The Ultimate Travel Dress

The Ultimate Travel Dress

Finding stylish travel clothes that are comfortable, won’t take up much room in your luggage and don’t need to be ironed when you arrive at your destination is a tall order. Thankfully, Stella Carakasi has created a wardrobe capsule made for the stylish traveler who also loves to wear her travel clothes when she’s not traveling.

I was sent the Chelsea Dress  – which I have dubbed “The Ultimate Travel Dress” – in the Feather color, a light gray.  When a dress arrives in a little bag, twisted and coiled, you know it’s going to do just fine in your overnight bag or suitcase – even your handbag!

The Chelsea Dress is meant to be wrinkly, in fact the more wrinkled, the better. Made with a poly/rayon blend that also contains 6% metal, this dress has a soft 100% cotton lining, which keep you cool and comfortable. It’s also hand-washable so no need to send it to the dry cleaners.

travel dress

Antique brass sequins around the neck give this dress a Grecian look. It comes in this Feather color and Midnight, a deep gray with dark blue hues.

travel dress

I decided to style The Ultimate Travel Dress two ways – day and evening – with the idea that I would only have one small piece of luggage or overnight bag.

This dress could easily be worn by itself on a warm day. For both looks, I wore my new strappy sandals with a block heel. These shoes are comfortable enough to wear walking around and dressy enough to wear to dinner.

But this time of year, an outer layer is a good idea. I wore a dark denim jacket I bought thrifting many years ago and carried my Mulberry Bayswater satchel.

I opted not to wear any jewelry, aside from my Apple Watch, as the antique gold sequins around the neck are enough.

Travel Dress

For my dressed up look, I added a cognac wrap made of baby Alpaca wool from Peru, a gift from my friends at Montecristi Panama Hats in Napa Valley, and I switched my handbag to a Louis Vuitton clutch.

Aside from the Chelsea Dress, there is a skirt, a tank, and a very cute pair of ankle pants in this capsule.

I will be taking the Chelsea dress with me to Sonoma next week for a two-day getaway with my husband. Last fall, I won a photography contest put on by Experience Sonoma Valley. Part of my prize is a two-night stay at El Dorado Hotel and dinner at El Dorado Kitchen. Bill and I have dined at El Dorado Kitchen, which locals refer to as EDK, many times but we have never stayed in the hotel. We are looking forward to experiencing it and playing tourist!

A quick reminder that if you’re planning on participating in May’s How I Wear My, today is the last day to submit your outfit photo and description. The theme this month is Ladylike Elegance. Send your photo and a quotable summary of your look to by the end of the day to join in the fashion fun!

The post will go live May 3rd.Visit the How I Wear My page for more information. Jill and I can’t wait to see how you style your ladylike look!

I’m linking up with Shoe and Tell, Visible Monday and #IwillwearwhatIlike.

Disclosure: The Chelsea Dress was given to me to review. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.


  1. May 1, 2017 / 11:01 am

    That’s a great dress for so many occasions (including just living here in steamy Florida!). Love the neckline, and you look terrific. Thanks for linking up, xo


    • Adrienne Shubin
      May 1, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      You’re right – this would be an all seasons dress where you live. I love how light it is, even with a lining.
      Thanks for putting on Visible Monday each week!

  2. jodie filogomo
    May 1, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I love finding pieces that travel well…’s so crowded in my closet everything gets so wrinkled anyways!!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      May 1, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Ha! Good point. I just did a huge closet(s) clean out over the weekend. It’s amazing how much stuff I have accumulated since I started blogging. And yes, even things I previously had steamed to perfection and not yet worn were wrinkled, darn it!

  3. KSL
    May 2, 2017 / 5:05 am

    Really cute and versatile dress. Congratulations again on the photography contest. xo

  4. May 4, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Congratulations..that sounds like a fun trip! I love your dress, the color is amazing!!


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