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Every jetsetter needs to have a little black travel dress in her wardrobe. It’s the basic that makes up the core of a travel wardrobe, an item that you can always count on trip after trip. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite dresses along with our reader favorites. Which one will you bring on your next trip?

 


Best Black Dresses for Women


 

 

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Below you’ll find our favorite black dresses for women that work well for spring or summer travel—they’re comfortable and stylish, too! Note: There are many plus size black dress styles available below, but not all retailers show all sizes on the same listing; we’ve tried our best to indicate this in the descriptions as shown above. 

 

 

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Karen Kane Brigitte Sleeveless Midi Dress | Sizes XS-XL

 

The Perfect Little Black Dress 

 

This Karen Kane midi dress is such an elegant and versatile piece. It’s sleeveless and flowy, so it’s great for warm summer days, but it can also be layered for chilly fall outings. The classic silhouette is super flattering, and it can work for truly any occasion or destination! 

Available in sizes XS-XL.

 

Dresses are the perfect staple to add to your functional travel capsule wardrobe. Learn more in my guide!

 

 

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Short Sleeve Summer Casual Flared Midi Dress

 

Black Short Sleeve Midi Dress

 

Wear this cute womens black dress with sneakers or comfortable sandals during the day, and add pretty jewelry with ballet flats for the night. It’s soft, easy to wash, and inexpensive! 

 

For a similar style with a hemline below the knees, try this dress instead!

 

 

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Eddie Bauer Departure Tank Dress | Sizes XS-XXL, Petite Sizes S-L, and Plus Sizes 2X-3X

 

Cute Short Black Dresses

 

Eddie Bauer’s Departure tank dress does it all! The lightweight (and super comfy) fabric is moisture wicking and has UPF 50+ sun protection, so you can wear this dress in warm weather or for active outings, feeling cool and comfortable–and cute! 

It has a relaxed and flattering fit for all body types, and features a drawstring at the waist for a cinched and more feminine look. It can be dressed up and down easily, and packs really well. 

Shop sizes XS-XXL, petite sizes S-L, and plus sizes 2X-3X.

 

Read to find out what’s the best fabric for travel!

 

 

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Columbia Moisture Wicking Fabric Freezer III Dress | Sizes XS-XL and 1X-3X Plus

 

Basic Black Dresses 

 

While dresses are ideal for travel, choosing styles with the right fabrics is incredibly important. This is where an outdoor company such as Columbia comes into play. This easy to wear plain black dress looks good in a range of destinations yet offers the functionality of active or fitness wear. Talk about striking the perfect travel fashion balance!

Shop sizes XS-XL and plus sizes 1X-3X.

 

Take a look at 5 sundress outfits that transform an everyday summer dress!

 

 

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PrAna Skypath Dress | Sizes XS-XL

 

Short Black Dress with Built in Bra

 

For female travelers that prefer a braless option, the prAna Skypath dress features a built-in shelf bra for the ultimate wire-free experience. Perfect for hot weather and travel, the dress has moisture-wicking, wrinkle resistant fabric that will pack light and keep you fresh, too.

 

Take a look at the latest trends with these cute summer dresses for women!

 

 

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Toad&Co Sunkissed Maxi Dress | Sizes XS-XL

 

Long Black Dress

 

Toad and Co hit the mark with this maxi dress! It’s feminine yet insanely practical—a combination that so many travel clothing brands just don’t seem to understand. The fabric is feather light, quick-dry, and moisture wicking. Not only will it keep you cool, but it’s also ultra-packable!

Note: The top half of this dress seems best for bust sizes A-C. I did alter this dress by having it brought in at the shoulders to avoid my bra from showing under my arms. I love the style nonetheless!

 

Buy it on Amazon or Zappos!

 

Take a look at these eco-friendly vacation clothing. These styles are a must see!

 

 

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Lululemon All Yours T-Shirt Dress | Sizes 0-20

 

Black T-Shirt Dress 

 

A classic t-shirt dress is another popular option with our readers, and many travelers rate this one as the best little black dress for travel. It’s an easy-to-wear, versatile design, all while being comfortable enough to wear for all day sightseeing. Ideal for spring and summer travels, you can wear it anywhere from New York to London and Sydney to Bangkok, too. 

Layer it with leggings underneath and it will transition into cooler weather in a pinch!

Shop sizes 0-20

 

Check out more versatile dresses to choose from!

 

 

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Universal Thread Women’s Ruffle Tank Dress | Sizes XS-XXL and 1X-4X

 

Stylishly Simple Black Dress (Plus Sizes Available)

 

This classy black dress is as practical as it is stylish. It has adorable ruffle details on the sleeves, soft and breathable 100% cotton fabric, and is comfortable enough to be worn for a long sightseeing day.

This cute dress is an amazing budget option, too! Available in sizes XS-XXL and plus sizes 1X-4X.

 

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

 

 

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 Simier Fariry Knee-Length Dress with Pockets | Sizes S-XL

 

Cheap Black Dress With Sleeves

 

This Simier Fariry dress is a fantastic option for female travelers. They offer travel-friendly, lightweight dresses in sizes S-XL. The drawstring waist enhances the modest and flattering fit, and pockets are a handy plus! Not to mention, this dress is easy on the budget, as well.

