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Best Sites for Women’s Travel Wear: Wrinkle Free Clothing

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by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

Here are some great sites for women’s travel wear. You should always look for wrinkle-free clothing that’s made to fit Baby Boomer chicks over 40 or 50.

Some of you like to go to the malls and try clothing on in the dressing rooms.  I prefer shopping online because I can’t be swayed by some salesgirl’s suggestions and I usually end up with clothing that looks good on my over-50-year-old body. I wear travel clothes everywhere, even when I “travel” to the local grocery store.  My motto is: “Be comfy.  Be happy.”


You Should Use the Paris Test

Before I take the tags off a piece of clothing, I ask myself if the garment can be worn in Paris.  Now, I’m not talking about designer clothing that costs a fortune.  I’m talking about simple clothing, usually made of jersey that can be tarted up with a scarf, to create an outfit that is good enough to wear in Paris.

If I can say, “Yes,” to the Paris Test, then I keep my purchase.  If the outfit isn’t flattering on my body, or I don’t think it has some level of elegance, I throw the garment back into the box and send it back.

Why I Love Travel Dressestravel outfits

In Europe, a simple dress is perfect for travel because it can be worn with:

  • A sun hat in Venice or Barcelona.
  • A rope of costume pearls for dinner in Berlin or London.
  • A long scarf in Paris or Rome.  (Buy your scarves on the streets of France or at Anthropologie.com.)
  • A warm coat and leggings in Helsinki or Copenhagen.

Stretchy dresses are perfect, because they will fit after you eat too many cupcakes in Los Angeles or after you shed ten pounds from walking through Manhattan’s mazes.

Wrinkle-Free Outfits at Travel Smith

TravelSmith.com always has several cute, wrinkle-free dresses (without waistbands) that are made from a stretchy Supplex Nylon Spandex.  I know the fabric sounds awful, but it looks fine when worn.  It's not shiny and it looks like a cotton knit.  These dresses have no zippers, and they slip over your head like tee shirts.

travel dressesAnything made from this great material can be mooshed, pushed, folded, machine washed, or washed in a tiny, cruise-ship sink and dried in the shower.

Usually, I start my outfits with a dress, because dresses made of stretchy fabric are easy to fit.   And, Americans will find women wearing dresses and skirts all over Europe. Here are two Travel Smith items I really like.

  • 3/4-Sleeved Side-Twist Indispensable Travel Dress: I love the colors that this dress comes in, especially Plum and Slate Blue, and the fabric is totally wrinkle-free.  The only thing that would make this dress better would be if I could get it in a longer length.  I’m more into midi lengths than just-below-the-knee lengths.  However, the price is right, so I’m going to pick up several of these.  My original set of (about ten) Indispensable Travel Dresses are almost worn out after 8 years of intense use.
  • Voyager Knit Seamed Jersey Dress:  I have this sleeveless gem in Navy and I had to buy it in small, even though I would have bought it in XL if that size hadn’t been sold out at the time.  The small dress fits fine, as long as I wear a lightweight, front-tied shrug to cover my tummy.  (I prefer featherweight shrugs to the Tape Yarn Wrap shown with this dress.  Usually, I find the best shrugs at Zappos.  Look for a knit fabric that looks more like lace and has “holes” in it.)


I am not thrilled with the prints used for most of the Travel Smith dresses.  One exception is the Teal Batik of their Voyager Knit Cap-Sleeved Reversible Dress, which I think is more flattering than the others.  I do understand that prints are nice because they don’t show coffee drips, but who cares if the print looks cheap? (article continues)

Keep reading about wrinkle-free travel clothes for women on page two.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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6 Comments

  1. Chrys

    OMG, I just happened to find your website on a fluke -- I'm traveling to Paris this August for the first time! I'm 47yrs old, and plus-sized and am really researching to find where I can find comfy, nice looking clothes in Paris. I love your reference to "the Paris test". LOL
    Wow, it was meant to be for me to find this site -- I also appreciate the shoe recommendations as well as I have wide, "Fred Flintstone" size 9's and I need good walking shoes for Paris.

    Thank you so much for everything!!!
    Chrys in NJ :o)

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  2. Irene

    I'm so glad you stopped by my blog and made a comment. Wonderful ideas you have here! I only wish I'd gotten here sooner with "real intent" since I noticed it before I found out that I'd be scrambling about - for an destination literally halfway around the world in just two weeks. eek! I so dislike packing and I'm awful at it too. Eek (again!)!

    I love the "Parisian" test...PERFECT! Thanks!

    Irene

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  3. Kathie

    What a fun read! Thx for loads of great information. now, I just wish you could go shopping with me! K

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  4. Tina

    Kathie,
    Wish I could, too. I hate to shop by myself.

    Reply
  5. baumgarten

    where can I purchase the orange/red travel trench raincoat with hood shown on your site

    Reply

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