Best Travel Dresses in 2022 – Cute, Comfortable, and Wrinkle FreePin

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

When I travel, I always pack a dress or two. I prefer dresses and love how it simplifies packing. You don’t have to worry coordinating your tops to your bottoms.

For this post, I tested out many highly rated travel dresses and dresses recommended by my globetrotting friends. Plus, I’m sharing a few of my own personal travel staples I’ve discovered along the way.

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Last Updated: July 2, 2022

The Best Travel Dresses in 2022

A lot of the outdoor brands are also starting branch into making a lifestyle line, which now allows you have stylish clothes that also performs well. Sometimes it means you have to dig through all the items that scream outdoorsy to find the gems. 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?

  • Comfortable – though i might carry one fancier dress for a special occasion, most of my clothes I travel with are comfy chic.
  • Versatile – 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 quite 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 and quick drying is icing on the cake. If the dress looks too sporty, though, it’s not a must.

Note: Keep in mind, you know your body best. Each style will fit each body type differently. I’m generally a size 0 petite. If there’s no petite size, I usually need to either hem clothes or midis can look like maxis on me.

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 at REI.

Activities: Urban exploration and hiking.

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 and REI

Activities: Urban exploration, soft adventure.

Material: 100% Soft Rayon Voile Fabric

I’m wearing an XS/S in the petite creamy white print. 

Pros
  • Made from female artisans in Indonesia.
  • Soft and comfortable.
  • Light.
  • Packs small.
  • Wrinkle-resistant.
  • Many colors and patterns.
Cons
  • No pockets.

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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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The Lola V-Neck is perfect for any activity. With it’s built in shorts, you can even go climbing without worrying about flashing people. It’s made from 90% recycled plastic bottles (RPET) and 10% spandex. They also have their ReGirlfriend program where they recycle your dress into future clothes.

Activities: Hike, Climb, Urban exploration.

I wear an XS in the color alpine (photos coming soon!)

Pros
  • Comfortable fabric.
  • Flattering shape 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 doesn’t give your boobs much volume.

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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.

Activities: Urban exploration, beach

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

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Activities: Urban exploration, soft adventure.

Material: 100% Soft Rayon Voile Fabric

I wear an XS/S in the Marrakech print (photos coming soon!).

Pros
  • Made from female artisans in Indonesia.
  • Soft and comfortable.
  • Light.
  • Packs small.
  • Wrinkle-resistant.
Cons
  • The shoulders need hemming if you’re petite.
  • No pockets.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on The Adventure Dress.

I wear an XS in Yellow and the dress runs large. I tried to shrink it a few times in the wash, but it stayed the same size.

Activities: Urban exploration. 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.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Amazon

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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.

Activities: Urban exploration, weddings, beach

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

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I’m a big fan of Anatomie’s line of travel clothes. I own two pairs of Skylar Pants in black and gray because they’re perfect for flying. This dress is an online exclusive and it always travels with me. I wear the XS.

Activities: Nicer dinners, business trips, urban exploration.

Pros
  • First of all, I love the fit on me though it’s much longer on me than on the model.
  • Versatile and can be dressed up or down.
  • Can machine wash cold on gentle cycle.
  • Will not wrinkle
  • Made of luxe stretch jersey and I love the feel and stretch of the fabric. It’s easy to get on and off. everything I own from Anatomie always is made high quality.
  • Breathable
Cons
  • Must be hang dried.

More Reviews and Compare Prices on Anatomie

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VacayStyle Ava 2 Piece Jumpsuit ($158)

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.

I’ve previously owned some two piece dresses from Vacaystyle, and I’m completely in love this two piece jumpsuit. Never again will I travel with a regular jumpsuit if I know I won’t have easy access to a restroom. It’s already troublesome with access to a restroom, but on a recent road trip, one of our friends was on the verge of having to strip down completely naked on the side of the highway because there was no restroom in sight.

