This is the first in a new occasional Wednesday feature where we explore weekend-wear more in depth.
I wouldn’t wear any of these to work, but if you’re on the hunt for a packing-friendly, easycare dress for any upcoming summer travel (or, hey, just brunch or other weekend activities), I thought we’d round up a few. I like that all of these are able to be dressed up and down — wear them with flip flops and a beach tote one day, with a nice necklace, clutch, wrap and fancier heels the next. The plus-size option from Travel Smith is even four dresses in one — two necklines and a reversible fabric! Ladies, do you have any favorite travel dresses, or favorite adventure clothing companies? What is your must-pack item for every vacation you go on?
2022 Update – Stay tuned for our latest roundup of favorite clothes for vacation travel! We love athleisure for this, like the options from Zella, Athleta, Eddie Bauer, and Royal Robbins — and do check out travel-specific brands like TravelSmith as well!
Psst: Not a dress, but something great to consider if you’re packing with limited space: silk stretch t-shirts! They can be dressed up or down, are easily hand washed and air dry quickly.
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|Eddie Bauer’s Travex collection is a good place to start — they have multiple options for dresses, shorts, skorts, and t-shirts. (They even have a travel blazer!) This sleeveless shirt dress, for example, is moisture-wicking, has UPF 50+ sun protection, and they promise it’s lightweight and easy-packing. It’s available in regular sizes M-XXL in navy, black, and dark smoke heather, and it’s on sale today: the dress was $80, but is now $56. (Some options, like the popular Aster dress, come in petite and tall sizes as well.) Women’s Departure Sleeveless Shirt Dress|
|Zappos has a huge selection of adventurewear as well, including brands like Columbia, Patagonia (here’s one nice Patagonia dress), Jack Wolfskin (here’s a nice JW dress), and more; all of these brands have a huge selection of women’s clothing with travel-friendly properties as well. (We’ve especially rounded up sleeved dresses at the bottom of this post.) The pictured dress, from Columbia, offers a moisture-wicking fabric, four-way stretch for improved range of motion, an internal shelf bra, and, of course, machine wash/tumble dry. The pictured dress is available in four colors, sizes XS-XL. Columbia Saturday Trail™ II Knit Dress|
|Plus size travel dresses are annoyingly hard to find, but I like this four-way version from TravelSmith (which has an entire catalog devoted to travel-friendly duds, with lots of regular, petite, and plus sizes, as well as men’s clothing and travel accessories). The pictured dress is lightweight and wrinkle-resistant, is machine washable, and comes in reversible print with a reversible neckline: a V-neck on one side, scoopneck with keyhole detail on the second. It’s available in sizes 1X-3X for $79. Plus Size Walkabout Knit 4-in-1 Keyhole Dress|
|If you hate applying sunscreen to your arms/shoulders/etc as much as I do, a dress with UPF protection is another great option. Lands’ End has several versions that are more affordable (and you can take 30% off swim today), but look how pretty this Lily Pulitzer version is at Nordstrom. It’s $138, sizes XS-XL, and offers UPF 50 protection. Lilly Pulitzer® ‘Sophie’ Print Jersey Shift Dress (UPF 50)|
|Sleeved dresses can be difficult to find in this range, so I thought I’d round them up separately — all of these dresses are available at Zappos and have some travel-friendly properties; they’re all under $100. (Ooh, this Toad & Co dress isn’t pictured below, but has a ton of positive reviews as well as sleeves.)|
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