Not all trips are backpacking, grungy, roughing it affairs: sometimes, you have to look elegant. Sometimes, you have both occasions on the same trip! As a woman, sometimes the most appropriate outfit is a dress. Oh, I hear some of you tomboy types protesting that you always wear pants, no matter what. Well, guess what? You're not always appropriate then.
You might have an unexpected dinner invite to a private club or fine dining restaurant where women wear dresses. You might have an unexpected meeting with a dignitary. There are other reasons you should always carry a dress when traveling.
Recently, I was in an Orthodox synagogue in Antwerp. One of my fellow travel companions went with me to Simchat Torah services -- and as a "Member of the Tribe" -- she ought to have known better than to wear pants. Well, she started a whole ruckus, involving walkie-talkies and the local police! Pants on women in that situation were just wrong and well, suspicious.
Not convinced? Here's a sad story that ought to change your mind. Several years ago, my father called me from his doctor's appointment, to let me know he had been diagnosed with terminal, inoperable cancer. I thought that just meant that he would be on lots of meds and need TLC. His doctor grabbed the cellphone and said, "Tamar, you'd better come out right away and you'd better bring something to wear to the funeral."
Sometimes, there's just no substitute for a black dress. That's why I was very happy that I was hosted by Tilley to experience theirs! It's soft, flattering, has inconspicuous pockets, drapes well and takes the abuse of travel. It's got elbow-length sleeves. Here in the picture, I accessorize the dress with a vintage Chanel sweater and scarf, demonstrating that you can work it for 4 seasons. In the winter, use black tights and boots.
This is what they say about it!
Dropped waist with pleats
Two side pockets
Fabric certified “EXCELLENT” UV protection, rated UPF 50+ the maximum rating given
Wash 'n' wear, dries overnight
Centre back length: 40”
Made in Canada
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