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15 Best Travel Dresses in 2024 – Cute, Comfortable, and Wrinkle Free

Looking for the best travel dresses? Here are the ones I’ve tried and love.

When I travel, I prefer wearing dresses. It simplifies your packing process and makes coordinating outfits on trips a breeze. The maximizer in me will be stressing about it all day, even with a packing list in hand, so it helps!

For this post, I tested many highly rated travel dresses mentioned on travel sites and got recommendations from our globetrotting friends on the road. Plus, I’m sharing a few of my own personal travel staples I’ve discovered along the way.

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Last Updated: March 4, 2023

Many fitness and outdoor brands are also starting to make lifestyle lines so you can have stylish clothes that also perform well. Sometimes, you must dig through all the items that scream outdoorsy to find the gems. 

We reached out to the major travel and outdoor brands on the market (including Adventure Dress, Anatomie, Fig Clothing, Helene Clarkson, prAna, Rec Room, Toad&Co) to identify their top sellers and then cross-referenced it with numerous travel sites, blogs, and globetrotting friends. 

None required inclusion, and we returned any dresses that did not fit or travel well.

Many of these brands are pricier because they use performance fabrics and care more about fair trade and sustainability. But if you’re looking for mid to lower-price range dresses, we included those too.

Before we get into my top choices for dresses, here are some things I’m looking for when searching for the best travel dresses.

What Makes a Great Travel Dress?

  • Comfort – Though I might carry one fancier dress for a special occasion, most of the clothes I travel with are comfy chic.
  • Versatility – can be dressed up or down. It’s even better if it’s convertible clothing or a 2-piece dress that makes it easy to mix and match. Usually, convertible clothing can be pretty ugly, but occasionally, you find a gem.
  • Wrinkle Free – I don’t want to spend part of my trip ironing clothes.
  • Packable – Light and easy to pack.
  • Performance – Sweat-wicking or quick drying is icing on the cake. If the dress looks too sporty, though, it’s not a must.
  • Rompers and Jumpsuits? – If you’re outdoors all day with no bathroom, you will not want to strip naked. Trust me, this has happened to me, and it was uncomfortable.

Note: You know your body best and what style looks best on you. I’m generally a size 0 petite. If there’s no petite size, I accept that minis will look like midis, and midis will look like maxis on me.

The Best Travel Dresses in 2024

1. Petal Tunic Dress (on sale $19 from $27) – Most Affordable →

Activities: Urban exploration.
Sizing: XS in Yellow (runs large on me)

It has low-quality fabric, but I’ve worn it for several years, and it holds up better than other fast fashion pieces I’ve owned. It’s mostly for city travel, but I’ve also worn this as a swimsuit cover-up and went SUPing.

The best part is that it’s affordable, and you can go on any adventure without feeling bad that you’ll mess it up.


  • Versatile and can be dressed up or down.
  • Can machine wash cold and tumble dry low.
  • Affordable.


  • Will wrinkle
  • Fabric is not comfortable. It has some stretch but isn’t very soft.
  • Low-quality fabric with a “plasticky” feel, but it’s sewn together well.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Amazon.

2. Free Fly Apparel Heritage Dress ($88) – Most Comfortable Travel Dress →

Activities: Urban exploration.
Materials: 55% Cotton | 45% Viscose from Bamboo
Sizing: XS in Heather Black (true to size but long on me)

This is by far the most comfortable dress I own. Comfortable clothes tend to look slouchier, but this one, surprisingly, is more flattering than I expected. It’s easy to throw on during hot summer days, and luckily, their midi dress hits right at maxi length for me.

I also like layering over this with a sweater during the winter. Also, I must have a favorite pose right now. lol


  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Soft Fabric
  • Pockets!
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Flattering fit; not too loose or tight
  • Side slits for easy movement


  • Hang dry recommended
  • Not as many color options

See More Reviews Free Fly Apparel.

