Flight attendant reveals the two items you should never wear on a plane

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Hoping to bag a free boost to business class? Try this on your next trip. Photo credit: Getty Images

For many people, dressing for the airport is all about the three Cs: comfy, casual and capacious enough to skim over the bloat from three pre-departure wines. 

But before you don those daggy duds, consider this: a flight attendant has revealed that a fresh 'fit may just score you a fancier seat. 

Speaking to WhoWhatWear, the anonymous steward explained that jeans and trainers won't fly if you're hoping for an upgrade. Those who travel in style are more likely to get a complimentary trip to first class, with staff favouring smartly dressed passengers. 

"For an upgrade, it's all about looking the part. Smart but understated. You should look like you travel often, but don't be dripping in designer clothing," the steward advised.

"It helps; someone who is potentially due to get an upgrade can be knocked back if they aren't dressed suitably."

For hopeful holidaymakers, the cabin crew member suggested skipping the sneakers and opting for a dress or trousers, teamed with a blazer. Another air hostess who spoke to the outlet agreed, urging passengers to avoid "jeans, joggers and dirty trainers".

However, the saying 'fake it 'til you make it' rings true: if you're lucky enough to bag a one-way ticket from coach to first class, it's acceptable to change into comfier attire once you're seated.

"I always carry trackies on long-haul, and it is acceptable for us to change on board," the steward added.

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According to stewards, there are some unspoken rules for boosting your chances of a free trip to first class. Photo credit: Getty Images

If you're planning on attempting to bag a free trip to business class on your next flight, the steward also revealed the two other factors that may weigh in your favour: travelling alone, and being part of the airline's frequent-flyer programme. 

Speaking to the Mirror last week, cabin crew member Tommy Cimato also shared his top tip for travelling in style.

While many of us will have opted for a window seat to ensure there's no falling asleep on a stranger's shoulder, Cimato urged passengers to think twice before curling up for some shut-eye.

"Do not fall asleep or lean your head on the window," he told the Mirror. "You are not the only one that has done that and you don't know how many people or children have wiped their hands or other things all over the window."

Cimato added that he strongly recommends steering clear of shorts if you want to stay as sanitary as possible while seated.

"Try not to wear shorts when you're on a plane. It's the same thing as the window - you never know how clean it's going to be, so if you have pants, you're going to have less germs."