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Date: 9/9/12 8:07 PM

I keep meaning to make myself a travel wardrobe, designed for minimum packing bulk. I'm not too worried about wrinkle resistance, because I'm fine with pressing while unpacking. And it will mostly be urban travel, so the clothes don't have to stand up to hiking or riding or anything like that..

My main concern is the fabric - I want something as low-bulk as possible, without being translucent. It should be washable and not too aggressively dressy. My first thought is silk crepe in fairly dark colors (I wash silk crepe) but wanted to ask for other ideas?

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Date: 9/9/12 8:52 PM

Is poly ok? ITY is thin, light and comfortable/easy to wear.

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Date: 9/9/12 8:53 PM

Definitely matte jersey, and lightweight double knits.

I don't know what your style is, but jersey wrap dress was a "must" in my business travail suitcase !

Lightweight wool (100% or blend) crepe is great also.

I used to have a few jersey tops made from jersey mesh (bodice lined, of course). They were great because they were easy to wash in a sink if needed, and would dry in no time, Plus they would hardly take up more space than a pair of socks. I loved to wear them under a jacket (suit).

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Date: 9/10/12 3:03 AM

I'm also a big fan of jersey and knit tops for travelling (not t-shirts patterns, classier tops). You only need to steam for wrinkles to fall out (no ironing board needed), and they are very comfortable, while still looking good. I do almost everything in black, grey and white as well so that all the pieces match the others and I can layer if necessary.

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Date: 9/10/12 7:17 AM

Tropical weight wool, especially for pants and skirts. I buy it when I find a smooth, lightweight one, preferably with a little bit of stretch. I machine wash and dry it and if I like the way it looks when it comes out of the machine, I use it. (If it wrinkles badly, I use it, but resign myself to dry-cleaning it, and it doesn't get to travel.) It weighs less than the usual wrinkle-resistant travel fabrics, so it doesn't push me over the luggage weight limit. My most recent find was a smooth, light wool/polyester suiting blend that stretches a bit and comes out washer and dryer looking perfect.

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Date: 9/10/12 2:22 PM

Yes, ITY is incredibly light and easy to wear--should be wash and wearable.

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Date: 9/10/12 2:42 PM

Patterned fabric rather than plain can be more forgiving for travel, I totally avoid plain white fabric. Maybe it's just me, but I only ever spill stuff when I'm wearing something crisp and white. It's not something I sew, but I love to have a cashmere cardigan and wide wrap-type scarf with me when I travel. I use them like blankets on the plane, and wear constantly besides.

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