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The 11 Best Spring Dresses for Travel


Unless you’re rocking a onesie, a dress is pretty much the only piece of clothing you can pack that can serve as an entire outfit. Spring travel dresses take up less room than pants and shirt combos, require less effort, and look great in travel photos. Discover 10 of the best travel dresses for spring to bring on your next trip.

Royal Robbins MerinoLux Dress

royal robbins merinolux dress

This Royal Robbins dress is one of my favorite travel dresses for spring because it’s made from a very travel-friendly fabric called MerinoLux. This blend of merino wool and polyester gives the dress its odor-resistance, stretch, UPF protection, and quick-drying ability. A zipper pocket keeps your valuables safe, and an included belt allows for a custom fit.

Betabrand Round-Trip Dress

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Packing the Round-Trip Dress from Betabrand is like bringing four outfits instead of just one. It’s reversible, so you can wear either the pattern side or the solid blue side, and there are two different neckline options to further change up the look. It’s also made of wrinkle-resistant fabric.

Aventura Campbell Dress

aventura campbell dress

Aventura’s Campbell Dress has a six-button collar so you can customize your level of modesty depending on where you are. The machine-washable spring dress is made from a comfortable blend of organic cotton and modal slub jersey, which resists wrinkles and packs small.

Athleta Costa Midi Dress

athleta costa midi dress

The Costa Midi Dress from Athleta is everything you look for in a travel outfit: It’s made of comfortable, wrinkle-resistant fabric that can be machine washed and dried, and it offers handy pockets and UPF protection. You can dress it down with sneakers or flip-flops, or accessorize it with jewelry and heels for a more formal look. It’s even eco-friendly, with material made from sustainable beechwood trees.

SCOTTeVEST Deborah Dress

scottevest deborah dress

Travelers are always clamoring for dresses with pockets—and the Deborah Dress from SCOTTeVEST offers seven of them. These cleverly designed pockets can hold everything from keys to a tablet without look bulky, and the dress, made of wrinkle-resistant material, has a simple, flattering style with a hem that falls below the knee.

New York & Company Soho Street Maxi Dress

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New York & Company

Travelers seeking more modest spring dresses will like the Soho Street Maxi Dress from New York & Company. It’s made of stretchy, machine washable fabric, and the maxi length offers more warmth than a short sundress for cooler spring days. Because the dress covers your shoulders and knees, it’s a good bet for touring religious buildings where more conservative attire is required. It’s also got pockets for your phone or other important items.

Alternative Cotton Jersey T-Shirt Dress

alternative cotton jersey t-shirt dress

A basic T-shirt dress, like this option from Alternative Apparel, is a good bet for every travel wardrobe. Pair it with a blazer or heels for a more formal occasion, or dress it down with sneakers for casual sightseeing. T-shirt dresses also layer well, since you can easily throw on a sweater or leggings if it gets chilly. A neutral color like black goes with everything in your closet.

prAna Jola Dress

prana jola dress

The knee-length Jola Dress from prAna is made of organic cotton and recycled polyester, making it one of the more eco-friendly spring dresses for travel. While it’s comfy enough to wear out sightseeing all day, you can also dress it up for dinner or evenings out. Its simple style is flattering to most body types, including plus sizes.

Patagonia Sleeveless Seabrook Twist Dress

seabrook twist dress

The classic shift dress gets updated for travel with Patagonia’s Sleeveless Seabrook Twist Dress. This dress is made from a blend of recycled polyester and spandex, so it’s both eco-friendly and comfortable. A faux-wrap detail on the back gives the dress a twist, while the front keeps it classic with a sleek shape and modest scoop neck.

TravelSmith Indispensable Sleeveless Maxi Dress

indispensable sleeveless maxi dress

The Indispensable Sleeveless Maxi Dress from TravelSmith has tons of practical benefits for travel: It offers UPF 50+ sun protection and is made from a moisture-wicking fabric that resists wrinkles and can be machine washed. And it comes in a variety of colors and sizes, including plus and petite sizes.

United by Blue Anywhere Wrap Dress

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United by Blue

The Anywhere Wrap Dress from United by Blue is cute, comfortable, and casual. Its nylon/spandex blend (which includes 37 percent recycled material) is moisture-wicking and wrinkle-resistant. The tie belt adds shape at the waist, and the pockets let you keep your valuables handy.

Desigual Siena Black Layers Dress

siena black layers dress

Looking for something a little more dressy? Try the Siena Black Layers Dress from Desigual. This little black dress is perfect to wear for nicer evenings out when you’re traveling, but its layered design gives it a relaxed, comfortable fit. It’s made of polyester, which is naturally wrinkle-resistant.

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Caroline Morse’s suitcase is always full of spring dresses when she travels. Follow her on Instagram @TravelwithCaroline and Twitter @CarolineMorse1 for photos of her spring dresses around the world.

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