Building a Business Travel Wardrobe is a new series here on Road Warriorette. The focus will be on the key pieces a woman needs to build a wardrobe that is ideal for travel. Based on the “capsule” wardrobe model, each week will feature an item that is professional, stylish, and that travels well.
A dress is a beautiful thing to own because it makes getting ready in the morning so easy. You don’t have to worry about coordinating skirt to blouse and sweater, or pants and belt and jacket. You just have to accessorize it, pick shoes, and voila. An outfit that is ready to go. The best dresses are even very easy to pack, taking up little room and not wrinkling. And there are so many to choose from!
Some of the same things are important when shopping for dresses that are important when shopping for other travel wardrobe necessities:
- Fit. Because there is little to no layering with a dress, it is important to make sure that it highlights your attributes. Make sure it fits you impeccably. Have it tailored if it fits well in one place but is too big in another.
- Comfort. Depending on the material, a dress can be the most comfortable clothing item that you own. It can also be the most restrictive. So make sure that when you’re shopping for travel dresses you choose the former.
- Anti-wrinkle. Some dresses won’t wrinkle no matter what you do to them. Those are the best!
- Coordinates with shoes. Dresses are one item that don’t have to be neutral (unless you want them to). But make sure they match with whatever shoes you pack.
Banana Republic has some great work dresses, including the 3/4 Faux Wrap Dress.
One caveat about dresses: I don’t recommend that you wear them on actual travel days right now. Due to the TSA security screenings and potential pat downs, wearing a dress could lead to a very uncomfortable situation. But they are still great for travel! They pack small and make getting dressed in the morning easy. What else could you want?