Style vs. Comfort?

It is the eternal question – particularly when planes, trains and automobiles are involved. Now, it’s no secret that I have long lamented the fact that travel has lost a good deal of its chic in recent years as far too many people appear to think that anything from pajamas to ill-fitting short shorts are suitable travel gear. And given the trying nature of traveling nowadays, to some degree I can’t blame them. I mean who wants to get all dolled up for a flight only to be forced to completely strip down by an overzealous TSA agent?

Oh the conundrum.

That said, I do believe that there exists a happy medium between looking a hot mess and dressing to the nines when you’re on the road and one such option comes courtesy of Ristefsky Macheda, the stylish Australian menswear label destined for world domination. I was first introduced to brand a few years back by its co-founders Stephen Ristefsty and Vincent Macheda and I have been one of its biggest fans ever since. I was particularly drawn to the fact that in my first conversation with the two Aussies, they described their underwear as being for the kind of man who wants his under gear to be of the same quality as his outerwear. In other words, it was for men who desired something more sophisticated than Fruit of the Loom to wear beneath their Prada suits (no offense Fruit of the Loom). And, from personal experience, I can tell you that they succeeded.

The same can be said of Ristefsky Macheda’s swimwear collections which always offer unmistakably sophisticated styling in tandem with a flattering (and forgiving) fit (For the record, the St. Tropez Board Short is particularly to-die-for if you’re in the market). But what, you may ask, does all this have to do with travel? Well beyond the fact that resort season is upon us, Ristefsky Macheda has just launched a new Fashion Active line that is not only ideal for active pursuits but perfect for traveling.

Like most items from Ristefsky Macheda, the flair of the Fashion Active collection lies in subtle details. Cotton Yoga Pants have a low crotch, a tapered leg and sexy off-center zipper. Similarly the Active Pant is fully lined with a side draw string. Pair either with a hoody from the collection and/or a fitted t-shirt and you’ve got a look that is both put together and comfortable for your next trip. It ain’t a suit and tie, but few travel experiences deserve that kind of treatment these days.

And for those rare casual moments when you’re hanging out in your hotel room in between meetings or just lounging by the pool after a long day, Ristefsky Macheda’s Jersey or Active shorts, paired with a tank from the collection will ensure that you relax in style. So to the question of Style vs. Comfort when it comes traveling, I say why choose when Ristefsky Macheda offers both?

Until next time…be well…live Wells.


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