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An effortless way to feel comfy yet feminine and put-together, dresses are a staple travel item for so many TFG readers! Gear up for your sunny trips with one of these reader-favorite summer travel dresses!


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Dresses are hit any time of year, but they’re particularly popular for a summer trip!  Having a versatile selection of dresses that are easy to put together, take up little space, and can be worn for a variety of travel activities is ideal for anyone.

However, it can be a little daunting to know what type of dress is suitable for your destination and even the weather, as some places can be more humid or dry than others. And some places are a bit more fashionable than others, such as Europe, so it’s a fine balance to know the best travel dress women pack.

Check out these top tips on how to choose the best womens travel dresses that are timeless, stylish, and ideal for warmer weather!




The Merino Wool Travel Dress by Wool& can be worn in summer or when it gets chillier out!




Dresses are the perfect way to stay cool (and cute) in the summer heat! When searching for the best summer travel dresses, readers suggest natural fabrics or fabrics like rayon that are highly breathable and cooling. 

One TFGer shares how she keeps cool in the summer, “I try to look for dresses in cotton or other natural materials.” 

Linen is the perfect option for beach destinations and is super chic for sightseeing in Europe, too! You can’t go wrong with a cotton dress, whether a crisp t-shirt dress or a jersey knit maxi dress, as they’ll feel cozy and super airy. 

Rayon and nylon are loved for their comfy, wrinkle-free, moisture-wicking, and vibrantly colored fabric. Readers pack sundresses made from these fabrics for everything from exploring tropical Thailand to island hopping in Greece

Merino wool is temperature-regulating, breathable, and moisture-wicking, so it’s another great fabric to look out for, especially if you have an active trip planned.


You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!




The Quince Jersey Ruched Dress is wearable in many scenarios, whether leisure or business travel!




Versatility is always an important factor to keep in mind when figuring out your perfect travel wardrobe, so be sure to consider whether you can wear your dress(es) for multiple occasions and various activities. It’s always a plus if you can wear your dress out and about with comfy shoes for sightseeing and then dress it up with some nice sandals and jewelry for going out to dinner. 

Travel dresses that don’t wrinkle and will keep you at a comfy temp are great because you can wear them on your flight and then jump straight into a day of exploring your destination. TFG readers especially love simple, sleek dresses made of technical fabrics that can be worn to a business conference and then on a hike! 

Be sure to consider all the activities you have planned, and see if your perfect travel dress can handle more than a few of them!




The Loveappella Maxi Dress is a classic style that readers adore for summer travels. Also wearing Wallaroo Sun Hat and carrying Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody




Overall, more neutral colors and classic cuts for dresses work best for travel. For example, the best travel dresses for Italy, in cities like Rome, Milan, or even New York, or Paris, is a great opportunity to rock some stylish pieces that are timeless but still emphasize your personal style. Readers recommend trying a chic midi for sightseeing or a flowy silk number for an evening out!

If you like colors that pop more, brighter colors and bold patterns are wonderful for Thailand or Southeast Asia. Go for a cute floral summer dress or an easy t-shirt dress that can transition from day to night. 

If you’re heading to a city where the locals tend to dress modestly, midi and maxi dresses are perfect options for keeping cool and looking fabulous while dressing appropriately for the destination. 

Be sure to keep in mind sleeve length and necklines, too — while sleeveless options and deep v-necks are feminine, airy, and fun, travel dresses with sleeves and higher necklines might be better for more conservative countries or when touring churches and other religious or cultural sites. 

Remember that no matter where you’re heading, being comfortable and confident is the number one priority (as well as respecting the local custom in terms of style or length of dress), so whether bright and colorful or neutral and monochromatic, long, midi, or short, if you love it, wear it!




The Columbia Freezer III Dress has Omini-Shade and blocks UVA and UVB rays


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Once the boxes for comfort and style are checked off, it doesn’t have to stop there! Dresses made of various tech fabrics offer so much in the way of function and practicality while still being super cute. 

