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. I wanted to find the best travel dresses that would be versatile enough to wear traveling and back home.
Sometimes I prefer dresses to skirts because I don’t want to worry about finding a matching shirt. It’s often easier to change up the look with different accessories as well.
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 one of the best travel dresses 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 extra soft, organic cotton. 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 and cut well. Because they come in standard sizes, it’s easy to get a great fit when ordering online.
5. Toad&Co Sunkissed Swing Dress
This is one of the best travel dresses for hot climates. Had I realized how cute this dress would be, I would have ordered it in one of their brighter colors, like Deep Navy Bird Print and the Spiced Coral Bird Print. Now that I see the dress in person and understand the fabric the upper portion is made of, I would have went for the bold color. Even the Spiced Coral, while not dark, is still a statement shade.
Even still, I do like my gray dress, officially called Smoke. This color is nice and neutral but for a one-piece outfit — a dress — I don’t need it to match anything so I should have went for bold. So please order one of the Sunkissed Swing dresses with color.
Like this brand’s travel skirts, you could order this same style dress in multiple colors and it wouldn’t look like you were wearing the same dress.
It looks good with flip flops and sandals. It’s a very casual dress but has a very flattering cut. I tend toward dresses that aren’t form fitting. These are the travel dresses I wear much more often than form-fitting ones, which is why it’s one of my new favorites.
It has a flattering cut. I’ve gained and lost 10 – 12 pounds, and this dress still flatters me. The material is made with a quick-dry nylon (84% nylon and 16% Spandex). It’s super-easy to wear. It works for errands, restaurants, hikes, and other excursions.
Great dress for traveling
I live in the very hot and dry southwest and this swing dress has been a lifesaver. I only wear skirts and dresses from May – October because it’s so hot. This Sunkissed Swing Dress works well across the seasons.
I was surprised this travel dress wrinkled. It arrived folded, and it took a few hours on the hanger before the wrinkles disappeared. However, when I rolled it and put it in my suitcase and unpacked it, it didn’t have any wrinkles. So as long as you don’t fold it, it is great.
I asked Toad & Co. for this dress to review. They are a very eco friendly company, and I appreciate the efforts they make in sustainability.
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. However, 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. Maximize the time you spend in second-hand stores by always looking for travel clothing.
Check out the following:
Best Travel Pants
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.