3. Encircled 3-piece Reversible Dressy Knit Dress + Jumpsuit (on Sale $188 from $389)

Activities: Urban exploration.
Materials: Rayon from Bamboo, Spandex Rib Knit
Sizing: XS in Martini Olive (true to size)

I love this 3-piece set, which can be worn four ways. The top is reversible, with a boat neck on one side and a scoop neck on the other. Then you can pair it with their skirt or their wide-leg pants. My biggest complaint is that the skirt has no pockets.


  • Versatile and can be dressed up or down across multiple seasons.
  • Reversible top.
  • Breathable fabric.
  • Sustainably sourced. Certified B-Corp.
  • Sustainable packaging.
  • Full bra coverage straps.
  • Can machine wash.
  • Pockets on the wide-leg pants.
  • Women-owned, women-run.


  • Pricier, but I don’t mind paying more for sustainable, ethically-made clothes.
  • In some light, you can see unflattering lines created by the tank.
  • Must lay flat to dry (They suggest you always line dry. Did you know air drying can reduce your carbon footprint by up to 2400 lbs a year?).
  • No pockets on the skirt.
  • Will wrinkle.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Encircled.

4. Prana Luxara Dress (On sale $59 from $119) – Best Activewear Dress for Travel →

Activities: Urban Exploration, Outdoor Adventures in Heat, Hot Yoga
Material: 76% Recycled Nylon, 24 Elastane
Size Worn: XS in Spiced (true to size on me)

This is an excellent activewear dress, especially for warm-weather destinations like Las Vegas! The Luxara is Prana’s lightest material and is perfect for hiking in the heat. It fits like a hug and is more comfortable than my Girlfriend Collective Lola Dress, my other active dress with a built-in shorty.


  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Moisture wicking and Quick Dry
  • UPF Sun Protection
  • Stretchy and comfortable
  • Built-in shorts
  • Interior pocket in shorts
  • Some recycled materials


  • Only one pocket
  • Some reviews mention it’s too short, but it’s a great length for me.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Prana.

5. Prana Cozy Up Bayjour Dress (Out of Stock) →

Activities: Urban Exploration, Beach, Soft Adventures
Material: 55% Hemp | 25% Recycled Polyester | TENCEL™ Lyocell
Size Worn: XS in Heather Grey (true to size)

I loved all my previous Prana dresses (now discontinued), so I knew I would love the Cozy Up Bayjour Dress. It is soft and comfortable, can be dressed up or down, and pockets are always a plus. I’ll later post up all the mixing and matching I can do with my wardrobe and this dress.


  • Soft fabric
  • Lightweight than most dresses, but on this list, it’s one of the heavier fabrics.
  • Flattering shape with rib knit tank bodice
  • Bacteria resistant
  • Quick drying
  • Versatile and can be dressed up or down
  • On-seam pockets
  • Some recycled fibers and eco-friendly materials


  • Other reviewers mention the fabric is heavier than expected, and the black color looks faded.
  • The waistline could be higher to be more flattering on petite frames. It’s better for average or taller heights.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Prana or Amazon.

6. Toad and co Jumper ($125) →

Activities: Urban Exploration
Material: 100% Organic Cotton
Size Worn: XS in Honey Brown (fits large on me)

I love this jumper for travel days when I have multiple activities requiring multiple outfits. Instead of bringing two outfits per day, I can throw this over the same top, which makes for an easy day-to-night transition. I did this twice on our Washington trip, where I had to hike during the day but had more formal dinners later.


  • Easy to throw on.
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Lots of pockets (one zippered pocket for valuables)
  • Can machine wash
  • Oeko-tex standard
  • Shipped in a recyclable paper sleeve.
  • Joy-backed guarantee. You can return it within 90 days if you don’t get a compliment within three wearings or it doesn’t bring you joy.


  • Runs large if you’re petite, but I don’t mind wearing it looser.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Amazon.

