Below are some of my most helpful travel clothes. I use, adore, and update these as necessary, so please check back for any changes. 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.
Period (and Everyday) Panties | No more panty liners.
I bought these so I'd not need to pack panty liners, nor have to guess when to be prepared for that time of the month. But these are so comfy, I wear them daily. And they're cute enough, that I stopped looking for cuter undies. This style provides plenty coverage. However, they fit small, so I sized up.
Multi-Purpose Hiking Pants | to Dress Up or Down
I wanted multi-purpose khakis that could take me hiking without looking like hiking pants, around town, and even be dressed up. The North Face Women's Aphrodite 2.0 pants have done the trick. And they are tough. The first time I wore them hiking, I was trapped to my knees in a muddy bog. I thought they were ruined, but they washed up perfectly. They stretch, breathe, and are ultra lightweight, which is essential in hot climates. They also quick-dry, yet feel like cotton. The waist and ankle drawcords keep things snug or loose. But until I tried them on, I had no idea how fun they could look.
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 easy to pack, wear, and dry.
Baselayer | Bottom
I'm so grateful that Patagonia continues to make this Capilene Baselayer Bottom in a low-rise, because they help a short torso feel attractive. They warm and wick, as an extra layer in winter, and often in spring and autumn. I keep one pair in my bag at all times.
Stretchy 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 and has been so much fun to wear. 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 I hear people making endless compliments on it. I love the hand gaiters (thumb holes), plus stowable hood.
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, as 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.
I wear wool socks year-round, as 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 winter weather.