Modern Living: Stretch & Smash

The woman traveler is rapidly moving out of the Drip-Dry Era into the Smashable Age. For years, her only alternatives were paying excess-baggage fees for wrinkleable clothes of regular stay-at-home weight, which had to be pressed again and again, or going lightweight and drip-dry, in the universally recognizable tourist costumes of Orion, nylon or Dacron, which, if well enough styled at times, were never really chic. But in this season's suitcases, wadded and crumpled like hasty lumps of dough, are vacation wardrobes of considerable elegance and style. The seemingly unsalvageable lumps emerge as slight, figure-skimming dresses made of featherweight knits and...

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