Get Outdoors in the Sierra Designs California Collection Dress

California has a way of making you feel that every spare moment must be spent outside, what with its diverse landscape, long coastline, and backbone of mountains. And even if your version of outside is the patio at the winery, it’s nice to spend your chill time as comfortably as possible.

One of the dresses I’ve been packing lately for my outdoor adventure trips is the Sierra Designs California Collection Dress. (Note that it’s called the Women’s Dress on the site, but it really doesn’t matter who wears it.)

The brand’s California Collection honors the roots of Sierra Designs in the state where it all started for the company more than 50 years ago. This collection of bags and apparel is Made in USA, with part of the manufacturing process in the Golden State.

The dress is made of a four-way stretch blend of three fabrics: 62 percent polyester, 33 percent cotton, and 5 percent spandex. All that together makes the resulting material comfortably soft, as well as moisture wicking. It’s the same combination that’s used in the California Collection T-shirt.

The dress length stops just above the knees, making it a great option for town and trail. And if you haven’t hiked in a skirt or dress, you should know that it can be a great choice. I once hiked the Grand Canyon in a skort.

The dress has an integrated shelf bra and a double-x back, giving plenty of support and comfort while you go about your day—whether it’s wine tasting, strolling around town, or hitting the trail.

The California Collection Dress comes in black and lists for $74 on the Sierra Designs site. There are plenty more items for women and men in the California Collection, so take a look for your favorite.


Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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