Now Important Is it thot you show up wrinkle-free? Cancel concern by choosing fabrics wisely. New fabric innovations and airline carry-on luggage restrictions have created a booming business for travel clothes. In the past we had clothing made of natural fibers. It was comfortable to wear but often difficult to pack.
Servants put many layers of tissue paper around Madame’s gowns as they were packed into steam, er trunks for he crossing.- Today. with the right fabrics, we can roll up a Supplex dress, tuck it into the corner of a wheel aboard suitcase, and expect it to look presentable upon arrival. Because we all have different lifestyles and travel styles, there is no single best fabric.
with some basic fiber and fabric knowledge, however, you will know how to select the best clothes for you and your trip. For example, I own two pair of khaki pants. One pair is 100% cot-ton and at the end of the day looks pretty lived In, so I wash and iron it after each wearing. The second pair is 100% cotton with a -wrinkle-frees finish so I can wear it several times and still look fresh. Now, which pair should 1 choose for travel? Both are cotton and comfortable, but the one that requires less care and can be worn more before It needs attention is the obvious choke.
Choosing the wrinkle-free pair means I don’t have to pack as many pairs of pants.
Be Elba Savvy You’ll be a better shopper If you know some basic information about the fibers from which clothing is made and what you can expect from each one during normal wear and maintenance.
A tittle Met Terminology Blends arc made of two or more fibers, selected for their best features to make an even better fabric. Finishes are added to the surface of a fiber or fabric to change the natural characteristics. Finishes are not as long lasting as a characteristic that is a natural feature of the fiber.
While you may be familiar with the traditional fibers listed on garment hang tags, you’re sure to we some new terms that are the result of high-tech fiber innovations These often have very positive Implications for travel clothing and are included with each traditional fiber
Naturally a great insulating fiber, wool can be an all-sea-son fabric except in the hottest. most humid climates. Bedouin robes are made of sheer wool and are worn year-round Wool gabardine and wool crepe are wrinide resistant and resilient; If they do wrinkle a hit. the wrinkles hang out. Wool is durable, and so makes a practical business suit that can mix and match with other business and casual items A thin wool sweater makes the perfect layering piece In any climate.
“Merino’ wool Is popular today because this long silky fiber from the merino sheep produces lightweight and warm wool clothing that packs small
New engineering has produced wool that can be machine washed and dried. 4rra spandex is now bknded with stool and many other fibers for added comfort stretch and wrinkle recovery.
Cotton is another seasonless travel favorite. Cotton trans. khakis, tee-shirts, turtlenecks, and sweaters are easy-care, packable pieces. They arc all more carefree when made of a blend of cotton and polyester because they will resist wrinkling and wash and dry more easily.
If wrinkle-resistant finishes applied to 100% cotton fabrics cut down on wrinkling. they usually come out of the drier requiring little or no pressing, making a good travel fabric even better. tycraicotton blends resist wrinkles and ore more comfortable.
Linen: Cool and comfortable even in the hottest, most humid weather, linen has only one drawback — it wrinkles. Tell yourself that wrinkles arc fashionable and you love them, or choose another fabric. Linen requires tedious ironing after washing, so dry cleaning is easier.
Linen Is often blended with other easy-care fibers to create fabric that wrinkle less and require less maintenance. ‘Washed’ lightweight linen with obvious wrinkling that is supposed to be ‘The look” Is also costa 10 care for These innovations have brought linen back into popu-lanty and to OK travel status, but you wall need to develop a love for wrinkles if starched and pressed is your style.
Often thought of as a luxury fiber. silk can be a durable and wonder-resistant travel fabric. It is insulating and warm yet lightweight. Silk long underwear is a good example. Look for heavier weight. textured silks and silk knits for superb travel performance and fashionable good looks for any season. Leave lightweight, flat weave, dry clean-only silks at home — they will wrinkle and require high maintenance