The remote worker lifestyle requires a wardrobe that’s mobile too. You need travel clothes that make travel more comfortable, while not identifying you as homeless. Even when you settle down for a year or two, you need a wardrobe that works for you, instead of making your work. Your minimalist road style can still help here, too.
Technology has something to offer here. Techwear is clothing that looks “normal” but is constructed with special, technically advanced fabric and design. My ScotteVest is a great example. The fabric was warm when it was chilly, and kept me cool and comfortable on sixteen-hour bus rides through hot climates. The design keeps the look sleek, even when the internal pockets were filled with Kindles and passports.
Most of these high-tech fabrics have characteristics that make them ideal for travel — they’re durable, have stretch which gives you a greater range of motion, resist odors and wrinkles, dry quickly, and some even repel stains and liquids.
Techwear offers lightweight fabrics for the ultralight, minimalist traveler. Travel pants can weigh less than half as much as a pair of jeans. Many of the fabrics resist odor and stains, so you can wear them multiple times without washing — and pack a lot less. You can wear each item multiple items before needing to wash it.
Companies like Uniqlo and Levis are starting to release more budget-friendly options.
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When it comes to travel shirts drifit is the savior of the day. The “Dri-Fit” is a brand of clothing offered by Nike which features technologies that wick moisture away from the body and evaporate that moisture to keep the athlete cool. The term Dri-Fit is a registered trademark of Nike, however, other brands of clothing offer similar technology in sportswear.
The Dri-Fit shirts offered by Nike are high-performance microfiber 100 percent polyester. Nike also offers a UV Dri-Fit material that offers additional protection from the sun and is commonly found in the golf polo shirt line. The fabric is very lightweight and soft to the touch which also makes it comfortable to wear. Nike produces a large line of products offering this technology including shirts, shorts.
Check out Nike Women’s Dri-Fit Legend Short Sleeve T-Shirt on amazon.com.
The Dri-Fit technology has been copied by many companies, and smaller retailers are able to offer similar technology to that offered by larger brand names.
Reebok offers the PlayDry. Addidas calls its apparel Climacool, with ultratech climacool base layer with all over Micro mesh fabric and 25+ UPF protection against the sun’s harmful rays.
Uniqlo’s version is called HeatTech. Check out the cool video on their site.
The fit is as important as fabric. Check out these 13 tips for finding the perfect travel shirt
If you are looking for low-tech travel options these are the fabrics you should look for natural fibers like cotton and linen wrinkle just by looking at them, so avoid wearing 100% linen or cotton fabrics. The best wrinkle-resistant fabric options include:
A blend of any of these with a natural fiber like cotton would be perfect, giving you the stretch you need for long period of sitting while still looking crisp.
Minimalist Style for Location Independence
Being selective about what clothes are in your suitcase or clothes makes a difference. We’ve heard about all the famous people who think minimalistic fashion is the way to go, think Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. I think the story is better explained by an Albert Einstein, who was known for owning several variations of the same gray suit so that he wouldn’t have to waste time and brainpower deciding on which outfit to wear every morning.
Even fashionistas are interested in cutting down on the daily fashion choices.
It’s not just a location independent thing. This is a long-time underground movement of people tired of being slaves to style. They want to make fashion work for them. FastCompany heralded wearing the same thing every day as The New Challenging Habit back in 2014.
Here is how some people have made it work.
If you think you want to give it a try, be prepared for the three things people will ask.
The good news is there are cost savings to this approach too.
It’s true, some reject the idea that wearing the same clothes every day cuts down on decision fatigue. According to an article in World Psychology, cutting out one decision a day isn’t much help. Unless you are like me and its really dozens of decisions and they paralyze you. World Psychology suggest you just need to thin out your wardrobe.
If you want to streamline your outfit-picking decisions, start by streamlining your closet and removing things you haven’t worn for more than 2 years. That doesn’t mean you only have to wear the same kind of outfit every day — just that you need to bring the number of choices more in-line with your current needs.
I’m going to start with thinning process, as I shift my wardrobe from summer to fall/winter, a process that doesn’t exist for my daughter in Singapore, and one that didn’t happen in the San Francisco Bay Area because there are barely identifiable seasons. I am going to use this time to let go of the things I obviously didn’t really like anyway because I haven’t worn them since????
I hope to move to the simplified wardrobe of the courageous people who proudly wear the same thing every day. Stay tuned for my complete conversion.