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Although intrepid women explorers are sometimes shown wearing pants, there’s a convincing case to be made for the long travel skirt when it come to adventurous excursions. On my own overseas jaunts I’ve found a long skirt often makes an ideal travel companion. Why? Let me count the ways:
- A well chosen long skirt dresses up or down easily. Dress it up with a jacket for a more formal, suit-like look or keep things casual with a simple Tank Top.
- In many cultures a longer skirt is not only seen as feminine but also respectful and modest.
- In hot and sticky climates, nothing beats a skirt for air flow.
- As with the top you choose, you can dress up a long travel skirt with boots or dress it down with sandals.
What are the makings of a great travel skirt? Choose a length short enough to avoid tripping but long enough to make sitting easy. Pick a substantial enough fabric that’ll handle the rigors of travel while also being layer-able in cold climates and cool enough in hotter destinations.
How long is long enough?
Like the answer to most profound questions, the answer to that question is, it depends. The lengths of my Angled Skirt and Curved Skirt are low-calf and mid-calf respectively, on women of average height and proportions.
The Angled Skirt offers plenty of coverage as a travel skirt. Nikki (L) is 5’10” while Anastacia is 5’9”.
Sympatico’s Curved Skirt finds the pivot point between modest and modern on figures of average and petite height and proportions.
Which length skirt is best for you may come down to your height
As a recent entry in Sympatico’s Travel Tales contest brought home, even the longer version of the Flip Skirt can work on petites.
At an average height of 5' 5 1/2”, customer Rose Fonda wore the 24" Flip Skirt as a versatile knee-length travel skirt on a recent trip to Malta.
Rose travels frequently to Italy and Malta to visit family and often packs her Sympatico skirts and tops for her journeys.
On Petites (typically 5'3" or less), the 24" Flip Skirt can serve as a long travel skirt.
By the way, if you have a Travel Tale to tell that involves Sympatico wear and I use it, you’ll receive a $100 Sympatico gift certificate. Check out some tips on submitting a winning Travel Tales entry here. I look forward to seeing and hearing about your adventures decked out in Sympatico.
In school I was taught that black is the absence of color and I suppose that’s technically true. But maybe black is something like salt, an essential ingredient that is rarely foreground, but nonetheless, essential. I see it as a sort of seasoning for the whole Sympatico color palette.Because Sympatico’s hemp/Tencel blend has superb breathability, black [...]
Saying sayonara to Peach: I have just a handful of items left in Peach, a seasonal shade never to be seen again.
Most seasons I offer a shade or two for just that season; when the dye lot is completely sold, that’s it. And that time’s come for Peach as the end of summer lies just ahead, I have a smattering of tops as well as a full range of Angled Skirts still available in this sunny [...]
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Though I use machines in cutting and sewing the Trapeze Tunic, I consider my approach artistic and artisanal. It's hip at the moment We see the “artisan" tag nowadays everywhere; artisanal this and artisan-made that. Big companies are buying up smaller enterprises, seeking artisanal cachet. Everything from bread to beer to beans is being marketed as artisanal. But [...]
I yielded to temptation with this post's headline. I can only plead that everybody seems to resort to puns where hemp coverage is concerned. But behind all the jokey headlines there’s a dawning reality that hemp offers a great alternative to synthetic fibers and rayons and even the old standard for comfort, cotton. Anastacia’s Tuxedo Top and Curved Skirt are [...]
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Most of us are sold on buying local, knowing that it helps our local economies. But there are so many other bennies like the unmatched freshness of your local farmer’s market or CSA’s produce. And there’s the uniqueness factor: local artisans make all kinds of unique goods not to be found in the big-box landscape—goods [...]
"I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase." Diane von Furstenburg Is it possible to travel with an all-natural, sustainably-made wardrobe? The answer to that question is, of course, it depends on where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. Sometimes those realities impose solutions that involve so-called technical fibers. Given airline weight limits, it [...]