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Reversible Skirt

I don't generally buy clothes designed specifically for travel, but I am really tempted by this reversible skirt!. What do you think? I wouldn't get the hawaiian type print, that just screams "I am a tourist." The subdued prints look nice and the idea of having two skirts in the space of one is what tempts me. If I buy it I will have to weigh it and test roll it up, to see if it really is a space and weight saver. I guess my question is, is it too kitschy to wear while traveling?

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I like to wear skirts when the weather warms up at home and while traveling.

The skirt you linked looks nice but it’s too short (for my taste) and I prefer natural fabrics, like cotton.
I’d think polyester would be too hot and it would defeat the purpose of wearing a skirt, but that’s just my opinion.

Happy travels!

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If you sew, a reversible skirt would be easy to make with cotton fabric and a longer length.

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This looks fine as the beach/pool cover-up it is primarily intended for. I couldn't see wearing it for anything active without shorts underneath it. For summer travel i would be looking for something longer and with a looser, more flowy fit. If you Google travel skirts, there are lots of options.

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It looks cute, and it’s fun to have something new that you remember buying because of a special vacation. You could always return it if it weighs too much, or you don’t like it after trying it on.

I like to wear dresses when I travel, and I sure saw many more dresses & skirts this year in Europe than previous years. One of the ladies on my recent Rick Steves Adriatic tour brought two of the Hawaii rip skirts the length you’re showing and wore them a lot.

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I'm not sure I would want it for travel other than to the beach. My concern would be wind - those wrap skirts can be quite revealing if the wearer is over-taken by a surprise gust! (I have seen it happen to others and been a victim myself. I stopped purchasing wraps after a particularly embarrassing street crossing.)

Where are you traveling? I am just back from Scandinavia and northern Germany. I was a bit surprised to see many of the women in mid-calf length dresses and skirts. Nice and summery and perfect for temps in the 80s, but I had expected to also see above the knee skirts and sun dresses which were missing. It would be interesting to see what is being worn in other countries! (By the way, I had an above the knee black travel skirt to wear on the hottest days. I didn't let the longer length of other women's hemlines make me feel awkward. I was appropriately attired and no one cared!)

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I like the concept of the reversible skirt and would consider buying one for travel to really hot climates, but that one is way to short for me (I'm 5' 11"). The Ripskirt Hawaii skirts Jean mentioned come in a variety of lengths, and I have considered trying one of their midi lengths.

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I've used the rip skirts in above the knee on a trip to Cabo. They would be great on a beachy vacation. You wear your swimsuit underneath. However, they do come in longer lengths - midi length. They are very lightweight, comfortable and dry very fast.

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Sharon, I have two of the Hawaii rip skirts that I bought in their #3 length which is slightly below the knee. The fabric is similar to swimsuit fabric & feels good next to your skin. I love how quickly they dry!

One thing I’ll mention - my first one is a navy patterned fabric and the second one is bright flowers on a white background. The backside of the fabric is white, so when it catches a bit of wind, it’s much less noticeable with the pattern that already has white on it.

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I was a bit surprised to see many of the women in mid-calf length dresses and skirts. Nice and summery and perfect for temps in the 80s, but I had expected to also see above the knee skirts and sun dresses which were missing

ORDtraveller, as a Northern European (UK) I’m a great fan of mid-calf length or longer in a summer skirt or dress. Evenings are often chilly. PLUS: it means no stress about hairy legs or pale legs or incipient varicose veins…

In the UK, I do feel that the midi length slightly floaty summer dress or skirt is pretty much a staple. So flattering for most women. But no one will care if you wear shorter skirts. For me it’s just a comfort thing.

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Thanks, Golden Girl! I must say I thought all the mid-calf length dresses and skirts I saw were quite flattering.

I haven’t been in Europe during summer months for a number of years. I travel shoulder and off season typically, but my travel companion for this trip was only available June and July. My last few summer travels were in the US South where the hem lines tended higher and included shorts for women. I opted for skirts or dresses slightly above the knee in those casual touristed areas. Not a criticism, just an observation of the differences in my recent experiences.

I did enjoy the “flowing” look I saw on women in Europe. I have some of those lengths and will make note if there is a next summer visit. Fun to see the travel fashion choices!