It’s a sad truth of practical holiday packing that, the more efficient your clothing, the less fashionable or sophisticated it’s likely to be. I say ‘likely’ because I’ve tracked down some brilliant examples of reversible travel clothing that won’t scream ‘TOURIST ALERT’ when you just want to stick to styles you love.
One thing you’ll notice is these items are often more expensive than your average top or sweater, but remember you’re essentially getting two for the price of one, plus saving space. Spend a little more and you’ll love the results.
Seasalt Reversible Hall Walk Tee, £35
Why It’s Great: I’m a sucker for teal (or, as Seasalt calls it, shore) because it’s such a wearable colour. Offering a plain and striped option in just one t-shirt, you can easily make this work amongst your holiday wardrobe. I’d wear the striped side with a lightweight midi skirt (find great ones in H&M and New Look) and the plain inner side with an oversize denim shirt and leggings.
Details: The Seasalt brand is based in Cornwall, and it ticks plenty of ethical boxes including supporting local charities. Roughly 60% of its cotton pieces are organic. Buy the Hall Walk Tee in sizes 8-20 here; international delivery is available and there are many UK stores for Click and Collect, particularly in the South of England.
Hush Reversible Stella Jumper, £69.50
Why It’s Great: The simple star design and coral-on-grey colour scheme keep this reversible sweater wearable. It’s also lightweight, which makes it even more travel-friendly. Pair the grey side with a colourful midi skirt and the coral side with cropped trousers or denim shorts. Be warned – once Hush devotees find their favourites, they sell out quickly; an earlier palm print version of this jumper was a runaway success.
Details: Hush is a British online-only company catering to sizes XS-XL (the equivalent of UK sizes 8-16). International delivery is available, and UK customers get free standard delivery.
Simply Be Reversible Skinny Jeans, £28
Why They’re Great: Jeans take up loads of weight and room in your suitcase, so having two-in-one makes total sense. There’s a leopard print side for teaming with neutral basics, like a leather jacket or a black shirt, and a plain side for wearing with jazzier tops. The skinny style and high waist make these reversible jeans super flattering for anyone with curves.
Details: Simply Be caters for sizes 10-32 and has several UK stores. Buy online with next day delivery in the UK (£6.50) – perfect if you’re going on a last-minute break. Customers in the US and Europe can shop at SimplyBe.com.
George at Asda Reversible Bucket Hat, £6
Why It’s Great: Bucket hats are officially cool again, as part of the 90s fashion revival. It’s a huge relief, as this kind of style is more forgiving than a baseball cap (less chance of ‘hat hair’) and easy to screw up in your bag when you’re not using it. The tropical print is also on trend and great with pale colours. Besides, it’s only six quid, so it’d be rude not to buy this.
Details: The printed bucket hat is one size only. As postage isn’t free, it makes sense to Click & Collect at your nearest Asda store if you’re a UK buyer; international delivery is only offered to selected European countries, including France, mainland Spain and Lithuania.
Sweaty Betty Chandrasana Reversible Yoga Leggings, £75
Why They’re Great: You don’t need to do yoga to appreciate these. Leggings are a mainstay in my travel wardrobe because they’re comfy and fuss-free. Wear the geometric grey side with a slouchy jumper and Converse when you’re flying or catching a ferry, then switch to the black side and pop on a vintage t-shirt and ankle boots at your destination.
Details: Sweaty Betty’s reversible leggings come in sizes XS-XL, essentially UK sizes 6-16. They’re breathable and totally opaque. International delivery is available; UK customers can opt for next-day delivery too (£6), or shop in store.
For more useful travel clothing, see my review of the Pickpocket-Proof Tank Top by Clever Travel Companion.