Getting the Most Mileage Out of Travel Clothes

There are several ways to make a travel wardrobe go the distance.

The most important tip may be summed up in one word-flexibility. By choosing items that not only travel well but can be combined in different ways for a variety of looks, you won't have to complicate your trip by traveling with a collection of suitcases. Here are some tips on getting the most mileage out of your clothes:

• Build your travel wardrobe around pieces in neutral colors such as navy, black or camel. That way you can mix and match.

• Matte jersey is always a safe bet for optimum packability and no wrinkles.

• Roll garments instead of folding to prevent wrinkles.

• Whimsical dots and ditsy floral prints are good mixers for solids.

• Use plastic dry cleaner bags between items, but be sure they don't have advertising ink on them since this may rub off.

• When you get to your destination, unpack as soon as possible. Hang any wrinkled items in the bathroom while you shower to steam out wrinkles.

• Clothes that are reversible allow for two looks in one garment, and are often available in easy-care fabrics and stylish prints. Sportswear companies such as Liz Claiborne are now offering petite and plus-size fashions in washable georgette fabrics that are reversible.

Available in most department stores, the new line features pack-and-travel friendly pieces such as pull-on pants, long skirts, tunic tops, shells and dresses in solid/print motifs.

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To travel light and expand your wardrobe, think reversibles in polyester georgette fabrics. Companies like Liz Claiborne offer a variety of styles.

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