Lola Akinmade Åkerström in Igoumenitsa, Greece wearing a Tilley Endurable dress. As a gift for being a speaker at TBEX Toronto, I received a travel dress from Tilley Endurables, a Canadian company that designs smart, functional, and elegant clothes for frequent travelers. The company is actually known more for their sunhats.

I knew the perfect trip to take it on for a test run and it was a roughly two week jaunt around the Balkans that saw me moving at breakneck speed (not my normal travel speed) through countries snapping photographs for an ongoing assignment as a National Geographic Creative photographer.

Because I was packing lenses and two DSLR cameras along with a couple accessories, I needed to pare down everything else. Focusing on just clothes that could do triple-duty: sightseeing, dining, and nightlife all in one. I packed only my most versatile pieces including the new Tilley dress. Tilley Endurables - Photography by Lola Akinmade Akerstrom

While some ladies consider themselves “pants” or “jeans” type of gals, I personally love dresses. I’m by no means super girlie, but I do love the cling and feel of a nice dress or gown.

The Tilley Endurables Travel Jersey Frequent Flyer dress which I received has an empire-waist cut with a scoop neck and A-line silhouette. It is also wrinkle-resistant with a 50+ UPF sun protection rating. It’s 93% polyester and 7% Spandex.

What I Loved

I loved the way the dress clung (thanks to the 7% Spandex in it) without being too tight.

Since I still haven’t finished losing all that pregnancy weight (I know, my daughter is already 18 months old so I have no more excuses), this Tilley dress was so forgiving. It hugged the right places and hid the not-so-flattering places.

Plus the quality of the material was apparent as I pulled and tugged on it. The jersey felt heavy to the touch yet it still rolled away very small. This dress has slowly moved up the ranks as my little black travel dress I now carry everywhere with me (including an upcoming trip to Portugal).

What I Didn’t

Honestly, I couldn’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about this dress. I searched for faults, even loose hems.

Nothing.

Not only was I able to wear the dress a few times before giving it a wash while on the road, it was also quite slimming and I could layer and pair it with a ton of different accessories, scarves, beads, and jackets.

Can’t wait to dig through their women’s collection to find out more versatile pieces to add to my travel collection. I already have my eye on this sample getup (pictured right) I saw on one of the Tilley reps in Toronto.

So if your budget can handle it – it retails for about $119 – I highly recommend this dress. You will have it for years to come and it will definitely pay for itself in terms of quality, versatility, and longevity.

Side Note -> I’ve also found the perfect stylish travel shoes/flats as well (I’m wearing them in the photo above). They’re by Anne Klein Sport and are called the Davy FB Wedge Pump. Check them out. I’m in love.