One of the most difficult parts of planning for a trip is figuring out what clothing to pack. You have limited space so you have to pack light. Before I embark on a major trip, I usually end up buying at least one piece of clothing. It might be convertible travel pants, a pair of shoes, or a fleece. I set out to find the best travel dresses that would be versatile enough to wear traveling and back home.
I find I prefer dresses to skirts because I don’t want to worry about finding a matching shirt, and somehow it’s easier to change up the look with different accessories, more so than with a skirt.
What to look for in a travel dress?
- Easy-to-pack and fold without wrinkling
- Easy to dress up or down
- One that fits well
- Breathable material
Best Travel Dresses
1. Karen Kane 3/4 Sleeve A-Line Dress
Karen Kane 3/4 Sleeve A-Line Dress is machine washable and is available in sizes XS – XL. It’s available in black only. I love the scoop neck. Made of a rayon and Spandex blend, it is wrinkle resistant and has a bit of a stretch to it, making it very comfortable. It’s great for cooler climates and air-conditioned restaurants because of its longer sleeves. This is such an easy travel dress to dress up or down. I bought it for traveling but it has become a staple for work as it’s easy to change necklaces or add a scarf to change the look. It looks good with sandals, flats, heels or black boots. It’s made in America too.
2. ExOfficio Sol Cool Dress
This dress from ExOfficio is a cute, versatile, sleeveless dress. You could wear it on the beach or throw some heels on with it and go out to a fancy restaurant. It comes in many different colors and patterns available which make it fun for traveling. Plus, it wicks away moisture and has UPF protection of 50+. There’s even a small zippered security pocket on the right side. This dress is made from a blend of polyester and Spandex so it is easy to pack without wrinkling. We have several pieces from ExOfficio, and they are all our go-to travel pieces. Click to check out the ExOfficio Sol Cool Dress.
3. Toad&Co Rosalinda Jersey Knit Dress
Toad&Co Rosalinda Dress has three quarter length sleeves. There are so many unique patterns, it will be difficult to choose which one to get. It’s machine washable and made with organic cotton, Tencel and Spandex. It has a very flattering fit and is cut really well to flatter many body types. Also, Tencel wicks moisture so it’s great for outdoor activities too.
4. Patagonia Women’s Long-Sleeved Margot Dress
This dress works well for most any occasion. It’s made with organic cotton that is extra soft. The v-neck and three quarter length sleeves make it perfect for a variety of occasions. We love pretty much any Patagonia dress. They are quality items, cut well, and the size is standard.
5. Patagonia Kamala Convertible Dress
The Patagonia Kamala Convertible Dress gets great reviews because it converts into a skirt! There’s nothing better for a traveler than a reversible or convertible piece of clothing. It’s made with organic cotton and is quick to dry with wicking Tencel fabric.
Where to find the best travel dress
We encourage thrift store shopping both before you go and while you’re there. One of my favorite sweaters is from thrift store in Ireland. But we know that takes time and patience. When you are in the market for a particular piece of travel clothing it may be time-consuming to find just the right thing.
Finding the best travel dress
No matter your size, style or destination, there’s an amazing travel dress out there for you. When you need to pack light and want your clothing to be appropriate in many situations, a dress designed for travel could fast become a staple in your travel wardrobe. All of these travel dresses are made with great fabrics for traveling too.