Before any more time goes by, I wanted to take a moment to respond to a few of your questions I’ve received in comments or emails in the past few weeks. Thanks so much for your questions, and for reading and following!
- If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this pearl necklace show up in my feed last week. It’s from French Kande, here. The linen shirt is from Eileen Fisher, here.
- I’m often asked about what bras and underwear I find most comfortable and that I travel with. Bras…it’s complicated. I’m a difficult size (30F) and have only found two styles in the last several years that I’m happy with. Both are from Prima Donna, the “Deauville” here, and the “Seamless Satin” bra here. I need the support of an underwire, and find them plenty comfortable if they fit right. (I really suggest being fitted by a professional, and I’m NOT talking about the 19-year-old part-timers at VS…) Underwear: I like the Hanky Panky Lace Boyshorts, and go up a size from the recommended. They’re pretty AND comfortable, no VPL and they don’t ride up. They aren’t cheap, but if you wash in cold water on the delicate cycle (or hand wash) and line dry, they last for years. Seriously, years.
- I’ve received a lot of questions about sleepwear for travel. Again, this really depends on what you’re comfortable with, but during warmer months I travel with a pair of “Cool Nights” pajamas (usually a short-sleeved top and shorts). If you don’t find sleeping in silk too warm, I’d also recommend something like this pajama set which would be very light and travel-friendly. I usually do not travel with a bathrobe, and just toss a long cardigan over my jammies when room service brings my coffee in the morning.
- Why don’t you wear more dresses/skirts? I’ve tended to wear dresses or skirts most during the cooler months when I can style them with opaque tights and/or boots. I hate wearing pantyhose (or “sheer tights”), and never felt comfortable wearing dresses with bare legs to the office. But now that I’m working from home, I’m open to trying some casual dresses with sandals. Just have to find the right style.
- How do you keep linen from wrinkling when you travel? Short answer: I don’t. Long answer: I’ll either “broomstick” a fuller linen shirt (so the wrinkles look more intentional) or just wear it a little rumpled. And linen jersey tanks and tees provide the comfort of linen with little to no wrinkling. You can hang linen pieces in the bathroom when you shower or bathe. It won’t restore crispness but will soften those creases. If you’re adamant about a freshly pressed look and have room in your luggage, there’s always a travel steamer. And many hotels provide in-room irons, or you can request one from housekeeping. (Check back tomorrow for some of my travel laundry tips and recommendations.)
- Can you do a post on swimsuits? I won’t lie; I’d sooner have another root canal than try on bathing suits again. I’m “hard to fit” according to the very nice and determined Sales Associate who helped me find a viable option (tankini) a couple of years ago. She worked up more of a sweat scouring her store for options than I did trying them on, I think! I’m hoping the one I bought (from Canyon Beachwear) lasts me for many years more. Due to my family history of skin cancer, I tend to be the one at the pool hunkered down in the shade in a caftan and slathered in SPF 50.
I’ll be finalizing my travel wardrobe for London, Normandy and Paris in the next couple of days, so stay tuned!