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The best convertible travel dresses allow you to create many different looks from just a single piece. This allows you to pack light because you won’t have to pack as much. We have rounded up our favorite travel dresses that will help you pack light and stylishly!
Convertible Travel Dresses
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Convertible travel clothing typically can be pretty lackluster and unappealing. Trekking pants anyone? It hasn’t been until recently that we travelers have finally gotten a glimmer of hope for our travel wardrobes.
These are among the best convertible dresses for travel, providing you with a perfect balance of form, function, and fashion.
Some of these dresses are reversible, which means they have fabric on both sides. Others are reversible in that the “back” and “front” can be worn either direction. Some are convertible, changing from a top to a skirt to a dress.
All of them are versatile and offer travelers plenty of options for different looks from a single item! Versatility is key to a capsule wardrobe. Learn more in my guide!
Use packing cubes to maximize the space in your bag shown in my packing video tutorial.
Popana Convertible Sundress and Maxi Skirt | Sizes 0-22
Popana Convertible Sundress
The Popana is a highly popular item with TFG readers for its easy simplicity, lightweel feel, and ability to convert from a cute sundress into a maxi skirt.
The ideal accompaniment for a vacation, this piece is simple to style and turn into more than one outfit by adding a shirt over the dress, and different tops with the skirt. We love that it’s offered in multiple sizes (0-22) and in a lovely rainbow of colors to suit your personal style!
Coolibar UPF 50+ Isla Convertible Skirt | Sizes XXS-2X
Coolibar Convertible Dress Skirt
The Coolibar Isla Travel Skirt only has three functions, it acts as a strapless or halter dress, and a skirt. It’s super comfortable and you can accessorize this cute dress with a belt for a more dressed up look or you can just wear it on its own for a relaxed bohemian feel.
An ideal dress for small villages, long transport days, and just hanging out, the practicality of this convertible skirt or dress, short or long, makes it appealing in a variety of settings. Find it in various colors to perfectly fit your style. And note, it also has UPF 50+ protection, which is ideal for hotter climates.
This is also available on the Coolibar site as well!
Encircled Chrysalis Cardi | Sizes Petite, Maxi, Medium
Encircled Dress, Scarf, and Cardigan
Every woman loves a circle scarf for travel. They’re convenient and versatile. Plus, they add a little flavor to a basic outfit and can also provide warmth from the cold or protection from the sun if needed.
Now, imagine a circle scarf that also transforms into a dress with the push of a button? Well, in the case of Encircled’s Chrysalis Cardi, it transforms by the snap of a button!
How does this unique convertible clothing work? The Cardi is a tube-like fabric that conceals clever buttons around the rim that allows you to use it as a scarf, a convertible wrap dress, and a cardigan, too.
Another look at how versatile the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi is!
The Chrysalis Cardi is more dressy than my typical casual style. It’s the perfect choice to bring on a trip when you want to pack mostly casually and want that one special item to dress up in, and not take up unnecessary space. It’s also ideal for a trip where you’ll need several dress options such as on a cruise.
In their description, they claim it can transform into eight unique items. But guess what? I found even MORE ways to wear the Chrysalis Cardi! Check out my full review!
Read my review to learn more about the convertible wrap dress you can actually wear everywhere!
Becca Breezy Basics Convertible Cover-Up Dress | Sizes S-L
Becca Reversible Cover Up Dress
What could be more great than a reversible dress, offering you two styles in one?
It’s easy to imagine a dress made out of rayon and polyester to be comfortable and cool for summer, and this cover up dress by Becca certainly fits the bill. It’s fairly soft and due to its versatility, it’s perfect for summer travel.
This cute dress features an elastic blouson waist and adjustable tie that can be worn in front or back, so it’s easy to travel with. Users say it’s comfortable, fits true to size, and is stylish! Also available on Nordstrom and Zappos.
Encircled Sleeveless Revolve Dress | Sizes XS-XXL
Encircled Revolve Dress
Another Encircled pick, the Revolve dress can be worn many ways, so it’s a great item to add to your travel wardrobe. It acts as a dress, a tunic, and a top. When it comes to the dress options, you can wear it as a cowl or a boat neck to achieve different looks.
