We asked frequent travelers to share some of their favorite no-fuss frocks.
Though drop-waist elephant pants from Thailand paired with a billowy top from Bali makes for a super comfortable travel outfit — it's not exactly appropriate for every destination. Some styles are just better suited to hot, sticky days of washing elephants than they are for, say, a client meeting in London.
Dresses, however, are the ultimate do-it-all piece. You can slip on a pair of sneakers and grab your backpack for a day of exploring then swap them out for heels and a red lip to be ready for drinks that evening. Add a blazer and the look is immediately professional, whereas a denim or leather jacket slung over your shoulders is a formula for instant cool. The only downside to packing dresses is many are riddled with wrinkles after having spent some time rolled up in your suitcase.
Good news: there are flattering, smooth dresses that come out of your carry-on ready to wear. That means no packing a travel steamer or finding an iron — or jerry-rigging a steam shower in a hotel.
Here, alongside some of our own picks, we talked to seven frequent-flying women about the dresses they always pack.