Patagonia Kamala Skirt

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Patagonia Kamala Skirt
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FEATURES of the Patagonia Women's Kamala Skirt.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Women's Kamala Skirt.

Lining and Layers:

  • A-line skirt falls above the knee


  • Organic cotton and Tencel blend is soft and has an elegant drape
  • Lightweight fabric is a blend of 55% organic cotton and 45% Tencel® lyocell


  • Regular fit
  • Wide cinched waistband fits snugly and is adjustable on right side with ties


  • When converted to a bandeau-style dress, the doubled waistband becomes the bodice, and the ties secure behind the neck


  • Made in Vietnam.


  • 4.8-oz 55% organic cotton/45% Tencel lyocell
  • With 2 wearing options, the Patagonia Kamala Skirt is ideal for travel
  • Soft-handed jersey knit with a smooth drape
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Add the Kamala to your set of travel converters; it's a skirt that transforms into a halter dress. The lightweight organic cotton/Tencel® lyocell (55%/45%) jersey fabric has a smooth, breeze-catching drape. Worn as a skirt: the wide cinched, shirred waistband adjusts with ties on one side, and the A-line shape falls below the knee. As a dress: the doubled waistband converts to a bandeau-style bodice that ties behind the neck; above-the-knee hem. Length (size M) is 30" waist to hem.
Patagonia Kamala Skirt Features: Soft-handed jersey knit with a smooth drapeWide, cinched waistband fits snugly and is adjustable on right side with tiesA-line skirt falls below the kneeWhen converted to a bandeau-style dress, the doubled waistband becomes the bodice, and ties secure behind the neckDress hem falls above the knee4.8-oz 55% organic cotton/45% Tencel® lyocell218 g (7.7 oz)Made in Vietnam.Style number 58666
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The Kamala Skirt from Patagonia is two items in one. Wear it as a skirt or halter dress. It makes a great travel companion with its lightweight blend of organic cotton and Tencel® lyocell.
The Patagonia Kamala Skirt changes instantly from a long, flowing skirt to a thigh-length, bandeau-top dress to give you two outfits in one. Wear the dress around town during the day and let the sun soak into your legs. When evening hits, add a fitted top, and go with the skirt option.

The Patagonia Kamala Skirt is a lightweight skirt that converts to a halter dress. The elegant shirred waistband becomes a bandeau-style bodice, making this piece extremely versatile.


The organic cotton Patagonia Kamala Skirt converts to a halter dress for 2-in-1 versatility. The shirred waist becomes a bandeau-style bodice, and the asymmetrical hem swings freely in both forms.


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Clothing Fit:Regular Fit
Fabric:4.8-oz 55% organic cotton/45% Tencel® lyocell
Fit:Hem falls above the knee, Regular fit
Length:Length (size M) is 30" waist to hem
Material:4.8-oz 55% organic cotton/45% Tencel lyocell
Moisture wicking:No
Quick drying:No
Sun-protective fabric:No
Weight:7.7 oz / 218 g
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Patagonia Kamala Skirt Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

kinda magic

I'm a little bit fascinated at how this thing can fit over my bust as a dress and my hips as a skirt...and look good both ways. I bought this dress for a vacation in southern Spain and I wanted a few versitile items...this fit the bill. I am 5'5", 130 lbs, small chest, bubble butt and I got a small. However, although it looks fine, I think the XS would have perhaps been tighter to begin with but would have held up better through the day, as it does stretch out a bit. Thank goodness for the halter string, because there is no way this dress is tight enough in the bust to be strapless, but tying the string around my neck a little tighter helped me to avoid any embarrassing moments. I am overall happy with this dress, but in future incarnations, I think it would help to have a bit more stretch in the waist/bust portion of the dress.
tgreg at Patagonia on 07/31/2012