A moisture-wicking and quick dry travel dress will make warm-weather travels a breeze, as it’ll keep you feeling (and smelling) fresh after sporty excursions or hours of sightseeing under the sun. And if you’re looking for some extra sun protection for those long days spent outdoors, opt for a dress that has UPF protection built in.

If you’re worried about wrinkles, look to travel dress wrinkle-free fabrics such as nylon, rayon, and certain knit fabrics, which are naturally wrinkle-resistant. (Bonus: these fabrics tend to be lightweight, breathable, and packable!)


Now that we’ve covered how to select the right women’s travel dresses for summer, check out the readers’ most popular picks for the hot season!



Best Travel Dresses for Europe Summer Vacations


Europe is such a popular travel destination in the summer, and what better place to roam around in a chic and comfy dress? Trips in Europe often entail a LOT of walking, and because summer in Europe tends to be very hot, staying cool and comfy is key. 

Readers like to strike a balance between fashion and function so they can enjoy their trip to the fullest and feel chic and confident while doing so! 


Below we’ve listed some classic and chic dresses, but if you’re searching for more, check out the 10 Best Travel Dresses for Europe.




Gevomir Halter Neck Summer Dress with Packable Braided Straw Hat


Gemovir Halter Neck Summer Dress


After Editor-in-Chief Alex wore this summer dress from Gevomir all around Rome and other European cities and shared it with readers, it’s become a huge TFG fave, many of whom claim it’s the best travel dress for Europe

Light and breathable, this number has an elastic band that flatters the waistline, a chic high neckline, and a flowy, ruffled hem. To top it off, it’s super versatile and can be styled in a lot of different ways, it’s a dream in the heat, and the fabric doesn’t wrinkle!

A traveler says, “This is such a cute and lightweight travel dress, and is perfect for different body types. It photographs really well and was flattering and comfortable, even in scorching Lucerne weather!” Choose from a wide range of colors and sizes S-XXL.


Check out why Gevomir printed halter summer dress is perfect for Europe!




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince


Quince 100% European Linen Dress


Effortlessly elegant and comfy, you can never go wrong with a linen dress for Europe — especially when it looks as cute as this one! Quince’s 100% European Linen black travel dress is a versatile piece with a polished collar, buttons, short sleeves, and a midi length, so it’s perfect for both business and leisure travel. 

The linen is airy, high quality, and lightweight and can be cinched up to enhance the waistline with the removable belt! 

A wearer raves, “I love this dress! I have a feeling I will be living in it this summer. It fits perfectly, the fabric is lovely, and the colors are beautiful! Can easily be dressed up or down!” It comes in sizes XS-XL.




Shop Sizes 1X-3X: Caslon


Caslon Tie Front Gauze Dress


Another cute midi, Caslon tie front cotton dress is snug up top with a long, flowing skirt. Its cotton fabric keeps this dress cool and breathable and feels nice and soft. Wearers rave about how comfy and cute this dress is, both for wearing casually on summer days or for special occasions! 

A wearer goes into detail, “I bought this dress for a trip and wore it nearly every day. So comfortable and attractive. I’m busty and found the smocking was flattering – defined but didn’t accentuate.” Available in sizes 1X-3X.




Shop Sizes XS-3XL: Pact


Pact Fit & Flare Tie Back Dress


Elevated yet cozy and easy to wear, this Pact short dress is a travel rockstar. Cute details like the cinch waist and the tie on the back make this unique looking, while the straps offer enough bra coverage. Yet this functional, low-maintenance organic cotton fabric keeps it cool and durable. 

A wearer shares more, “Comfortable dress. Had super strong smell straight out of the bag but a wash got rid of it. Great quality and feel. Will definitely purchase additional clothing once my preferred size is back in stock for some styles.” It comes in sizes XS-3XL.




Shop Sizes XXS-XL: Carve Designs


Carve Designs Nellie Linen Dress


This Carve Designs midi travel dress is beyond dreamy, made of soft linen that’ll keep you feeling cool and comfortable. The loose design features a flattering neckline with a flowing skirt, and wearers of all sizes say it fits perfectly. 

It’ll look cute with everything from sneakers to sandals, and you can store your lip balm or other small essentials in the side pockets! 

