie but the Melbourne lounge refused her entry with this outfit...

https://www.foxnews....oted-activewear

#16 ckmelb

Posted 23 February 2020 - 06:10 PM

The domestic lounge are funny about things but sneakers are ok. As another PP said head to toe gym gear is a no.

In the international lounge I always wear sneakers and I think I've worn thongs too. Like another PP said if you are really worried have the change of clothes in your bag but I would actually only put them on if asked not the other way around. I've popped my heels back on sometimes when I had forgotten and changed into thongs

#17 jayskette

Posted 23 February 2020 - 06:16 PM

you are going to wear a skirt or shorts over the leggings right?

#18 seayork2002

Posted 23 February 2020 - 06:22 PM

 jayskette, on 23 February 2020 - 06:16 PM, said:

you are going to wear a skirt or shorts over the leggings right?

To me personally leggings are tight thinner tracksuit material so no need to wear something over

Pantyhose/tights i would wear something over

I don't wear any of these but if i did

#19 born.a.girl

Posted 23 February 2020 - 06:23 PM

 Moo-me, on 23 February 2020 - 06:04 PM, said:

I don’t know if your familiar with Eva Marie but the Melbourne lounge refused her entry with this outfit...

https://www.foxnews....oted-activewear

As per a the comment upthread - head to toe sportswear is not acceptable - for women only it would appear.

She's wearing leggings - aka skinny pants, with a long line top over it.  She'll be fine.

#20 RichardParker

Posted 23 February 2020 - 06:35 PM

I saw an AFL team flying the other day and they were all wearing shorts - big thighs with thick hairy man hair man-spreading all over the plane.  It was gross - they should have been wearing trousers, IMO.

#21 nom_de_plume

Posted 23 February 2020 - 06:59 PM

I find it depends on the time of day you’re flying. Early morning/evening or during the day and they’re a bit stricter. Overnight they’re a bit more relaxed.

I flew the red eye from HK a few weeks ago and was in Lorna Jane tights, black sneakers and a Macpac top. They didn’t care. Afternoon flight out of Melbourne they were policing clothing. DP had to change his shirt.

#22 Let-it-go

Posted 23 February 2020 - 07:11 PM

Qantas PJ’s are soooooooo comfy!!

#23 ChaircatMiaow

Posted 23 February 2020 - 07:11 PM

Doesn't wearing my Lorna Jane leggings automatically qualify me as their target clientele?

Should I be doing lunges and singing the "activewear" song at the desk?

https://youtu.be/CYRENWT8lz8

#24 blackcat20

Posted 23 February 2020 - 07:27 PM

The international lounges don't have the same dress code as the domestic lounges. Leggings are perfectly fine.

#25 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 23 February 2020 - 07:35 PM

You can wear almost anything in the standard Qantas lounge. Here are the guidelines. I think you would be ok.
https://www.qantas.c...guidelines.html

It’s the platinum/first class lounge that has a strict dress code.

Just pack some slacks in your hand luggage just in case, you don’t have to wear them all the time.




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