• The Editors

Versatile Travel Dresses You'll Wear Everywhere

Updated: Apr 25

If you love dressing up, it's easy to go overboard when shopping for a vacation. And if you love dresses, in particular, it can be tempting to buy a bunch that will look stunning in one Instagram photo, never to be worn again.


But what makes a great travel dress truly worth the splurge? Comfort and style are important, but for a woman on the go, versatility is key. Can it go from day to night? Does it look just as good with sneakers as it does with heels? Could you throw a sweater over it on a chilly day?

karlie kloss in travel dress
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Whether you're jetting off to Mexico, Charleston, New York, Europe, or anywhere in between, these are dresses you'll feel your best in, however you choose to wear them.


Best Active Dress: Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress


With breathable fabric, built-in shorts, and a phone pocket, this dress proves why Outdoor Voices is so popular with the sporty crowd. Take it hiking, biking, walking, or to the resort tennis court.


Best Casual Dress: Everlane Luxe Cotton Tie-Front Tee Dress


Your favorite oversized tee in dress form, this winner from Everlane is made of comfy cotton with a flattering drawstring waist. Think boardwalk strolling, ice cream dates, shopping, and gallery hopping.


Best Beach Dress: lemlem Hiwot Cascade Dress


A good beach dress like this one from Madewell is light and airy with a pop of color. The maxi style lets you take it to waterfront happy hour, even if a breeze kicks in.

lemlem hiwot cascade dress in multi color print from madewell

Best City Dress: Mango Linen Dress


This V-neck linen dress from Mango is sleek, structured, and sustainable. What more could a city girl ask for? Works just as well for Barcelona as it does for NYC.

100% linen dress in black color from mango

Best Floral Dress: Reformation Shelby Floral Long Sleeve Dress


Florals for a spring trip may not be groundbreaking, but they're an easy win. This Reformation dress adds the perfect side slit too.

shelby floral long sleeve dress from reformation

Best Destination Wedding Dress: & Other Stories Puff Shoulder Midi Dress


Scoop neck, a bit of a puff shoulder, and a subtle print make this dress equally great for a wedding in Savannah or the English countryside.


scoop neck puff shoulder green print midi dress from stories

Best Sweater Dress: Charles Henry Ribbed Body-Con Sweater Dress


Not your mom's sweater dress, this bodycon number from Nordstrom even comes with statement sleeves.

ribbed body con dress with long bell sleeves in black color from charles henry

Best Airplane Dress: ASOS Long Sleeve Maxi T-Shirt Dress


Airplane cabins are often too cold. This ASOS long-sleeve t-shirt dress will keep you covered and comfy all flight long.

long sleeve tshirt maxi dress in khaki green color from asos design