10 Wrinkle-resistant Dresses You Can Wear Right Out of Your Suitcase
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.
Everlane Japanese GoWeave Tank Wrap Dress
This sleeveless wrap dress from Everlane is made from lightweight, wrinkle-resistant fabric that is both comfortable to wear and easy to pack.
To buy: everlane.com, $100
Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress
The Exercise Dress from Outdoor Voices is the pinnacle of stylish activewear. It's made from the brand's breathable, shape-retaining LightSpeed fabric that will keep you cool and comfortable, whether you're in the airport or on the tennis court.
To buy: outdoorvoices.com, $100
Fig Clothing Joe Dress
For travel blogger Jessica Norah, anything from Fig Clothing — a French-Canadian company that specializes in travel-ready fabrics — is an instant “yes.” In addition to fitting easily into any backpack, roller, or bag, Norah also stresses the brand's quick-drying capabilities and the stylish, but casual flair. If you’re off to a place with plenty of sunshine, you’ll also appreciate that Fig features UV protection in its collections, too.
To buy: zappos.com, $89
Reformation Tie Shoulder Stretch Dress
A sleek dress in eco-friendly Tencel Lyocell that's lightweight and easy to just slip on. It works for many scenarios — from a long day of traveling through the sticky-hot airports of Thailand to serving as a date night outfit with a belt and pair of wedges. The tie shoulders on this wrinkle-free dress are adjustable and it also has a built-in bra.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $118
Unbranded Long-sleeve T-shirt Dress
A super-comfy dress that's perfect for the minimalist, this one is made of soft jersey knit that's great at resisting wrinkles.
To buy: amazon.com, from $19
Leota Perfect Faux Wrap Dress
This wrinkle-free dress is made of lightweight, breathable jersey that's comfy and versatile enough to be worn on the plane, for a day at the office, or out to dinner.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $148
Eileen Fisher Stretch Tencel Lyocell Shift Dress
You can go a long way with just a simple black shift dress, and this version from Eileen Fisher is no exception. It's made from Tencel and Lyocell, two of the best wrinkle-resistant materials, so you can rest assured that this dress will still look polished after a long travel day.
To buy: nordstrom.com, from $118
The North Face Dawn Break Dress
In addition to its flattering fit and style, the Dawn Break Dress can work for any destination, from warm climates on its own or cooler ones while still looking sharp. It also has clever FlashDry technology so as well as being wrinkle-free, the dress pushes sweat or moisture away while staying breathable.
To buy: zappos.com, $37 (originally $60)
Cuyana Trench Wrap Dress
This luxurious trench coat-inspired wrap dress is made from a Tencel-blend, meaning that it's the perfect wrinkle-reisistant day-to-night travel piece.
To buy: cuyana.com, $245
Summersalt Globetrotter Dress
Summersalt is known for its comfortable and packable travelwear, and this dress is the perfect choice if you're looking for a warm weather option. The dress is made from a sustainable Tencel-blend, so it will resist wrinkles whether you're lounging at the beach or boating to your next destination.
To buy: summersalt.com, $95