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Best dress for Hawaii travel

We're heading to Hawaii in May for a family vacation. Some sightseeing, light trail hiking, enjoying some family time at the pool. I'd like a casual dress, midi or maxi length, for the trip. Something that I can easily wear while walking around town as well as for a nice dinner. Easy to clean, quick to dry, not too delicate. Can anyone recommend a brand that they like?

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Got my wife a 55th wedding anniversary gift from Rip Skirt. Very comfortable, lots of colors, different lengths available. OK to wear to pool, ocean, walking, dinner Very Hawaiian.

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I feel that fabric is the most important consideration, as Hawaii can be humid. Many synthetic fabrics just stick to you in Hawaii. I prefer 100% cotton, or as close to that as possible, and a more loose, casual fit. Linen wrinkles too much in that weather. Brands can be hard to recommend, as each season sees different fabrics being used, as many are getting away from the natural fabrics.
Aloha!

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I am with Edgar.

Shops selling clothes for women are all over. Broad range of pricing.

If you are having to buy something to wear there, just get it there.

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I agree with others to shop in HA. A midi or maxi is my preference as well. Good coverage in the trade winds! Over the years when visiting Maui I have found quality items, & quick to dry. I bought a dress from Jams World years ago & it looks like new. I think you will find what you are looking in the islands. May will be lovely! Enjoy.

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Hi, we were in Maui in February. I brought a dress, a few tops, a pair of shorts and a Hawaii Ripskirt midi length along with a swimming suit. I was very surprised how much I kept selecting the ripskirt because it was so comfortable! I like to look nice, and the “Maui Moonlight” skirt with a black top, hoop earrings and nice sandals were perfect for dinner, hiking (with Keen sandals) or anything we wanted to do in Maui. It washed easily in the sink and quickly dried

For dresses, I’ve purchased most of mine from Macys, some cotton ones from the former Christopher & Banks, or Amazon.

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I liked my skirt so much that I bought another one from their website when we returned home!

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We do carry-on only to Hawaii but I have a REI folding duffle bag that packs into the bottom of my REI carrry-on backpack. I bring back the full duffle bag as checked baggage.

https://www.rei.com/product/195806/rei-co-op-roadtripper-40-duffel

PS don't check you light jacket. Airlines no longer have blankets onboard and you may be returning to early spring conditions back home.

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The Gap has this fabric that they call “soft gauze knit”. Its amazing. The perfect travel fabric. Here is just one example:
https://www.gapfactory.com/browse/product.do?pid=688552031&cid=1150781&pcid=1150781&vid=1#pdp-page-content

They make various styles in this fabric: spaghetti strap, tank, short sleeve, midi and maxi lengths. They offer them in regular and tall options. I bought one dress for Costa Rica last year and fell in love with it. Super lightweight and breathable. Wash in the sink and hang in the shower to dry. It’s a crinkle fabric, so not meant to be perfectly smooth - no ironing. After that trip I bought it in every variety they have. Now I just need to go on vacation again!

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Jean, I am liking the Ripskirt idea! Thanks for sharing. “Dress it up or dress it down.” All purpose, comfortable & perfect for warm weather.

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If you do not have tough feet, consider multipurpose watersport sandals: Keen, Teva etc. An alternative is to buy on arrival some rubber "slippahs” (known on the mainland as flip-flops).

Cheap slippahs at ABC Stores: https://abcstores.com/apparel/footwear/

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I bought a midi-dress on Lulus website and I wore it on a cruise, although it got wet boarding the catamaran. I had my husband take a photo of me on the beach, but the rest of the time, I just wore shorts, since we did a lot of hiking, and for me, shorts were the most comfortable and easiest. Lots of fun dress options on Lulus, though, and lots of purchasers post helpful reviews.

https://www.lulus.com/categories/13/dresses.html

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Prana is a favorite brand for anything athleisure/travel. Same with Patagonia.

For cheaper alternatives, I really like Daily Ritual, it's an Amazon brand. I've bought several jumpsuits and rompers from them that I've worn all last summer and on my recent trip to Maui. They have plenty of dresses, too. As much as I'm not a fan of supporting Amazon, I love this brand. Very good quality for the price, perfect for summer weather.

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I just looked up the Hawaii Ripskirt. LOVE them. I live in a beach town on Vancouver Island, and they would be great here and on any Hawaii or Mexico vacation. Unfortunately they don’t ship to Canada! Drat!