has been bitten by the travel bug.
Ever since our Paris trip earlier this year, we’ve decided that we need to start making travel more of a priority in our lives, and are starting to make plans to actually see those places we always talk about visiting, though our next big trip is probably going to be a revenue à Paris, with maybe a side jaunt to London via the Chunnel.
Our Paris visit also taught me that I need to master the art of packing smarter. While everything I packed for Paris
was fine and appropriate, there was entirely Too Much Of It, and I probably would have benefitted from fewer pieces in general but a greater percentage of which that were easily washed in the sink and dried over a towel rack in the bathroom.
In the past, when I’ve perused websites that specialize in “travel clothing”, I’ve found the selections tended toward the frumpy, or were more appropriate for trekking through Machu Pichu
than meandering the boulevards of Paris. Anyone else out there old enough to remember when Banana Republic was an actual travel wear catalog? (And the inspiration for the “J. Petermann Catalog” from Seinfeld.
But I recently stumbled across the TravelSmith
catalog/website again, and I have to admit I’m impressed. Where one used to find primarily baggy drawstring pants and oversized camp shirts, they now have some items that are more sophisticated and dressy.
Granted, these aren’t ensembles you’d wear to Fashion Week in Milan, but how many of us really travel at that level? Once you get over believing you can blend in with the locals (face it, they probably have an armoire full of clean, pressed, tailored clothes at their disposal and you’re living out of a suitcase), it becomes about balancing style with practicality.
Here are some items that caught my eye, and might be earmarked for a future travel wardrobe:
Shantung silk shirt,$89
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