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    Convertible Clothing for Travel

    Does anyone have any clothing pieces from Diane Kroe? She designs convertible clothing (perfect for those trying to be minimalist.) Her website shows some beautiful selections, but I was hoping to get some honest reviews from anyone who owns some pieces or have seen them in person.

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    I haven't used them myself, but I thought I remembered seeing someone mention them here before. Here's one reference: https://forums.tombihn.com/not-about...html#post49486

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    Thanks you aedifica!

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    I love Diane Kroe clothing and always travel with at least one piece. I’ve tried a lot of convertible clothing and haven’t had a lot of luck but most of the Kroe pieces I have are used often. They are lightweight, wrinkle free, and nice looking. I usually use only two variations of the item but that’s still good in my opinion.

    I wrote a blog article on this actually - https://travelingtulls.com/2019/06/2...ing-for-women/
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    Greetings,
    I love the concept of convertible clothing. However, as a typical person of the female persuasion, I wear a bra. I was raised to believe that visible undergarments, like bra straps, are in bad taste. If another woman chooses to let her bra straps show or chooses to go bra-less, that's great, but it's not for me. I can applaud women that have overcome this archaic thinking, but I still can't allow my own bra straps to show.

    I'm aware that strapless bras are available, however, there are two reasons I won't use it for travel. First, it's an extra item and I pack minimalist style as much as possible. I only bring two bras and they will always be comfortable ones. Second, I've yet to find a strapless bra that really works and is also comfortable.

    I loved the Diane Kroe collection and the versatility of the pieces. The Butterfly Wrap is appealing. However, the number of styles that would require a strapless bra far outnumber the usefulness of the other options for me.
    Here is the link: https://dianekroe.com/

    I'm always looking for truly reversible clothing with a different color or pattern on each side. (The v-neck / scoop-neck isn't practical and they fit me terrible.)

    I hope this is helpful. Thank you for sharing! elisa

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    After this thread and @Traveltech's blog post linked above, I ordered three Diane Kroe pieces for the trip I took recently: the Infinity Flow sweater, Travel Tights, and a sash. I ended up not taking the Travel Tights on the trip, because on me they were most comfortable with the loose top pulled up to act as cami + tights but a) the cami part gradually slid down (this might not be a problem on someone bustier?) and b) that would have made it hard to use the toilet (especially if I used fashion tape to keep the cami part from sliding down!) But they were comfortable. I haven't tested the claim that the fabric I chose doesn't pick up cat hair, but if that claim is true, it's great! The garment is heavy, though. I'll play around with it more and see if it might work in my daily wardrobe.

    I did take the Infinity Flow sweater in place of the cardigan I'd been planning to take, and the sash too. All the cardigan-style ways to wear the sweater melded together for me (the product video shows how to wear it as a long duster-style cardigan or shorter with a shawl collar, but if I started out with a shawl collar the whole thing would slide gradually down to end up as a duster--though if I'd belted it with the sash, it wouldn't have slid down). The option to wear it as a skirt or a dress only works on people much slimmer than me! I used the pullover option one evening when going to a slightly fancier restaurant; it looked nice and made me feel elegant enough to go into the restaurant. Smilie (And by not opening the zipper all the way, I was able to keep my bra straps hidden. The sweater was a little off-center that way, but I decided it was elegantly asymmetrical.) I also discovered a way to wear it as a shawl, not shown in the video: with the zipper closed, drape the sweater around the shoulders, cross the sleeves in front and tie the sleeves together in back under the shawl. That might work best on people who are exactly my size, though.

    Overall I like the sweater, though I'd like it even better if the zipper were less visible. If it holds up well to washing, I may make it my regular travel sweater because of the versatility.
    I have a bunch of great bags. Favorite color combos include Aubergine/Island, Navy/Solar, Forest/UV, Original Halcyon/Wasabi, Cloud/Viridian... and now also Seapine/UV!

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