In my post on the Top 5 Travel Dresses, I listed the American Apparel Bandeau dress and later purchased said dress in navy on Overstock.com to see for myself how great the travel dress is. What I’ve learned since is that while it is a multi-functional piece of clothing, it has its own set of pros and cons. While it may not have quite as many ways to wear as Brooke’s Infinity dress, it’s a pretty good alternative. Keep in mind that these are my personal opinions and fit for a curvy gal, so you may not find the same problems as I did and certain styles may fit you better. If you’d like to see even more ways to wear this dress, see the American Apparel website or even Pinterest.
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Skirt: You can wear this dress a few ways as a skirt, either tying the straps in the front or the back. It ends up being around knee-length, which can be appropriate for visiting more conservative countries.
Twist halter: The dress is best as different forms of halters. This one in particular takes the straps and crisscrosses them and ties as normal. You can adjust the straps to show more or less cleavage.
Tie halter: Similarly, take the straps and tie them in a knot before tying around your neck. As with the twist style, you can adjust for modesty.
Strapless dress: If you’re going the strapless route, this is my preferred style. I turned the dress backwards so that the bandeau was over my chest. I then took the straps and tied them around the front in a bow.
Halter top: This draped top can work over jeans, but probably for girls with less of a chest than I have. I don’t need to draw any more attention to the area. Hold the skirt upside down and pull it over your waist with the straps on your hips. Use the bias-cut edges to tie around your neck while tying the straps tightly around your waist.
Sweetheart dress: I really liked how this looked in pictures, but it’s just not practical for me personally. I was able to tie it correctly, crossing the straps in opposite directions and tying in the back, but I felt as if I was busting out of it.
Bow shoulder dress: I felt a little silly with a giant bow on my shoulder, but I think it’s a style others could pull off. You turn the dress around so that one strap is on each side of one arm. Tie into a bow and use as one strap.
Thick straps dress: This style turns the dress backwards to cross the straps on your back, taking the straps to the front and tucking them into the bandeau. I like how this style looks, but I’m not sure how it would stay. You don’t want to be constantly adjusting.
Basic halter: You would think that this would be the best way to wear it, right? But unfortunately, there’s too much excess fabric, making it look like you have wings under your armpits. If you’re looking for a basic halter dress, look elsewhere.
Overall, I still travel with this dress despite its few flaws. It’s easy to dress up for a night out with statement jewelry or to throw on over a swimsuit on your way to the beach.
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