How to Survive Five Days with One Outfit

For those who are always on the road—or just like to keep their closet spartan—we built an outfit that works as well on Friday as it did last Monday.

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It sounds like some kind of curse: five days, one outfit, zero changes of clothes. But as it turns out, getting through multiple days of sweat, dirt, and road grime—and looking good in the process—is not as hard as it sounds. Considering factors such as breathability, comfort, and odor control, we set out to put together the ultimate men’s outfit for a five-day stretch away from the home closet.

Eddie Bauer Active Pro CoolMax Crew Socks ($8)

(Courtesy Eddie Bauer)

Sweat is your enemy for multiday use, especially when it comes to wet, stinky feet. Keep the odor on the low with these Eddie Bauer socks that feature mesh venting and a patented moisture-resistant polyester to keep your feet dry and comfortable for days on end.


Lululemon Soujourn Jogger ($140)

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For anyone who is still under the illusion that Lululemon only makes yoga pants, here’s your chance to repent. Lululemon’s Sojourn Jogger, made with Warpstreme fabric that channels away sweat, is the most flexible, do-anything pant around, and its Anti-Ball Crushing design gives you a little more room to breathe.


Woolly Clothing Co. Men’s Merino Wool Long-Sleeve Henley ($60)

(Courtesy Woolly Clothing)

Cotton may be classic, but it’s also a killer in the odor department. Heavy, hot, and absorbent, everyone’s favorite T-shirt material is basically a funk sponge. Luckily, there are some sharp-looking alternatives, like the Woolly Clothing Merino Wool Henley. Unlike cotton, merino absorbs and wicks moisture away from the body, rather than trapping it on the skin and letting the stink creep in. This clean and simple long-sleeve tee with a Henley-style neck is a solid go-to for a long travel days or even a night out on the mountain town.


Under Armour Original Series Twist Boxer ($16)

(Courtesy Under Armour)

Under Armour’s Original Series Twist Boxer is a lightweight, breathable alternative to the many technical workout boxers and briefs on the market. Constructed with super-light fabric, this boxer fits loose but stretches with you, preventing obnoxious bunching while giving you the protection you need over the long haul. Designed with the same anti-odor technology as its competitive line, UA’s Twist is a happy medium between the cotton comfort club and the world of spandex. At night, give them a quick wash—your undies will dry quickly and be clean and fresh the next day.


Patagonia R1 Full-Zip Fleece Jacket ($160)

(Courtesy Patagonia)

Featuring Polygiene, an application of silver chloride that prevents the fungal and bacterial growth that contributes to your multiday musk, the Patagonia R1 Full-Zip Jacket is designed to be worn again and again. The breathable fleece provides a warm boost when you need it but ensures that your base layers don’t turn into a soupy mess in the process. This jacket’s perfect when carrying a pack on longer hikes or as a midlayer under your ski coat, and it’s stylish enough to be worn out around town.


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