One wearer says, “Cute dress, Perfect for summer. The dark fawn is a pretty color and the linen materials is lightweight and comfortable. I’ll pair it with a jean jacket in the fall. Love it!”  It’s offered in sizes XXS-XL



Best Moisture Wicking Travel Dresses for Hot Destinations


Good travel dresses for summer are usually moisture wicking ones. These dresses are made from technical fabrics that draw moisture away from the body, keeping things fresh and cool without showing any signs of dampness. Readers love these functional womens travel dress styles for really hot places or when embarking on a more active adventure where you’ll be working up a bit of a sweat. 


We’ve featured some of the most popular moisture-wicking dresses below, but see the full roster right here




Shop: Amazon | Eddie Bauer
Sizes Regular XS-XXL | Petite S-L | Tall M-XXL | Plus 2X-3X


Eddie Bauer Aster Dress


This Eddie Bauer travel dress is a longstanding TFG favorite, loved for its simple, classic design and impressive roster of functional features. The empire waist is flattering, and the fabric has a hint of stretch for a supportive fit that gives you plenty of mobility. The fabric also has odor-control and UPF 50+ sun protection, doesn’t wrinkle, and will look nice and neat throughout your trip! 

A happy wearer says, “I love these black travel dresses. They’re perfect for travel and everyday wear. You can dress them up or wear them for a casual look. They don’t wrinkle and are super comfy!” It comes in sizes XS-XXL, petite S-L, tall M-XXL, and plus 2X-3X.


Find out how to turn any one of your dresses into versatile dresses!




 Shop Sizes Regular XXS-3X | Tall S-XL | Petite XS-L: Athleta


Athleta Elation Midi Dress


With such a cute and chic design, no one would ever guess this dress was made of technical fabric and built for adventuring! While it looks and feels silky smooth, the Athleta v-neck dress is comfy, quick-drying, breathable, and has UPF 40+ sun protection. 

Whether you take it out on a boat, hike in it, wear it as a beach coverup, or go out to dinner, this dress can seriously do it all!

A happy wearer shares, “Love that this has the same fabric and color throughout this year. A definite refresh for your favorite go-to spring/summer go-everywhere dress.” It comes in regular XXS-3X, tall S-XL, and petite XS-L.




Shop Sizes XS-XL: prAnaMoosejaw


PrAna Jewel Lake Dress


This PrAna travel dress will have you looking so cute and elevated yet totally ready for whatever adventures each day brings. Its flattering, a-line silhouette and bright print keep things fun and feminine, while its stretchy, moisture-wicking, quick-drying fabric coupled with roomy pockets keeps it practical for an active or warm-weathered trip. 

Readers especially love its supportive fit, with crisscross straps and an interior shelf bra with mesh lining. 

A reader says, “I think I found my perfect travel dress! It has a shelf bra with lightly lined cups. Usually, shelf bras don’t work for me, but this is a dream! I don’t have to wear a strapless bra now. AND…it has pockets!! I’m so excited about this find that I think I’m going to splurge and buy another.” It comes in a few different patterns and in sizes XS-XL.



Best Wrinkle Free Travel Dresses for Multi-Stop Trips


For a trip with multiple destinations where you’ll be packing, unpacking, and repacking your clothes, wrinkle-free fabrics will make a HUGE difference. Your cute travel dress will come out of its packing cube looking fresh, neat, and ready to be thrown right on! (Though, we always recommend hanging dresses once you arrive at your destination — even if the tag says wrinkle-resistant). 


Below are some versatile beauties, but if you’re looking for more low maintenance dresses, see these Wrinkle Free Dresses!




Shop: Eddie Bauer | Amazon
Sizes Regular XS-XXL | Petite S-L | Tall M-XXL | Plus 2X-3X


Eddie Bauer Departure Easy Tank Dress


Another Eddie Bauer fave, readers love the Departure little black travel dress for its casual and flattering style and amazing versatility. This cutie is made of a stretchy fabric that’s moisture-wicking, lightweight, and has UPF 50+ sun protection, so it’s perfect for sightseeing, active excursions, or grabbing lunch. Readers say this wrinkle-free travel dress is easy to pack and will still look nice after a long trip with repeated wearing!

