The Top Spring Travel Dresses of 2013

Outdoor Research Trance Dress (Courtesy of Outdoor Research)
Outdoor Research Trance Dress

Outdoor Research Trance Dress

Because the Outdoor Research Trance Dress is made from polyester-spandex, has a built-in bra, and a sporty racerback design, its also one for the trails. It’s stretchy and quick-drying so it will easily work with you during any active endeavor. But, because of its tight, flattering fit and cut, it can also transition into your out-to-dinner dress without much fuss. The good news: The smooth silky fabric won’t wrinkle in your suitcase. The bad news: It runs big, so size down

Nux Caroline Wrap Dress

Nux Caroline Wrap Dress
Nux Caroline Wrap Dress (Courtesy of Nux)

The Nux Caroline Wrap Dress is as well suited to a trip to the yoga studio as to the beach. But because this polyester-rayon-spandex dress is so luxuriously soft, you’ll probably want to sleep in it as well. Throw it on over a bathing suit on your way to the surf break, or layer it over leggings and a sport tank for breakfast after your morning run. It’s also tiny so it won’t take up much room in your luggage. 

Icebreaker Villa Dress

Icebreaker Villa Dress
Icebreaker Villa Dress (Courtesy of Icebreaker )

We know and love the benefits of merino wool—it negates stink-factor and regulates temperature, keeping you cool and dry, particularly while exercising. Any good travel dress should do the same. That’s why Icebreaker—makers of merino wool active goods—came out with the Villa Dress. While testing, the Villa Dress never harbored stink—which made it great for multi-day trips without laundry-access—and it never held wrinkles. We love its waist-hugging cut and broad color options. 

Eddie Bauer Travex Aster Convertible Skirt/Dress

Eddie Bauer Travex Aster Conver
Eddie Bauer Travex Aster Convertible Skirt/Dress (Courtesy of Eddie Bauer )

Packing light is always a good thing. It saves you money with the airlines, it means less to schlep, and you’ll never earn the nickname “Chief Manybags,” as one Outside editor did on a staff ski trip to Utah. That’s why we love versatile pieces like the Eddie Bauer Travex Aster Convertible Skirt. This soft polyester-spandex skirt, with UPF 50 and wicking properties, converts from a comfortable skirt to a bandeau-style dress in one unroll of the waistband.

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