It’s super comfortable and easy to accessorize with a belt, jewelry, and a tote or clutch, depending on the occasion. This is a great dress for a long flight, sightseeing, or hitting some local night spots. Find it in other colors in sizes XS-XXL.
Classic Saika Gown 4-Way Reversible Maxi Dress | Sizes XS-XL
Lulus 4 Way Convertible
Versatility at its finest, the Lulus Tricks of the Trade Taupe Maxi Dress knows a trick or two… or four!
Elastic waistband and wrap into a multitude of bodice styles including halter, one-shoulder, cross-front, strapless, and more. Stretchy, latte brown jersey knit hugs your curves as you discover new ways to play with this fascinating frock. It’s available in sizes XS-XL and many different colors too!
Sandy Michael Stars 2-in-1 Convertible Skirt | Sizes XS-XL
Michael Stars 2-in-1 Convertible Dress Skirt
The fun, tropical inspired Michael Stars SandyTravel Skirt only has two functions, but it’s a great item to add to your travel wardrobe. It acts as a dress and a skirt and is super comfortable. You can accessorize this cute dress with some simple jewelry for a more dressed up look or you can just wear it on its own for a relaxed bohemian feel.
An ideal dress for small villages, long transport days, and just hanging out, the practicality of this convertible skirt or dress, short or long, makes it appealing in a variety of settings. Find it in three colors to perfectly fit your style!
32 Degrees Reversible Dress | Sizes XS-XL
32 Degrees Flip Side Reversible Travel Dress
It doesn’t get much easier than this. If you don’t feel like fussing around with straps and silhouettes, opt for a reversible travel dress to do the work for you. This comfy dress by 32 Degrees is great for casual travel days, lounging at a retreat, or for a cruise.
Simply flip inside out for a brand new color (it pairs nicely with sandals or sneakers). This cute-casual pick comes in a three of colors, so you’re sure to find one you like. More colors available here!
Watch my Facebook Live on the Best Convertible Dresses for Travel!
DREFBUFY Womens High Waist Tiered Convertible Dress | Sizes S-XXL
DREFBUFY Maxi Travel Dress
The feminine style of this convertible skirt dress goes a step away from the traditional convertible travel dress. It’s super clever as it has multi-wearing styles, which designed with elastic waistband and drawstring decoration, you can wear it as a maxi skirt or tube midi dress.
This style can work on both petite and taller women alike. Lightweight and breathable cotton, well-thought out design means you can wear it many ways, over mean seasons!
Grace Karin Convertible Midi Dress | Sizes S-XL
Grace Karin Convertible Travel Dress
The style of the Grace Karin dress goes a step away from the traditional convertible travel dress, as it’s practical but also pretty, with a boho vibe. This dress can be molded to your mood with two ways to wear it, from bandeau to midi skirt. We love the below-the-knee length and think this one can work on both petite and taller women alike.
This is a great travel choice! The lightweight stretch cotton blend makes this easy to pack and the impeccable draping will ensure you look like a star no matter how you wear it. Comes in sizes S-XL.
Follow our Minimalista or Travel Essentials Packing Lists to downsize your travel wardrobe even more!
Helene Clarkson Sabi Reversible Halter Dress | Sizes XS-XL
Helene Clarkson Reversible Dress
One of the most popular questions readers ask us on Travel Fashion Girl is: “Where can I find stylish yet practical reversible clothing for travel?” My response: Helene Clarkson.
The Sabi dress is particularly special because it’s reversible, and you don’t need room to change the look. You can flip it back to front or vice versa for two different looks, a halter style or or a simple v-neck. Two for the price of one – bonus!
And, because it’s a “reversible” clothing item that is not double-sided – you don’t have to worry about adding unnecessary bulk to your luggage. This dress makes packing light easy! Also available in teal color here.
Check out Helene Clarkson’s other reversible clothing options, including sweaters, tops, skirts, pants, and jackets. Read the full review here!
Diana Kroe Wear-Ever Skirt Dress | Sizes 1-6
Diana Kroe Convertible Skirt Dress
Diane Kroe is the queen of transformation! She’s best known for her feminine collection of convertible clothing for travel. The line has over 20 jetsetter-friendly pieces, including tops, dresses, wraps, and pants – and the best part is: they’re all versatile.
