Friday, 10 February 2012

A Travelling Dress

A friend of mine has been going on cruises since before her kids were born.  And she brings back stories of dining with the captain, eating scrumptious food and just enjoying a relaxing holiday where everything is taken care of for you.

I've never been on a cruise and being prone to motion (think car and sea sick) probably never will.  But, I still like to imagine what type of clothing I'd take on a cruise to a tropical isle.

Ever since I saw one of these versatile dresses on tv when I was small, I thought they would be great for travelling but could never decide on a colour. 

The ones I've seen are called mai tai dresses and they are a stretchy knit material with a giant belt which allows you to loop and wrap the dress in literally hundreds of different ways.

Mai Tai Wrap dress

It's not the height of fashion or anything, but looks like a simple basic dress that travels well.

Here is another one with an uneven hem-line from a different company:
Calypso Wrap dress
Just from these 2 pics, you can see how many different ways the dress can be wrapped.  They come in long or short lengths and the short one can be styled like a top.

I still like this dress, but cannot imagine just wearing the same colour over and over again.  People would know it's the same dress. 

The other hindrance factor is the cost - they are quite expensive, around $300! basically for a giant sized piece of knit fabric with super long straps attached. You could probably make one.  Even if you paid $20/metre, how much fabric would you need?  maybe 5 metres at the very most = $100.  And the fabric would probably cost half that or even less.  

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  1. It would be cool if you could somehow track down a pattern for this dress. I have a couple of long silk scarves and I have experimented with tying them as dresses.

    1. Wouldn't that be great? I'd make a couple! Then you could alternate them.

  2. That blue and greenish one of the bottom three are divine. I'd love me one of those. :)

    1. Me too, the styling possibilities are just endless.