I’m back with more Mountain Khakis offerings. Their Oxbow line features comfortable, practical cotton wear that’s easily paired for fall travel. The women’s Oxbow long-sleeved shirt is made of 100% cotton yarn dye, and is substantial enough to work well on cool mornings or layered for after the sun goes down. I wore it for a full day in foggy-then-sunny-then-rainy San Francisco, and it worked in all weather contingencies. The Oxbow isn’t as lightweight (or does it move as easily) as the Mountain Khaki Granite Creek long-sleeved shirt I reviewed, nor is it water resistant or SPF-protectant, so if you’re looking for a shirt for active wear, I’d go with the Granite Creek. The Oxbow looks great, however, doesn’t wrinkle (much), and is nicely tailored, so it’s a great pick for city touring, lunch out, or airport and train station delays. (Not that I wish those on anyone!)
The shirt has a nice princess seam and a drop tail back hem, and you can toss it in the regular wash cycle. It’s garment-washed, and comes in six understated colors (three of which are checked ‘gingham’ patterned, which is much cuter than it looks online…I was pleasantly surprised). It retails for $79.95.
The matching Oxbow skirt is a new favorite in my closet. More versatile than the shirt, I find myself reaching for the Oxbow skirt all the time…it’s stylish but still very comfortable (with an elastic 4 inch waistband), and looks equally good with flip-flops, Chacos, or ballet flats. (On the top, pair it equally well with a t-shirt or a blouse.) It’s fun and flirty, but still ideal for a day of serious walking or even hiking. I’ve received many compliments on the skirt (the shirt, too!) and love how lightweight and soft it is.
The skirt is made of the same cotton yarn, and there are belt loops at the waist (though I’ve never used them). One of my favorite features are the deep side pockets. From the outside, they look small and decorational, but when you put your hand inside, you’re surprised: they go down twice as far. The Oxbow skirt comes in a muted blue or gray, and retails for $59.95…definitely a good buy for summer and fall wear.
See more reviews of Mountain Khakis clothing here at Practical Travel Gear.