FASH­ION Pack Your Bag

Whether you’re go­ing on a week­end ren­dezvous or a month-long cruise, your travel wardrobe should be light­weight and wrin­kle-free

Cape Coral Living - - Contents - BY PA­TRI­CIA LETAKIS

Cram­ming ev­ery­thing into a carry-on, which fits in the air­plane’s over­head bin, is doable and easy with these fash­ions de­signed for the trav­eler. From fab­rics that don’t show the wrin­kles to cloth­ing that can be rolled up and tucked into small spa­ces in a suit­case, these fash­ions are proven win­ners. Look for com­fort­able, adapt­able and easy to ac­ces­sorize pieces that go from morn­ing to night but are never bor­ing. As for your lug­gage, choose a smart stream­lined de­sign or have some fun with a bold col­or­ful print.

1 THE SLEEKEST SUIT­CASE

From Briggs & Ri­ley’s Sym­pa­tico col­lec­tion comes the Do­mes­tic Carry-On Ex­pand­able Spin­ner ($559). Its durable hard sides ex­pand to give you 22 per­cent more space, then com­press to keep cloth­ing flat, min­i­mize wrin­kling and pre­vent con­tents from shift­ing in tran­sit. The CX Sil­ver Lim­ited Edi­tion cel­e­brates the com­pany’s 25th an­niver­sary. Bonus: Cus­tomers re­ceive a life­time guar­an­tee on re­pairs for a bro­ken or dam­aged bag. briggs-ri­ley.com

2 NO. 1 TOP

The Wis­per Dou­ble Tank ($48) from Toad & Co. is a great ba­sic on its own in warm weather des­ti­na­tions or paired with a cardi­gan or jacket in cooler climes. Made of Ten­cel, a breath­able fab­ric of cel­lu­lose with 50 per­cent greater mois­ture ab­sorp­tion than cot­ton, and 5 per­cent span­dex, the top has a soft, silky touch. Its dou­ble layer front drapes beau­ti­fully, and the top is avail­able in black, white or aquifer blue. toadandco.com

3 THE MUST-PACK DRESS

The quin­tes­sen­tial wrap dress is a log­i­cal travel choice and looks good on just about ev­ery fig­ure type. This Cue Wrap Café Dress ($85) from Toad & Co. is made from Samba fab­ric—a blend of eco-friendly fibers that breathes well—that gives it good drape, stretch and re­silience. A slight slub adds tex­ture and di­men­sion so it has more char­ac­ter than a con­ven­tional jer­sey. The easy wash-and-wear dress comes in solids and sub­tle geo­met­ric prints. toadandco.com

4 EASY DOES IT

This wrin­kle-free Frond Song Flounce Sleeve Dress ($145) from Tommy Ba­hama can eas­ily tran­si­tion from day to night with the right ac­ces­sories. In fact, you’ll feel com­fort­able go­ing straight from the air­plane to cock­tail hour in this palm print. Its sleeve de­tail adds in­ter­est to a ba­sic de­sign, and its light­weight fab­ric makes it easy to pack. Tommy Ba­hama is avail­able at na­tional malls or tom­my­ba­hama.com and on Sani­bel Is­land at Is­land Pur­suit, Peri­win­kle Place, 239-472-4600.

5 TRAVEL ESSEN­TIALS

Anatomie, a brand that spe­cial­izes in clothes for the trav­eler, put to­gether this comfy ensem­ble. Start with An­drea Leg­gings ($225) ac­cented with con­trast­ing pan­els, side pock­ets and an­kle zip­pers. Pair them with the Melissa Tee ($158), de­signed in jer­sey with airy mesh sleeves and shoul­der pan­els. Fin­ish your look with the Es­then Quilted Ruf­fle Vest ($288) with stretch side pan­els for easy move­ment and plenty of pock­ets to stash your phone, money, credit cards and more. anatomie.com

7 GO BOLD

No rea­son to travel with bor­ing lug­gage, es­pe­cially if a trop­i­cal is­land is your va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion. Have fun with this hi­bis­cus print from Tommy Ba­hama. The Phuket hard-side suit­case may be all style on the out­side, but in­side it’s func­tional as ever with zip­pered cur­tain open­ings and mul­ti­ple zip­pered pock­ets. You’ll breeze though air­port ter­mi­nals with its eightwheel spin­ner sys­tem. Choose from a 20-inch ($135), 24-inch ($165), or 28-inch ($185) suit­case. tom­my­ba­hama.com

6 A TOUCH OF SPARKLE

Sweaters can be bulky to pack, which is why this Pick­ford Lurex Stripe Pullover ($125) by Tommy Ba­hama makes good sense. First, it’s made of light­weight cot­ton so it eas­ily fits in your bag, and sec­ond, it’s loose fit­ting so you can wear it alone or over a shirt for warmth. Metal­lic yarns make it ideal for the hol­i­days, es­pe­cially when paired with the Tema Indigo Rain Foil Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($145). Tommy Ba­hama, Co­conut Point, Es­tero, 239-947-2203 or tom­my­ba­hama.com

8 STYLISHLY TIDY

This con­ve­nient Pack­ing Cube ($5) by Anatomie is de­signed to hold up to six neatly rolled pieces of cloth­ing. Made of breath­able ny­lon with a mesh top for easy vis­i­bil­ity of the con­tents, the light­weight travel es­sen­tial takes up min­i­mum space in your car­ryon. The 11.5-by-7 inch cube is a great or­ga­nizer for any­one who hates to pack. anatomie.com

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