As a travel writer, I’m almost always thinking about where I’m going and more importantly, what I’m going to pack for that adventure. With hundreds of trips under my belt, I can confidently say that my best packing tip is to have a few essential pieces that you know will work for any occasion. For me, it’s the Cosonsen V-Neck Skater Dress.
This flowy dress I found on Amazon is easy to put together, doesn’t wrinkle, and never fails to get compliments no matter where I am in the world, earning a spot as one of my favorite things in my closet. From what feels like a million events at home in Miami to nights out in the Caribbean, Scotland, Tahiti and beyond, this dress has been my go-to for the past year. And it’s currently on sale for up to 32 percent off.
To buy: amazon.com, $39 (originally $57)
Let’s be serious; as a curvy girl online shopping can be difficult, but this swing dress is so flattering that I immediately added two more to my cart as soon as I tried it on. In fact, as I write this, I’m starting to think I might need another color or two (hint: you can find the biggest discount on the fun Leopard Black Pattern for just $39).
I currently have it in a fun colorful geometric print (it’s the most raved about), a black long sleeve version, and a lavender short sleeve version that comes in very handy on my tropical adventures, especially to the Four Seasons Nevis. Who would have thought that my Amazon dress would be the hit of my five-star hotel stay?
To buy: amazon.com, $41 (originally $53)
Cosonsen’s V-Neck Swing Skater Dress is crafted from a chiffon-like polyester fabric that falls flatteringly with its skater skirt and plunging V-neckline. Although the neck is a little low, I found that it just adds to the ways it can be worn. I’m never against showing a little skin, but there were some circumstances where I added a lace bralette under one of the solid color dresses to give a color block look.
Best of all, this super flowy dress comes in 40 different colors and patterns. Some options have long sleeves with elastic around the wrist to help create a bit of drama on the sleeve, while others have short layered sleeves with a slight ruffled feel. Available in a range of sizes from XS to XXL, the tie waist makes it flattering on just about anyone. The layered bottom adds weight to the dress without making it too heavy, and the longer front and back provide coverage while the shorter sides add a bit of a flirty vibe.
To buy: amazon.com, $41 (originally $53)
With more than 13,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who is totally in love with this dress. When I wear it, I feel confident and ready for anything. One shopper who bought the dress said that after trying on 25 dresses for a wedding she attended, it was the winner as it was “the most comfortable, sexiest and classy”, sharing that she received so many compliments. Another buyer said: “I love the way it looks. It really compliments my figure” — something I totally agree with.
It’s one of those dresses that is so easy to throw on whether you’re at the beach (for me it comes in handy in Bora Bora) or in town. I’ve worn it with sneakers when I know I’ll be walking a lot on a tour or event, and I’ve paired it with heels for fancy dinners around the world. It’s fun and playful, which makes it great for special occasions like bachelorette parties and birthday parties, but it’s casual enough to be an everyday dress that, with a little effort, can make you feel pretty and put together.
To buy: amazon.com, $41
I’ve got a trip to Ireland coming up in the next few weeks, and I already know — without a doubt — that I’ll be making my way through Dublin wearing the long-sleeved black version paired with tights, cute boots, and a coat. With so many colors and different sleeve lengths, Cosonsen’s flattering v-neck skater dress is a no-brainer when it comes to packing for any occasion. Plus, it’s up to 32 percent off right now, making it the perfect time to pick it up in a few different styles in time for a spring trip.
At the time of publication, pricing starts at $39.
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