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A Very SKYPRO Christmas

Whether you’re headed home for the holidays, jetsetting around the world, or just sitting airport standby, packing for the holidays can be stressful. It’s a perfect packing storm combining multiple destinations and occasions – everything from cocktail parties to cozy Christmas mornings inside – with weather that’s often frightful.

To help, we’ve written the ultimate guide to packing light during the holidays. Check it twice while you’re throwing things in your suitcase and you’ll be sure to stay chic, comfortable, and have space left in your suitcase for all the presents you’re going to give and get!

 

SKYPRO HEELS

A pair of SKYPRO heels are a suitcase staple! Not only are they my go-to cabin crew concourse shoes, but they’re my go-to travel shoes, period. They’re comfortable enough for dashing through even the busiest and biggest of airports, but polished enough for First Class. Wearing them on the plane also saves precious space in your suitcase.

 

SKYPRO BOOTIES

If you’re headed somewhere really cold, a pair of these booties are essential! Put a pair of wool shoe inserts in for extra warmth and pair them with black tights and a sweater dress for parties or with black pants and a sweater for some holiday caroling.

 

SWEATER DRESS

Dresses are always a good idea! A good sweater dress, especially in a festive color like red or a classic like black, can take you from holiday shopping to holiday parties with a quick change of accessories. They also don’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase and can easily be layered over leggings and booties for extra warmth.

 

BLACK PANTS

Rock your best Audrey Hepburn look in a pair of slim fitting black pants. Whether I’m jumpseating or flying just for fun, my favorite airport outfit is a pair of SKYPRO heels, black knit pants, and a chunky sweater or cardigan. You’ll be the most stylish person on the plane and it makes going from baggage claim to the bar a snap.

 

CHUNKY WOOL SWEATER OR CARDIGAN

A really cozy sweater in a natural material such as wool will keep you warm in even the coldest climates. This is usually the bulkiest item you’ll need to have with you, so wear it on the plane to save space in your suitcase.

 

UNDERSHIRT AND TURTLENECK

Dressing for the cold is all about the layers. Pack a thin tank top and turtleneck in your bag so you can throw it on under your sweater when you need something other than gluhwein to warm you up.

 

BLACK TIGHTS

Another layering essential, black tights look chic under a sweater dress or add warmth when worn under pants.

 

WORKOUT WEAR

This might be a bit aspirational, but pack it just in case you want to get a jumpstart on your New Year’s resolutions (or just burn off all the eggnog and Christmas cookies).

 

LEATHER GLOVES

SKYPRO’s black leather gloves are an elegant way to stay warm.

 

HAT AND SCARF

A big red scarf brightens up gray winter days and keeps you cozy. As a bonus, you can also use your scarf as a blanket on the plane!

 

COAT

No winter outfit is complete without a great coat! Just remember your jetiquette and don’t let your coat take up an entire overhead bin on the plane. Fold it nice and neat and put it on top of your carry-on luggage.

 

A BATHING SUIT

Just in case! You never know when you’ll need it for an apres-ski hot tub dip or a Carribean reroute!

 

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Fashionability and Functionality in Uniform Design
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Fashionability and Functionality in Uniform Design

Designing uniforms and garments for professionals is a very complex assignment as it implies a number of factors to be considered, much of them highly scientific and technological – they must be absolutely integrated with its functions of use, operational and aesthetical.

For this reason, product designers should apply all their creativity into finding ergonomic solutions which can be morphed with fashion demands. Aesthetic-formal patterns and styles of appearance, performance, stability, safety and other related primarily to the choice and specification of materials (such as durability, impermeability, flexibility, breathable fabrics, amongst other) or processes and methods of production are only a few of the many specifics to be considered when developing professional garments.

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When considering airline uniforms we should also have in mind that they should be meaningful, reflecting globalism through tradition and commitment, in a natural fashion.

Flight Attendant uniforms must be designed to enable these professionals to fulfil their responsibilities in all their tasks, including emergency situations, meaning that  uniforms must be produced out of suitable fabrics, be durable and comfortable over time, climates, job duties and operating conditions. Moreover, uniforms should easily distinguish flight attendants as crewmembers and safety professionals.

Higher quality garments are less likely to be made of inferior fabrics with chemical content issues. Natural fibres, without chemical additives, make for the best fabrics and it should be an important requisite to ensure wellbeing, safety and performance of the uniforms and for those wearing them.

Better quality uniforms, besides looking more professional also wear and fit better, wash better and are more comfortable. It may involve a higher investment upfront, but it will beyond doubt pay off as uniforms will not only wear better and be more suitable to the crews’ needs, but they will also last longer.