The Wear-Ever Skirt Dress is a must-have travel item and apparently was brought back by the company due to high demand. You can wear it 5+ways such as a strapless dress, classic pencil skirt dress, a tunic, a top, a maxi skirt, and more!
Made from a lightweight jersey, you can take this on short trips or longer ones and use it for a number of occasions; whether for sightseeing, hanging by the pool or beach, or for a night out. It’s even suitable for business travel in the pencil skirt dress mode when paired with a slim belt and a travel blazer.
However, you can grab this in three different types of jersey. The brand recommends either the Venezia Travel Jersey for its lightweight feel, or the heartier Santé Jersey because it’s fast-drying, wrinkle-proof, super soft, and has UPF 50 sun protection.
Finally, if you wanted something more environmentally friendly, you could choose the Signature Spa Jersey that’s made from natural materials.
I had a chance to check out two of her multi-way items: the Wanderlust Wrap and the Endless. Read my review here!
Convertible Travel Dresses Comparison Chart
|BRAND / MODEL||FEATURES||RATING | PRICE|
|Popana Convertible Sundress and Maxi Skirt||The Popana is a highly popular item with TFG readers for its easy simplicity, lightweel feel, and ability to convert from a cute sundress into a maxi skirt.||Check Price|
|Coolibar Convertible Dress Skirt||The Coolibar Isla Travel Skirt only has three functions, it acts as a strapless or halter dress, and a skirt. It’s super comfortable and you can accessorize this cute dress with a belt for a more dressed up look or you can just wear it on its own for a relaxed bohemian feel.||Check Price|
|Encircled Chrysalis Cardi||Encircled’s Chrysalis Cardi, transforms by the snap of a button. The Cardi is a tube-like fabric that conceals clever buttons around the rim that allows you to use it as a scarf, a convertible wrap dress, and a cardigan, too.||Check Price|
|Becca Reversible Cover Up Dress||This cute dress features an elastic blouson waist and adjustable tie that can be worn in front or back, so it’s easy to travel with. Users say it’s comfortable, fits true to size, and is stylish!||Check Price|
|Encircled Sleeveless Revolve Dress||Another Encircled pick, the Revolve dress can be worn many ways, so it’s a great item to add to your travel wardrobe. It acts as a dress, a tunic and a top. When it comes to the dress options, you can wear it as a cowl or a boat neck to achieve different looks.||Check Price|
|Lulus 4 Way Convertible||Elastic waistband and wrap into a multitude of bodice styles including halter, one-shoulder, cross-front, strapless, and more. Stretchy, latte brown jersey knit hugs your curves as you discover new ways to play with this fascinating frock.||Check Price|
|Michael Stars 2-in-1 Convertible Dress Skirt||The fun, tropical inspired Michael Stars SandyTravel Skirt only has two functions, but it’s a great item to add to your travel wardrobe. It acts as a dress and a skirt and is super comfortable.||Check Price|
|32 Degrees Flip Side Reversible Travel Dress||Simply flip inside out for a brand new color (it pairs nicely with sandals or sneakers). This cute-casual pick comes in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find one you like.||Check Price|
|DREFBUFY Maxi Travel Dress||It’s super clever as it has multi-wearing styles, which designed with elastic waistband and drawstring decoration, you can wear it as a maxi skirt or tube midi dress.||Check Price|
|Grace Karin Convertible Travel Dress||This dress can be molded to your mood with two ways to wear it, from bandeau to midi skirt. We love the below-the-knee length and think this one can work on both petite and taller women alike.||Check Price|
|Helene Clarkson Nancy 4-Way Dress||The Sabi dress is particularly special because it’s reversible, and you don’t need room to change the look. You can flip it back to front or vice versa for two different looks, a halter style or or a simple v-neck. Two for the price of one – bonus!||Check Price|
|Diana Kroe Wear-Ever Skirt Dress||The Wear-Ever Skirt Dress is a must-have travel item and apparently was brought back by the company due to high demand. You can wear it 5+ways such as a strapless dress, classic pencil skirt dress, a tunic, a top, a maxi skirt, and more!||Check Price|
How to Pack Your Convertible Dress
If you’re planning a fabulous getaway and want to take your multi-wear dress start with packing cubes, they will seriously change the way you pack! We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything. See more in the video below.
Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!
