The world is huge

Don't miss any of it

Travel news, itineraries, and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.

By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

multi-functional dresses
Jet Cat Studio / Shutterstock

10 Multi-Functional Dresses for Simple Packing and Styling

From UPF-protecting fabric to length changing hemlines, these 10 dresses have more than one travel-specific feature and don’t sacrifice style. Pack them and you’ll save both space and money since you won’t have to pack extra clothing and gear.

Stylish Multi-Functional Dresses

These 10 multi-functional dresses deserve a spot in your suitcase for their multi-functional features and cool style.

Nau Short Sleeve Twisted Shirtdress

If you’re headed somewhere where you’ll need sun protection, pack the Nau Short Sleeve Twisted Shirtdress. This multi-functional dress is made with Tencel Sun fabric (UPF 30+) that’s also moisture-wicking and sourced responsibly, you don’t have to worry about sweating off sunscreen.

Lululemon Cinch-It Dress

With an adjustable cinch up the side of this dress by Lululemon, you can customize your length to suit your body and/or the occasion. The black cherry color pairs well with neutrals but adds some color to your travel wardrobe.

Alternative Apparel Eco-Jersey Striped Pocket T-Shirt Dress

multi-functional dress eco-friendly
Alternative Apparel

This super-soft multi-functional dress by Alternative Apparel is great for sleeping, travel days, or can be warmed up with tights or leggings. Style it with a blazer, booties, or trendy cardigan for a night out, or take advantage of its deep pockets that’ll fit a phone and passport on the days you’re traveling.

Allen Allen 3/4 Sleeve Tie-Dye Dress

Wear this linen dress as a shirt, bathing suit cover-up, or standalone dress. The shorter length makes it great to pair with jeans or slacks, and pockets are always a welcome addition for travelers.

Puma Golf Dress

Pack this Puma Golf Dress for your resort vacation and you’ll look flawless going from the course (or courts) to pre-dinner drinks. The multi-functional dress boasts a fold-down collar, performance fabric, removable-inner shorts, and open-hand pockets.

Jen’s Pirate Booty Malva Dress

This boho chic tunic-style dress by Jen’s Pirate Booty can be worn as a bathing suit-cover up or on its own out to dinner. If the length is too short for you, add on cut-off denim shorts to complete the look.

Royal Robbins Calistoga Tunic

Great for travel days, on its own, or with leggings and jeans, this tunic dress by Royal Robbins is a traveler’s dream. The stretchy knit and boxy fit suit any body type, and the neutral color can be dressed up or down. Other notable features include a zippered pouch pocket, moisture-wicking fabric, and UPF 50+ sun protection.

Tory Burch Swimwear Clemence Convertible Dress Cover-Up

It’s a dress, skirt, and cover-up all in one. The smocked bodice and self-tie shoulder straps allow you to adjust the dress for your body, and the stylish print fabric pairs great with sandals and/or a light tank top (if worn as a skirt).

Craghoppers Insect Shield Daku Dress

Craghoppers’ Daku Dress serves many functions for travelers: It’s prepped with InsectShield and sun-protective fabric, and it’s  lightweight and has moisture-control for warm and sticky climates. This multi-functional dress has five pockets, convertible long-to-short sleeves, and a drawstring waist that adds to this dress’s comfort.

Nuu-Muu Scoop Neck Dress

The A-line cut of this dress by Nuu Muu is figure-flattering for everyone, and the semi-hidden back pocket makes it even more practical for travelers. Made from soft fabric, this scoop neck dress provides coverage but can still be dressed up, down, layered, or worn for outdoor activities.

More from SmarterTravel:

Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product.

We hand-pick everything we recommend and select items through testing and reviews. Some products are sent to us free of charge with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions and do not accept compensation to review products. All items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time of publication. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

Top Fares From