Spain is known for fashion. The locals typically look put together even when their clothing is casual. Tourists stick out in their shorts, baggy pants, and running shoes. Wanting to blend with the Spaniards and look good during our meetings with various business contacts, co-editor Anne Weaver and I turned to the travel clothing experts, TravelSmith.
We both tried their Short-sleeved Pintuck Poet Shirt, a polyester-rayon blend that comes in blue, white iris, leaf, raspberry, and black ($44, item number 21206). We were pleasantly surprised that the shirt needed no ironing, coming out wrinkle free even after 7,000 miles squashed in suitcases.
The neat pleat detail in the front gives the shirt a dressy look without being fussy. Two pleats in front just below the bust line make the blouse flare out a bit, which, in our opinion, makes the shirt better as an overshirt or under with a jacket. (Tucked in without a jacket, the shirt looks sloppy.) I opted to wear the blue poet’s shirt with a true TravelSmith classic, a sky blue Over-Easy Microfiber Shirt. I was delighted that the combination looked dressy yet was incredibly comfortable. Even in the humid air of Barcelona, the Poet Shirt retained its crispness. On and especially a warm day, RFT editor Anne Weaver wore her raspberry Poet Shirt as an overshirt on top of a lightweight knit and it looked terrific. After washing, the Poet Shirts didn’t need a bit of ironing to look great.
We need to say even more about TravelSmith’s Microfiber Shirts ($59, item number 21114) because they are true travel champions. Anne regularly wears her TravelSmith Microfiber Shirts to the office and loves that they come out of the dryer wrinkle-free and ready to wear. She encouraged me to add one to my travel wardrobe and I’ve not been sorry. The Mircofiber Shirt is comfortable, wrinkle-free, and looks great with jeans, slacks, or a skirt or dress. It also comes in 10 different colors, from black to Rio red, making it perfect to own three or four of them. I loved this shirt so much it was hard to get me out of my Microfiber Shirt throughout the trip! (You’ll see Bobbie in her Microfiber Shirt in a variety of photos from Spain in this section!)
The Women’s Denim Style Jacket ($109, item number 26226) is a short, jacket-style shirt that comes in sand, white, and cayenne, that’s cut so that hangs a couple of inches below the waist. Generally, I prefer a longer jacket, so I was pleased that the shirt jacket looked classy worn with a knit underneath and jeans. This jacket’s Tencil fabric is butter soft, it hangs well from the shoulders, and just feels really good to wear. While the jacket was a bit wrinkled after shipping, a few quick strokes with a warm iron made this little shirt jacket look great again. My only suggestion is that TravelSmith add an additional button on the sleeve so that those of us with smaller wrists can button the sleeve neatly. As it was, I had to move the two sleeve buttons so that the cuff fit more snugly on my arm, allowing the sleeve to drape appropriately. Once I moved the button, the sleeve hung beautifully and the jacket looked cool and casual yet professional.
Real bottom line: With a number of business appointments on this trip, we both needed to look businesslike, even after flying thousands of miles, or sitting for hours on a train, or coping with hot humid weather. The TravelSmith pieces extended our business wardrobe and made looking smart both easy and hassle-free. We’d definitely take TravelSmith traveling with us again. — BH