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When I reviewed Toad&Co’s Fall and Winter collection, I was impressed with the comfortable, soft fabrics and easy to wear styles. With their Spring and Summer styles, I fell in love with the functional yet feminine dresses. They’re perfect for travel! Read my review to find out which dresses I recommend!
Eco-Friendly Dresses: Toad&Co Review
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Dresses are the perfect option for adding to your travel capsule wardrobe especially in spring and summer. You don’t have to worry about mixing and matching and they instantly offer a feminine appearance.
One of the best things about Toad&Co’s spring/summer styles is that the clothing is extremely versatile so it’s easy to wear at home and while traveling.
In addition, the colors and prints are bright and cheerful, and the fabrics are appropriate for hot weather. Many of the materials are moisture wicking, anti-microbial, and some are even bug-repellant, too – great for the humidity!
My two favorite collections are the Sunkissed (Maxi shown below) and the Liv Dress (shown above). Not only are the styles fun and even flirty, but the fabric is incredible! They even pass my ultimate wrinkle test when I scrunch up the fabric and the fabric stays smooth.
More info on all the Toad&Co styles below!
Fabric is essential when choosing clothing for travel. In the cold, merino wool keeps you warm while packing light in your packing cubes in your carry-on. In the heat, you can get away with lighter fabrics, which help you pack light, but they don’t necessarily keep you cool.
This is where the fabrics in the Sunkissed Collection and Liv Dress excel. Not only are they environmentally friendly but they are also incredibly lightweight, which helps keep your baggage weight to a minimum.
In addition, they are moisture-wicking, which helps cool sweat from your body in the heat to keep you feeling fresh. This also means that the clothing will dry quicker if you need to hand wash or air dry your clothes on the go.
Another major plus with Toad&Co is that they have more on-trend and flattering colors than other adventure companies that seem to choose odd colors. They’re great for travel and the designs don’t look like traditional “tech” travel clothes.
Take them on a transitional trip from spring to summer or one that has a broad range of activities. They have a variety of designs to suit a wide range of styles.
Learn more about the individual styles below!
The Liv dress was a breezy option to wear on a recent road trip to Arizona. I wore it in Glen Canyon to enjoy the sunset from the Driftwood Lounge overlooking Lake Powell.
While the attire in the area is casual, my wardrobe living in England tends to consist of sweaters and jeans so I was eager to break out my new dresses! This was a practical option that felt comfortable but allowed me to feel just a little more dolled up without being over the top.
It was 85 degrees Fahrenheit that day so it felt fresh in the heat. I also wore it as an all-day car outfit when driving in between Page and Prescott. It was very comfortable the whole time!
The design can easily take you from day to night or city to beach. In fact, that’s why I chose to wear it for an afternoon in Lake Powell – I didn’t have to worry that the sand on the beach area would get stuck on my clothes. Plus, it would also look Insta-ready for sunset cocktails.
It would be as appropriate in Rome as it would be on a cruise in the Caribbean. That type of versatility is what makes this dress an A+ in my book!
I chose the Deepwater Layered print, but they also have a deeper blue color, the Blueberry Layered print. In addition, they offer the dress in a perfectly neutral Thyme olive color or you can opt for a classic black as your Little Black Travel Dress. (I love olive as an alternative neutral to black, especially in the summer!)
It has an adjustable low-waist drawstring for a loose shift dress style but you can also pull it in for a tailored waist.
One of the pieces I’m most excited about is the Sunkissed Romper. Our readers love rompers because they’re an all-in-one outfit, they’re comfortable, and easy-to-wear. And this one tops my list as one of the best rompers I’ve ever seen.
While there are prints available, I chose the black for a classic look. You can pair it with a blazer and flats for a chic city look or wear it with comfortable sandals and summer hat for a casual, cute seaside ensemble.
Since the fabric is “tech” I actually also took it on a light hike on my Arizona road trip and wore it for a Jeep tour in Sedona. It kept me cool in the 85F+ direct heat as I explored the wonders of the beautiful city.
The neckline detail is delicate and beautiful and the shorts have a lovely scalloped edge on the bottom making them look like a cross between a dress and short (not a skort). I would never expect such a cute design for travel clothes.
It also has adjustable straps, which is extremely helpful. The length of the shorts on me felt comfortable and they weren’t too short. It was nice not having to get this tailored.
It features a low adjustable tie at the natural waist, plus pockets, too.
Like the practicality of shorts but prefer a skirt? Try the Sunkissed skort!
Sunkissed Maxi Dress
Based on the tips in our article on what to wear in Arizona, I knew that I had to bring the Sunkissed Maxi for my visit to Sedona. And it was perfect!
It accents the waist and is bra-friendly which is amazing for me because it’s hard to find a gorgeous dress that doesn’t show straps.
The hemline features a gorgeous flowy design, which is beautiful enough to be worn anywhere from a beach wedding in Playa del Carmen to strolling around the temples in Southeast Asia.
I loved the breezy design but I did fasten a pin to the bottom layers to avoid any mishaps in the wind. It also has a peak-a-boo cutout in the back, which shows a hint of skin but is below the bra line for a chic appearance.