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7. Arc’teryx Contenta Dress (Out of Stock) →

Activities: Urban Exploration, Outdoor Adventures
Material: 100% recycled Diem™ polyester
Size Worn: XS in Light Immersion (true to size on me)

They made a newer version of this dress with a looser silhouette and a scooped neckline. Meanwhile, I still have the older version. 

This dress is the most lightweight option on here and feels the most breezy out of all the dresses. I especially gravitate towards it on hot summer days (we have plenty of them in Vegas).


  • Quick dry
  • Lightweight
  • Stretchy
  • Pockets
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Can wear it two ways.
  • Materials meet the Bluesign criteria for sustainability.


  • The elastic waistband inside is annoying to cinch the waist (the newer version has it on the outside).

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Amazon.

8. Anatomie Taya Racerback Maxi Dress (On Sale $78 From $168) →

Activities: Urban exploration, Beach, Nicer Dinners, Work trips
Material: 95% Viscose / 5% Elastane
Size Worn: XS in Navy (true to size on me other than length)

Let me start by saying I’m a big fan of Anatomie’s line of travel clothes. Everything is high quality. I own two pairs of Skylar Pants in black and gray because they’re perfect for flying, and now this dress!

The performance fabric keeps you comfortable, and the mesh panel makes it perfect for warm-weather travel.


  • Stretchy, Relaxed fit
  • Quick dry
  • Lightweight
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Flattering shape


  • No pockets
  • I had to hem it since there are no petite sizes

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Anatomie.


9. Helene Clarkson Sabi Reversible Halter Dress (on sale $94 from $189) →

Activities: Urban exploration, Work travel
Material: 95% polyester, 5% spandex
Size Worn: XS in teal (true to size on me)

The material is so soft and comfortable that I can practically sleep in it! What initially drew me to this dress was that it’s reversible, and you can wear it as a mock-neck halter style or a v-neck. Also, since the fabric is so thin, you can wear it as a top with baggier bottoms like joggers.


  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Wrinkle Free
  • Reversible – front is a pleated mock neck, and the back is a relaxed v-neck. I typically only wear it on the mock neck side, though.


  • Hang to dry
  • It’s easy to snag, so be careful around sharp objects or velcro.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Helene Clarkson.

10. Bluffworks Threshold Tie Waist T-Shirt Dress (On sale $46 from $78)

Activities: Urban exploration
Material: 66% Polyester, 29% Lyocell, 5% elastane
Size Worn: XS Petite in Deep Maroon (runs large on me)

Jacob has been wearing Bluffworks clothes for years, and now that they have started carrying women’s clothes, I finally got to check out one of their dresses. Their threshold tie waist t-shirt dress uses a super soft fabric that feels like your old favorite tee. The fit runs a half-size large on me in XS, their smallest size, but most of their reviews say it fits true to size.


  • Comfy, soft fabric.
  • Machine washable
  • Breathable
  • Odor resistant
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Moisture wicking/quick drying
  • UPF 50+
  • 4 total pockets (2 on interior)


  • It fits loose on me and isn’t flattering on the side you don’t tie. It probably looks better on you if it fits more snugly.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Bluffworks.

11. Girlfriend Collective – Lola V-neck Dress (on sale $88) →

Activities: Hiking, Climbing, Urban exploration.
Material: 90% RPET and 10% spandex
Size Worn: XS in alpine (true to size on me)

The Lola V-Neck is perfect for any activity. With its built-in shorts, you can hike or climb without worrying about flashing people. They make them out of 90% recycled plastic bottles (RPET). 

Plus, they have their ReGirlfriend recycling program, where they turn your dress into future clothes.

It was also perfect for travel with a diverse range of activities. We zip-lined in the morning before exploring the city, and the built-in shorts made that all possible.

Girlfriend Collective sent me two dresses to showcase on my climbing account, but I loved them so much that I included them here.


