I typically choose to bypass form and go for function when it comes to packing my backpack for a trip. I cannot stress how much I hate to carry stuff, so when I found the infinity skirt not too long ago, I thought that this was the answer to all of my packing problems (and maybe yours, too).
The infinity skirt is a special sort of item; it can be worn as a skirt, a dress or a top… and in about 100 different ways! Sound too good to be true? It’s not, I swear, and I have the photo evidence to prove it!
Not only can this one item be worn 100 different ways, but it is super light and packs up to the size of a softball. Plus, it just looks cute, which is something I ALWAYS LACK when I travel — something that says, “Hey, I’m a female!”
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The Infinity Skirt:
This is the infinity skirt at its most basic level, but to spice it up, you can tie some layers to the side. One simple skirt can take on a number of personalities to suit your daily travel plans.
You can create a skirt using the reverse side to expose the other patterns of fabric. Tie the outer layer of this skirt to the side to show off a shorter version for a more playful you.
The Infinity Dress:
I was surprised to see that I can possibly use the infinity skirt as a dress, and a somewhat classy one at that. By flipping up the top later, and tying a knot, you’ve got a sophisticated dinner date dress that can be turned around for yet another look.
The Infinity Top:
I watched a video showing me all the ways I can create a top with this skirt, and there were so many that I literally couldn’t keep up. These two tops are pretty basic, yet comfortable and stylish at the same time.
This infinity top style is probably my favorite. I love the ruffle look in the front along with the simple tie around the neck. It feels summery and fun — perfect for Australia.
The following top options say cute and laid-back to me. Notice how changing the way the straps are tied changes the entire feel of the top itself.
My Thoughts on the Infinity Skirt:
Honestly, I’m in love with this little thing and wish I had found it sooner. I originally saw it at Paddy’s Market in Sydney last summer, but when I went back for it, I couldn’t find the stall. Luckily, there was a stall at one of the malls a few weeks ago where both my boyfriend and I were sold.
Being so small and versatile, it is the perfect addition to any female’s backpack. It can be worn to the pool, out to dinner, on a sightseeing tour and then some. Every one (from the shop I bought from) is different, meaning there are different patterns of Indian silk pieced together to produce your skirt.
The infinity skirt is also sold in a longer dress form, which is actually even more versatile. The shop I bought from is not online, but there are many versions of this product available on Amazon.
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I think this is one of the best inventions in fashion EVER!!! I got one of these at Paddy’s Market a year ago and it really is the best thing ever! So versatile!!! The only problem is trying not to buy too many!!! 🙂
Cool! Yes, they are so awesome! I have the skirt one, but I’m going back for a dress soon. ha!
Dang, how could I forget buying this before I left Sydney…. Oh well, I hope I will see this item again somewhere else… other than in Paddy’s Market.
There are shops online that sell them… probably from the States, so check the Amazon link above 🙂 I’m also willing to send you one 😉
Hey this is so great! But the link is no longer working, do you have updated links for this kind of infinity skirt??
I’m not a backpacker, but I can definitely see this as a very useful accessory for our regular weekend trips or even a cruise. It gives you the versatility to have a different look every night in the dining room if you’re on a cruise that has a dress code for dinner! And for our weekend trips, we usually do a fancy dinner and that means a whole separate outfit and shoes. While my husband can still sigh at three pairs of shoes for three days away, at least I can justify them by reducing the amount of clothes I bring! 😀
Haha, I like the way you think! It is so hard to pack when it comes to shoes, hey? You’ll have to let me know if you get it how it works out 🙂
I live in the US, and these are a staple of my wardrobe in warm weather! I bought my first sari skirt in 2008, just before a big road trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado. Santa Fe is a very artsy city and quite hot, so many women wanted to know where I bought it. Fortunately, they’re easy to find now.
You have inspired my to reconsider packing a couple for our twentieth anniversary cruise to Belize and Mexico this summer! I want to pack light this time; my previous cruise was our first, and I overpacked!
Thanks for inspiring me to use what I own first!
You have me convinced!! I’ve seen something similar before and thought there was NO WAY I’d be able to figure out all the ways to wear it. But I think you’ve changed my mind — gonna go check it out!
They give you a DVD with it that shows you how to work it – it’s nuts! So many options… I highly recommend. I’ve never had such a sophisticated piece of clothing before 😉
Caz Makepeace says
Never heard of it before but I love it. Will have to grab one when next near Paddy’s market
Yes, I’m in love with it! The dresses are $40 at Paddy’s I believe, but it is totally worth it.
