Okay, Anatomie travel clothing didn’t make me throw out anything. But after visiting their headquarters in Miami and seeing their styles up close, I threw out my jeans anyway.
See, Anatomie approached me back in 2012 to try their designer travel clothing out. I was skeptical about a few things, not the least of which was the price.
I’m glad they soldiered beyond my skepticism and sent me three pieces (capri pants, a dress, and a lightweight cardigan) to try out, because they quickly became my favourite travel clothing. Four years later I still wear these pieces proudly, and they’ve withstood a goodly amount of abuse being with me on the road full-time.
Since then I’ve added significantly to my personal Anatomie travel clothing collection. In 2013 I bought two pairs of pants, a jacket, and two tops (one of which is pictured above). In 2015 I bought another jacket, cardigan, pair of pants….you get the idea. In some cases, I received a discount because of my affiliation with them. In some cases, I paid full price. And despite the hefty price tags, I was happy to do so. Almost my entire wardrobe is made by Anatomie, and it suits my travel lifestyle so well.
It’s lightweight (unbelievably so), quick-dry (less than 30 mins to air dry!), wrinkle free (any wrinkles wear out as soon as you put it on), easy to care for (duh), incredibly comfortable (their material is the perfect kind of stretchy), and super stylish.
Anatomie is a big part of the reason why I have been able to travel full-time with carry-on luggage only.
Want proof? Look at this picture.
This ultralight packing cube above (which is what Anatomie is about to start shipping their clothing in – woot! Free packing cube!), holds three pairs of pants, two tops, and two jackets (which are underneath the other clothes in this picture). All that weighs four pounds. (Caveat: If you’re traveling to a winter climate you’ll obviously need some warmer/heavier layers, which Anatomie also carries to a lesser degree). With a wardrobe that takes up so little space and weight, it’s easy to travel ultralight.
Travel Clothing Mistakes I’ve Made
It’s taken me a while to curate the perfect travel wardrobe. Quite a while, and more than a few mistakes.
All Function, No Fashion
When I started traveling full-time, I had an almost brand-new wardrobe, suited to the task of travel. It was moisture-wicking, convertible, quick-dry, technical stuff. Not cheap stuff. Stuff that had almost no style whatsoever (or at least, not my style). I hated my clothing so much, I didn’t even want to get out of bed in the morning.
Poor Cost Per Wear
So over the years, I changed up my wardrobe, replacing items here and there with whatever I could find that was more stylish and still travel-friendly. I learned as I went what kinds of clothes travel and wear well, and kept my eye out for them. But interestingly, many of those clothes – despite the price tag – didn’t withstand the rigours of travel nearly as gracefully as they should have. A $90 pair of stylish and travel-friendly pants from REI was exiled from my suitcase within a year for wearing in so badly. I was in a constant cycle of replacing clothes that gave my wardrobe constant variety, but ended up quite costly in the end.
Enter: Anatomie. When I was chatting with Kate and Shawn (Anatomie founders) in Miami, they didn’t bother denying that their clothes are expensive. (Let’s get it right: this is designer stuff, made of crazy-cool materials sourced in Italy and France, the likes of which I’ve never worn before).
“It’s all about cost per wear,” said Kate. And considering I was wearing four-year-old Anatomie pants at the time that I still counted among my favourite pants, I couldn’t disagree.
Anatomie Pants: The Fit
Which brings me to the fit of Anatomie’s pants, which on the whole are the best travel pants I’ve ever had. Period. They’re ultralight, stretchy, stylish, and can be dressed up or down.
They have different cuts, which are suitable for different body types. For example, Alex at Travel Fashion Girl cites the Skyler Travel pant as the best travel pant for women. I disagree. For me, it’s the Kate Skinny Cargo pant. But that’s because I’m a bit more well endowed in the hips and thighs department, and the Skyler is made for women with narrower hips and longer legs.
Curvier women will appreciate not only the Kate pant, but also the Susan and Andrea styles. I tried on both, and ended up taking away a pair of the Andrea pants.
You Have to See/Touch/Feel This Stuff
Speaking of the Andrea pants (which Anatomie refers to as contrast-panel leggings), I’d seen them in the Anatomie lineup for quite some time online, and been perplexed by them. With the contrasting panels on the knees, they looked like riding pants or something. But the minute I walked into the Anatomie headquarters and saw Kate wearing them, I had to have a pair. The site labels them as leggings, but Kate herself said they’re a three-in-one pant: jeans, dress pants, and even yoga pants. Nothing better for travel than multi-purpose stuff.
The same goes for the Merika Windbreaker which is one of their best-sellers – yet I couldn’t understand why from the pictures. I understood as soon as I tried it on. It’s silky, light, water and wind resistant, the mesh lining is super-comfortable, and the inside drawstring waistline can be adjusted to achieve different looks. It’s classy – and classic. And of course, it can be squished into your carry-on, and donned on arrival in perfect form.
I think it’s difficult for some people to make an initial leap of faith with Anatomie, because their styles really need to be seen and worn to be appreciated. Heck – I was skeptical, until they sent me three items to review four years ago, but I haven’t looked back since. And they have a great return policy, so if you order something that doesn’t work, you’re not stuck with it.
Men Will Have Options Too
For their 10th year anniversary, Anatomie branched into the men’s wear department. They started off with a few pairs of pants, and are in the process of designing some new styles. Check out the Anatomie site to see what they’ve currently got on offer.
While I was visiting I had a sneak peak at their men’s prototypes, as well as their upcoming styles for women, which I’m really excited about. They even gave me a sample off the rack that I’m wearing right now! But I’ll brag more about it later, after I’ve road-tested it thoroughly and when it’s available for you to enjoy as well.
I Threw Out my Jeans, Thanks to Anatomie Travel Clothing
So, after visiting Anatomie travel clothing headquarters, trying on their styles, and taking away yet another favourite travel pant, I threw out my jeans. I own four pairs of Anatomie pants now, and collectively, they weigh a fraction of my one pair of jeans, and take up even less space. They’re more comfortable, stylish, and way better for travel. Thanks, Anatomie!
I sat down today to write a post about my two-day visit to Miami (of which my time at Anatomie’s headquarters was a highlight). 1,000 words later with no mention of Miami, I had to force myself to stop raving about Anatomie travel clothing.
I won’t lie. These guys showed me a really nice time. I met people in person who I’d worked online with for years, and we got along well. They took me to lunch. We talked about our respective businesses, lives, and ambitions. They gave me four pieces of clothing, and would have given me more if I’d asked. They even arranged for me to stay in the very hip Vagabond Hotel, which of course I had to check out if for nothing else than the name. And if you click on any of the links in this post and end up buying something from Anatomie, I’ll get a commission (at no extra cost to you).
But I really like these guys. I like their clothes. Like, really. And more than once, I’ve put my money where my mouth is and I’ve bought their stuff. And it paid off in spades. I look good, I feel good, and I’m confident that on a cost-per-wear basis, I’ve made some very good decisions.
There’s a cough medicine in Canada that, years ago, based their slogan on brutal honesty:
It tastes awful. And it works.
And while I don’t expect Anatomie to adopt my bastardized version thereof, it too is brutally honest:
It ain’t cheap. And it shows.