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Stylish travel clothing is hard to find but these companies do a great job of combining practicality and femininity too. Whether you’re an avid globetrotter or a newbie nomad this is our essential list of the best travel clothing brands for women!
Best Travel Clothing Brands
In 2011, I set off on a mission to figure out how to choose the best travel clothing without sacrificing my personal style or skimping out on functionality. One year later Travel Fashion Girl was born. The idea was to show female travelers how they could be fully prepared on their travel while also feeling good about their clothes, too.
What are the best travel clothing brands?
While stylish travel clothing can be hard to find, I’ve found several companies that do a great job of combining practicality and femininity. Here’s my list of the best travel clothing brands for women:
If you are looking for a super lightweight option of technical travel pants that are stylish and versatile, consider these if you can spare some extra cash. They’ve nailed the trifecta with their travel pants: form, function, and fashion, too.
You’ve heard about this line constantly on TFG but their travel pants are definitely worth every penny. I’ve worn the best-selling Skyler pants to sightsee in European cities, to go on light hikes, to workout in the gym, as part of my plane outfit, for business conferences, and to play in the snow. I even wore them 7 days in a row while on a remote scuba diving trip to Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Read my review here!
They’re not for everyone but for those that do love them, they REALLY LOVE THEM. They really are the best travel pants for women.
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AIRism fabric is light, breathable, and quick-drying. Their tanks, camis, and tees are the perfect absorbent, anti-odor underlayer. They take up almost no space, are easy to hand-wash, and dry quickly. There are also AIRism bras, panties, and leggings.
HEATTECH innerwear has heat-retaining properties and is great to wear as a base layer in cold climates. One of TFG’s writers likes wearing her HEATTECH tights under jeans during winter travel and another loves their lighter layers. Read her review here!
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Toad and Co.
For casual travel basics and vacation-ready dresses, Toad and Co. offers pretty and functional clothing with fabrics that are oh-so comfortable.
I had a chance to work with them last year and was inspired by their commitment to creating clothing that doesn’t hurt the environment. Check out my review of their winter clothes here and you can watch my LIVE unboxing of their newest summer collection here!
Prana Clothing first was introduced as yoga wear but it has since expanded into a line of clothing that’s wearable for travelers. They offer globetrotting pants with feminine styles and moderate price points.
Nau Clothing offers casual basics for everyday wear and exploration. I do like their Tripoly jacket for feather light coverage. This works for me because it doesn’t look too much like an outdoor brand and packs away very small if and when I need it on my sun seeking long term travels.
Every clothing line has something special that makes them unique and for Vacay Style – it’s definitely their 2 piece dress sets.
They call them their MAXi dresses and I think they’re genius! What’s better than a maxi dress for travel? A style that let’s you make several outfits not just one. And that’s the concept behind Vacay Style’s 2 piece dress sets.
The ultimate in function meets fashion, you get the benefit of the relaxed, feminine fit of a maxi with the additional option to wear the separates as a top and skirt. With nine 2-piece dress sets to choose from, your travel wardrobe just got a makeover!
Read my review to find out why I love them and how they’re going to help you pack better than ever!
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Not only is their clothing comfortable enough to wear on the go but it’s fashionable so you can wear it at home, too. Female travelers love this company and so do we!
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Columbia is one of the most popular clothing brands for TFG readers. They particularly love their extensive selection of travel pants and easy to wear dresses.
Not only does their clothing look good on the road but it’s also functional, light, wrinkle-resistant, and, quick dry, too. As a bonus they also have a wide variety of sizes including petite, tall, and plus.
Whether for a flight outfit, to work out, or for comfortable sightseeing, their lifestyle clothing is easily dressed up or down. Shop their entire Travel collection here! Shop Columbia on their website or Amazon!
Recommended by countless travelers including TFG’s backpacking guru Tammy Lowe, Icebreaker has clothing for both women and men that specializes in merino wool garments that can be worn consistently and are said not to “smell”.
If you’re traveling in cold weather, thermals are the secret to packing light. Choosing merino wool thermals, like those from Ice Breaker, will not only keep you warm but help you pack light as you can re-wear them under all your clothing for the duration of your trip. Some travelers have even worn merino wool for 3 weeks without washing. Just hang up and air out every day after use!
Their price points are high but for the minimalist adventurer, these are a must! We especially love their layers and dresses!
Here’s a quick summary on the best travel clothing brands:
|BRAND / MODEL||FEATURES||PRICE|
|Anatomie Skyler Pants||Function, and fashion, stylish and versatile, super lightweight, BEST SELLING||Buy it here!|
|Uniqlo Airism Sleeveless Top||Fabric is light, breathable, and quick-drying, perfect absorbent, anti-odor underlayer||Buy it here!|
|Toad&Co Womens Sunkissed Maxi Dress||Pretty and functional clothing, comfortable fabric, eco friendly||Buy it here!|
|prAna Regular Inseam Halle Pant||Durable, moisture managing, water resistant, and reinforced at the knees||Buy it here!|
|NAU Astir Tank Dress||Relaxed fit dress with an easy, shields against sun protection with UPF 50+||Buy it here!|
|Vacay Style Avalon 2-Piece Jumpsuit||Function meets fashion, relaxed and feminine fit.||Buy it here!|
|Encircled The Chrysalis Cardi||Stylish versatile garments, can be styled 8+ ways. Effortlessly transform.||Buy it here!|
|Columbia Saturday Trail Straight Leg Pant||Functional, light, wrinkle-resistant, and quick dry. wide variety of sizes including petite, tall, and plus||Buy it here!|
|Icebreaker Yanni Tank Summer Travel Dress||Can be worn consistently, Cool-Lite fabric for comfort in warm to hot conditions, fabric with relaxed comfort||Buy it here!|
Do you really need “travel” clothing?
For most types of travel, you won’t ever need specialty travel clothing. You just have to follow some simple guidelines to shop your own closet. (Download my free guide here.)
On the other hand, there are some trips that require clothing with more technical fabrics and construction such as active adventures, long-term travel, or round-the-world trips.
If you’re going on vacation, certain types of travel clothing can also help you pack lighter and more efficiently, too. Many times, the fabrics in the clothing are breathable, quick dry, compact, and lightweight. Others offer clever ways to get more use from your clothing such as reversible features or multi-way styles.
The challenge is that most of the brands that create functional clothing forget to think about the needs of the woman wearing the clothing. Sometimes I think they forget the woman part entirely and just make smaller versions of mens clothes.
Over the years, I’ve tried just about every brand out there, in search of the trifecta of fashion, form, and function and I’ve found that some work far better than others. That’s why you’ll hear so much about certain brands repeatedly on the blog – they’re just so good in comparison to the rest.
And that’s also why you never read about certain other brands – I’m not a fan of gimmicks and I know you aren’t either.
What do you think are the best travel clothing brands for women? Share them with us in the comments!
For more travel clothes and packing tips, please read:
- How to Pack Carry-on Only for Every Trip
- Most Cute and Comfortable Travel Shoes
- Best Convertible Dresses for Travel
- Best Anti-theft Purses for Travelers
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