Beware the stripes

I have an hourglass figure, but I'm not tiny. I'm 6' tall and 155 lbs. I have a 36" rib cage and wide shoulders. I bought this in size M and the Nakashima Stripe: Cosmo Pink which has diagonal stripes. Unfortunately for me, when wearing this as a skirt, the stripes fall in such a way that they over accentuate my hips. If I wear it as a dress, the stripes fall differently so it is flattering. Maybe I will try a solid color to wear as a skirt, because I would really like the length since I'm so tall. The medium size is a perfect fit for me. I have not washed the skirt yet, so I can't comment on how the material holds up.
meliss at Patagonia on 05/16/2013

surprisingly wonderful purchase

I bought this skirt because I liked the fabric so much and I trust Patagonia quality, plus it looked right for a trip to Hawaii. Since I'm a little over the hill, okay a lot over the hill but in good shape, I wondered if it was "right" for me. I wore it often over the 2 weeks. Would have worn it every day it was so comfortable and floaty, with a long organic cotton T, at dinner with a short black dressy T. I wore it around the condo as a dress but had a little trouble with it staying up. Didn't trust it on the beach. It needs another strap somewhere. Will soon be ordering another.
daisy48 at Patagonia on 06/01/2013

Beautiful and Versatile!

This is my second Kamala skirt/dress. I had the green sort-of paisley print one from last year that has the green stripes around the waist. This year, I bought the pink striped one. I am in love with this garment, if that's possible! I am a muscular and athletic 5'6'' 140 lbs, and I got the small. It fits beautifully, and falls to the mid-calf. The fabric is this gorgeous, lightweight, fluttery, luscious fabric that will serve me well when it gets hot and humid. As a dress, it will make the perfect beach and boardwalk outfit. You can't go wrong with the Kamala. Try it, you'll LOVE it! I will definitely be ordering more of these!
wendyonthewindowsill at Patagonia on 05/25/2013

I'm not a huge skirt-wearing-person, I mostly wear skirts while camping, or because they are easier to change into after a bike ride. I am also "pear shaped" and have a hard time finding skirts that work well for me, but this one is a gem. I loved it so much last year that I bought a 2nd one in a different color this year! The waist will stretch a touch after wearing it for a while (I don't find it to be a problem though!), but always shapes right up again after washing. The fabric is extremely comfortable and I find it to be the perfect weight for the summer, not too light, not too heavy.

Re Wikstrom at on 04/17/2012

Yes to Skirts

Great skirt. Loads'o compliments. Soft, comfortable, and even (surprisingly) makes a great dress. The skirt (in xs) hits my 5'8 slim/athletic built frame a couple inches below the knee and rides just shy of my belly button. I resisted the urge to pull this skirt lower on to my hips where it seems like it might belong, for fear that I would stretch out the top, losing the dress function. One small gripe, after two washes (gentle, cold, air dry) the darker parts of the flower pattern developed a white fuzz, dulling the color. I suppose this was inevitable, I just wish it hadn't happened so soon. Would and did recommend this product to others. Cheers!
AlaskanEm at Patagonia on 06/17/2013

Love it !

This is fabulous , I am a busty woman and usually cannot wear bando style tops and yet this fits great, I did go up a size and yet that didn't impact the way it fits as a skirt ( and i am not curvy) both ways are great, as a woman in my 20's I do not think it shows to much skin, as a dress it will be great for relaxing in the summer sun and wearing over bathing suit. Also I'm 5'7"-3/4. And I love the long length hits mid calf I got the green stripe and it is very flattering with my complection ( olive skin, strawberry hair, blue eyes)
MrsS at Patagonia on 06/09/2013

Love this skirt

The drape on this fabric is just the best. It looks and feels great. It's quite thin but not too thin, and it flutters around nicely with any air movement. I'm tall (6' 0") so the longer length is perfect--not too short like everything else usually is. I plan on wearing this skirt all the time when the warm weather arrives. This is actually my second of this skirt. I was initially disappointed because the fabric (a print pattern) faded a bit more than I hoped even after the first wash. I like the feel of the fabric so much that it doesn't even bother me anymore. Hopefully the second one (black) wears well.
christieinspace at Patagonia on 03/10/2013

Love it!

