10 Best Travel Clothes to Wear on the Road

Fashion shouldn’t be short on function—especially for travelers. The best-dressed road warrior isn’t the guy who looks like he just stepped off of a photo shoot. He or she is the one armed with the smartest travel clothes: garments that pack well, wrinkle less, and perform all kinds of practical functions, from keeping bugs at bay to concealing money and valuables.

To help you become the snappiest dresser wedged into coach, we put together a list of the most practical travel apparel around, with a few accessories thrown in for good measure.


SeV Revolution Jacket (Photo: SCOTTEVEST)

A Jacket with Plenty of Pockets

Here’s another garment that helps c

onquer baggage fees: SCOTTEVEST travel jackets, which basically double as carry-on bags. TheSeV Revolution jacket, which sells for $175, has a whopping 26 pockets, as well as a removable hood and removable sleeves (it turns into a vest). And it’s not a bad-looking coat, either. We’re a little bummed, however, that the 26-pocket jacket isn’t available for women. The maximum amount of pockets on offer for women is 22, available on theClassic Vest for Women ($100).

A Scarf That Carts

We came across a CNET review of the Xubaz scarf, titled “How to never ever ever get a date again: neckwear edition.” It’s true: The scarf, which has four pockets that can hold everything from your iPod to your wallet and ID, might not be the first thing you should grab out of your closet if you’re getting ready for an appearance on The Bachelor. But for travelers, it’s fantastic. The airline’s barrage of baggage fees has forced us get creative when packing in order to save money, so why shouldn’t we use a scarf as a mini carry-on bag? Besides, this sof

t accessory offers a convenient place to put an iPod when leaning back for a long nap on a flight.

As of publication, the Shop Now link on the Xubaz site isn’t worki

ng. But there is a map of U.S. retailers on Xubaz.com. According to About.com, the scarves start at $35.

A Shirt That Doesn’t Stink

Planning on skipping the shower for a while? No judgment here, but if you’re going to sit next to me on a plane, I’d prefer that you’d at least be dressed in Icebreaker’s Bodyfit line of merino wool hiking wear, available for men and women. (Shirts start at $55.) The shirts, constructed of several breathable layers, are odor-resistant. This doesn’t mean you can forgo washing forever and expect to smell like a spri

ng morning. But if you’re faced with a string of long flights and stopovers or embarking on a camping or hiking expedition, an Icebreaker shirt is a good bet.


Magellan’s Sun Wrap (Photo: Magellan’s)

A Wrap That Blocks the Sun

Running out of sunscreen on the road can be a serious crisis, especially for those who just about burn under florescent lights. A great back-up product—or, alternately, a product that adds additional armor to your sun-care regime—is th

e Sun Wrap ($85) from Magellan’s. It has a 40-plus ultraviolet protection factor (UVP), as well as long sleeves and a flowy front (drape the front around your head to create an elegant head wrap). This wrap is sized for women. But for men we recommend Magellan’s Tilley Outback Hat ($76), which has a 50-plus UVP.

Pants That Turn Into Shorts

Unpredictable temperatures are routine on the road, especially during shoulder seasons like spring or fall. You could take a pair of scissors to your jeans when the weather turns warmer than you had planned, or you could go the convertible-pant route.

Pants that turn into shorts are sold by most major travel-supply stores. We like the Monarch Convertible pant from Prana ($78), which comes in three colors and is made of quick-drying, wrinkle-free fabric. Zip off the bottom and the pants are instantly transformed into knee-length knickers. Prana also offers a similar pair of conve

rtible pants for men ($80).

Foldable Shoes


CitySlips (Photo: CitySlips)

were originally designed as back-up shoes for women who couldn’t take it anymore when teetering in toe-torturing high heels. But they’re also a practical option for travelers. A word of warning: The shoes were not made for a great deal of walking. They’re lightweight, bendy, comfy ballet flats that come in a zippered carrying case, but they’re not durable enough to handle miles-long strolls.

However, I carted a pair of Cityslips on a trip to Europe and found them very handy. They were perfect to wear on the plane. They feel like slippers, yet one doesn’t look like a hospital patient when walking to the bathroom or transferring between flights. They were also a convenient choice of footwear when padding around my hotel room or heading down the hall to get ice. And the best part: The shoes fold into a compact fist-sized bundle that fits easily into a suitcase or even a large pocket. Prices start at $24.95 per pair.

A Raincoat That Fits Everyone

This raincoat may not be the most fashionable thing in your wardrobe But really, few people look like a style guru when it’s pouring buckets outside anyway. The Welder Raincoat Freecut by Muji, which bears some resemblance to a dollar-store poncho, will at least keep you very dry. It comes neatly folded in a small packable pouch. And it’s customizable. Cut at the dotted line around the hem andcuffs of this coat to achieve the perfect fit, no tailor required. The unisex product comes in four colors and is available online for $12.75


BugsAway Shirt (Photo: ExOfficio)

A Shirt That Repels Bugs

It’s never fashionable to be obsessively swatting at insects. ExOfficio offers an entire line of BugsAway clothing products, including shirts, pants, hats, socks, and even a bandana. We like the shirts, available for men and women, which range from $35 for a women’s tee to $99 for a men’s or women’s long-sleeve button-down. The fabric is treated with permethrin , a chemical approved by the Environmental Protection Agency that repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, and other creepy crawlers. The catch? The mosquito-busting chemicals only last through about 70 washes, so you might want to save this shirt for trips to especially buggy locales (the products are particularly useful in destinations where malaria is prevalent).

