Leave it to Patagonia to transform dresses into versatile outdoor-wear ready for backcountry travel, dinner dates, or sweaty days on the farm. Check out these three hot-weather selects:
Kamala Maxi Dress
A true chameleon, the Kamala adapts to her surroundings. On the beach, she’s a post-surf cover-up. Throw some jewels around her neck and she’s off to an embassy wedding. The sleeveless racerback Maxi is made from a 55% organic cotton/45% Tencel lyocell blend that drapes beautifully and folds easily for packing. A deep, playful side slit increases range of motion on low-tide rocks and the dance floor. Ankle length.
*Beginning with their Spring 2015 styles, Patagonia has improved their women’s fit with a slight increase at the waist for shaping and to ensure the fit is truer to size. All other measurements remain the same. Check the updated Women’s Size Chart and Fit Descriptions for details.
- Soft, stretchy organic cotton and Tencel lyocell blend
- Simple modest clean finish scoop neck with racerback styling
- Full-length maxi dress with a deep side slit on the right side
- Straight hem; ankle length
- 4.8-oz 55% organic cotton/45% Tencel lyocell jersey.
Chesser Island Dress
The ranch women we know say things can get hot operating a tractor in jeans and overalls. Enter the Chesser Island Dress, a durable, warm-weather alternative. Made from a beautiful chambray-style blend of 50% organic cotton/35% Tencel lyocell/15% linen, the shirt-style work dress can be layered over leggings or worn solo on sweltering days. Front button placket opens for air circulation, sunglasses slip through discrete yoke loop for easy access, roll-up short sleeves secure with tab and button closures. Stash fresh eggs in front drop-in patch pockets. Waist is slightly gathered in the back and a narrow belt cinches the rest. Above-the-knee length.
- Beautiful chambray-style slub twill is an organic cotton/Tencel® lyocell/linen blend
- Woven shirtdress styling with a center-front 5 button placket
- Straight yoke at the shoulders features a discreet loop for your sunglasses
- Short sleeves roll up and secure with a tab and button
- Front drop-in patch pockets
- Waist is slightly cinched in the back with a removable belt
- Straight hem; above-the-knee length
- 6-oz 50% organic cotton/35% Tencel® lyocell/15% linen slub twill.
All Weather Dress
Be tough in a dress. When you want function, fun and freedom, the All Weather Dress provides. The soft and breathable 88% polyester/12% spandex blend is fast-drying, with an internal shelf bra for comfortable support. The athletic tank-style cut of this running dress offers unrestricted movement and adequate coverage to accommodate a sports bra. A back panel of ultralight Air Flow mesh vents heat. At the neck and armholes, nonbinding, moisture-wicking self-fabric prevents chafing. Pockets up top and in back stow salt tabs and keys, while reflective logos keep you visible. The slightly swingy hem falls a few inches above the knee.
- Durable and soft 88% polyester/12% spandex jersey, with completely breathable 100% polyester (50% recycled) Air Flow mesh panels for ventilation, and multiple polyester/spandex blends in shelf bra
- Wide straps for comfort and to cover sports bra straps
- Nonbinding self-fabric neckline and arms wick moisture
- Built-in shelf bra provides support and coverage, also suitable for wear with different undergarments for additional support
- Integrated pocket at upper left chest
- Reflective logo on hem and center back
- 5.6-oz 88% polyester/12% spandex jersey. Panel: 3.2-oz 100% polyester (50% recycled) Air Flow mesh. Shelf bra: 8.9-oz 88% polyester/12% spandex jersey; lining:
- 4.9-oz 72% nylon/28% spandex tricot knit.