While continuing my never ending quest for the perfect travel accessories and clothing, I happened into an LL Bean store here in the Washington DC area last weekend. For those of you who may not know, LL Bean started as an outdoor-type store (origins in the state of Maine) with clothing for outdoor pursuits and camping/fishing/etc. gear. It's now morphed into a more commercialized chain of mass-market stores across the USA and perhaps elsewhere--still with some good stuff but also with a lot of stuff that isn't quite up to TB quality standards.
So I wasn't expecting much in the way of travel clothing when I was looking around but lo and behold, great finds! I have my fair share of Icebreaker merino pieces, which I love, but these LL Bean items are particularly attractive, feminine Tencel/wicking blends that will do just great for my upcoming trip to Italy and as additions to my overall travel wardrobe.
Here are a few links, in case you are interested (listed under 'wicking apparel):
-GREAT black travel dress; very flattering (and only ~$50!!!): Fitness Dress: Dresses | Free Shipping at L.L.Bean
-Freeknit Flyaway light cardigan, a bit long but covers well (good derriere coverage!) and has a nice drape: Freeknit Flyaway: Tees and Knit Tops | Free Shipping at L.L.Bean. HAS MATCHING CAMISOLE FOR LAYERING plus comes in black, red stripe, and also blue stripe.
If any of you get any of these items, I'd love to hear what you think!