Best Sites for Women’s Travel Wear: Wrinkle Free Clothing
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.
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. This frolicking fox scarf is super trendy. Here's a nice long one if you want a scarf that's more summery and lightweight.)
- 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.
Anything 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.
- Marina Maxi Dress: This bright red-orange print maxi is great for warm weather cruises or trips to Mexico, Hawaii, or Spain. I don't wear short dresses anymore. They just don't look good on me because I'm an apple shape. I need the extra length. Even though I don't have this dress, I can tell you that I have worn all my dresses from this company for 10 years and they're still in my closet.
- 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.) ps I now have this dress in several colors and sizes.
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?
Keep reading about wrinkle-free travel clothes for women on page two.