A wearer shares why she thinks this is the best black travel dress: “This dress is versatile, so great for a night out, a day of sightseeing, a trip to the beach, or just running errands. The fabric is light, comfortable, and packs small. When traveling, you can wash it in the sink, hang it up, and it’ll be dry by the morning! And the zippered pockets are big enough to keep your phone, keys, and wallet secure, so you can leave your purse behind.” Sizes range from XS-XXL, petite S-L, and plus 2X-3X




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince


Quince Silk Blend T Shirt Dress


T-shirt dresses are awesome for travel because they can be styled up with wedges and accessories or worn as a cute sightseeing outfit with sneakers and a sunhat. These Quince comfortable travel dresses are a great pick because their wrinkle-resistant, sweat-wicking, and quick-drying properties mean you can wear them all throughout your trip and know they’ll stay fresh and neat. 

Readers love that the relaxed fit adds to the cooling, airy feel and gives them a fashion-forward look, too!

A fan of these easy travel dresses sums it up, “This is just about the perfect little dress that can transition from day to night. It travels well and fits great!” It comes in several colors and in sizes XS-XL.  




Shop Chico’s: Sizes Regular 00-22 | Petite 00-18


Chicos Travelers Classic Maxi Dress


This Chico’s Classic travel dress with sleeves has a beautiful, timeless silhouette that’ll work in any destination and for all kinds of activities! Part of their Travelers collection, this pretty piece is made from a smooth, light, and quick-drying fabric that’s super durable and won’t pill or wrinkle, and many wearers talk about how well it drapes and moves. 

So grab a floppy hat and comfy sandals for a chic daytime look, and then add flats and a wrap for evening elegance! 

It’s a great business travel dress, too! A TFGer says, “I wear lots of Chico’s, and I love their Travelers fabric!” This dress comes in sizes 00-22 and petite 00-18




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince


Quince Vintage Wash Tencel Slip Dress


Classic, feminine, and versatile slip dresses are a closet staple, especially when they’re wrinkle, shrink, and static-resistant, like the Quince’s Vintage Wash Tencel dress! It’s long, flowy, and relaxed, with adjustable straps and a v-neck. Wearers love the cool and lightweight yet sturdy fabric that comes in two gorgeous, vintage-looking colors. 

One reader says, “I have the Quince slip dress. It is generously cut, so very flattering. I wear something over it – like a jacket or cardigan.” It comes in sizes XS-XL



Best Travel Dresses With Pockets for Sightseeing Excursions


For days when you only need a few small essentials or just want to keep certain things easily accessible, a travel dress with pockets is the answer! They’re amazing for holding small items like your lip balm and small amounts of cash or a room key. These dresses are cute, comfy, functional, and super trendy for summer. 


The list of pocket dresses is some of the most sought-after! And if you love them as much as we do, see more Dresses With Pockets!




Shop Sizes XXS-XXL: NordstromFaherty


Faherty Isha Linen Dress


The Isha linen dress is a heavenly pick for summer, made of 100% linen and designed with a relaxed fit. The buttons and pin tucks on the bodice embellish this classic dress, and the range of colors and prints are all so pretty. 

Readers love that the fit is cute and ultra-flattering, and wearers confirm how comfy and versatile it is —you can throw it over a swimsuit for the beach or dress it up for date night! 

A wearer says, “Super cute and comfortable. I am a slim athletic build, and I like that it falls straight. A great piece for traveling as it can be worn super casual with sneakers or less casual with sandals and accessories.” Available in sizes XXS-XXL


We’ve compiled the ultimate list of what our readers rank as the best dress for hot weather travels!




Shop Sizes Regular XXS-XXL: Nordstrom


Caslon Tie Waist Maxi Dress


Simple, clean lines and small details like a side slit and tie waist give so much style and femininity to Caslon’s black travel dress with pockets. It’s chic and flattering but has enough coverage to be a perfect choice for any trips where you need to dress a bit more modestly. The cotton-rayon fabric is light as air, deliciously soft, and comfy. 