I WANT ONE!!! Looks so cool!! It would be perfect for me. I love the skirt option – I discovered skirts are awesome on the road and I love the dress option w/ maybe some tights or leggings… oh this is so cute. i gotta see if i can find one online. Looks great on you too Brooke!
Aw, thanks! Yes, so great for travel 🙂
First I gotta say I’m really liking this new site. Second this product is a genius idea. I’m not one for skirts, but this is really cute. I might have to keep my eyes open for one here in Canada.
Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I love this skirt and the engineering behind it. So many uses!
RAWR! I need one so badly! I think I may have convinced Shaun to let me buy one. *cough* 😛
Haha, awesome! Hope you get one, and I hope you like it as much as I do 🙂
I’ve never heard of this before — really cool! And I like how it has those different prints.
The different prints is what really sold me because you can make it “feel” like that many more items by flipping them around.
So I feel like I should bow down in reverence towards whoever originally thought of this idea, its just that awesome 🙂 Also, may I just say I love the site, and the fact that it has everything girlie-travel related in it for us ladies 🙂
I know! Such a great invention! Thanks for stopping by and checking it out… been a bit of extra work to get it up and running 😉
That’s wonderful! I definitely love infinity dresses!
Hello, Brooke! I just bought an infinity dress online and so far I love it. I was just wondering where you got the information for all the different ways you can wear one. I was supposed to get an instructional DVD, but it never came with it. I really love the infinity top look that you have with the ruffles in it. Would you be able to tell me how you tied that?
Hi Christine! Here you go: http://zozadesigns.com/images/wearing/big/product_13.jpg
Hope that helps… not the same as a video.
This is awesome! I’m going on a RTW trip soon and have been looking for this item! I remember seeing it at a stall once where the vendor showed a bunch of diff ways to wear it but I couldn’t remember the name of it or find it online (wasn’t sure what to search for)… but thanks to you I’ve found it!
Thank you so much!
very pretty. I must admit that I do love looking pretty while travelling…I just can’t help it
My boyfriend and I are currently planning a 2 year backpacking trip through Europe and Asia to start this fall (which we hope to document on a travel blog – acoupletravelers.com) and I recently bought the infinity dress on Amazon! I figured with it’s many uses it would be the perfect addition to a backpack — have yet to learn all the different ways of wearing it though! Will have to reference this guide!
This post is such a great find!
I might be a bit to clumsy to get it all the ways it can be worn, but this is definitely something I’m putting on my wish list!
Cute! what fabric is it made from?
Tzigane Ludwig says
Amazing! Thank you so much!
Karin Brain says
I would like to purchase an infinity skirt, I am in Brisbane and need it before Thursday is it possible???
Jennifer Gutierrez says
I am trying to find the infinity skirt/dress on amazon. The only item I found was the Jedzebel infinity skirt in long (34 inches). Where can I find the short one you feature on your site???
Thank you-Jennifer Gutierrez
Hi Jennifer – The company I originally got mine from was selling at a market stall in Sydney, but I don’t think they are still producing. Search for “wrap skirt” to see if that brings up more options for you.
Cyra @ Gastronomic Nomad says
I just stumbled across the post looking at another post. I know it’s old but I have to say that you make the skirt look really good as a top or dress!
I have one that I got from Glebe Markets in Sydney ages ago, but I just cannot make it look good as a top or a dress. It’s skirt or nothing for me. Mine came with an instruction DVD (!!!) and I still can’t make it work!
I have the dress version (bought from a festival in Vermont) and the silk works as a great travel blanket in a pinch.
I REALLY want a dress/skirt like this but I can’t find one I like. I love the red design you have because It’s flirty but not super busy and it could be paired with a lot of different tops (in dress form). Is there another dress like this in a similar color being sold?
This is amazing! I’ve been looking for ways to look nice ven when I’m backpacking. I’m glad to have found your blog 🙂
I’m very happy that I’ve found your blog!
In the middle of february I will be in Australia, my first travel all alone.
Could you send me a picture from the dress alone?
I’m planing to sew one, cause I just found them in one color, but i really like the style of yours!
Hi Brooke – great post – thank you for taking the time to post this. I am heading off to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand for 8 weeks. This wrap seems like a great addition. Most of the Amazon pages will not allow you to select a color. Do you know if this is something i can just pick up once i am in Thailand (i start in Bangkok then Chiang Mai)?
Appreciate any advice.