Money doesn’t come in. Well, actually, of course, starting with the private jet, the flashy wristwatch, the designer sunglasses. And that’s before we get to the pajamas.
But the question is whether it’s acceptable to wander through an airport in pajamas. Is Erling Haaland, the Manchester City footballer, guilty of dragging us down a slippery slope in travel clothes? Or should we celebrate his verve, his confidence, his fashion sense? Here are two contrasting views…
No, it’s sloppy, says Amanda Platell
He may be making nearly £900,000 a week, but showing up for a flight in £1,000 Dolce & Gabbana pajamas shows that Erling Haaland has no class, even when he’s on a private jet to Monaco.
He also responds to a disturbing trend whereby travelers increasingly appear at the airport as if they have just fallen out of bed.
Writers Amanda Platell and Alexandra Schulman comment on whether it was acceptable for footballer Erling Haaland (above) to wear his pajamas on a private jet
On a recent trip to Ibiza, I couldn’t believe the condition of my fellow passengers who had got up for the 6am flight. Yes, we all had to set our alarms for sunrise, but out of sheer self-respect, there’s definitely time for a shower and a quick change into a clean outfit to travel in.
Why do people think it is acceptable to look like an unwashed slob when those employed to check our tickets, serve us duty free, prepare our full English breakfast and look after us on the plane are all dressed in their uniform, neat as a pin.
It’s disrespectful to them and to you. Even for me, after 40 years of traveling from here to Australia and back on 20-hour flights, I wouldn’t dream of showing up in pajamas, even if they were inlaid with gold.
I’m not saying we should go back to the BOAC days when passengers dressed like they were going to a fancy dinner party (although that would be nice), but what’s wrong with a pair of Sweaty Betties and a loose top?
Coincidentally, as an experienced traveler on long and short flights, my favorite attire is a smart loose coat, scarf, jeans and a T-shirt, something I also feel comfortable in when I show up at a decent hotel after the flight.
Wearing pajamas on planes is just plain boring.
Yes, they are stylish, says Alexandra Suman
Not too long ago I was told by a travel PR that the number one rule when it came to wearing upgrades was not to wear jeans. I wonder if they got on board with the news that pajamas are now acceptable.
Or they are, if it’s the right kind of pajamas, because not all pajamas are created equal. Manchester City’s platinum blonde striker Erling Haaland definitely has a runway-worthy collection, including several pairs from Italian designer duo Dolce & Gabbana, who led the movement in pajamas that can be found anytime, anywhere.
But he’s not the only one who indulges in the appeal of this look. It’s no longer hard for the rest of us to pull it off, meaning you can travel in the same sartorial comfort, even in seat 23D instead of the cream leather cocoon of the other kind of PJ (private jet). Pajamas have made an appearance on the red carpet these days, so there’s no reason to avoid them when traveling, but they should have some élan. In other words, they should be worn with confidence rather than as if the wearer forgot to set the alarm in time for check-in.
Upper class: smart passengers on an airplane in 1970
I’ve arrived: actress Sophie Turner at the airport in pajamas
So pristine and wrinkle-free colors or a bold print is the way to go. And they shouldn’t be that kind of pull-on jersey and sweatshirt style under any circumstances. Nor, heaven forbid, a cartoon character.
Considered the modern two-piece they are simply a big plus when it comes to comfortable travel.
So much better than being locked in tight pants, leggings that are always a zero-style zone, or shorts (especially on men) that I find much baggier than pajamas.
Accessorized with styled hair (as Erling does), sunglasses, and some smart carry-on, pajamas are definitely a serious option for travel.
But when it comes to footwear, fluffy slippers are still a no-go area.