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. I wanted to find the best travel dresses that would be versatile enough to wear traveling and at home.
Dresses are great and easier to wear than skirts. With a dress, you won’t have 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?
- Comfortable, fits well and has some “give”
- Easy-to-pack and roll without wrinkling
- Easy to dress up or down
- Breathable material
Best Travel Dresses
1. Zalalus Women’s Summer Sleeveless Casual Swing Dress
For the price, you really can’t beat this. This travel dress flatters most body types because it’s loose fitting and “flowy” in an A-line cut.
The t-shirt material (it’s not thin) lends itself to all sorts of activities. It has a little bit of stretch and a nice loose fit. You can wear it as a cover-up to the beach, walk around town or through museums in the day, and add a scarf or a statement necklace for dinner. This is the perfect cruise dress.
We also like that it looks good with sandals, flip flops, boots, and even heels. (It’s really cute with tights, boots and a sweater or cute jacket in the winter.) You can truly change up this dress to make it work for you. Depending on the colors you choose, it’s available in sizes small to XX large. We found it true to size. We love the pockets. This is a sleeveless dress but it’s very easy to drape a wrap or sweater over your shoulders.
The Zalalus is a great dress for travel, and it will be your summer staple. It packs easily. You can roll it up, and shake it out and won’t have to worry about wrinkles. It comes in solid, neutral, flattering colors — black, wine red, navy, darker green, and more.
2. 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. Because of the cut and the scoop neck, it will most likely fit all bust sizes and will be easy to fit.
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 and also perfect for a cruise.
I bought this dress for traveling but it has become my go-to 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.
3. Toad and Co Rosalinda Jersey Knit Dress
This Toad&Co Rosalinda Dress has three quarter length sleeves. There are so many colors and 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. In addition, Tencel wicks moisture so it’s great for outdoor activities too. We like this brand’s commitment to considering the environment.
4. PrAna Amelie Dress
With a loose-fitting fabric, this is a dress that flatters most body types, from size small to extra large. It’s a modest cut. It’s not form-fitting in the waist but offers you a little bit of shape, more so than A-line styles.
The material is very soft. It is easy to dress up or down. You can easily wear this dress when traveling.
We love pretty much all dresses from PrAna. They are quality items and cut well. Because they come in standard sizes, it’s easy to get a great fit when ordering online. PrAna is known for making some of the best travel dresses.
5. ExOfficio Sol Cool Dress
This dress from ExOfficio is a cute, versatile, sleeveless dress. You could wear it on the beach or put heels on, and go 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.
Best dress for traveling to hot climate:
6. 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.
Great dress for traveling
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. This travel dress has two pockets — one on either side of the hip section. They are practical and not bulky in any way. The only downside to this dress is you can’t really dress it up or down. It wouldn’t look good with boots or heels. It’s strictly to keep you comfortable and cool in the heat.
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.
At first, 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 dresses
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.
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Finding the best travel dresses
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. Sometimes, before embarking on a trip, it’s nice to have a few new pieces to wear. This is especially true because we often get very tired of wearing the same things on a vacation. Yet, when I have a new dress or other clothing item, I’m excited to wear it again. We hope some of these will become your favorite travel dresses.