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15 Best Travel Dresses in 2022 – Cute, Comfortable, and Wrinkle Free

When I travel, I prefer wearing dresses. It simplifies the whole packing process, and it 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: September 15, 2022

The Best Travel Dresses in 2022

Many outdoor brands are also starting to make lifestyle lines, so you can have stylish clothes that also perform well. Sometimes it means you have to 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 sent back any dresses that did not fit or travel well.

Keep in mind that 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 dresses 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 every once in a while, 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.

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.

Activities: Urban exploration, Work Travel
Material: 95 TENCEL™ Modal | 5 Elastane
Size Worn: XS in Black (fits a half size large on me)

I loved my previous foundation t-shirt dress, which they no longer make, so I knew I would most likely love their other styles. I don’t typically go for wrap dresses, but this one is actually a faux wrap. It is so soft and comfortable, and pockets are always a plus.

Our of all the dresses here, this one feels the most dressed up.

Pros
  • Soft fabric
  • Lightweight than most dresses, but on this list it’s one of the heavier fabrics.
  • Flattering shape
  • Versatile and can be dressed up or down
  • Pockets
  • Faux wrap dress, so it doesn’t come undone like normal wrap dresses.
  • Uses eco-friendly materials
Cons
  • The front fits a little loose since I’m so flat chested. I might have pin it down or wear it with a bralette.
  • Other reviewers mention the fabric is extremely thin and can show underwear lines. I didn’t have issues with this in black.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Prana or Amazon

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 even go climbing 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. Talk about a brand that cares about sustainability.

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.

I’ve been mainly wearing this to the climbing gym, so I need to take more photos.

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

Pros
  • Comfortable fabric.
  • Flattering shape around waist and hips with its compression.
  • 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+
Cons
  • 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.

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

It’s not the best quality fabric, but I’ve worn it for several years, and it holds up, unlike other fast fashion pieces I’ve previously owned. It’s mostly for city travel, but I’ve also worn this as a swimsuit cover-up and went SUPing with it.

Pros
  • Versatile and can be dressed up or down.
  • Can machine wash cold and tumble dry low.
  • Affordable.
Cons
  • Will wrinkle
  • Fabric has a little stretch but isn’t very soft.
  • Fabric is low quality with a “plasticky” feel, but it’s sewn together well.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Amazon

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Activities: Urban exploration, outdoor adventure.
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 (and we have plenty of them in Vegas).

Pros
  • Quick dry
  • Lightweight
  • Stretchy
  • Pockets
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Can wear it two ways.
  • Materials meet the bluesign criteria for sustainability.
Cons
  • The elastic waistband inside is annoying to use to cinch the waist (the newer version has it on the outside).

More Reviews and Compare Prices on REI and Amazon.

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.

Pros
  • Stretchy, Relaxed fit
  • Quick dry
  • Lightweight
  • Anti-wrinkle
  • Flattering shape
Cons
  • No pockets
  • Had to hem it, since there are no petite sizes

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Neiman Marcus or Anatomie.

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.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable and stretchy
  • Wrinkle Free
  • Reversible – front is pleated mock neck and back is a relaxed v-neck
Cons
  • Hang to dry
  • It’s easy to snag, so be careful around sharp objects or velcro.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Helene Clarkson.

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Activities: Urban exploration, soft adventure, Beach
Material: 100% Organic Cotton (Salton OC)
Size Worn: XS in lemon stripe (true to size on me)

Lately, I’ve been wearing this romper a lot. It feels like linen but has a cleaner footprint. Though I haven’t used the back pockets yet, I like that they have both front and back pockets.

Pros
  • Comfortable with encased elastic waistband
  • Lightweight
  • Ventilating
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Front and back pockets
  • Machine Washable
Cons
  • Not as lightweight as my other travel dresses

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Toad & Co.

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Activities: Urban exploration, Soft adventure
Material: 100% Soft Rayon Voile Fabric
Size Worn: XS/S in Marrakech print (fits large on me)

Even though this dress doesn’t use performance fabrics, it’s flowy, lightweight, and photogenic. In this case, there’s a little more form over function, but some dresses are for the photos.

P.S. It does wrinkle, but the style of this dress is more forgiving of wrinkles, unlike the classic adventure dress (see below).

Pros
  • Made from female artisans in Indonesia.
  • Soft and comfortable.
  • Light.
  • Packs small.
Cons
  • The shoulders need hemming if you’re petite.
  • No pockets.
  • Says wrinkle resistant, but it wrinkles.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on The Adventure Dress.

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 makes 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.

Pros
  • Soft on skin
  • Comfortable
  • UPF 25 solar protection
  • In-seam pockets
  • Quality fabric
  • Machine washable.
Cons
  • Heavier than my other travel dresses because of its thicker fabric.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Fig Clothing.

