If I told you that only one type of fabric was allowed in your suitcase for your next trip, you’d probably envision yourself wearing only one type of clothing: activewear and other similar high-performance polyester layers. Almost all frequent travelers know those are what’s best for jetsetting since polyester blends are usually breathable, quick-drying, and wrinkle-free.
But what if I told you there was an easy way to get all the comfort of workout layers in items that will actually look like a put-together outfit? (Spoiler: I’m not talking about pajama jeans.)
Enter the Uniqlo AIRism collection, a wide array of clothing items created from an antimicrobial fabric called cupro that breathes, stretches, wicks moisture, neutralizes odor, and stays cool to the touch. Cupro is made of cellulose fiber taken from cotton waste, and known for its silk-like feel. It’s among the best travel fabrics for both comfort and utility, and Uniqlo adds a lot of style to the equation with the AIRism collection.
The Uniqlo AIRism line gets rave reviews for its comfort and quality, including for shirts, undershirts, bras, and underwear—but it’s branched out from those basics with more stylish items that can sell out quickly. Women’s options range from simple tanks to trendy sleeveless mock-necks, scoop-neck tops, and even a sleeveless slip dress you can wear all on its own casually or elevate with jewelry and accessories. In the men’s AIRism line there are of course the basics like boxer-briefs and T-shirts, but also hoodies, stylish V-neck shirts, tank tops, and even cardigans. Uniqlo AIRism also comes in a complete kids’ collection and baby line (sold out at the time this story was published), so the whole family can fly in comfort.
There’s an array of (typically neutral) colors to choose from for nearly every item. And as an added bonus, Uniqlo AIRism items are also often UV-protecting and seamless for ultimate protection and comfort. Stock up on all your favorite silhouettes and pieces before they sell out, so you’ll never have a shortage of high-performance travel pieces to load your suitcase with.
Women's Uniqlo AIRism Outfit
Uniqlo Men's AIRism Outfit
More from SmarterTravel:
- 5 Unique Travel Fabrics That Are Soft, Breathable, and Ethical
- 18 Things You Should Always Wear on a Plane
- The Ultimate Travel Packing List
SmarterTravel’s Shannon McMahon writes about all things travel. Follow her adventures on Instagram @shanmcmahon.
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