8 Responsibly-Made Convertible Clothing Pieces For The Minimalist Traveler

Versatile Clothing For The Simple & Stylish Traveler

Deciding what makes the cut in our suitcase is always difficult—will you need a nice dress, a casual top, a warm sweater—or all of the above? Especially if you're a last-minute packer like us, this can mean overpacked and overwhelming luggage. We did the research, and found 8 convertible travel pieces that will help you cut down on your packing, thanks to their multi-functionality. And the best news? You don't have to sacrifice your ethics or style with any of these pieces. These clothes are a traveler's dream, and once you unpack, they can also help you keep a more simple and streamlined minimalist everyday wardrobe.

1. Versalette

Ways To Wear | 20
Our Pick | The classic Versalette
Price | $118

Sewn in Denver, Colorado from fabric made in Canada, The Versalette is a mainstay in the ethical convertible clothing world. This piece has undergone several transformations since its launch in 2011, making it more travel-friendly with each update. The Versalette can be worn over 20 different ways, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. There are plenty of tutorials and real-life examples of how women are wearing this piece on the Versalette website, so there's no stressing about how to wear it next!

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2. Encircled

Ways To Wear | 8+
Our Pick | The Chrysalis Cardi
Price | $128

The Chrysalis Cardi helps you reduce your wardrobe without sacrificing style. We love the gorgeous color options of this organic & sustainably-made piece, and the fact that it comes in two different dress lengths and multiple sizes makes it perfect for every traveler! Encircled offers tutorial videos and includes a lookbook and instructions with each Chrysalis Cardi purchase.

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3. Season

Ways To Wear | 5+
Our Pick | The Pepper Dress
Price | $285

This lightweight, eco-friendly silk slip dress offers more than just a single silhouette. The Pepper Dress can be worn at least five unique ways, including as a shorter tunic for those days when a dress just won't do. Brought to life by Jessie Artigue,  the blogger behind Style and Pepper, this dress is designed with classic style and longevity in mind. Plus, it's sewn in the US!

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Ways To Wear | 12
Our Pick | Journey Shawl
Price | $84

The Journey Shawl easily transforms from a casual cover-up to a stunning cocktail dress, making it for the traveler who's always up to something new! This one-size-fits-all convertible piece comes in several lovely neutral shades and is made from sustainable, non-wrinkling fabric. The Journey Shawl is hand dyed in Los Angeles in a 100% solar powered facility.

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5. SWAK Designs

Ways To Wear | 10+
Our Pick | Eternity Convertible Dress
Price | $70-$90

For the traveler who loves fresh new looks, the Eternity Convertible Dress from SWAK offers unlimited neckline variations and many adorable prints, colors and lengths to choose from. You can dress it up or keep it casual—get creative! These dresses are available in plus-sizes because SWAK believes that fashion should be accessible, affordable and fun for everyone. SWAK dresses are designed, cut and sewn in Los Angeles, California.

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6. Patagonia

Ways To Wear | 2
Our Pick | Kamala Convertible Skirt
Price | $69

The Kamala Convertible skirt is made by Patagonia—and they know what it takes to make a quality travel piece. The mid-length convertible piece boasts an asymmetrical hemline, but Patagonia also offers a shirt-length convertible skirt and a maxi to suit everyone's style. The Kamala is made from organic cotton and sustainably produced TENCEL® lyocell, and comes in stripes, florals and solids, making this piece the conscious & stylish adventurer's dream.

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7. HFS Collective

Ways To Wear | 2
Our Pick | Black Convertible Belt Bag
Price | $225

Part retro and part modern chic, this bag is as convenient as it is stylish. HFS Collective creates convertible bags that can be worn as cross body purses or as a hipside belt bag. They also offer additional chains and straps to change out the style of the bag you're wearing! Whichever way you choose to wear it, this bag won't leave your side during your travels.

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8. Tanya Heath

Ways To Wear | Unlimited
Our Pick | Jess Convertible Sandals
Price | $309+

Tanya Heath designs multi-functional luxury shoes that are limited only by your imagination. Instead of packing multiple pairs of shoes, you can wear one base shoe and swap out heels for different looks—or forgo the heel altogether and stick with comfortable flats. These shoes (and their separately-purchased heels) are investment pieces, meant to replace multiple pairs in your closet, so the price is steep, but the shoes are built to last. Tanya Heath shoes are made in France from French & Italian materials, and also are expanding their vegan line.

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