Undergarments That Keep Your Stuff Safe

SmarterTravel editor Caroline Morse recently wrote a product review about Clever Travel Companion, undergarments that have small zippered pockets in which you can stash your passport, ID, and other valuables. These undershirts and pants, which start at $24.90, trump a money belt because they’re comfortable and fit smoothly under clothes. It’s highly unlikely that a pickpocket will manage to get his hand into the diminutive pocket hidden in the tee underneath your shirt, so the product gets our thumbs-up for safety, too. One caveat: Don’t put anything to which you’ll need quick access—such as your wallet—in the underwear’s built-in pockets. It could lead to an awkward situation at the cash register.


Storm Logic Jacket (Photo: Exofficio)

A Jacket That Turns Into a Travel Pillow

This is one of two Exofficio products that made it onto our list: an ingenious travel jacket with a split personality—it doubles as a travel neck pillow. The Storm Logic jacket is a decent piece of apparel to begin with. It’s quick-drying and windproof, and it has plenty of pockets. But roll the puffy garment into its special built-in sac and—presto! —it’s now a neck pillow. The jacket is available for men or women, and, at time of publication, is selling for $99.91

Is bubblegum casting legitimate

Is bubblegum casting legit

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My girlfriend and I had a great time
I have one friend,.. and she is the best girl that I know. We do so many things together. We share good and bad things in our lives. And, we like to have a lot of fun. I mean, this is what the girls like to do. Both of us are pretty, young and very attractive we wanted to try out being models for some time. My friend somehow found one model agency and that was Bubblegum casting agency. The decision to go and apply for a job in this agency I will remember as one of the best decisions in my life.
We decided to go there together as we don’t like to separate. At the entrance we met a friendly photographer who showed us where to go to apply for this job. We went to one of the desks and meet some polite staff there. They gave us application forms and this is how everything started. They were accepting female candidates between 18 and 22 years.
As we are both very open minded and quick learning girls we learned fast how to make the best looking face or how to stand in position to show out the best parts of our bodies. The atmosphere was so warm and that made me feel comfortable. I think my friend had the same feeling. We were doing photo shoots with 2 different photographers and we had a relaxed working environment. So many lights and flashes made me feel like a very important person.
Both of us were paid before work started and that was done in cash by a Bubblegum casting professional staff. We didn’t expect that would happen even before we did the job, but this is their policy and they are really fair. They really do know how to make you feel precious. All that you need is to be in a good mood and do your best in front of the cameras.

Look Good in Ways You Can Afford

Boots That Go Over the Knee for Under $1,000

 

It’s not just you. Prices of boots this fall are high enough to inspire thoughts of a “Bling Ring”-style robbery. At Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman, the starting point for over-the-knee boots, gorgeous as they are, seems to be $1,000. Lord knows how the kids are buying them. Since we are of the school that says a great pair of boots (O.K., and a good coat and bag) make the look, we’ve assembled a selection of over-the-knee styles that can be had for less than $1,000. Wear them with a dress revealing a bit of leg, as Dree Hemingway (above) did during Fashion Week, or over leather leggings with a loose sweater.

From left, gold-plated infinity necklace, $20, and knotted ring, $18 at <a href="http://zoetik.com">zoetik.com</a>.

From left, gold-plated infinity necklace, $20, and knotted ring, $18  

If Anything Turns Green, It’s Envy

On the new e-commerce jewelry site Zoetik (it rhymes with poetic), understated jewelry made with 16-karat gold and platinum plate comes supercheap without looking at all cheap. The founders, Jason Choi and Vivienne So, have backgrounds in jewelry-making and e-commerce, and their direct relationships with manufacturers allow them to cut out four or five markups. The pieces are hypoallergenic — free of lead, nickel and cadmium — and definitely won’t turn your skin green. Favorites, above, include this gold-plated infinity necklace, $20, and knotted ring, $18. Simple rose-gold curve earrings, $17, are nice, too.

At BLK DNM, 237 Lafayette Street; <a href="http://blkdnmcloseup.com/">blkdnmcloseup.com</a>.<em> </em>
Johan Lindeberg

 

You’ll Get Under Their Hide

Where are cool girls shopping these days? For basics, everyone from supermodels to the last three friends polled are hitting the Johan Lindeberg store BLK DNM. The tees are good and the denim fits right, but the leather is what’s really capturing our attention. More sensibly priced than the label’s earlier styles, new jackets cost under $1,000. Choose from Leather Jacket 1, the classic cropped moto shown above, $795; Leather Jacket 8, an oversize style with ribbed sleeves, which comes in black, crimson and dusty pink, $895; or Leather Jacket 22, a snap-tab collar jacket with ribbed and padded sleeve detail, $995. For styling inspiration, consult the BLK DNM Web site, filled with beautiful photos Mr. Lindeberg took of Gisele, Karlie and Karen Elson.

Clare Vivier leather fanny packs, $230 ($241 for the leopard print) at <a href="http://clarevivier.com/">clarevivier.com</a>.
Left: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

Clare Vivier leather fanny packs, $230 ($241 for the leopard print)

Putting Magic in the Marsupial

Besides being a savvy scout of up-and-coming designers, Susanna Lau (a k a Susie Bubble) of the Style Bubble blog is quick to spot the quirkier styles of established labels to work into her always fresh, often sporty outfits. A case in point is the leopard-print fanny pack by the handbag designer Clare Vivier, known for her unfussy bags and bright clutches, and which Ms. Lau wore, with loud camo, during New York Fashion Week (above left). Let’s give the fanny pack some respect, people. It’s functional, and done right, it’s chic.