How to Pack a Dress

by Elizabeth Burns ; Updated September 28, 2017

Place a dress on a hanger before packing.

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How you pack a dress partly depends on the whether the garment is casual or formal. The secret to effective packing is to ensure that creases are kept to a minimum while travelling by placing tissue paper within the folds of the dress and positioning it on top of more crease-resistant garments. Wedding dresses should be placed in a dry cleaning or breathable garment bag and packed in a separate suitcase or luggage bag. There are several methods of packing dresses efficiently, depending on space-saving requirements.

Pack the dress into a dry cleaning bag. This packing method helps to protect fragile, one-off garments such as wedding dress or formal gown when you are travelling. Lay the dress on a flat surface and place tissue paper in the folds. Fold the dress lengthwise and slide it into the bag. Using a rolling motion, fold the dress into fourths and place it in your luggage.

Place the dress on a hanger. This is necessary if you are placing it in a garment bag. Fold it in the same way as you would if packing it in a dry cleaning bag. Use a proper dress hanger. This stops the garment from stretching.

Position the dress on top of pants, sweaters and T-shirts, placing a layer of tissue in between. Dresses make up the top layer of the suitcase, along with skirts and jackets. Those that aren’t to be placed on hangers or in garment bags should be dropped slowly into the luggage case. Hold the dress at the top and position it so that it folds back and forth along the length of the case. Place a layer of tissue paper between each fold. Add another layer of tissue paper on top of the dress. To prevent creasing, only very small items, such as ties or socks, should be placed on top of a dress.

Bundle-wrap the dress. This packing method that reduces creases involves wrapping clothes around a core object, such as an organizer pouch or bag filled with soft items like socks and underwear. Place dresses and jackets close to the core, and garments less prone to wrinkling, such as sweaters, toward the outside. Dresses and other clothing items packed in the this way are less prone to creasing because of the tension created in the fabric during the wrapping process.

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About the Author

Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Elizabeth Burns began writing professionally in 1988. She has worked as a feature writer for various Irish newspapers, including the "Irish News," "Belfast News Letter" and "Sunday Life." Burns has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Ulster as well as a Master of Research in arts.