I got one of these skirts a few years ago and it's a really great piece. I'm 5'7" medium build, with hips and a medium worked well for me. I love the cut of the skirt and this summer I ordered a solid black version in a large and I've been wearing both that and the medium as maternity skirts. Since the cut works as a dress it looks totally natural to pull above my expanding belly and top with a teeshirt. The great thing about this is that I'll be able to wear both of them as skirts/dresses again when I'm not pregnant. Great product and a wonderful fabric blend.
bluejae at Patagonia on 09/13/2013

two quick snips and it's perfect!

Like lots of you, I'm too busty for those teensy little strings to be useful in the center. After an hour the fabric starts to sag and this dress isn't really built to hold up the melons I've got. The dress is so lovely, though, so I DIYed it and now it works even for big thick girls like me! If you make two cuts on either side of the tie, thread the strings through the top of the dress, and then make two cuts near your arms you've got a functional halter dress that stands up to anything!
canary at Patagonia on 08/07/2013

Negative Reviews:

not for hourglass figures

I was intrigued by the idea of a garment that could be either skirt or dress, and I did hope to wear it as a skirt. I won't be doing so. If you are at all hourglassy -- if your waist is noticeably smaller than are your hips -- then what passes as a waistband just flops there. The waist can't be adjusted; the only solution would be to wear it very, very low on the hips -- not my style! Not even when I was much younger! I will keep the garment, rather than returning it, because that floppy, useless gathered waistband does, in fact, become an effective bandeau, and the skirt does really turn into a simple, brief, lightweight halter dress (maybe a bit too skimpy for a mature woman in her prime, no matter how fit, to wear just anywhere, but fine, cool, and appealing for just knocking around). Another warning: the "Heritage Green" color is not green -- it is a kind of mulberry purple stripe combined with either a very dark navy or black. So! If you have an hourglass shape, and don't want to wear the skirt very very low on the hips, this skirt is not for you, but as a short, cool sundress it is pleasant. An interesting idea that just didn't quite work, for me, anyway! It certainly won't keep me from continuing to turn to Patagonia for other things...
chatoyance at Patagonia on 07/18/2012

Was hoping to wear this as a skirt, but found it to be WAY too long. I am 5'2" and it hit me about 6 inches above my ankles. Was hoping that I might be able to wear it as a dress, but the seam on the side of the skirt and becomes the center of the dress made an awkward shape. I loved the pattern (Nakashima stripe teal) and the fabric, but ended up returning the item because it wasn't flattering at all.

chrp356552 at on 03/04/2013

useless after a half day of wear

I loved this skirt the first day I wore it, but by the end of the day, it was pretty much useless. Even a washing doesn't really bring it back to the size it was when I bought it. I could've bought a smaller size if I knew how it was going to wear. It also looks pretty terrible as a dress as well in its current state. This piece was too expensive to feel so chintzy.
Anonymous at Patagonia on 09/16/2013

Not usable as a dress

I gave the 2 stars for it being from Patagonia and having such good quality cotton. But I tried a S and XS, and couldn't wear the skirt as a dress, as advertised. The waistband is too wide and the string doesn't tighten enough to hold up at the bust, even though I wear a D cup and always a S.
Wouldn't recommend as a conversion piece, only as a skirt, if needed.
Cristin at Patagonia on 07/09/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Pretty neat, but...

I love the quality cotton of this dress, I love how flowy it is on a windy day, I love that it is actually cooler on hot days than clothes with less coverage, and I love the green stripey pattern! But, I am a petite lady (5'2", 105, XS), and while the length is nice, the top is already (after one wear) trying to overexpose me. Still great for the beach over a swimsuit, but can't risk wardrobe malfunctions elsewhere, and wearing layers over it defeats the purpose when it's ultra-hot out. I'm considering giving it to my more well-endowed sister. Pata, can you add a cinch to the bandeau part, please? It's the only thing holding back an awesome piece!
missbea at Patagonia on 07/12/2013