When you travel, there’s no telling what wardrobe issues you’ll run into. Lost luggage? Forgot to pack socks? Wrinkled clothing? Of these three, wrinkled clothing is probably the most common.
Of course, the problem is totally rectifiable if you’ve got the time to iron everything once you get to your destination. But the odds that you’ll have an extra hour in the morning — and a properly functioning hotel iron — aren’t always in your favor.
Instead, in order to avoid the hassle altogether, our advice would be to hunt down a few low-maintenance clothing items that you can count on. We’re talking work clothes and loungewear made from wrinkle-resistant, microfiber fabrics from blends of materials, such as rayon, polyester, nylon and acrylic.
Below, we’ve rounded up top styles from brands offering stylish ways to dress wrinkle-free on the go, to make life a whole lot easier when you’re jet setting.
1. Cozychic lite pullover ($89; nordstrom.com)
Available in three cozy colors, this lightweight pullover is made from a plush microfiber material that’s perfect for rolling up in your suitcase. It’ll arrive wrinkle-free at your destination — the perfect thing to throw on as a pajama top or for lounging.
2. Back-to-front shirt dress ($175; thisisaday.com)
This dress shirt can be worn five different ways: “back-to-front, front-to-back, open, closed, cinched at the waist or loose.” That way, you’ll have multiple options once you arrive at your destination. Made from 73% polyester and 27% elastane, it’s the go-to shirt when traveling.
3. Cozy chic point dume poncho ($96; nordstrom.com)
Given that planes are typically freezing, we’re happy that this cozy poncho can double as a blanket. Made from 100% polyester, it’s stylish and comfy — the perfect thing to fly in.
4. White Mark flare midi skirt ($27.99; amazon.com)
There’s no reason you should have to fuss over dressing up while on vacay — especially with a versatile polyester skirt like this. It’s available in several colors, and you can easily dress this piece up or down.
5. Zattcas women’s tunic ($22.99; amazon.com)
This tunic is available in solid colors and floral patterns, and its polyester-spandex blend makes packing easy. Simply grab your favorite pair of pants or denim and you’ve got an effortless ensemble — no iron needed.
6. Poshsquare wrap dress ($32; amazon.com)
Available in four colors, this versatile style is flattering and made from 93% rayon. That way, you can pack it along for a stylish pick that suits both your style and your busy lifestyle.
7. Como Vintage rayon plaid top ($19.99; amazon.com)
Also available in other plaid patterns, this bell-sleeved top is flattering and made of rayon, so no wrinkles to be found.
8. Eliza J. Ruffle lace midi dress ($100.80, originally $168; nordstrom.com)
Now priced at just a hair over $100, this lace dress screams sophistication. Not only will it not wrinkle, but it’s perfect for even the most formal of events. Pack it along to a friend’s destination wedding or don it for a swanky cocktail party.
9. Leith bell-sleeve midi wrap dress ($89; nordstrom.com)
A great dress for fall, this Leith bell-sleeve dress comes in a rich, rust-orange color that puts us in the mood for pumpkin spice lattes. The best part is, since it’s made from 100% rayon, it won’t develop creases no matter how it’s stored.
10. Tadashi Shoji floral dress ($388; nordstrom.com)
If you’re traveling for a formal event, you’ll want to pack along this cocktail dress. Normally, the idea of a neoprene dress would have us thinking it’d look like workout gear. This dress, however, screams sophistication — without having to deal with fussy materials.
11. Reformation Marlon Pants ($158; nordstrom.com)
The perfect pants to pack along on a business trip, these cropped Reformation trousers are comfortable, fashionable and they won’t crease when you sit.
1. Nike Heritage fleece shorts ($45; nordstrom.com)
These fleece Nike shorts for men are comfortable to wear while flying or for lounging once you reach your destination.
2. Levi’s trucker denim jacket ($49.98, originally $98; nordstrom.com)
A classic denim jacket is a must-have in any stylish man’s wardrobe. This option by Levi’s will look great in any season.
3. Striped Cuban-collar shirt ($19.90; forever21.com)
This classic rayon short-sleeve shirt acts as a great transition piece as you’re switching over your wardrobe from summer to fall.
4. Lauren Ralph Lauren Ultraflex dress pants ($49.99, originally $95; macys.com)
Hopping on a flight for a business meeting? Don’t forget to pack these Ultraflex dress pants by Lauren Ralph Lauren. Now on sale, these pants are made from a polyester-rayon-elastane blend, which means less ironing required before heading to the office.
5. Stafford Travel Performance Oxford dress shirt ($17, originally $20; jcpenney.com)
According to Stafford, the Performance Oxford dress shirt is the brand’s best-selling style. Its popularity stems from the fact that it’s made from a polyester-cotton blend — resulting in a crisp, crease-free finish.
6. L.L.Bean Carefree unshrinkable, traditional fit T-shirt ($20.95; llbean.com)
L.L.Bean made a smart decision when adding this “carefree” tee to its line. On the retailer’s site, the brand explains that this shirt’s “double ring-spun fabric fights shrinkage, wrinkles, pilling and fading.”
7. Uniqlo easy care comfort long sleeve shirt ($19.90, originally $29.90; uniqlo.com)
Available in five stylish colors, the Uniqlo long sleeve shirt is wrinkle-resistant is designed to dry without creases after washing.
Note: The prices above reflect the retailers’ listed prices at the time of publication.