  • Comfortable fabric.
  • Flattering shape with compression around the waist and hips.
  • Built-in bra.
  • Built-in shorts.
  • Pockets on inner shorts.
  • Sweat-wicking.
  • Ultra-lightweight.
  • Sustainably made from 90% recycled plastic bottles, and they have a recycle program called ReGirlfriend.
  • UPF 50+


  • Must be hang-dried.
  • Doesn’t hide stiff nips, and if you’re already flat, it flattens you more.
  • Harder to take on and off to go to the bathroom.
  • Looks more sporty.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Girlfriend Collective.

12. Toad and Co Marley Tiered Sleeveless Dress (On Sale $58 from $90) →

Activities: Urban Exploration, Beach, Soft Adventures
Material: 48% TENCEL™ Lyocell | 48% Organic Cotton | 4% Elastane
Size Worn: XS in Salt (runs large on me)

The Marley Tiered dress is comfortable, versatile, and perfect for hot summers. It’s easy to throw on whether lounging at home or exploring the city.

Toad and Co values sustainability, and I thought it was cute that even their tags are made to be reusable as a coaster.


  • Loose, flowy silhouette
  • Bra-friendly coverage
  • On-seam pockets
  • Anti-odor
  • Made with eco-friendly fibers and packaging
  • Joy-backed guarantee


  • The bust runs large for me since I’m petite and flat-chested.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Toad & Co.

13. Fig CLothing Hampton Dress (On sale $72 from $89) →

Activities: Urban exploration, soft adventure
Material: 100% Cotton (Honeycomb terry)
Size Worn: XS in Terracotta Stripe (true to size on me)

Fig makes practical travel clothes that make no sacrifice on style, and the Hampton dress has been the perfect addition to my capsule wardrobe. I love the simple design and the in-seam pockets.


  • Soft on skin
  • Comfortable
  • UPF 25 solar protection
  • In-seam pockets
  • Quality fabric
  • Machine washable


  • Heavier than my other travel dresses because of its thicker fabric

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Fig Clothing.

14. Milumia Button Up Split Floral Print Flowy Party Maxi Dress ($44) →

Activities: Urban exploration, beach

I wear an XS in Beige Yellow, but the dress runs big and fits loose on me (I’m a petite XS, sometimes XXS). 

The fit isn’t perfect on me, but it still looks great for photos (see photo below). I have other travel bloggers friends with this same dress who own it in multiple colors. If it fits you, it’s a fan favorite.


  • Comfortable, soft fabric
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Machine Washable


  • Must be line-dried
  • Will wrinkle
  • Fits baggy on me.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Amazon.

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15. Encircled Chrysalis Cardi Dress ($215) →

Activities: Urban exploration, in flight.

I learned about Encircled and had the Chrysalis Cardi back in 2015. I love how this wrap dress can be worn in 8+ different ways (see all the ways here).


  • Soft and comfortable
  • Premium quality and made to last
  • Versatile
  • Can be worn 8+ different ways
  • Sustainability – They use the most natural and sustainable fabrics available and are a Certified B Corp and Oeko Tex 100 Certified


  • Heavy Fabric
  • Will Wrinkle
  • Must be line-dried and takes a while to dry, but I think the fabric has since changed.
  • Not all the ways have a flattering fit.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Encircled.

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Many of my favorite dresses are discontinued now. It’s worth noting that some travel apparel brands that shut down include Rec Room, Vacaystyle, and the Adventure Dress (the website is still there, but all their dresses have been sold out for several years).

Do you own any of these?

More Travel Dresses – Honorable Mentions

Essential Travel Tips for Packing Dresses

If you want to avoid wrinkles, use these packing tips:

  • Don’t overpack.
  • Lay the dress flat inside a plastic dry cleaning bag. Fold it in its natural shape.
  • Pack them last or on top of everything else.
  • Roll softer garments.
  • Use a mini travel steamer.
  • If your clothes are wrinkled, hang them in the bathroom while you take a steamy hot shower.

What do you think of these dresses? Which of them would you most likely wear? Have you tried any travel dresses (the ones are specifically made for travel)?

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.

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