Activities: Urban exploration

Pros
  • Comfortable and has some stretch
  • Wrinkle Free
  • Lightweight
  • Has pockets
  • Versatile – it can be dressed up or down. Since it’s a two piece, you can wear it together as a jumpsuit or mix and match with other pants or tops.
  • Can be machine washed.
Cons
  • Has to be line dried.
  • The fabric could be a little softer.
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Kameleon Rose Ultimate Travel Dress ($80)

Sadly, Kameleon Rose has also closed due to pandemic.

The ultimate travel dress is a convertible dress that turns into 20 different outfits. I wear an XS in black, making it my little black travel dress.

Activities: Urban exploration

Note: If you check out using the code LocalAdventurer, you can get 10% off your entire order.

Pros
  • You can wear it 20+ different ways
  • Will not wrinkle
  • Lightweight and easy to pack – weighs less than 2 bananas
  • Has a secret pocket
  • Quick dry fabric
  • Sustainable
  • Easy care – machine washable
Cons
  • When you wear it the original way the buttons make noise when they hit each other. It’s not that big of a deal to me but it might be more annoying to others.
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It’s currently on sale and I have both the black / blueberry and the aquifer. The photos below just show the aquifer, but I’ll update the post with some photos of the other dress too.

Activities: Urban exploration and hiking. The black side can be worn for nice dinners and events or business trips.

Pros
  • Reversible
  • Easy care – machine washable
  • Moisture wicking
  • Stash pockets  for both sides without being bulky
  • Odor control so you can have more wears without washing. This also saves water
  • UPF 30+
  • Socially and environmentally commited garment. 94% of products are eco-friendly and sustainable. Made with sustainable based fibers and fabrics that meet earth-friendly bluesign or oeko-tex 100 standards.
  • Their guarantee – If you don’t get a compliment within 3 wearings or you find something wrong, they take it back.
  • A portion of every purchase goes toward supporting people with disabilities.
Cons
  • Sometimes the layer under comes out, so you have to make sure you keep the outside layer pulled down.
  • Will wrinkle.
  • The straps don’t always hide your bra, so you can only wear certain bras.

VacayStyle Keyhole and Twist 2 Piece Dress ($148)

A two piece dress with a convertible top. I wear the Navy in XS, but the dress is also available in black. I love that the 2 piece dresses and jumpsuits from Vacay are easy to mix and match as you can see in photos below.

Activities: Urban exploration, business trips.

Pros
  • Stretchy, soft fabric. It’s so comfy I could sleep in it.
  • Versatile: Can be worn 4 ways. It’s a dress, top, skirt, or the skirt can also be a strapless cover up.
  • Convertible top can be worn with the keyhole in front or back.
  • Can be machine washed cold.
Cons
  • Has to be line dried.

Vacay Off-The-Shoulder Dress ($148)

I wear an XS in White, which is the smallest size they have. It runs very large and was loose on me. The label does not recommend it to be run in the dryer, but I wanted to see if it could shrink the perfect amount. Luckily, it did! But take caution, because it shrunk down a couple sizes especially in length.

Activities: Warm weather travel, resort wear.

Pros
  • Versatile: Can be worn 3 ways as a dress, swim cover-up, or tunic top. I like to also mix and match it and wear it as a top with the Ava 2-piece jumpsuit.
  • Easy Care – Can machine wash cold on gentle cycle.
Cons
  • Must be line dried.
  • Will wrinkle
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Currently my go to dress that I feel like I can throw on and be comfortable in. I wear it in an XS.

Activities: Urban exploration and it’s so comfortable I often sleep in it, which makes it perfect travel gear.

Pros
  • Very comfortable – 4 way stretch for comfort.
  • Breathable
  • Easy to pack
  • Eco-friendly
  • UPF 50 is what it says on site but the tag said UPF 30 that blocks 97% of sun’s UV rays
  • Moisture wicking
  • Polygiene odor control keeps it smelling fresh so you can wear it multiple times before laundering (also saving water)
  • Easy care – machine washable
  • Has stash pockets
  • 5% of pre-tax profits go to protecting nature
Cons
  • Not sure if it’s just me, but it isn’t as fitted on me as it is on the model. While I don’t mind wearing it loose, it didn’t meet my expectations.
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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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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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