As we started with shoes last week, let's work our way up from there.
I'm not a big believer in purchasing a special wardrobe of travel clothing. For one thing, it goes against my "fewer but better" wardrobe mantra. For another, when in unfamiliar surroundings, I prefer to wear the tried-and-true and feel like myself. Why wear something on the road that you'd never wear at home? In the last few years, I've also shifted toward more lightweight knit pieces in my day-to-day wardrobe which happen to pack and travel well and can be layered as needed.
To jean or not to jean...
Read discussion forums on travel sites or travel blogs and you'll find convincing arguments on both sides of the debate. Yes, jeans are heavier when packed and take longer to dry when wet than synthetic fabrics. But I've packed jeans on most of our trips, and end up wearing them more than just about any other type of clothing. They can be worn multiple times without washing (unless one gets spilled upon), and a pair of simple dark wash jeans will look classic and work for most non-formal venues. For our upcoming trip, I'm planning to pack one pair, my 7's bootcuts. The fabric on these is a lighter weight, and they're comfortable in temperatures into the low 80's F and of course in cooler weather.
In addition to a pair of jeans, on our upcoming trip I'm planning to take:
--a pair of Eileen Fisher stretch crepe pants. Actually I'm planning to wear these on the plane for comfort, but they'll also work as a dressier-than-jeans option for evenings. These can also be washed in the sink and hung to dry overnight if needed.
--a pair of linen blend ankle pants similar to these, for warmer days.
--my stretch crepe Eileen Fisher pencil skirt in black. This is also sink-washable, and can easily be dressed up should we wind up going someplace fancy.
--possibly a second pair of ankle pants or capris or a pair of lightweight silk jersey wide-leg pants (which are a great warm-weather option for more dressy evenings) depending on weather predictions and dining plans firming up closer to our departure.
--tights, maybe leggings to wear with skirt.
No, there are no dresses on my packing list. I don't wear them much at home, and generally find separates to be more workable when traveling.
Next week, tops!
Are there any particular items of clothing you prefer to take on the road? Do you tend to dress differently when you travel, or adapt your regular wardrobe?