To pack those pretty white dresses, you probably want to roll vs. fold, to decrease the wrinkle factor. If you need more help, we also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel.
If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This method has helped me travel carry-on only!
Which of these convertible travel dresses do you prefer? Share and comment below!
For more tips on travel dresses and skirts, please read:
- Choose the Best Travel Skirt by Length
- How to Wear One Dress Many Ways
- Best Travel Dress Styles
- Moisture Wicking Dresses for Summer Travels
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Love all these and especially love that some are for all shapes!
Thank you, we really appreciate your feedback Lisa!
I love wearing a pull on maxi skirt as a dress but have trouble getting some convertible styles to lay correctly. I have a vacay style wrap skirt that can be worn as a halter dress but it’s so hard to make it look right.
I love that you try to find a range of styles! As someone who only wears comfort clothes and outdoor/workout clothes, I’m trying to up my travel style!
Love the Diane Kroe convertibles.
There’s nothing better than a multi-functioning piece AND one that makes me feel girly! What a great collection to choose from! I consider this my shopping list!
I’ve got several gift cards from work that I’ve been saving and a cruise coming soon. A convertible dress seems like the perfect item to purchase for the trip!
This is such a great idea! I honestly never considered a dress that can be worn multiple ways. I’m new to traveling and am still learning how to condense and get creative with my wardrobe. I think the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi will be my next purchase.
Yes, I love doing this! – as a small busted person, this works with many “skirts” for me 😉 I appreciate all of the new ideas and options. AND , I just love this blog and community, thank you!
I have generally avoided wearing dresses because I have always felt more comfortable in pants/tops. But these dresses look so cute and so comfortable, I’m going to have to give some of them a try!
Thank you for providing so much information about travel….it helps so much to see what others have had success with and maybe not had success with.
Great place to get good and useful information!
As someone who doesn’t wear dresses very much, I was really surprised at how comfortable looking and versatile the dresses on this page seemed!
I’ve got to try to get out of my “pants only” mindset and try some of these!
I have the hardest time with dresses. Thanks for the variety of options. Wish they looked as god in
me as they do on you Alex!🌸
Thanks for all the great tips!
Someday, I’ll try the Encircled pieces! Love the idea of Diana Kroe as well.
Great info! I really love the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi. What a versatile piece. I am thrilled that it comes in petite.
So glad I found your blog and FB page! Great travel options I would have never thought about.
Thank you very much for your very informative posts over the years as well as the excellent and informative reply’s and suggestions provided by your many followers. I always look forward to seeing your emails in my inbox or your posts on Facebook. Thank you for the opportunity you enter your contest.
I would love to see an update on this article. There are no many new companies making convertible dresses I would love to see a review on some that are currently available like the Morph dress, The Undress, The Kosan travel dresses. I am sure there are tons more that I haven’t seen and would love to hear about.
I would like to ask on behalf of many: what about women over 60??
I hope that we are not doomed to sit in a chair and knit….
We travel too, perhaps you know. And some of us do not wear trousers because our figures are not the same as they were at the age of 29.
We would welcome tips for travel dresses. Not each of these must be convertible into a scarf.
Hi Helen, thank you for taking the time to share your insight. Have a look at these articles writer for older women travellers: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/over-40-fashion/ Hope this helps!
Hey, i realy enjoyed your article,my favourite dress is kamalikulture and ultimate travel dress. I missed kameleon dress here 🙂
thanks for the feedback!
Hi, what are women wearing for a night out (restaurants, bars) in London right now? It’s a weird in-between-seasons time (still cold at night) time, and packing is a challenge. 🙂 Thanks!
I can’t decide between the 12 Ways Dress and the Encircled Chrysalis Cardi. The Cardi seems much more versatile (except for not having a skirt option), but after reading other reviews, is not very light and doesn’t dry quickly. Also it is a bit more expensive. The 12 ways according to your review is lightweight and dries quickly, but can’t be worn as a scarf, shawl, cardi etc. like the Cardi can. I am torn between the two. I guess I can forgo not having the scarf/shawl and Cardi option with the 12 ways as I can bring these items separately, but I just wanted your opinion regarding which of the two you would choose to travel with.
