by Kathy Witt
Is it possible to do a five-star cruise in a carry-on world? With the right wardrobe pieces, travelers can (thankfully) leave the steamer trunks at home and pack much lighter. The key is versatile pieces that can move from a morning stroll to afternoon tea to an evening of dinner and entertainment with confidence and adaptability; that is, wardrobe essentials that can be dressed up and dressed up even more, as befitting a five-star experience.
From Lusome’s luxury sleepwear line are the Charlotte Tank ($65), fresh and feminine with lace detailing, and the Audrey Jogger ($92), featuring a slimming tapered leg. The buttery soft fabric makes both pieces five-star fabulous; this is the something more comfortable you want to slip into after a day of sightseeing. But they are game for much more: The jogger is perfect for getting your steps in strolling the deck. The tank can be pressed into service as a lovely layer for daytime wear beneath a blazer or sweater.
some really speaks to women with its sleepwear, which is made with something called “rapid moisture-moving technology” designed to accelerate evaporation; in other words, the clothing eliminates moisture, but also odor and bacteria from the skin’s surface. Both tank and jogger can be folded down to the one tidy little bundle that takes up virtually no space in your luggage and each can be handwashed in cold water in your stateroom sink and hung dry. www.lusome.com
Chico’s offers two pack-worthy coverings that show their versatility, value and verve. From the company’s Travelers Classic line are limited-edition 35th Anniversary pieces, including the Pleated Jacket in stand-out mulberry red and the Toggle Jacket in black ($119 each).
Pair the former with slacks, skirt or patterned dress for three different looks, but all with go-anywhere polish. The latter, a longer jacket with long sleeves and interesting toggle closure, skims the knee to dress up jeans or add elegance to slacks and dresses.
Made of wrinkle-resistant fabric that packs beautifully, the jackets can be shaken out and draped on a hanger, ready to step up no matter what the occasion. www.chicos.com
Go Girl Designs has the perfect piece of jewelry for powered-up accessorizing: The three-piece Busy Girl Bangle ($70), a trio of bracelets rich in tone and texture and featuring three metal finishes – gold, rose gold and silver – over a sturdy stainless steel base, adds different levels of dazzle depending on the day’s agenda.
This is no ordinary jewelry, but fashion with a purpose. The bracelets are accented with a dainty heart charm and can be styled together or worn individually. But the versatility doesn’t end there. Each bangle is wrapped with a removable black hair tie, keeping it accessible around your wrist – but not on your wrist – if you need to pull your hair back, and adding drama and a splash of color if you don’t.
Lusome’s Charlotte Tank and Audrey Jogger show off the brand’s luxury sleepwear designed with moisture management technology.
With open-front styling with long sleeves and pleat detailing, the Pleated Jacket is a fabulous finishing piece.
Chico’s Toggle Jacket is a timeless (and wrinkle-free) piece with a long and luxe silhouette.
The Busy Girl Bangle is ready when you are with its stylish, removable rope chains and hair tie.
Photo: Go Girl Designs