A traveler shares, “I needed a packable dress for travel in Europe and found this one to be perfect. This one is simple, comfortable, and functional and can be dressed up or down!” Sizes range from XXS-XXL.




Shop Nordstrom: Sizes Regular XS-XL | Plus 0X-3X


Karen Kane Quinn Shift Dress


This plus size travel dress from Karen Kane is made from stretch-jersey rayon that looks sleek and polished but is super comfy to wear trekking around on a hot day. The slightly fitted bodice flows out into an a-line shape, which wearers say is super flattering and fun to wear. Its streamlined design keeps it ultra-versatile, which is always a plus when traveling! 

A wearer shares, “Great little dress that I can travel with and dress up or down. Love the v-neck and pockets!” Available in sizes XS-XL and plus sizes 0X-3X



Best Casual Travel Dresses for Beach Getaways


For a beach vacay, a light summer travel dress with the versatility to go from beachy to casual-chic is the way to go! Choose something functional that works as a swimsuit coverup when hanging out on the sand, but that also doubles as a cute option for dinner and drinks! These great travel dresses are perfect for relaxing at a beach resort, too.


Get inspired for your next beach trip with our round-up below, or search further for more Summer Beach Dresses!




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Nordstrom


Elan Bell Sleeve Coverup Dress


With a loose fit and a linen-cotton blend, these cute travel dresses from Elan are so ready to hit the beach! This dress hits above the knees and has a stylishly modest v-neck, while the metallic sheen and flutter sleeves give it a feminine touch. Wearers love this cutie for its summery look that’s both high quality and cooling! 

One says, “Great summer dress. I love Elan dresses and have a couple. The dress hits me above the knee in a flattering length. I also like the neckline and the fabric. Love it!” It comes in sizes XS-XL. Check out all of Elan’s summer dresses and coverups.



Shop Sizes XXS-XXL: Gap


Gap Linen Blend Midi Dress 


Wearers say it doesn’t get more soft and cozy than this lovely casual travel dress from the Gap. Made from a lightweight linen blend, it sits close to the feminine shape and flows out into an elegant mid-length skirt. Readers say it’s ideal for lounging or sightseeing in a seaside town, and all you need are some comfy tan sandals to go with it!

One wearer says, “This simple and soft midi is perfect. You can wear it with sandals or tennis shoes and dress it up or down as it’s versatile. Great summer staple!” It comes in a range of pretty colors and in sizes XXS-XXL




Shop J.Crew: Sizes Regular XXS-3X | Petite XXS-L | Tall XS-XL


J.Crew Tall Bungalow Linen Popover Dress


Quick-drying, lightweight, and easygoing, J.Crew’s linen popover dress could totally be used as a beach coverup, but is such a chic and classy piece for dressy occasions, too! Its sheath silhouette is slightly boxy yet really flattering, and the shorter length makes it perfect for a beachy destination. 

Readers boast about how the quality is fantastic, and the linen allows your skin to breathe and feel nice and cool throughout the day. 

A happy user shares, “The color is beautiful, and the quality is great. I love it so much that I’m going to get the other colors!” It comes in sizes XXS-3X, petite XXS-L, and tall XS-XL.  




Shop Sizes XXS-XL: Tommy Bahama


Tommy Bahama Two Palms Linen Shirtdress


Light and beachy linen is polished up with front buttons, a collar, and an adjustable tie-belt with the Tommy Bahama’s Two Palms shirtdress. This pretty dress keeps it airy with side vents, a flowy fit, and a sleeveless design, while the midi length adds both style and extra coverage. You can keep it loose and buttoned down by the water, or cinch it up and add some white sneakers for sightseeing in town! 

A wearer shares more, “Beautiful dress! The linen is lightweight but still substantial (not too thin). It comes with a tie belt, but I think it looks great without it. Great alone or with a scarf, wrap, or statement jewelry.” Sizes range from XXS-XL.  



Best Lightweight Travel Dresses for Summer City Breaks


Summer in the city means dresses that’ll keep you both looking and feeling fresh, confident, and cool. Opt for chic, classic silhouettes, solid colors (neutral or bold!), and pieces that look just as nice with sneakers as they do with wedges. Bonus if they can go from day to night with an easy transition! 


