Digital nomads are frequently on the road for weeks, months, or even years at a time, which is why it’s so important to make the most of the clothing you bring with you. By building a capsule wardrobe suited to your travels, you’ll spend less time stressing about what to wear, and instead embrace all of the freedom and flexibility being a nomad has to offer.
10 Best Digital Nomad Clothing Items
Opting for a minimalist wardrobe makes choosing outfits less of a headache, and helps you avoid feeling bogged down by endless options. Dressing well and expressing your personal style while traveling doesn’t have to be difficult; it comes down to packing a few key pieces that are timeless in nature, that can easily be mixed and matched, and that can transition between different activities or outings.
Fortunately, we’ve compiled this list of the best digital nomad clothing, so you can meet your packing goals and look great wherever your travels take you!
1. Shirt + Pant Combo: SiteSee Santa Teresa Set
SiteSee’s mission is to make low-impact, quality clothing, with each garment specifically designed to complement a nomad’s busy lifestyle. Our Santa Teresa Set (in both indigo & brick red) checks all the boxes you could want from your travel wardrobe: deep pockets, soft linen/lyocell fabric, versatile cinch top, elastic waistband on the pants, and ethically made in the United States. This set is a staple piece for women on the move, and is ready to go with you everywhere you want to explore.
2. Shirt + Short Combo: Wayre Shift Tank + Flow Short
Wayre makes apparel for the modern traveler, but with an ethical edge -- all of their pieces are created from reclaimed plastic waste, by workers who make living wages. Wayre’s collection of functional garments makes packing a breeze, like this shirt and short combo, for example. In addition to its lightweight material and flattering shape, it’s also UV-resistant, smell-proof, and spill-proof, meaning it's perfect for any and all adventures you have planned.
3. Tank Top: SiteSee Tencel Muscle Tee
When it comes to great basics at an affordable price, SiteSee has got you covered.
Our Tencel Muscle Tee is made from super soft, micro-Tencel fabric that lightly drapes your body. The front features a pocket, great for holding either a card or some cash for when you're on the go. With multiple ways to wear it, you can either tuck it in, tie it up, or let it flow!
4. Dress: VETTA Two Piece Midi Dress
VETTA is all about creating sustainable, versatile wardrobe essentials for your everyday. This dress is part of their Refined Capsule, a collection designed to raise the bar on class and comfort. As its name suggests, this Two Piece Midi is actually a skirt/dress combo, giving you a lot more bang for your buck. You can wear it as a dress with the buttons in the front or back, or you can detach the bottom and wear the skirt on its own (with buttons down the front or on the side). With so many ways to style this gorgeous garment, you really can’t go wrong!
5. Pants: prAna Sancho Pant
prAna’s design philosophy is centered on making ‘fun, functional apparel that allows you to flex your adventurous spirit without negatively impacting the environment.’ All of their pieces are made using recycled and responsible materials, just like this workwear-inspired Sancho Pant (made from 98% organic cotton). These pants are definitely a classic look, but with added stretch for maximum comfort when you’re on-the-go. And with their high-waist, wide leg, and long front pockets, the Sancho is the ultimate in industrial-chic travel wear.
6. Sweatshirt: Patagonia Quilt Snap-T® Pullover
Patagonia is a go-to for cozy outerwear, like this cute pullover with a diamond-quilt pattern and two-tone design. This midweight garment is an organic cotton and recycled polyester blend, making it the perfect piece to wear on cool summer nights or underneath a heavier jacket in the winter months. With a stand-up collar for extra warmth, elasticized cuffs and hem for the right amount of stretch, and Y-Joint sleeves for increased mobility through the shoulders and arms, this sweatshirt has tons of thoughtful details you’re sure to enjoy.
7. Sneakers: Soludos Ibiza Leather Sneaker
Soludos is a leader in creating reimagined classics with an unexpected twist, like their Ibiza Leather Sneaker, which has been crafted to suit any occasion (or location). These sneakers are full of incredible design elements, despite their unassuming appearance. They’re made from a super soft leather that molds to your foot, and have a cushy Ortholite® sole that’ll make you feel like you’re walking on a cloud. Plus, the Ibiza’s laces are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles -- we love a cute shoe with a sustainable aesthetic!
8. Sandals: Avarcas Classic Pons Sandal
We love the Classic Pons Avarcas so much, we’re recommending them a second time! These Spanish sandals are thoughtfully made using high-quality leather, and are finished with a comfortable rubber sole. Their design marries an easy fit with sturdy slingback support, but even though the strap fits snugly, these will only take a second to slip back on once you’re through airport security. And with tons of great colors to choose from, these shoes are a five-star find!
9. Baseball Cap: SiteSee’s Going Places Hat
Hats are truly so multi-functional -- they can protect you from the sun, save you from a bad hair day, or pull your whole outfit together for a complete look! Our Going Places Hat is the perfect adventure accessory, made from a cute and comfy canvas material, and with SiteSee’s signature tagline across the front. Wear this cap on travel days, outdoor excursions, or anywhere in between for a fun, relaxed vibe.
10. Swimsuit: Triangl Elle One-Piece
Triangl is an Australian swimwear brand, known for their playful patterns and color-blocked suits. Their Elle design comes in a flirty leopard print (pictured) and a flashy flamingo pink, each with a straight neckline, ruched sides, adjustable shoulder straps, and back clasp fastening. And if you’re in the market for swim sets or separates rather than a one-piece, Triangl has you covered there, too, with plenty of great two-pieces to choose from.
Whether you’re currently exploring the world as a digital nomad, planning for your upcoming ventures, or simply wishing you could, we hope this list will help you prepare for your travels and take some of the stress out of wondering what to bring. Look for quality basics that will pair well with other items in your bag, and that are versatile enough to allow for year round wear. Happy packing!
How much should I plan to spend on a new wardrobe for this lifestyle?
This really comes down to your personal preference and budget. The key is to invest in clothing you know will last and won't have to be replaced months or years down the road. Budgeting out $150-$500 for a new digital nomad wardrobe should be enough to get all the items you need.
What are the best clothing brands for digital nomads?
Some of the best brands to buy clothes that fits the nomad lifestyle include SiteSee, Outdoor Voices, prAna and Smartwool. Each of these companies places an emphasis on ethical sourcing, sustainable manufacturing, and using eco-friendly fabrics in their travel-ready apparel.
How many items should I have in a digital nomad wardrobe?
To fit your whole wardrobe into one suitcase, we recommend the following: 3 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of jeans/pants, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 dresses, 4 tops, 1 pair of leggings and 2 jackets or sweatshirts.