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Activities: Urban exploration, outdoor adventure
Material: 100% recycled Diem™ polyester
Size Worn: XS in black star print (runs large on me)

This is just as lightweight as the Arcteryx Contenta dress. It’s comfortable, versatile, and perfect for hot summers. Although it’s not made to be convertible, I like wearing it both directions (V-neck or scoop-neck with buttons).

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

Pros
  • Moisture wicking / quick dry
  • Lightweight
  • Water friendly
  • Bra friendly straps
  • Made with recycled fabrics
  • Pockets and hidden zippered pocket inside.
  • UPF 40+
  • Bluesign approved
Cons
  • Runs large, and since I’m the smallest size, I need to hem it.
  • Looks more on the sporty side.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Toad & Co.

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Activities: Urban exploration, soft adventure, hiking
Size Worn: XS in black (true to size on me)

I love this comfortable dress that you can throw on and still look dressed up enough to go to a nice dinner or clubbing.

I can’t find the material info anywhere, but their performance fabric manufacturer has also made activewear for Team USA in the Olympics. The dress has raw edges, if you’re picky about that, but it hasn’t frayed in the 3+ years I’ve worn it.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • 4-way stretch
  • Wrinkle-resistant
  • Quick dry
  • Antimicrobial property
  • Made in California (for sustainability)
  • Open back is great for summer.
  • Machine washable.
Cons
  • No pockets.
  • They don’t hem the edges.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Rec Room.

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Activities: Urban exploration, soft adventure, hiking
Size Worn: XS in red (true to size on me)

If I were to buy one dress, I would do the open-back dress over this one, but I’ve brought both on plenty of trips.

The material is the same as above, except this one has pockets and is longer. Also, the shape is not as forgiving as their open-back dress. I can tell the difference after I eat.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Pockets
  • 4-way stretch
  • Wrinkle-resistant
  • Quick dry
  • Antimicrobial property
  • Made in California (for sustainability)
  • Machine washable.
Cons
  • Tighter fit than the open-back dress.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Rec Room.

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Activities: Urban exploration, soft adventure.
Material: 100% Soft Rayon Voile Fabric
Size Worn: Petite XS/S in creamy white (true to size)

Although they don’t use performance fabrics, it’s lightweight and comfortable. I don’t wear this one as often as the wander adventure dress since you have to iron it. It still makes an excellent addition to my travel wardrobe for photos. I’m cringing as I say this, but I did it for the gram.

Pros
  • Made from female artisans in Indonesia.
  • Soft and comfortable.
  • Light.
  • Packs small.
  • Many colors and patterns.
Cons
  • No pockets.
  • Says wrinkle-resistant, but it does wrinkle.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on The Adventure Dress.

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Activities: Urban exploration, beach

I wear an XS in the 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 more than one color. If it fits you, it’s a fan favorite.

Pros
  • Comfortable Fabric.
  • Flattering shape.
  • Lightweight.
  • Machine Washable
Cons
  • Must be line dried.
  • Will wrinkle

More Reviews and Compare Prices on this Dress Amazon

I actually 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).

Activities: Urban exploration, in flight.

Pros
  • 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.
Cons
  • Heavy Fabric
  • Will Wrinkle
  • Must be line dried and actually takes a while to dry, but I think the fabric has since changed.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Encircled

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Activities: Urban exploration, Weddings, Beach

I found this dress by googling flowy maxi dress. It’s great for photos and the gram but isn’t as great in the function department. Still, if you plan on taking lots of photos on your trip, it might be worth putting on your packing list.

Pros
  • Comfortable Fabric
  • Flattering shape
  • Machine Washable
Cons
  • Must be line dried.
  • Will wrinkle
  • Not as packable
  • Fabric is low quality.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Amazon

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Discontinued

This is discontinued, but some sizes are still available.

Activities: Urban exploration and hiking.

The Prana Foundation Dress is a short sleeved boyfriend t-shirt dress with shirred pencil skirt and deep v-neck.

I’m wearing an XS in Sapphire Blue, which is currently on sale on Amazon.

Pros
  • So soft, you can sleep in it.
  • Versatile. It’s a great basic that can be dressed up or down.
  • Flattering shape especially around the tummy, so I can eat however I want on a trip.
  • Sustainable and respects the planet and people.
  • Can be machine washed and dried.
Cons
  • The dress is meant to be knee length or slightly above knee and is long especially for petite people but can be folded under or scrunched up for a shorter fit.
  • Will wrinkle.
  • I haven’t washed it enough times yet, but I’ve read reviews of it pilling quickly, so I’ll keep you updated.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Amazon

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Sadly, Vacaystyle has gone out of business due to the pandemic. They carried many of my all time favorite travel dresses, so it’s going to be a challenge trying to find replacements.

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Vacay Off-The-Shoulder Dress ($148)

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Kameleon Rose Ultimate Travel Dress ($80)

Sadly, Kameleon Rose has also closed due to pandemic.

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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.

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