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Although the designer is the expert, it is always of great benefit to survey the professionals that will wear the garments, deeply understanding their needs and expectations as well as involving them in the process and relying on their proficiency for testing the product before it is considered finished. This is what we call a user-centred design approach and it is one way to reduce the gap between designers’ and users’ thinking differences. All inputs are valuable and a part of the process once they can result into crucial improvements for the design project.

The users’ involvement in the project development guarantees that it will be more adequate for its end use and situation environment, leading to the development of more effective, efficient and safer products.

On top of all the mentioned requirements, the designer must also be able to introduce modernity and fashion onto the products, ensuring they are attractive and interesting, while (somewhat!) timeless.

Only through a deep knowledge and understanding off all fabrics and materials, production methodologies and possibilities, along with style trends, the designer will be able to mix everything into a blend of solutions to build a unique result capable of accomplishing the users’ requests and wishes.

Users’ needs in addition to forms, materials and other details establish the base of uniform design. Combining these elements will allow the designer to ensure the performance, security and comfort of uniforms, while making them appealing and desirable for everyone in touch with it.

 

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Winter is Coming: What to Wear and Pack for Cold Weather
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Winter is Coming: What to Wear and Pack for Cold Weather

There’s a marvelous Nordic maxim that says, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Despite months of darkness, frigid temperatures, and incessant snow and sleet, people in the Nordic countries don’t hibernate inside until the return of the midnight sun. Children play outside for hours in the freezing rain; people go for runs during what would be called a snowpocalypse in the American South; couples ice-skate and peruse Christmas markets in below-freezing temperatures. The key to not being miserably cold and suffering through endless teeth chattering is, as the oft-repeated adage goes, to simply take the cold seriously and dress properly for it.

But if dressing for the cold is an art form, packing for the cold is even more so. Anyone who has ever tried to stuff a full-length down puffer jacket into their carry-on knows that packing for the cold takes a bit more strategy. However, it is still possible to dress warmly while packing light! Here are seven tips for staying warm and stylish on your layovers.

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LAYER

Forget fancy jackets, the real key to staying warm is layering. Adding base layers to your suitcase instead of bulky sweaters or coats helps you stay snug and takes up less space in your bag. It also makes it easier to pack for airport standby or being on call in the winter, as your outfits can easily be adapted to a variety of temperatures simply by modifying what you layer underneath. During the winter, for example, it’s a good idea to pack a cami or tank top, long-sleeved shirt, turtleneck, and tights or leggings as base layers, as they could easily be layered under a pair of jeans and a sweater. A fleece vest is another great layering piece because it adds significant warmth without the bulk.

INVEST IN A GREAT COAT
If there’s one piece you splurge on, make it a great coat. A packable, waterproof coat with a hood is best because it will not only pack nicely in your suitcase and keep you warm, but the hood will keep you dry when it’s too windy for an umbrella. If you only have a wool coat, try layering it under a lightweight rain jacket with a hood so that you stay dry if it starts to drizzle.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT FABRICS
It is impossible to stay warm if you’re wet! Avoid cotton anything – even socks – because the fabric soaks up moisture. Instead, choose natural fabrics such as wool or synthetics that are designed to be wicking and drying. This is especially important for both the layer closest to your skin and your outermost layer or coat, which should serve as protection from rain, snow, and wind.

DON’T FREEZE YOUR BOOTY OFF
Don’t forget about your lower half! Layering a pair of tights or leggings under your pants is an easy way to help your body retain heat and will go a long way toward keeping your whole body warm.

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING
Avoid packing any boots with a heel or a slick sole and don’t pack anything that might get ruined if it got wet. Spray your boots with a waterproof spray for extra protection from the elements and bring wool or cashmere socks to keep your feet nice and warm. You can even add boiled wool or fleece insoles for extra insulation without bulk (they usually sell them at the European Christmas markets). While knee-high boots provide stylish warmth, they don’t pack well and take up too much space. Look for a Chelsea-style ankle boot instead.

ACCESORIZE
You lose most of your heat through your head so always pack a hat that covers your head and ears. Scarves are also a traveler’s best friend, especially in winter. Wear them Scandi style with it wrapped around your neck and the outside of your coat (in between the hood and your back) or Russian style with it wrapped around your neck and head. And don’t forget gloves! Tech-friendly ones make it easy to text, check a map, or get on Instagram without losing any fingers to frostbite.

IT’S ELECTRIC
When the weather gets frightful, it can be a good idea to keep some electric hand and foot warmers in your suitcase. They don’t take up much space in your bag but slipping them into your gloves, pockets, and shoes is sure to keep you toasty.

Shannon Hill
Blogger @ Tramontanetravel
Flight Attendant, USA

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New belt certification landing!
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New belt certification landing!

Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex

Skypro is proud to announce that has been recently granted OEKO-TEX®’s Leather Standard Certification for belts.

