With people pushing their travel wardrobe to the back of their closet, it begs the question: why don’t people want to wear their travel clothing any day of the week?
The top priority with travel-friendly items is the specific fabrics that make them well-suited for a trip or life on the road. Merino wool is lightweight but works great for insulation. Cotton and linen breathe well in those hot, dry climates. Silk is light and airy, making it a perfectly packable accessory. And while you’ll find plenty of travel clothes that focus on fabric and don’t consider fun colors, patterns or styles, here are ten things you’ll want to wear right now—all of which are ideal for travel in the future, too.
Obermeyer makes outerwear with personality. You can find the classic black and gray color combinations, but they embrace a range of other gorgeous hues and patterns that will breathe life into what you wear. What’s more, they incorporate useful technology into their products for ultimate functionality. For something cozy as temperatures drop, both men and women will appreciate the Boulder Fleece, and their Jacqueline and Caldera Down Hybrid jackets will get you winter ready.
Royal Robbins offers a few different collections that work well for either home or travel. The material for their Expedition line is a trifecta of moisture wicking, quick-drying and wrinkle-resistant for men and women. Nothing beats their Spotless Traveler products, like the Traveler Pant or Short Sleeve top. The material is buttery soft and breathable, and HeiQ Stain Away technology helps spills and dirt wash out easily. An added bonus: many of their clothes feature plenty of convenient pockets to stash away your valuables.
Duluth Trading Company
Anyone who travels for business—or anyone who hates wrinkly clothes, for that matter—will want to check out Duluth Trading Company’s Wrinkle Fighter Line. Available for both men and women, the fabric will look neat all day, whether that day is filled with online meetings or a long-haul flight. Underarm gussets make the shirts easy to move around in and pants have handy pockets, all with a sweat-wicking, wrinkle-battling material.
This tech brand utilizes NASA aerogel technology in their outwear clothing, so it’s fitting that the products have a sleek and futuristic look to them. The material OROS uses is light and flexible, utilizing SOLARCORE technology—a thermally non-conductive insulation that doesn’t let heat escape while keeping the cold out. The Astra Pullover will keep you toasty, but won’t take up a ton of space when packing for your next trip.
Red Wing Shoes
Comfort and versatility are key for travel footwear. Check out the Heritage line from Red Wing Shoes, particularly their Chelsea style boots for men and women. All their shoes are made from high quality materials, and this style slips on and off easily at security since there are no laces—plus, the style transforms effortlessly from daytime to evening.
Encircled is a Canadian brand that makes creating a capsule wardrobe easy. The Dressy Sweatpant is their bestseller, and for good reason—the material is a blend of MicroModal® & Lycra, meaning it’s just as comfortable as it is fashionable. The process to make them is environmentally-conscious, and the fabric is also OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified, meaning it’s free of harmful chemicals.
Branwyn’s “performance innerwear” is made from Merino wool, a material with fibers that are ten times finer than a strand of human hair. This means each item feels incredibly soft against the skin, plus they have the added benefits of being breathable, thermoregulating, moisture-wicking and odor-resistant. Merino wool also dries easily, so when traveling you can wash them in the sink and know they’ll be ready for wear the next day.
Daniela Milosheska founded Bastet Noir to be a sustainable, zero-waste clothing label whose designs are made to order specifically to client measurements (and are still affordable). Their clothing items that are made from 100% cotton or linen will up your Zoom meeting game, but will offer the right amount of breathability the next time you travel somewhere with a warm climate. Be sure to look at their Lampe and Diane dresses, as well as the Pentha jumpsuit.
Viva La Silk
A simple scarf or cardigan can transform an outfit whether you’re at home or traveling. All the products from Viva La Silk are made of 100% silk, so they take up almost zero space in a suitcase. Travelers will especially like the scarves and kimonos. Their bright colors, inspired by the founder’s Afro-Caribbean background, make an outfit pop, and the material is light and flowy.
Not only do BOMBAS socks come with some more interesting designs and colors, they’re also well-designed and well-made. With travel limited, you may not have a need for a good pair of compression socks at the moment, but their Merino wool socks (for men and women) can be worn around the house or out on the town. Whether you’re looking for no-shows or calf socks—or basic colors or tie dye—your feet will thank you for that cushioned footbed.
Theresa Christine is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles, CA. You can listen to her travel, culture and feminism podcast, The Wild and Curious Podcast, or follow along with her adventures by subscribing to her newsletter here.