Below are some of my most helpful travel clothes, where a few items do multiple tasks. I've also placed links below to the online clothing retailers who sell eco, flexible, and easy-to-travel-in clothing (which do not need to look like travel clothing at all!). I use, adore, and update these as necessary, so please check back for any changes. (This page is in progress—more clothing is coming!) XO
Comfort Bra | For those who dislike bras.
After a lifetime of searching, I finally found a comfy, easy on/off (if you can believe it, NO hooks), attractive—with fun colors—bra. This Anemone Comfort Bra has been perfect. I have five, in different colors, and I can't imagine living without them. BONUS: The straps can also cross in back, to wear under racerback tops...and sleeping in it, on a plane, is the most comfort I've found yet.
Period (and Everyday) Panties | No more panty liners.
I bought these so I'd not need to pack panty liners, nor guess when to be prepared for that time of the month. But these are so comfy, I wear them daily. I have eight in the hipster style, which is cute enough that I stopped looking for cuter undies (though they also sell a bikini style). However, they fit small, so I sized up.
Travel Dress | by Patagonia
While traveling through Montana, we stopped by Patagonia's outlet store and saw this dress. It's rare for me to find a dress that looks good on me, but there it was. A perfect travel dress, it covers the arms, is a beautiful fabric that could be worn into just about any structure or event. It can be worn alone, with a variety of shoe styles, with leggings or boots. I'm tickled and can't wait to start enjoying it!
I needed ultra-lightweight khakis to take me hiking in unbearable heat, plus around town, without looking so much like hiking pants. But until I tried on these North Face Women's Aphrodite 2.0 pants, I had no idea how fun hiking pants could look—or how cute they could make the tushy. They stretch, breathe, quick-dry, yet feel like ultra-light cotton. And they've been tough: the first time I wore them hiking, I was trapped to my knees in a slimy green bog, was positive I'd just ruined them, but they magically washed up like new. The waist/ankle drawcords keep things loose or snug (perfect for keeping critters out!).
UPDATE: I just saw these in the newest spring style, and noticed they're made with slightly thicker material. Still worth checking out!
Boyfriend Jeans | Lightweight, Stretchy, Low-Rise
I love having a pair of lightweight, stretchy, low-rise boyfriend jeans in my bag. But they stopped making my favorite pair. Thank goodness Levi's makes the Women's New Boyfriend Jean. Because lightweight and stretchy make jeans easier to pack, wear, and dry.
Comfy Skirt | to Dress Up or Down
I've been so happy with my outdoor Smartwool skirt (discussed below), that I knew I needed a slightly dressier indoor version of it. So when I came upon this Krimson and Klover 100% merino wool skirt, in a mountain ski town, I was just tickled. It's been a perfect layering piece. And I love what this company stands for: Slow, intentional fashion.
Outdoor Skirt | a Jacket for the Tushy
The Smartwool Corbet 120 Skirt has been a lifesaver. Initially a splurge purchase (because it's such an attractive cut, which is hard to find, but spendy), it's turned into one of my wisest choices. It fits over base layers, tights, and outer layers. Some even wear it running. It's amazing how well it protects against the weather. I've had mine for several years, wear it near daily in the winter, and it still looks new. BONUS: It folds tiny and flat.
Packable Jacket | aka Stuffable
It's necessary to have a stuffable jacket that I can layer (during any season), then store in a tiny pouch. Yet it's often hard to find an attractive one. LOLE's Women's Kim Jacket in Wild Aster solved that challenge. This cut is so flattering at the waist (notice the horizontal lines become thinner at the waist) and the interior color is so bold and fun that people have made endless compliments on it. BONUS: I love the hand gaiters (thumb holes), stowable hood, plus the color allows it to be attractively worn year-round, if needed.
Smartwool PhD Compression Calf Sleeves | for 3 Uses
I wanted compression socks to wear on long flights, but when I saw these compression sleeves, I knew they would be a better choice for me. In fact, they have served three travel purposes. I've worn them under my clothing, when flying, for compression support (they keep my feet free, so I can wear any sock on my feet (thick or thin) or any shoe (flip flops, etc.) that I desire during a flight. I also wear these sleeves under my clothing when I need extra warmth. But what's terrific is that these have also been a first aid tool, working as a leg wrap, to reduce swelling and provide warmth and support, while healing a calf injury.
I wear wool socks year-round. They keep my feet cool in summer, warm in winter. And they keep shoes stink-free year-round. So I always have a few at this weight, in my bag, for summer weather.