Wraps are great wardrobe staples in travel. They add warmth and a dressy note when you need them, and can be used as an airplane blanket or pillow, aside from something to wear to dinner or on a cold day.
I’m a huge fan of wraps, and probably have a few too many in my closet. While they are incredibly useful, some of them can be a bit too shapeless to be very versatile. They’re useful when you need an extra layer and would rather not be noticed, but otherwise, stay off my packing list.
The ExOfficio Women’s Alanya Cocoon Wrap isn’t that shapeless wrap. At all.
ExOfficio’s So Warm technology blends heat-trapping, hollow-core fibers with soft fabric (92 percent polyester and 8 percent spandex) making it cozy to wear, plus a little stretch for more comfort. The addition of Silvadur technology reduces odor-causing bacteria on the fabric, which means you can wear it multiple times before having to wash it. That’s ideal when you’re traveling, because who wants to spend time doing laundry?
The wrap had a rib-knit neck, cuffs and hem, and the hem is drop-tail, which allows it to cover more of your body. Wear it two ways: right-side up makes it hang longer, upside-down makes a shorter shrug style. The cut follows the curves of the body, but isn’t too clingy or restrictive.
There’s a hidden zip pocket that is so well hidden I didn’t notice it the first few times I wore the wrap. I tuck my money or phone in it, and there’s plenty of room.
I wore the Alanya Cocoon Wrap most recently on a trip to Alaska. I got tons of compliments from other women who wanted to know where they could get it. That may be because I wore it about four different times in a week’s travel, but that’s just the point. You can.
The ExOfficio Women’s Alanya Cocoon Wrap comes in one color: charcoal heather. It’s a good thing, because it goes with pretty much everything. The wrap lists for $85 on the ExOfficio site, and is also available at REI and Moosejaw.