Hi Claris, it depends on if you want a flirty or classic style. For fun and flirty go with the 12 Ways. For a classic piece that’s longer in length the Chrysalis Cardi would work. Let us know which you choose 🙂
I absolutely ADORE Diane Kroe’s entire line! I love how each piece flows away from the body and also the fact that my entire vacation wardrobe fits in my carry on!
We love her too!!! Thanks for reading Jen!
I absolutely love my convertible dress, and other travel pieces , by Dian Kroe. It fits and hugs every curve and it’s one of my go to dresses for all occasions. Diane’s line is amazing and is fabulous for all sizes. Being a girl with curves I feel her line is so versatile for all shapes and sizes.
That’s awesome to hear Val! We love brands that make women feel comfortable and confident!
Now obviously I have Diane Kroe’s convertible dress and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
Mainly because as a fuller figured girl I like to wear a bra and I can actually do that with this one! Plus she’s got those fabric snaps that go around the straps to keep them in place so they are never peaking out. Such a lifesaver when you’re hittin the dance floor :p
That’s awesome that you’ve found a brand that works so well for you! Happy travels Tegan!
The Versalette is back!
I just bought mine, it seems like they might not be restocking for a while =(
Thanks for the tip!
I am so glad the versalette is back! I ahve wanted one so bad! Just ordered. Their other products look amazing too. Got some olive leggings to boot.
I am so glad the versalette is back! I have wanted one so bad! Just ordered. Their other products look amazing too. Got some olive leggings to boot. I wanted to add, that I’m really excited about it because I am a tall size 14-16 and I have the hardest time with a travel wardrobe. Any advice from others would be welcome! Asos has a great plus/cusp selection. H&M on the other hand, skips my size entirely. Also, travel pants are a huge problem. The Skylers I fell in love with on this site top out at size 10. Seriously guys? It’s like they don’t want to make money!
Hi Crystal Thanks for your comment! I’m going to post your question on Facebook to see if we can get you some feedback on tall sizes 14-16 from the readers. Stay tuned!
So, I’ve gone through my closet and found that the extremely familiar Dress #5 is the dress that I’ve been using as a shirt. It always seemed to long as a shirt and too short as a dress, so I’ve been tucking it in to everything. I got this at a thrift store, so I had no idea that it was this amazing piece. I was actually going to give it away in a week. I’m so glad that I found this and realized what its extent was. I’m never getting rid of it now.
haha that’s great to hear! it helps to put it away for a trip or two. when you find it again it’s like finding a new treasure!
Emami Limitless Dress.
The Bamboo made in the USA dresses from @TranquiliT are fantastic. Naturally wicking!
I have the Infinity Dress and yes, I`ve worn it on a cruise and for the Holidays. The only problem I have when traveling is, that it is kinda of heavy when you`re limited on luggage weight. But then again it does offer you lots of opportunities.
That’s awesome! Thank you for your feedback 🙂
Would you recommend it to other travelers? Also, do the pros outweigh the cons?
I looked into making one and you need a lot of fabric, fairly heavyweight.
That’s one of the biggest things to consider with some clothing items. Does it transform into multiple pieces but take up twice as much space anyway or does it offer versatility and help cut back on the space?
With that being said, my best travel dress was a maxi dress I hesitated to pack because it was so much fabric. However, I ended up wearing it all the time because it was pretty and comfortable and the fabric was really low maintenance. What it really comes down to is if you’re really going to wear the item of clothing all the time then it’s worth the space.
I actually bought the infinity dress on amazon a while ago! Still need to figure out how to recreate all the different styles but I figure it’s the only dress/skirt I’ll bring on the trip so I will learn how to wear it as I go!
that’s awesome! good how to videos online – would love to see how it work out for you 🙂
These look like some nice dresses, especially the TwelveWays. One piece of clothing I really like the idea of is the Versalette by Revolution Apparel. But since they don’t ship worldwide yet I’ll have to wait forum next trip to the states.
Hi Rosanna! Yes, I also love the look of the Versalette but didn’t think they were officially selling it yet? I can’t wait to get my own and combined with a few other pieces, it will sure get easier to travel with just 4 clothing pieces!
Thanks for reading 🙂
Yeah, you’re right. They’re only shipping for the Kickstarter backers. But it’s gonna be a while before I’m stateside anyway, so hopefully they’ll be ready then.
Can’t wait to get it! 🙂