Friday, September 14, 2012

How to travel with Vintage Dresses by Teresa {Bess Georgette}

Today's post is brought to you by Teresa of Bess Georgette - Teresa not only runs a great blog (I  previously put together a guest post for one of Teresa's wonderful series, My Vintage Memory) but sells a beautiful selection of vintage dresses and accessories online. 

Hi lovely Andi B. Goode readers! I'm Teresa and when I'm not lucky enough to be guest posting for Andi, you can find me rambling on about all things vintage at Bess Georgette. I was honoured and excited when Andi asked if I'd like to write a post for her. Especially when she said she'd love something with a vintage and travel theme. Two things I adore!

I love to travel and I love my vintage dresses so it goes without saying that when it comes to packing for a trip...I take a little time! Not only do I have trouble deciding which dresses I want to wear when I reach my destination but I need to take into account how well they will travel.

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There's no getting around it. Dresses are going to crease when you travel but there are things you can do to prevent the amount and the severity of creases. One way to is be careful about the way you pack. Everyone has their own way of packing but when it comes to dresses I have always rolled them and if you're really careful in the way you do it, there is no ironing needed when you arrive!

In the past I have rolled my dresses individually and while this method works well, creases do sneak in so I make sure I unpack my dresses and hang them straight away. Another way to roll, which I'm thinking about trying on my next trip, is rolling a group of dresses together. The idea is to:

  • Begin with the largest dress and the one most likely to crease on the outside.
  • Stack your dresses (from largest to smallest) on top of each other in the centre. You can also add items like corsets or jewellery cases to hold the shape.
  • Then...roll! Be careful with your rolling and remember to smooth as you go. 
  • When you're finished you can tie it with a scarf to keep it in its bundle and the scarf will also help protect your dresses while in transit.

Like I said, I don't think there is any absolute crease-proof method to packing but I'm hoping the above roll method will help my vintage dresses stay as wrinkle-free as possible.

How about you? Do you have any handy packing methods? I'd love to hear them.


  1. Terrific, practical tips, Bess, thanks for sharing. Between my many years in Girl Guides (packing for tons of camping trips) and more moves (both near and far) than I car to remember, I've certainly done my fair share of packing over the years.

    A couple of things I've found helpful are to stuff items (for example, socks) into shoes, and to place shoes (soles to the walls) around the outside walls of the suitcase (and/or in the corners).

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Really good idea! I always roll my outfits when travelling, but I like the idea of rolling the most easily creased over the other ones! My next holiday will mark the first holiday I'm going to travel with my vintage dresses - I used to have dresses too pretty to wear every day but now my wardrobe's evolved :p

    Thanks for the great article!

    Nora Finds

  3. I always roll all my clothes, and hang them overnight in hotel bathrooms (the steam/air con de-creases them).

  4. That's a great idea plus you are packing the scarf, too, instead of folding it and then having fold creases in the scarf.

  5. I really hate to prepare my suitcase for all my trips... I spend hours to choose which ones I want to take with me, what kind of accessories I can match and will be easy to pack...
    My suitcases are different if I travel by plane or car... By car, I use a large vintage suitcases and a hat box for fragile items like purses, hats, hair flowers... I never thought to roll my vintage dresses! A tips for vintage jewels, I stock them in the purses I put in my suitcase.

  6. Oh I am great believer in rolling! Lovely post xx


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