The never-ending search for great dress-up travel clothing (that can also be dressed down) is a difficult task, because you have to take a lot into consideration: comfort, fabric, situation appropriateness, and washability. Because why pack a dry-clean-only sweater on a trip when you’ll need to wear it a bunch of times?
Icebreaker’s Tabi line solved my problem with the Deice Long-Sleeve V sweater.
Made from 260-weight, 100-percent merino wool, the sweater is comfortable and warm, while also being breathable and odor resistant. Those are the natural properties of merino wool, and they allow travelers to wear clothing over and over many times before finally having to wash them.
But when you do wash this sweater, you can machine wash (or hand wash in your hotel sink) and air dry. When you do it at night, the sweater will be dry by morning and ready to wear again.
The classic-looking sweater has a relaxed fit with a boxy silhouette. Subtle drop shoulders and a wide V neckline look good on a variety of body types, and the laid-back style is ideal to dress up or down as you choose. The side-split hem makes the sweater easy to layer.
Icebreaker’s Tabi collection is designed by Japanese apparel house Goldwin, and is made in collaboration with Icebreaker in the interest of combining the natural performance qualities of merino wool with a refined aesthetic. Other items in the line are short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts (and sweaters), pants, jackets, and coats.
The Icebreaker Tabi Deice Long-Sleeve V women’s sweater comes in black and midnight navy, and lists for $140 on the Icebreaker site.