Athleta Whatever SkortI ducked into an Athleta store this summer with a girlfriend who, like me, travels a lot and likes to have versatile clothing for outdoor adventures at home and abroad. She walked straight to a rack against the wall, pulled out a skirt, and proclaimed: “I love this! I even got one for my sister.”

It wasn’t just a skirt. It was the Whatever Skort. I have to admit, I was a skeptic at first, but she felt so strongly that I had to buy one and see for myself. After wearing it nearly non-stop while hiking in the Grand Canyon, I bought another one in a different color. She was right.

The moisture wicking and quick drying Featherweight Stretch polyester/spandex fabric is lightweight and slightly stretchy. The semi-fitted, A-line skirt has faux pleats and drapes nicely without being bulky. Built-in shorts are made from the same fabric, and allow you to be as adventurous as you want on your travels without worrying about showing off too much.

The Whatever Skort is available in regular, tall and petite versions, and colors range from deep purple to khaki to black. It’s comfortable enough to wear while hiking or sightseeing, but fashionable enough to wear to lunch without having to stop in between for a costume change.

With the inconvenience and cost of checked baggage, the fewer clothing items in my suitcase, the better. So anything that does double duty and looks good gets a permanent place in my packing list.

The Athleta Whatever Skort lists for $49 on the Athleta website. Some colors are currently on sale for $39.99—while supplies last.