Dresses can be awesome when you’re traveling: the ability to put on one piece of clothing without having to worry about matching top and bottom, the breeziness of having air movement when it’s hot outside, the flexibility of wearing something that you can easily take from day to night.
They can also be a pain: weird fit that binds you instead of makes you comfortable, length issues that make you have to watch what you’re doing (lest you put on an unintended show), having to worry which undergarments work with the straps or whatever cut the dress has.
The Patagonia Edisto Dress has all the positives and very little of the negatives. I have three of them, in different colors and patterns, of course.
It’s an easy, breezy, swingy dress made from lightweight 55-percent organic cotton and 45-percent Tencel lyocell fabric. Tencel is a branded lyocell fiber that comes from the pulp of trees that are grown on sustainably run farms certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
The eucalyptus wood pulp is dissolved in a non-toxic organic solvent. The solution is extruded through fine holes to produce fiber and the solvent is recycled in a closed-loop process—more than 99 percent of the solvent is recovered and reused. Patagonia ensures that the fabric processing of Tencel lyocell fiber does not utilize any harmful chemicals, like formaldehyde.
The dress has a supportive shelf bra with a brushed elastic band, making it comfortable to wear. That means you don’t have to worry about matching bra straps to dress straps or anything like that. And with the Edisto Dress design of a strappy scoop neck and adjustable tie back at the shoulders, it helps to not have to worry about that.
The dress falls above the knees, but not so high that you’re constantly worrying about it. But when you’re bending to get that suitcase off the ground, remember to bend from the knees, or you may get a lot of unwanted attention.
The Edisto Dress is even great to wear at home when the weather allows. During the recent Bay Area heatwave, I lived in mine.
The Patagonia Edisto Dress comes in a variety of patterns: Kelp Garden: Black, Monsoon Kelp Big: Drifter Grey, Cloudbreak: Ink Black, Tidewater: Gem Green, and Tidewater: Navy Blue. The dress lists for $79 regularly, but is on sale now on the Patagonia site for $47 to $55, depending on color.