A couple of months ago we were contacted by a company called Scottevest to try out some of their travel clothes.
We had heard a bit about it and are always looking for ways to improve our wardrobe so we thought we would give it a try.
“The Scottevest, was our puffy shirt.”
The people at Scottevest were very nice and generous in their offer. The let us each choose a couple of pants, a couple of shirts, fleece hoodies and two of their vests and I even had the opportunity to order a trench coat – I thought that this would be a great addition for business trips. It seemed like a great opportunity to work with a new company and try out some new travel clothing.
Seinfeld and the Puffy Shirt
It was one of those moments that we didn't really put a lot of thought into. We were speaking at a Travel Blogging conference and Scottevest asked us if we'd be interested in wearing their clothes during our session.
When we received our package just two days before the conference, we realized we had just made an error.
We had accepted an offer without testing the product first, something we would never normally do.
Instead, we went on hearsay. Lots of travel bloggers were endorsing Scottevest so it seemed like a natural fit. But we never should have made the commitment before testing the clothing ourselves. We were experiencing a Seinfeld moment.
You remember the one when Jerry agreed to wear one of Kramer's girlfriend's designs and it ended up being a puffy pirate shirt? Agreeing to wear Scottevest at the conference, was our puffy shirt moment.
Not our Style
When we took our clothes out of the box and tried them on, we knew we messed up. It was only two days before we flew to the conference and we had agreed to wear these clothes.
The clothes seemed to fit in all the wrong places. Instead of giving a nice tailored feel, he looked frumpy. We thought we would be getting lightweight clothing fit for travellers, but instead they were heavy and bulky.
The women cuts weren't any better. My shirts were too tight around the chest and hips and too loose at the stomach and crotch.
I don't normally have that problem when trying on clothes. I am usually of average body type, no matter what the size.
If I've gained or lost weight and gone up or down a size, my clothes always fit in the right places. That wasn't the case with my Scottevest clothing.
We were very upset with how we looked and we wanted to be confident and comfortable on stage when speaking at the conference.
These clothes did not make us feel our best, but we had already said yes. We couldn't back out now.
We solved our problem by wearing the vests over our clothes. The vests themselves are quite nice.
They have a more tailored feel than the rest of the clothing and when we put it on over our shirts, we felt better. As far as the pants, we'd be sitting down anyway.
“Scottevest added 18 pounds to our travel gear.”
Light Travel Clothing is a Must
One of our rules when we trek around the world is that our travel clothing needs to be light. Luggage weight limits are shrinking on airlines, and I don't want to have to pay for excess luggage. Plus I don't want excess weight on my back when navigating busy city streets or catching ferries and buses during my travels. Unfortunately Scottevest clothing is heavy, and the few items of clothing that we added to our packing list put on an extra 18 pounds.
The Scottevest concept
It's not surprising that the Scottevest travel clothes are on the heavy side and unfashionable.
The whole idea of the wardrobe is to be able to put everything that you need for traveling into your pockets.
There's room for cell phones, water bottles, iPads, note pads and anything else you can think of putting in your carry on.
So there are many compartments inside that add extra weight and layers.
I tried using this function but I kept losing everything in my pockets. You need an owners manual to wear the clothing.
I understand the concept is to lighten your carry-on load by putting all your heavy items in your pockets, but what are you going to do with all that stuff once you arrive at your destination?
Are you going to have to stuff your pockets every time you move hotels or go to the next island or city?
Sure it might help you with weight limits at the airport but I still think the solution is to pack less, not stuff your pockets.
If you want to travel carry-on only, I could see how Scottevest would come in handy though.
You can put all of your electronics in your vest or trenchcoat and then put the rest in your suitcase.
I however, don't want to have to use my vest or my trenchcoat pockets as a suitcase, I want to be able to protect my electronics by packing them with the proper padding and hard cases and I want to have a place to put everything when I arrive at my destination.
Besides, I want to be comfortable in my clothing when traveling. I spend hours at airports, the last thing I want to do is be weighted down with everything.
Dress Like a Traveller
Scottevest's motto is “Dress like a traveler not a tourist”
Our travel style is to dress like neither a traveler nor a tourist. We dress in what is comfortable.
I would think that one would stand out more as a tourist when wearing a vest and khakis than a person wearing board shorts and a tank top in Australia, a sari in India, t-shirt and Jeans in London or even fisherman's pants in Thailand.
There are people out there who like to dress this way and there are people out there who like to carry everything in their pockets and if you do, Scottevest is right for you.
Unfortunately, it's not our style of clothing or our style of travelling.
To check out Scottevest travel clothing for yourself, visit their website