What's New in Travel Duds
by Janet Groene

As a travelwriter I'm constantly on the go, yet I can venture aloft, ashore or afloat with one, compact wardrobe--give or take a layer or two. New fabrics and designs allow endless  versatility, from slacks that adapt to multiple leg lengths to cami's that can be worn as  bra , halter top, under-blouse and swim top.

The new travel vests have pockets for everything, starting with your wallet, keys and smart phone. They come in a vast choice of  styles, colors, security features and warm or cool fabrics. Airline passengers like them because they hold  anything from a passport to heavy camera lenses, and they don't count in your weight allowance. For hikers they carry compact binoculars, healthful homemade snacks and field guides. Parents can fill vests with a pacifier, wet wipes, a bottle, a surprise toy.

Jackets and coats with zip-out linings, and sometimes a removable hood _ have been around forever but new, high-tech fabrics and zippers make them better in every way. Major makers of adventure wear also offer zip-off legs and sleeves. For the woman who travels sleeveless,  Sleevey Wonders can be worn under a sleeveless dress or blouse to add  a dressy, after-dark look.

Adding a smart scarf, shawl or stole has always been a way for women to add color and style while covering shoulders if the evening turns chilly. Silk chiffon _ is an elegant,  timeless choice. For versatility, get one in an extra-long length  in white or black to go with everything. Cotton kerchiefs are a cowboy casual classic in many colors and patterns, ideal for men and women. In equatorial heat, soak one in cool water before tying around your head or neck.

Clip-on bows or sparkles have always been a wise choice for dressing up plain pumps. New designs from Boot Dazzles are an ultra-stylish way to customize footwear.  Stretchable bands artfully made with beads and feathers, they enhance any boots or shoes and they can also be worn as arm or head bands.

The ultimate, all-purpose garment is the sarong, also known as a lava-lava or pareu. In the South Pacific it's worn by men and women as skirt, pantaloons, dress or scarf. It can be spread on the ground as a picnic sit-upon spread over a bed for a quick nap, worn as a beach cover-up and laundered in a wink. It's simply a rectangle of fabric large enough to wrap around and tie. Buy one in a smart batik or make your own. Fabric should be thin and supple for tying but not so transparent that you can't wear it as your only garment.

Janet Groene is an award-winning travelwriter who covers fashions for camping and RV travel for