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Date: 11/19/12 8:19 AM

I will be traveling in Europe late June. I intend to make my wardrobe but I have a serious problem with the heat. I perspire alot. I mostly wear cotton here in Florida.
I need a cooling fabric with witch to make my wardrobe. However, I probably will be washing out everything at least once and letting it dry overnight in a hotel room. Herein lies the problem. What kind of fabric should I look for that would be cooling but be able to dry overnight in a hotel room AND not look wrinkled the next day?
Is there anyone who could help me here? I'll be making 2 pairs of slacks, 2 tops and either a dress or 2 skirts anolg with some kind of coverup. I usually pack white and turquoise blues for the summer.
Thank you....

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Date: 11/19/12 8:41 AM

Perhaps pick up a basic neutral skirt or jacket at TravelSmith and build around it?
I have a longer black collarless cool jacket from there that's held up for years with no pilling, washes and dries quickly. The content says 86% supplex nylon, 14% lycra spandex, even made in the US, altho content and origin may have changed by now.
In Clearance, check out their Shirred Shoulder T-neck (I want to copy) and the White linen skirt for your love of white.

There are older Threads here on your question too.
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Date: 11/19/12 9:27 AM

I love wearing silk jersey during the summer. It is lightweight but breathable, and has good absorbency. I've found it dries quicker than cotton but not as quickly as nylon. If you hang it up in a steamy bathroom any wrinkles will fall out.

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Date: 11/19/12 9:51 AM

I've worn suplex nylon pants traveling in India (hotter than Europe and often very humid) and they wash and dry easily overnight. The trick is getting fabric and styles that don't scream "tourist in multipocket travel clothing".

Throw a few pinch cloths pins and one of those flat sink stoppers into your suitcase and you can even hang clothes up to dry on skinny regular hangers over the tub.

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Date: 11/19/12 11:29 AM

Where in Europe are you going, and when?

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Date: 11/19/12 3:28 PM

I have traveled a lot in France in the hot, humid months over there, and faced the same problems as you. My favorite trouser fabric (and I tend to make rather loose Katherine Hepburnish pants) is a microfiber that feels and drapes much like good, four ply silk. Oddly enough, I've been able to find good ones at Joann's, being guided by the way it feels on my hand. This stuff will wash nicely in a sink and hang dry overnight after being rolled up in a towel to squish out as much water as possible.

Tops: Lightweight woven silk shells of this type (and btw, this is a MUCH nicer pattern than the photo indicates) are remarkably cool and dry almost instantly. If you lay the wet shirt neatly on a towel, roll it up, and then hang it to dry, smoothing a little and 'snapping' it before wearing, it will come out looking quite acceptable without ironing.

Some of the synthetic 'wicking fabrics' make superb hot-weather tees and nighties; they are extremely lightweight and nearly sheer. If you go to the Rain Shed and search 'silkweight wicking fabrics,' you will find excellent candidates. It's a good idea to spend the dollar it costs to get the swatches, so you can see and feel the fabrics.


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Date: 11/19/12 3:35 PM

I think that crinkle silk or crinkle cotton clothes are a godsend for travelling.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-of-3-Long-100-Silk-Crinkle-Broomstick-skirts-La-Vanx-Collection-Express-/150947966239?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2325332d1f
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Date: 11/20/12 2:39 AM

I'm always a fan of jerseys. Tops made out of those are comfortable and any wrinkles can be shaken out, or are gone after wearing a few minutes.
If you sweat a lot, stay away from uni colors. Prints can more easily hide that.

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Date: 11/20/12 2:59 AM

Quote: tg33
Where in Europe are you going, and when?

I second that question. The differences in temperatures are great over the continent. Italy is quite a different story from say Denmark or the eastern European countries.

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Date: 11/20/12 5:21 AM

Sorry, just spotted you said end of June! We were in the south of France one year, at the beginning of May, and it was down to 7 degC, and it snowed about 100 miles away!!

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