What is it: Leota Sheath Dress
Price and Where to Buy: $138 on Leota.com
Pros: This dress refuses to wrinkle. Even after being stuffed into the corner of a suitcase for a transatlantic journey, it emerged smooth and ready to wear. The cut is flattering, and the self-tie belt is forgiving. It can be dressed up or down easily (I wore it all day and then to an evening out, changing only my shoes between events). It’s also comfortable, and though it’s made of synthetic fabrics (rayon and spandex), it didn’t smell bad after multiple wears on the road.
Cons: This and other Leota dresses have a slightly higher price point, but wearing one feels like an investment for your wardrobe, one that adapts easily to both daily wear and travel use.
How it Rates:
- Usefulness: 9/10. Flattering to all sorts of body shapes, and resolutely wrinkle free. This dress is an ideal travel companion.
- Value: 8/10. At $138, this dress isn’t an impulse purchase for most budgets. But it just might end up being the hardest-working item in your closet.
- Durability: 8/10. This dress seems very well made, with strong seams and fabrics that feel good against the skin. It doesn’t need to be dry-cleaned, which is a huge plus for travelers. When I machine washed mine, it stretched out some (machine washing is OK, but hand-washing is preferred, I learned), but by the time it was dry, it had mostly self-corrected.
- Cool Factor: 10/10. This dress is a clear winner, merging great style with travel-friendly fabrics. And Leota gets additional cool points for making its dresses in the U.S.
Final Verdict: If you’re willing to invest in a dress that looks great and travels extremely well, this should be on the top of your shopping list. The company also makes a number of variations on the sheath-dress theme, as well as wrap dresses, maternity dresses, and other styles. Note that the dress seems to run slightly large though, so order accordingly.
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