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Merino Wool Dresses: 2018 Recommendations

I love to travel but it doesn’t mean that I have to look like I am going skiing all the time. Merino wool dresses are one of the most versatile piece of clothing to travel with or everyday life. It is easy to layer up with a merino tank top or camisole or a base layers.

A very functional merino dress will allow you to switch from the hike to the restaurant in no time and enjoy wandering around the cities or the hanging at the beach in a comfortable fashion. There is no reason why our lifestyle and daily piece of clothes should not be as functional as the best outdoor gear. Merino allows all of that: it folds small, creates no wrinkles, dries quickly, and does not hold odor.

This is why you will find below my top three picks for women’s merino wool dresses for based on my 5+ years of fanatical merino wool research and personal nomadic lifestyle experience.

Smartwool Women's Basic Merino 150 Dress

Icebreaker Women's Tech Lite Tank Dress

87% Merino Wool100% Merino Wool
The best little black one at the moment: 87% merino, pack light, dry fast, easy to dress up or down.This is the one I have! It has a longer length coverage which I like and very simple straight cut.
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Top 2 Merino Wool Dresses

Smartwool Women’s Basic Merino 150 Dress

  • Fabric: 87% Merino Wool, 13% Nylon

If there can be only one, there is no better thing than THE little black dress when we can’t bring much with us. Very easy to dress up or down: casual with sandals or tennis shoes, dressy with wedge shoes, and it will also look great with tights and boots in the winter.

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Icebreaker Women’s Tech Lite Tank Dress

  • Fabric:87% merino Wool, 13% Nylon

I generally prefer Icebreaker clothing over Ibex, simply because they fit me better. I have bought that one to try to find an alternative to my beloved Villa Dress. This is great alternative. It is a little longer than most beach dresses and it exists in plenty of color variation. I love the new stripe addition!

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Also great:

Icebreaker Tech Lite SS V Stripe Dress

  • Fabric: 87% merino, 13% nylon

A very short dress to casually where with flipflops at the beach or the pool.

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Icebreaker Women’s Aria Tank Dress

  • Fabric: 87% Merino, 13% Nylon

Very flattering and more importantly very comfortable thanks to the added stretch material.

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Icebreaker Allure Dress

  • Fabric: 87% Merino, 13% Nylon

It can come up handy to travel with a dress that is not too short and covers your shoulders depending of the countries you are visiting. This one will suit well if a waist fit suits your bodyshape. Exists in different colors.

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Sporty look merino wool dresses


  • Fabric: 100% Merino wool

A straight fit with a classic polo collar to wear with casual tennis shoes and wonder around new cities. 100% merino on the plus side, quite expensive and can only be washed by hand on the other hand.

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Icebreaker Merino Cool-Lite Yanni Hooded Dress

  • Fabric: 61% Merino wool, 9% Tencel, 14% Nylon, 6% Lycra

This one only has 61% merino but will satisfy the ones who wants to look sporty yet fashionable.

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Long sleeves merino wool dresses

Ibex Merino Wool Shae Dress

  • Fabric: 100% Merino wool

It is the long sleeve version of the Azul Dress from Ibex. A very simple 3 seasons dress that can be wear easily in addition of leggings in Winter.

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We Norwegians Fjord Wrap Dress – Women’s

  • Fabric: 98% Merino wool

I love wrap dress because they are flattering and very versatile. The dress can be worn on it’s own with flats, styled with a jacket and heels or layered with a turtleneck for warmth.

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Merino wool dress from Australia

Boat Neck Maxi Dress

  • Fabric: 95% Merino wool

95% superfine merino wool

If you are lucky enough to live in Australia, I would definitively check out Mittenmerino as they have a ton of very stylish 100% merino dresses! And if you keep an eye on the sale section, you can get a great deal and be the most fashionable minimalist traveller.

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One response to “Merino Wool Dresses: 2018 Recommendations

    i had one of these patagonia merino wool dresses in black …it was perfect….till the moths got it 🙁
    Scoop-neck; 3/4-sleeves, dress length hits above the knees wish someone would make it !!!
    maybe alibaba ?

    Fine-gauge merino wool in a jersey knit is super soft
    Merino wool wicks away moisture and breathes to regulate temperature for outstanding comfort in a variety of conditions
    Scoop-neck; 3/4-sleeves
    The Patagonia Merino Sweater dress length hits above the knees

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