Packing for a trip is always challenging, especially because you want to arrive at your destination looking stylish and polished—a nearly impossible task when all you’ve brought are easily wrinkled clothes. After all, who has time for steaming, ironing, or dry-cleaning when you have places to go and people to see? Luckily, the solution is simple. All you have to do is familiarise yourself with the best wrinkle-free fabrics, and keep these in mind next time you’re shopping or packing for a trip. Even fabrics that do have a tendency to wrinkle (i.e. cotton, rayon, and silk) are much less likely to when blended with one of the following.
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Not only will wool keep you warm and toasty in the winter, it’s incredibly wrinkle-resistant, making it a great option if you’re travelling somewhere chilly.
Lyocell is a semi-synthetic form of rayon, commonly referred to as its brand name, Tencel. It’s soft and strong, drapes well, is machine-washable, and, most importantly, resists wrinkling.
Polyester gets a bad rap, thanks to its ubiquitous ‘70s connotations, but it can be surprisingly soft and comfortable for a synthetic fabric. Even better: It’s affordable, durable, and wrinkle-resistant!
This luxury fabric is strong and warm yet lightweight and soft. If it appears wrinkly when taken out of your suitcase, just hang it or lay it flat for a bit. The creases should release.
Fun fact: Cashmere is a hair acquired from goats, not a wool as commonly assumed. Even more wrinkle-resistant is alpaca, which some are touting as the new cashmere.
Knit is technically classified as fabric made from interlocking loops of thread. It’s usually made of wool yarn, but some knits like jersey can be made of wool, cotton, and synthetic fibres. Thicker knits (and fabrics in general) are less wrinkle-prone than thin.
While we don’t exactly condone wearing anything entirely made of spandex, it tends to aid in wrinkle resistance when blended with other fabrics. It’s a durable synthetic fabric, also known as lycra or elastane.
Acne Studios Natifa Tencel Draped Dress ($290) in Forest Green
This dress will resist wrinkles and take up minimal space in your suitcase.