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Favorite lightweight but warm clothing items at the moment....

I know people have mentioned Vuori joggers and there's always the old thin wool sweater stand by...

As much as I like jeans, they are generally not very warm or lightweight (and the lightweight/chambray type ones aren't warm).

Any current favorites or tried and true oldies as we head into fall?

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If you have a membership at Costco, check out their clothing. Lots of warm and lightweight stuff for sale right now - good quality and really good prices. I just bought 2 pairs of Orvis fleece-lined leggings on sale now for $10.99 each. I went a size up when I bought mine and they fit perfectly and are warm and comfy. You can buy them online as well.'-lined-legging.product.100837178.html

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For travel or home base? My first qualification for travel clothing is ease of care, which means 100% hydrophobic fabrics or 100% merino wool withe odd piece of silk. After that, I look for practicality and utility which includes down and synthetic coats from Eddie Bauer and Patagonia and rainwear from Outdoor Research. Great wool socks from several outfits.
For winter here in Boise, Idaho (where we are enjoying rain for the first time since April) my Cabela's fleece lined jeans and Pitlochry wool sweaters come out of deep storage. Costco wool socks.

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Apropos: REI has a sale coming up, November 11 through 21, 2022. Significant 20-30% savings on wool, down, synthetics, travel packs, more.

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Love my cozy light weight fleece zip up and pullovers. Never go to London with out them.

I also take a my comfortable Amazon Essentials zip up puffer vest. Its packs into a small easy to carry bag. For me its an ideal colder months travel essential . The interior pockets are perfect for iphone, wallet, and gloves. I also love that it wards of the chill I got between my shoulder blades.

Have chosen to wear jeans since my first London visit in the 70’s. Take 2 pair. Comfortable well worn Levis and a pair of pencil leg black Gloria Vanderbuilt jeans which I wear to theatre.

Always take smart wool socks and a pair of merino wool leggings as a base layer. Not inexpensive but durable, comfortable and easy to wash and dry

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This sweater is super soft and lightweight, and a great layering piece. It’s also available in a crew neck. If you’re looking for a great piece to tuck in your personal item in case it’s cold on the plane, this is it.

Amazon Essentials Women's Classic-Fit Lightweight Long-Sleeve V-Neck Sweater (Available in Plus Size)

Costco sells 32 Degree base layers that are great for warmth under pants/jeans, and are super lightweight.

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I traveled last November to Italy, I love my cuddle duds (ultra thin undershirts and pants), wool sweaters and long black coat any time I travel in the winter. The Cuddle Duds also double as a pj since I can wash them and they dry quickly.

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The Uniqlo leggings are great, too. Thin enough to go under jeans or any other pants when needed, and really do add warmth.

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I put a Uniqlo top on today for working in the garden…it’s cosy!
I think I’ll get the leggings too next time I’m near the store.

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Woolx "Stella" leggings and mid weight tunic top. Wear the leggings alone with a long top or under another pair of pants as a base layer. I also like the Naadam $75 cashmere sweaters. They weigh almost nothing, fold up very small, and provide a lot of warmth for the weight.

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I just discovered these Dickies compression socks. They serve two purposes: 1) compression socks for the flight, and 2) they are warm. Most compression socks are very thin and provide little warmth. These are not heavy, but thicker than the normal compression socks.

Dickies compression socks

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Over the years, I have really enjoyed wearing an REI black zip up fleece on the plane and in airports. It's warm, light, and has inside pockets. I am on my second one now. I also am on my second pair of silk long underwear from REI. As something I wore many days during the winter, not just on trips, I found them to be very light weight, easy to wash, quick to dry, slips under anything. Not cheap but maybe you could score in the sale coming up.

Costco wool socks and underwear have also been a staple of my wardrobe for cold days.

Thanks for all the good ideas everyone!