The maxi is available in four beautiful prints and it was hard to choose just one. I loved the Rhubarb Batik Floral but ended up getting the Deepwater Batik Floral print, as shown. I was very happy with my decision as this color pops and looks fantastic!
Like the majority of Toad&Co’s dresses, it also features a secret zippered stash pocket to hold Chapstick, a hotel key, or any other small essentials.
The Sunkissed Collection features the environmentally-friendly Kohilo fabric, which is feather light and is great for water activities or hotel sink washing because it’s a quick-dry nylon with a touch of 4-way stretch.
It’s really the best fabric ever. Ultra-soft and practical, too.
Mirror Reversible Dress
The Mirror Reversible Dress is incredibly comfortable and even a little bit sexy, which is surprising for travel clothes! It’s not overly fitted and because it’s double layered it offers additional coverage with an opaque effect.
It’s made in a sustainable Tencel blend that keeps you cool while being wrinkle-resistant. Dress it up or down, this is a great option for a city trip to Los Angeles or a fun weekend getaway to Puerto Vallarta with the girls.
I chose the Rhubarb, which has a soft purple “Root beer” shade on one side (shown above) and a coral pink Rhubarb on the other (shown below). All three color ways are completely reversible featuring complementary colors, which gives two distinct looks.
In addition to using this dress as a 2-in-1 due to the reversible colors, it’s also versatile enough to be worn casually for sightseeing or paired with heels for a night out or romantic dinner.
It has ruching on one side and a secret pocket, too! I had this taken in at the shoulders so it would fit me under the arms and hemmed it a few inches at length.
If you prefer separates, opt for the Mirror Skirt instead!
Cue Cafe Wrap Dress
One of the things our readers struggle with is finding dresses with sleeves. The Cue Café Wrap Dress is the perfect solution to this issue – it comes in both ¾ sleeves and also a sleeveless style (which is also bra-friendly as a bonus, too).
I have the 3/4 sleeve styles in both the Guava Wave Print and the Deepwater blue. It’s also available in four prints plus two solid colors including a classic black. Sizes range from XS-XL and the fabric has stretch yet is not overly fitted.
A tip is to choose prints over solids to disguise potential wrinkles although when the wrinkles smoothed out quite easily when I took the dress out of my packing cubes.
This feminine dress is actually very practical and pretty, too. Wear it with wedges, flats, sandals, or even light sneakers. Although when a dress looks this cute, it doesn’t matter as much what you have in your feet if you prefer comfortable footwear. Just choose a neutral color – one that matches your skin tone is always a good choice.
A wrap dress is a classic staple piece in every wardrobe and this one is particularly good because you can adjust the placement of your waist with the included belt.
The Cue Wrap Dress features an easy-to-wear Jersey – the Samba fabric, which is a soft organic cotton Tencel blend. In addition to being super soft, it’s also wrinkle-resistant.
When you can wear something at home and abroad you know you’ve found the perfect of balance of travel fashion.
Every summer vacation wardrobe should include a hat. This one has a cute wide brim in an airy design that can mix and match with a variety of outfits.
I’ve paired it with everything from the Sunkissed Romper to the Cue Café Wrap Dress. It was lightweight and versatile.
You can either wear your hat on the plane or pack it in your suitcase. All you need to do to keep the hat’s shape is pack clothing inside and around it so you can maximize space while protecting the hat.
One of the tricks I’ve learned in search of creating my perfect everyday life capsule wardrobe is to tailor my clothing for a custom fit. The pictures above feature items that I adjusted in length.
I’m 5’2″, so I tailored all the items except the Sunkissed romper, which has adjustable straps. Either I took a couple of inches off the bottom or I had them taken in at the top on the shoulder line, which created a slightly shorter fit and helped the arm holes fit me properly.
As far as sizing is concerned, I’m 120 lb and chose a size small in all items. However, I do wish I would’ve sized down for the Cue Wrap Cafe dresses since the fabric is roomy and might stretch a little. I wanted a comfortable fit, but I prefer a more fitted look.
For a beachside trip, pair these dresses with bronze or taupe beach sandals. For a casual hot summer city look, opt for tan leather sandals or wedges. You can also pair them with light colored slip-ons, too.
Change your jewelry between day and night or different activities to dress the pieces up or down.
Toad&Co creates pretty, comfortable, and functional travel clothing that is truly eco-friendly so you can feel good about your travel wardrobe.
They are SERIOUS about the environment and is 100% committed to creating sustainable travel clothing that performs well and looks good, too. In fact, 94% of all their clothing is eco-friendly. Amazing!
They’ve developed unique fabric processes that enable their clothing to have the best technical features needed for travel while simultaneously ensuring they don’t pollute or damage the environment.
Their eco-friendly fabrics prioritize comfort and are lightweight, making them easy to pack without adding too much weight in your luggage.
Take a look at more of my top picks from their Spring and Summer collection here!
What Toad&Co items are on your wishlist? Share in the comments below!
To learn more about Toad&Co, read our other articles:
- Ethical Clothing for Travel
- The Best Eco Friendly Fabrics for Travel
- Review: Toad&Co Sustainable Clothing
- The Best Eco-friendly Vacation Clothes
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