Table of contents
- A brief rundown: Bluffworks Zenith button-down dress shirts
- Summary: The new Lenox wrinkle-free dress shirts
- Technical features of the Zenith Dress Shirts
- Versatile use cases for the Zenith and Lenox dress shirts
- Are the Bluffworks wrinkle-free dress shirts worth the money?
- Conclusion: Bluffworks dress shirts for travel
I never knew I needed button-down dress shirts specifically made for travel, but now I don’t know what I’d do without them. Bluffworks’ answer to a wrinkle-free travel dress shirt for men is the Zenith Travel Dress Shirt, an affordable and versatile travel staple.
When I’m traveling out of town for a wedding weekend, business conference or a family event, I need a shirt that won’t require an iron to get the wrinkles out. The Bluffworks Zenith dress shirts and Lenox dress shirts are the best travel dress shirt I can trust.
I find that they’re versatile, comfortable and have a heap of good features to talk about. If you’re considering these shirts as travel button-down dress shirts, keep reading about why these just might be the best travel dress shirts out there.
A brief rundown: Bluffworks Zenith button-down dress shirts
In the photos that follow, I am wearing the Zenith Dress Shirt in Classic Fit, Multicolor Gingham, Size S.
These smart travel dress shirts are more than a Zoom shirt, and I say that because I debuted my Zenith dress shirt at an online work Zoom party with my coworkers in 2020 while I was wearing a pair of loungey joggers.
Bluffworks says these shirts have many lives, and even outside the video meeting outfit, they sure do.
A lot of the excitement for these wrinkle-free flattering dress shirts for men is that they are timeless in style and have lots of qualities worth telling your friends about.
I say this because I often wind up talking about all my Bluffworks travel shirts when I’m on trips and wearing them: they’re a great conversation-starter once you start showing everyone how they refuse to wrinkle (and repel water).
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Summary: The new Lenox wrinkle-free dress shirts
The Lenox dress shirt collection from Bluffworks is also made from the signature wrinkle-free, odor-resistant and soft knit fabric. The difference between the Lenox and the Zenith is that the Lenox has “pointed lapel with collar stays.”
This technical shirt is a dab more formal than the Zenith, and only comes in solid colors (think of wearing one to a wedding or formal event). Of course, the Lenox travel dress shirts are also machine-washable, which comes in so handy if you’re scared of ironing (I am).
Technical features of the Zenith Dress Shirts
The Zenith shirts have a host of features that earn them the titles of the “best men’s travel dress shirts” for professionals and travelers.
Let’s check them out here.
When I wear dress shirts, I prefer the look of rolling up the sleeves, so my ideal dress shirt is one that doesn’t get sleeve wrinkles. Only shirts that are wrinkle free allow this. Some of my other travel shirts look terrible when I try to roll down the sleeves after rolling them up.
The Zenith travel dress shirts don’t wrinkle… at all.
Specifically for the arm-rolling, this wrinkle-free feature is useful because you can wear the same shirt twice and not have sleeves be wrinkled after the second time. No one will ever know you wore it yesterday. This is a game-changer, specific to when you’re away from home and don’t plan to do laundry until you get back.
The shirts are even wrinkle-free after I take them out of my packing cubes during a trip. For more on packing cubes, including the Bluffworks packing cubes, check out my rundown of the best packing cubes for travel.
Slight stretch component
With a blend of 94% polyester and 6% spandex for the Zenith, these shirts are slightly stretchy. This makes them comfortable to wear for an entire day. They are more forgiving when you are dancing at a wedding, or sitting all day in an office.
The material has odor-repellent qualities, so they tend not to smell like any BO, even after multiple wears. This is useful for me if I only bring one shirt on a trip, and have multiple times that I need to wear a nice shirt.
Water, stain and spill-resistant
I enjoy showing this off when I’m at meals with friends during a trip. I’ll splash a little water on my Bluffworks Zenith shirt and show everyone how it stays as a little droplet without making the shirt wet at all. You can just dab off any moisture droplets that fall on these shirts.
That is a great aspect of a travel shirt because the idea is that you may not have access to a washer during a three- or five-day trip.
Care and washability
The Zenith shirts are machine-washable, which is huge for anyone who dislikes going to a dry cleaners just to care for dress shirts. These travel dress shirts go right through the laundry and hang dry with no problem.
Versatile use cases for the Zenith and Lenox dress shirts
Plainly put, these travel dress shirts are very multi-purpose. You can wear Bluffworks’ dress shirts for a business meeting and then a nice night out.
Regarding how I’ve worn them during travel, I’ve worn the Zenith travel button-downs to holiday dinners with my wife’s family, wedding rehearsal dinners, client events and wedding weekend social gatherings.
The Bluffworks dress shirts are also ideal for wearing with a suit like the Bluffworks Gramercy travel suit. You can learn more at my Gramercy suit review! Further, don’t miss my tips on how to fold a suit for travel.
Interested in packing like a minimalist? I have a few tips about minimalist packing, here, including how to get your wardrobe down to a small capsule of must-have essentials like these dress shirts.
Are the Bluffworks wrinkle-free dress shirts worth the money?
I never even thought I’d be wearing them more than a few times, but I wind up packing them on most trips I take. The Zenith shirts work well under a blazer, or with Bluffworks’ Ascender Chinos for a decent business casual outfit.
While you’re here, don’t miss our list of the best men’s pants for travel, including the Bluffworks line of men’s travel pants.
I’ve worn them with brown or black jeans to the same effect. They’re an easy way to look put together, especially when you’re on the road without your entire closet at your disposal.
This being said, if you really don’t think you’d get use out of a shirt like this, then it’s not for you; however, the Zenith style and the Lenox style isn’t going out of style anytime soon, so if you may have a few limited uses even in the next few years, it’s great to have a wrinkle-free dress shirt on hand for taking on some travel.
Regarding the investment required for this essential in men’s travel apparel, note that Bluffworks often has seasonal sales during which the retail price of these shirts may get marked down as much as 30%. I wouldn’t wait though, because your desired size and color might go out of stock or on backorder.
Conclusion: Bluffworks dress shirts for travel
Bluffworks is a brand that’s building great apparel for travel with all these useful features in mind.
If you’re interested in seeing some of the Bluffworks women’s products for a woman in your life or on your gift list (or if you’re a woman reading our site), check out an example of what Bluffworks now offers for ladies, like the Women’s Naha Travel Joggers.
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