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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Iran Travel Wardrobe Review

Finally! I've been home for two weeks, but being gone almost a month involves large amounts of laundry, bill-paying, catching up on email, and posting on my travel blog, Where in the World Are We?, not to mention recovering from jet lag!

So, this is what was in my suitcase:
and I wore everything, some more than others. I misjudged the amount of long bus rides we took (we drove over 2500 miles!) and found, by trial and error, that stretchy knit pants were best when on the bus for 8-10 hours. I defaulted to the gray EF pants, long white shirt and silver vest for bus-ride
days...not my best look, but certainly practical.

I know I have extolled the virtues of these EF pants before, but on this trip they were perfect! I could easily wash them at night and they would be dry and "reshaped" by morning; they rolled easily in the suitcase. I took two black pair, one ankle length and one longer one, and one "platinum" (light gray) one, which I don't see on the site any longer. I usually buy them on eBay, and seldom pay full price.

I wore all my manteaux...



The only problem with the black tone on tone ponte one, pictured above, is that it tended to pick up...shall we say "odors"...in the suitcase! Not good, and I wound up not wearing it the last week...

My ikat print coat

got a lot of wear, as it did in Sicily. I wore it on the plane, and in Turkey, open
over a silk tee. I wore all FIVE pair of shoes, although I could have managed with fewer...

but where's the fun in that?  And the workhorse of my travel wardrobe? My
silver many-pocketed vest, blogged about here

I was able to wear it over several of the manteaux, as well as over the white shirt. It enabled me to do without purses or totes, and all of those pockets came in VERY handy! Several of my fellow travelers wanted to "order" one from me...but I had to decline...

I am going to make another one (in RED, of course), and perhaps I'll do a tutorial on adding pockets to vests and jackets for travel purposes.

Now, back to the sewing studio...I can't wait!

34 comments:

  1. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing. I was very curious how it proved oneself (sorry my English is a bit rusty). Wunderfully that everything worked out realy well.
    Mema

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    1. Thank you, Mema! Your English is fine!

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  2. You look so chic! I especially love that shibori manteau. Please do post a tutorial as you make the vest in red! I am eager to learn your most excellent pocketing secrets.

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    1. Thanks, Shams...I think the shibori one is my favorite, too. Didn't you buy some of that fabric?
      :)

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    2. Oh, I vergot! Please show us the produktion of the red vest.

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  3. This is the most wonderfully executed travel wardrobe ever. Please do the tutorial :)

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    1. Thank you, Valerie...I am getting ready to do the tutorial (my first one...)

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  4. You weren't too hot with the layers? I imagine it being very hot there.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki...the temperatures were all over the place...the layers weren't so bad, but the scarf
      was often VERY HOT!

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  5. All that work and now you have a great travel wardrobe and beautiful photos to treasure. I can see why the vest was so handy too.
    Thanks for taking us on your sewing and travel journey.

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  6. Thank you, velosewer...my pleasure!

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  7. Ooh, I love looking at travel wardrobes! A really fantastic set of co-ordinating garments and this style of long slimline pants with a longer jacket over looks great on you. Also the colour palette really works just beautifully with your colouring.

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    1. I got my idea of a "recap" from you, Carolyn! Travel wardrobe planning is the best part of a trip!

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  8. You've just proven the genius of your packing, with all things worn to maximization, except for the minor glitch. Well done! And you looked smashing all the time. I could always use a tutorial on pockets. I could use on tutorial on Life!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie...I don't think I'm qualified to do a tutorial on Life....!

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  9. Margy you look absolutely stunning in every shot. Your travel wardrobe appear to have worked really well. I am going to Russia in a couple of months time and I would love to have a 'vest with many pockets' just like you. Please post a tutorial and I will be most grateful.

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    1. Thanks so much, ozviking...I'm starting on the tutorial this week!

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  10. What a wonderful lesson in wardrobe planning - complete with review! I will also be watching for the red vest tutorial. The silver one is fabulous and I imagine every traveler would benefit from a stylish, secure vest like that.
    Well done Margy.

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  11. wonderful that you managed to wear everything you took with you with your usual panache.

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  12. Wonderful wardrobe and looking forward to the tutorial. Looks like you had a wonderful trip.

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    1. Thanks, jacquianne...yes, the trip was fantastic!

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  13. You are a travel diva! wonderful choices. So good to have you back, looking forward to your next sewing adventure. xx

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  14. Spectacular. I would be interested in a tutorial on all those pockets as well.

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    1. Thanks, beck-c...tutorial on the way!

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  15. I'll add to the tutorial request. I'm so glad everything went so well, both the wardrobe and the trip. Which shoes were the most comfortable?

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    1. Thank you, Carole...all the shoes were comfortable, they don't go in my suitcase if they're not! Probably the Trippens were the MOST comfortable, but then I love my Trippens!

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  16. Absolutely elegant in every outfit! Even covered with a scarf lol! Excellent planning - who would think that manteaux would be THE thing take lots of? You did your research well!

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  17. Fabulous! You look so pulled together at all times. I, too, wondered about the temperatures, with all those coverings.

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  18. Yes I would love to see a blog on your travel vest. I bought one like your travel one from Magellans. It's very practical, but sometimes not much on style. I just love your silver vest and agree that you can do without a purse if you have logs of pockets. I would lke to see what kind of pockets you put in your silver vest and coat you wore on the plane.

    What kind of weather did you have? I assume it was pretty cool as everything you seemed to have had long sleeves.

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  19. Yes I would love to see a blog on your travel vest. I bought one like your travel one from Magellans. It's very practical, but sometimes not much on style. I just love your silver vest and agree that you can do without a purse if you have logs of pockets. I would lke to see what kind of pockets you put in your silver vest and coat you wore on the plane.

    What kind of weather did you have? I assume it was pretty cool as everything you seemed to have had long sleeves.

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  20. Great Blog!! That was amazing. Your thought processing is wonderful. The way you tell the thing about Iran travel is awesome.I will absolutely valuate your effort.

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