Aviation professionals and other industries that wear uniforms on a daily basis, need extra care for their garments and accessories, reflecting the need of a rigorous selection of materials that respect a full protection from chemical substances.

Leather Standard by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, third-party certification system for leather articles of all levels of production tested for harmful substances. Our belts were tested and awarded the certificate for all components of the item because they have met all the annually updated requirements.

The classic belts in cow leather are perfectly crafted, made in Portugal, with silver buckles, normal and with reversible metallic silver buckles are now certificated by Oeko-Tex® Leather Standard.

The certification process showed that this item meets the human-ecological requirements of the Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex® for products without contact to skin.

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This label allows us to visibly and transparently document our product stewardship, providing our clients with a reliable tool to support their buying decisions. It also states our responsibility to the human-ecological product safety of our articles.

With Leather Standard Certification by OEKO-TEX® we reinforce our mission to develop and provide innovative products that guarantee the long term wellbeing and performance of aviation industry professionals.

We also strengthen our commitment to excellence in everything we do. Hope this added-value can mean as much to our clients as it means to us.

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Are Your Feet Killing You?
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Are Your Feet Killing You?

How Shoes Affect Your Health

Poorly Designed Cabin Crew Shoes Could Be Harming Your Feet and Your Health in Surprising Ways

Although your health might not be the first thing you think of when you’re shopping for cabin crew shoes, shoes are actually central to your overall well-being. Poorly designed shoes or footwear that doesn’t fit properly can cause pain, inflict permanent damage on your feet, and wreak havoc on your legs and spine. As cabin crew we spend most of our days on our feet and trek what can literally be miles across airports in high heels, so it’s especially important to find shoes that help you put your best foot forward.

Correctly fitting and well-made footwear should have little to no negative impact on your feet or your health. However, ill-fitting or poorly designed shoes can impair walking, cause balance issues, and constrict the foot to the point of pain and numbness. Other short-term problems linked to ill-fitting shoes include:

  • bunions—a painful bony bump that develops on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint caused by pressure on the big toe
  • hammertoes—a deformity in which the middle part of the toes bend upward and the end of the toe curls downward, creating a shape that looks like a hammer
  • corns—thick, hardened layers of skin on top of or between the toes caused by excess shoe pressure
  • ingrown toenails—toenails that grow painfully into the skin caused by shoes that are too tight
  • “pump bump”—a painful swelling on the back of the heel from wearing high heels that are too tight

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) reports that more than 7 out of 10 women have developed a bunion or other painful foot deformity at some point in their life; and that 9 out of 10 women’s foot deformities are linked to poorly designed or ill-fitting footwear. For flight attendants, these foot deformities are not only painful but can profoundly impact our ability to do our job and, if severe enough, require time off from work for recovery or medical intervention.

Wearing high heels, as flight attendants often do, poses its own unique set of problems and adverse health effects. Women who regularly wear high heels have shorter and tighter Achilles tendons, the band of tissue that runs up the back of the ankle. They also tend to have shorter strides, tighter calf muscles, and often have permanently flexed toes. Prolonged wearing of high heels that are poorly designed or that have little cushioning to absorb shock can also contribute to a deterioration of the joints and even osteoarthritis. High heels can also cause bad posture, especially when their design does not take into consideration back support. This is because poorly designed heels change your center of balance and cause an increased curvature of the back, which in turn causes back pain, stiffening, and even disc compression.

However, just because shoes are flat doesn’t mean they’re good for you. Just as much care needs to be taken for your onboard shoes, which as cabin crew we often wear for longer stretches of time than our concourse heels. Flats that lack cushioning aren’t able to absorb the shock of your feet hitting the ground and flats that lack arch support can cause your arches to lower and your foot to roll inward, stretching ligaments and tendons all the way up through your legs and hips.

Finding Your Solemate

In order to protect your feet and your overall health, ensure you have well-made, well-fitting concourse heels and onboard shoes that have the following characteristics:

  • a “toe box” that provides enough room for your toes and allows you to wiggle your toes freely
  • good arch support and a firm midsole (area between the heel and toe box)
  • soft, natural materials that provide flexibility and durability
  • a sturdy heel that provides stability and helps balance your weight
  • cushioning that reduces the shock of impact when landing on your heel and pushing off from the balls of your feet
  • a good tread that provides plenty of grip and prevents slipping
  • a design that takes into consideration how the curve of your feet supports the curve of the spine and provides back support that is conducive to good posture

In addition to choosing the correct shoes, it’s also a good idea to massage and stretch your feet, heels, and calves after long duty periods. For example, do some simple calf stretches or try gently putting your fingers over your toes and pulling back toward your chin until you feel a gentle stretch of the bottom of the foot and arch. Doing so will help keep the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet flexible and feel amazingly therapeutic after a long flight!

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