Packing for a trip is always challenging, especially since you want to arrive at your destination looking polished and fresh. Although, this can prove to be a nearly impossible task when all your clothes have gotten wrinkled in your suitcase. Who has time for steaming, ironing, or dry cleaning when you have places to go and people to see upon reaching your destination?
Lucky for you, the solution is simple. All you need to do is familiarize yourself with the best wrinkle-free fabrics and keep them in mind the next time you’re shopping or packing for a trip. Even fabrics that do have a tendency to wrinkle (e.g., cotton, rayon, and silk) are much less likely to do so when blended with one of the fabrics below. Scroll down to see and shop stylish, travel-friendly pieces to pack for your next trip.
Not only will wool keep you warm and toasty in the winter, but it’s also incredibly wrinkle-resistant. This is a great option if you’re traveling somewhere chilly.
Lyocell is a semisynthetic form of rayon, commonly referred to as its brand name, Tencel. It’s soft and strong, drapes nicely, is machine-washable, and (most importantly) resists wrinkling.
Polyester gets a bad rap (thanks to ubiquitous ’70s connotations), but it can be surprisingly soft and comfortable for a synthetic fabric. It’s also affordable, durable, and wrinkle-resistant!
This luxury fabric is strong and warm yet lightweight and soft. If it appears wrinkly when taken out of your suitcase, just hang it or lay it flat for a bit. The creases should release.
Fun fact: Cashmere is a hair acquired from goats, not sheep (contrary to popular belief). Even more wrinkle-resistant is alpaca, which some are touting as the new cashmere.
Knit is technically classified as fabric made from interlocking loops of thread. It’s usually made of wool yarn, but some knits like jersey can be made of wool, cotton, and synthetic fibers. Thicker knits (and fabrics in general) are less wrinkle-prone than thin knits.
Found in some of our favorite workout gear and denim, spandex tends to aid in wrinkle resistance when blended with other fabrics. It’s a durable synthetic fabric also known as Lycra or elastane.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.