Below is a versatile list of dresses for any city in the summer. Other popular classics for urban breaks are the LBD and LWD, respectively, the Best Black Dresses and the Best White Dresses for travel!




Shop Sizes XS-3X: Spanx


Spanx Carefree Crepe Reversible Slip Dress


The gorgeous silky fabric gives this Spanx slip dress a trendy and summery vibe. Its very flattering and reversible, so you can create different looks. It’s also super comfortable throughout your long days of exploring. Elegant and simple, you’ll be able to wear it repeatedly for all kinds of occasions!  

It comes in sizes XS-3X and two other colors that are also reversible. 


We have rounded up our favorite convertible travel dresses that will help you pack light and stylishly!




Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince


Quince Washable Stretch Silk Maxi Dress


While this Quince maxi travel dress looks elegant and polished, its flowy silhouette, smocked waistband, and stretchy, low-maintenance fabric make it quite a comfy and practical option for a long day of walking around and seeing the sights. 

The washable silk fabric is nourishing to the skin, hypoallergenic, and naturally thermoregulating, so it’ll help keep you cool, too! It also has handy side pockets for your small must-haves. 

A wearer says, “It is so light and airy and will be perfect for carry-on travel during the hot summer!” Sizes range from XS-XL




Shop on Nordstrom:  Regular Sizes XXS-XL | Plus Sizes 1X-3X


Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Shirtdress


This Eileen Fisher short sleeve travel dress is effortlessly chic and makes the perfect addition to a capsule wardrobe for a stylish city like New York or Paris. The organic linen and loose fit will keep things ultra-comfy, while the buttons and luxe look of the linen keeps it looking elevated. Wearers describe it as a summer must-have and love its rich and vibrant color options.  

A happy reviewer says, ”Love the color. The linen fabric is easy and breezy. Fits perfectly and will be great for the hot summer months.” These standard and plus size travel dresses are available in sizes XXS-XL and 1X-3X




Shop Sizes S-XL: Amazon


Merokeety Flutter Midi Dress


This Merokeety midi dress is casual and feminine, with adorable details like ruffle cap sleeves, a smocked bodice, an a-line silhouette, and a tiered, flowy skirt. Wearers rave about the comfort, from the stretchy fit up top to the airy, breathable fabric throughout, and share that it’s definitely hot-weather friendly. Whether dressing up for a special occasion or just spending the day exploring the city on foot, this dress is a super cute go-to for whatever’s in store! 

A wearer gives a rave review, “So flattering and versatile! The chest area is really stretchy and would be good for all chest sizes. The fabric feels nice and high quality and is light enough for summer. It’s not see-through at all. I feel so confident in it! And – it has pockets!” It comes in sizes S-XL




Shop Sizes XXS-XL: Nordstrom


Nordstrom Stretch Cotton Midi T-Shirt Dress


With a laid-back look of an oversized t-shirt and a midi length, this dress from Nordstrom is a super cute and modern take on the t-shirt dress. This versatile piece is made of soft and breathable cotton with a hint of stretch for extra comfort, and the versatile design is topped off with side pockets. Lean into the casual feel by adding sneakers, or contrast it with strappy sandals and some delicate accessories! 

One wearer gushes, “This is a super t-shirt dress. The cotton material is light, and it doesn’t wrinkle. Perfect for travel!” Available in sizes XXS-XL



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Thigh Society The Cooling Shorts | Sizes XS-6X


Best Shorts to Wear Under Dresses


If your looking for a shorts to wear under your dresses Thigh Society is a reader favorite! The Cooling anti-chafe shorts from ThighSociety are raved about by TFGers for so many reasons, especially their silky, hi-tech performance fabric. These shorts pull heat and moisture away from the body, keeping things cool, fresh, and chafe-free on even the hottest of days.

They’re tagless, don’t roll or bunch, and are ultra-thin and lightweight yet stretchy and durable as can be. Plus, they come in a wide range of colors and lengths and range in sizes from XS-6X!



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