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Looking for recommendations on long sleeve quick dry travel blouses

I am looking for tops that are quick dry, breathable xxl size. I have some royal robbins expedition shirts where i could spill and you would never notice.

What are your favorite non wrinkle travel shirts?

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Look at Orvis. I have bought many shirts there that travel well.

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I can vouch for the 2 Eddie Bauer shirts Donna linked. The first one in particular because it's stretchy. I used to wear XXL in EB tops and they fit me well.

This link to EB women's shirts should work:

https://www.eddiebauer.com/c/20151/womens-shirts?cm_re=banner_1_to_p_wshirts_230220

I have an embarrassing number of EB long-sleeved button-up shirts that I wear as a uniform over a very light tee at home and on trips depending on the weather. I can recommend the styles below which should be reachable on the page that the link goes to. These are pricey now, but you might see some on sale or clearance. I've never paid full price.

Over the years I've collected these so I have them in many colors. Of all of them, the first one is my favorite. I love the pockets on all of them, especially the ones that have buttons or velcro.

Women's Departure 3.0 Long-Sleeve Shirt

Women's UPF Guide Long-Sleeve Shirt -- currently waiting on delivery of the Deep Sea color for this one which I got on the EB Memorial Day sale.

Women's Mountain Ripstop Long-Sleeve Shirt

Women's UPF Guide 2.0 Shirt

Women's Packable Long-Sleeve Shirt

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I also have the Eddie Bauer departure shirt. It is good for layering and the version I have at least has buttons that allow you to make it 3/4 sleeved. It washes well and is very light weight. I really like it.

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How nice of everyone to give such great ideas, and thanks for the reminder, I need to order some more Columbia sun shirts. I like this one, have several in white & blue, it has snaps rather than buttons which is more convenient if wearing over a T-shirt. https://www.rei.com/product/112359/columbia-pfg-tamiami-ii-long-sleeve-shirt-womens. (PS, I was surprised they were only $50, I'm sure this is a sale. They last for years and dry quickly.)

No, it doesn't make a noise while wearing it, no rustle, I could see how that would be irritating.

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I have vitiligo and need to keep covered in sun. I've tried many shirts. My favorite is Ex Officio blouses. So very lightweight and cool, doesn't wrinkle, always looks nice.

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Following on from this thread, any recommendations for sleeveless quick drying tops to wear under this kind of shirt? thanks

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I highly recommend the Uniqlo's Airism line of tank tops. This fabric actively cools human skin. Perfect for summer.

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I like to use swim rash guards like a long-sleeved T-shirt. They have SPF ratings, long or short sleeves, many sizes and colors/patterns, can be washed in a sink and dry overnight, easy to pack, can be worn under another button-type shirt, and are inexpensive (when on sale).

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re: Orvis blouses/shirts. While traveling in hot, humid SÉ Asia, I received many compliments and inquiries about my Orvis shirts as I didn‘t look hot or humid like the other travelers I was with.

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My favorite is Ex Officio blouses.

I also like(d) them, but sadly Ex Officio has transitioned to selling only underwear :(

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I'll vote for the EB Departure shirt. Mine is from 2022 and is the Departure 2.0 which is now the Departure 3.0. I will say that my SIL got one at the same time and it does not fit her well across the bust. I have the white one which I like a lot. I wear a bigger size than my SIL and it fits fine thru the chest.

Here's my review after my 2022 trip to Italy:

"Last spring I got seduced by Travel Fashion Girl’s blog posts. She goes on and on and onnnn about the Eddie Bauer Departure 2.0 sunshirt. I got it last spring in white and then had buyers remorse…”A WHITE shirt for travel, what was I thinking??” Too late to return, I tried it this trip and OMG, it is wonderful and impervious to dirt (and trust me I’m kind of a slob when traveling…spilling stuff, etc.). Picture this. I didn’t wash it the whole trip but wore it nearly every day as a sunshirt over a tee. It doesn’t even look dirty. No collar or cuff grunge. Wore it on water taxis, trains, Rome Metro. Into museums, dungeons, parks, churches. The last few days in Rome I tried to get it dirty by leaning against walls, outdoor stone benches, you name it. Nope! Clean-looking and not smelly in spite of it being 100% polyester and 80+ F in Rome the last 3 days. This garment stays on the travel team!"

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Depending on when your trip is, you might check out what Costco has. Sometimes Costco sells the Eddie Bauer Departure top at a much reduced price. Two years ago, I bought one at Costco and another in a different color on the Eddie Bauer website and there wasn't any difference in them.

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I just came home from Costco. They had a blouse for $5, "Modern American" Ladies Travel Shirt. The fabric did seem breathable.

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Depending on when your trip is, you might check out what Costco has.
Sometimes Costco sells the Eddie Bauer Departure top at a much reduced
price. Two years ago, I bought one at Costco and another in a
different color on the Eddie Bauer website and there wasn't any
difference in them.

I bought two of these shirts from Costco (because of Pam, lol) and will say they do fit somewhat slim across the chest, and the white color is a bit too transparent to wear without something under it. That said, they wash up beautifully and I don't think they "swish" too much.

You might also check thrift stores and consignment shops, I have found Eddie Bauer, Royal Robbins, and Ex Officio for very low prices. But you don't need specific travel brand clothes, just things that wash and wear easily. Check labels of what you have now that you like and to see the fabric content, then look for similar blends second hand (or even first hand at places like TJ Max). Some of my best travel shirts cost less than $5. And do test wash/dry/wear everything before you travel - I've skipped this step and regretted it!

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All these links and suggested brands of travel clothing are very helpful. Thanks!

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Don’t forget golf shirts (short and long sleeved). Most are now offering some degree of sun and UV protection..

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Take a look at the swim tops (sleeve length choices too) at Lands End. I got a pair of swim shorts and one of the short sleeve tops. I took on my France tour and wore at Pont du Gard to sit in the stream below the aquaduct, but also wore the top with a skirt and with some capris as day wear. It was very versatile and also provided sun protection. I appreciated the fact it was easy to wash out in the evening and have it dry by morning.

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I’ll add that I also like the Eddie Bauer departure blouses. I actually like the ones sold in the outlet better than the version in the regular store. They wash fine in a sink and dry quickly. A added bonus is that they’re also nice enough to also wear to work (not just travel specific) and they never need ironed. So win-win.