The company that brought you the ‘best travel pants ever’ and the ‘ultimate travel blazer’ is doing it again with the only dress shirt you’ll ever need.
Seriously, I was just thinking that it would be nice to have a wrinkle-free travel shirt to go with the awesome Bluffworks travel blazer I’ve been stuffing into my carry-on, ever since I discovered how indestructible it was. I mean, what if there was a dress shirt that didn’t wrinkle so much that it looked like I’d used it as a pillow on the plane; one that was breathable, comfortable, and easy to wash.
The only company I know of who could pull that off is Bluffworks. And guess what. They did it!
Their Meridian dress shirt checks all the boxes. Because we’re so excited about it, we’ve negotiated a 10% discount when you use our coupon code (not applicable on sale items).Get Yours Here
A Wrinkle Free and Breathable Travel Shirt
Like the rest of the Bluffworks clothing line, the dress shirt is wrinkle-free, breathable, machine-washable and well-designed; Plus, able to blend into any environment and stand the test of time.
As you can imagine, when I was asked if I’d like to review the shirt, I jumped at the chance.
By the time I received the shirt, it had made a week-long haul across the ocean in a box to reach me. I took it out of the box and did a once over. Could it really be so wrinkle-free?
A week in a box didn’t do it much harm. It did have a crease near the pocket from the journey. I have to admit that my skepticism set in and I immediately started putting it to the test. (Scroll down to see the tests I put the shirt through, and the outcome.)
The shirt definitely passes the test for me. I’ve been wearing the shirt for a few months now and it’s one of my favorites. Not only is it wrinkle-free, it’s also breathable, so I don’t end up sweating as much. Let’s face it, one of the worst part of wearing dress shirts is that they’re stuffy and restricting. When your shirt starts showing pit sweat, you’ve lost the battle. This shirt isn’t cotton, though. It’s made with a 98% technical, breathable quick-dry polyester. That means it’s more like a sports shirt than a dress shirt.
A Stylish and Versatile Travel Shirt
If you didn’t think it was possible to have a shirt that combined all of these things into one perfect shirt, you’ve now been proven wrong. I definitely was. I have a closet full of shirts that don’t pass the test. Then I tried the Bluffworks shirt, and I changed my mind.
The classic fit shirt looks good on and provides a good range of motion. They have a tailored fit too. The pattern and colors of the shirt match both the Bluehour Classic Fit blazer and the charcoal Chino pants, that I have. Even though they’re all different colors, they look very nice together. Perfect for a dinner date or a night at the theater. See this guide for more possible pairings.
I thought the shirt might be a bit much for my casual office, but it wasn’t. We often go for a pint at the pub after work, and stand outside the pub while we drink. It was warm out for long sleeves, but I just rolled up the sleeves and it was perfect. When I rolled the sleeves down later on, they weren’t crumpled from having been rolled up for so long.
Putting the Shirt to the Test
I stuffed it — literally balled it up and shoved it between some other clothes — into a packing cube and put it in my travel backpack. In order to be sure it wouldn’t wrinkle on me during a trip, I left it in there for a few days. I hate having to call the hotel front desk for an iron. I’m pretty sure there’s no way this thing comes out wrinkle free.
After a few solid days in the cramped backpack, I got the shirt out and hung it up for a look. The same crease was still there by the pocket. (Yes, I was hoping one of its super powers would be the ability to self-heal.) I didn’t find any other major wrinkles. The back tail had a few small wrinkles. But no iron needed, after 2 days stuffed in a bag.
If I was traveling with the shirt, I would take it out of my bag and immediately wear it to dinner. So I did that. The shirt is meant to be worn for 5 days, so I figured I’d also wear it to work the next day. It works for both casual and dressier events, so I can go straight from work to an evening out without having to think about changing. It pairs really well with the Bluffworks Quilted Vest. The combination is perfect for an evening out on a spring or fall day.
By day 3 my coworkers were wondering why I was still wearing the same shirt. I don’t typically wear a shirt more than one day, to be honest. If I’d been on a trip, I probably would have continued wearing it the full 5 days to see if it could hold up. But at the risk of being ridiculed at work all week, I opted to throw the shirt in the wash and give it one last big test.
The real test of the 5-day dress shirt for me is whether it can be easily washed and dried while traveling. We tend to pack really light, so being able to replace 3 or 4 shirts with just this one would be fantastic.
If we were on a trip, the shirt would have to be washed in the sink and lined dried, so that’s how I did the test.
I washed the shirt at around 9pm. By the time I got up for work, it was completely dry. Judging by how lightweight the material is, it couldn’t have taken long to dry.
It didn’t come out entirely wrinkle-free, but it didn’t need to be ironed to look good enough for work. I actually liked the feel of the polyester fabric better after being washed. Some shirts get stiff and uncomfortable to wear after being line-dried, but the Bluffworks shirt didn’t. It has a nice natural-looking weave to it, even though it’s a technical fabric. If I’d done this test with any of my other dress shirts, it wouldn’t have turned out this well. So I’m very pleased.
I don’t typically wash my dress shirts in the washing machine. I send them out to be dry cleaned. The Bluffworks shirt is meant to be washed at home. It actually says “do not dry clean” on it. You can throw it in with the rest of the load, and even tumble dry it. It’s definitely a quick dry shirt, even if you hang dry it. The instructions say it may need a light ironing before wear.
Get the Bluffworks Travel Shirt
As far as mens travel shirts go, you can’t find a better one than this. It pairs really well with the blazer, the Gramercy pants and the Chino pants, so you can mix and match. It completes the full suit, or you can just wear it on its own with jeans or other travel pants. The possibilities are endless. Check it out here.
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(Disclaimer: I received this shirt as a sample for the purposes of providing a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own)
Nick Lynch travels the world in search of great experiences, food and drink. While he primarily provides photography and website support, he occasionally writes about his journeys, too.