 

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

 

 

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Icebreaker Merino Yanni Tank Summer Travel Dress

 

Casual Black Dress

 

If you’re chasing the sun and need to pack more clothes in less space, merino wool summer dresses are the way to go. They’re ideal for backpackers and long term travelers because they can be worn repeatedly without washing (read why here), they keep you cool and fresh in tropical climates, and they’re also very packable.

 

Pair it with stylish dress sandals!

 

 

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Loveappella V-Neck Jersey Maxi Dress | Sizes XS-XL and XSP-XLP

 

Full Length Black Dress (Petite Sizes Available)

 

Loveappella always gets top marks from our readers and this long black travel dress is no exception. In fact, this beauty is one of the most popular dresses with TFGers. Our readers absolutely LOVE this dress! 

The lightweight fabric is so soft and comfortable, and the style is polished enough to be dressed up or just worn casually. The dress is high quality and perfect for travel and well worth it for frequent flyers.

 

Pack less clothing and more jewelry for beautiful travel outfits!

 

 

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Anatomie Ambra Super Jersey Dress | Sizes XS-XL

 

Long Sleeve Black Dress

 

Anatomie is a brand that’s gotten on our radar for cute and practical travel clothes, especially their jackets and dresses. The Ambra dress is a stylish and very flattering dress that would be as appropriate worn in a business class lounge as it would be while dining at a quaint European cafe.

 

Use these accessories and hats for a fun and stylish way to update your outfit!

 

 

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NZT Nic and Zoe V-neck Linen Blend Shift Dress | Sizes XS-XXL

 

Black Shift Dress

 

A classic shift is a must in every woman’s wardrobe. We’re very impressed with the selection of fashionable yet functional dresses by NZT Nic and Zoe, especially this ultra-chic style. 

Buy it on Nordstrom or Zappos!

 

Check out these flip flops that you can add to your wardrobe!

 

 

Best Black Dress Comparison Chart

 

BRANDS REVIEWS RATINGS PRICE
Karen Kane Brigitte Sleeveless Midi Dress It’s sleeveless and flowy, so it’s great for warm summer days, but it can also be layered for chilly fall outings. The classic silhouette is super flattering, and it can work for truly any occasion or destination!  Check Price
Short Sleeve Summer Casual Flared Midi Dress Wear this cute womens black dress with sneakers or comfortable sandals during the day, and add pretty jewelry with ballet flats for the night. It’s soft, easy to wash, and inexpensive!  Check Price
Eddie Bauer Departure Tank Dress It has a relaxed and flattering fit for all body types, and features a drawstring at the waist for a cinched and more feminine look. It can be dressed up and down easily, and packs really well.  Check Price
Columbia Moisture Wicking Fabric Freezer III Dress This is where an outdoor company such as Columbia comes into play. This easy to wear plain black dress looks good in a range of destinations yet offers the functionality of active or fitness wear. Talk about striking the perfect travel fashion balance! Check Price
PrAna Skypath Dress For female travelers that prefer a braless option, the prAna Skypath dress features a built-in shelf bra for the ultimate wire-free experience. Perfect for hot weather and travel, the dress has moisture-wicking, wrinkle resistant fabric that will pack light and keep you fresh, too. Check Price
Toad&Co Sunkissed Maxi Dress It’s feminine yet insanely practical—a combination that so many travel clothing brands just don’t seem to understand. The fabric is feather light, quick-dry, and moisture wicking. Not only will it keep you cool, but it’s also ultra-packable! Check Price
Lululemon All Yours T-Shirt Dress A classic t-shirt dress is another popular option with our readers, and many travelers rate this one as the best little black dress for travel. It’s an easy-to-wear, versatile design, all while being comfortable enough to wear for all day sightseeing. Ideal for spring and summer travels, you can wear it anywhere from New York to London and Sydney to Bangkok, too.  Check Price
Universal Thread Women’s Ruffle Tank Dress This classy black dress is as practical as it is stylish. It has adorable ruffle details on the sleeves, soft and breathable 100% cotton fabric, and is comfortable enough to be worn for a long sightseeing day. Check Price
 Simier Fariry Knee-Length Dress with Pockets This Simier Fariry dress is a fantastic option for female travelers. They offer travel-friendly, lightweight dresses in sizes S-XL. The drawstring waist enhances the modest and flattering fit, and pockets are a handy plus! Not to mention, this dress is easy on the budget, as well. Check Price
Icebreaker Merino Yanni Tank Summer Travel Dress If you’re chasing the sun and need to pack more clothes in less space, merino wool summer dresses are the way to go. They’re ideal for backpackers and long term travelers because they can be worn repeatedly without washing (read why here), they keep you cool and fresh in tropical climates, and they’re also very packable. Check Price
Loveappella V-Neck Jersey Maxi Dress Loveappella always gets top marks from our readers and this long black travel dress is no exception. In fact, this beauty is one of the most popular dresses with TFGers. Our readers absolutely LOVE this dress!  Check Price
Anatomie Ambra Super Jersey Dress Anatomie is a brand that’s gotten on our radar for cute and practical travel clothes, especially their jackets and dresses. The Ambra dress is a stylish and very flattering dress that would be as appropriate worn in a business class lounge as it would be while dining at a quaint European cafe. Check Price
NZT Nic and Zoe V-neck Linen Blend Shift Dress A classic shift is a must in every woman’s wardrobe. We’re very impressed with the selection of fashionable yet functional dresses by NZT Nic and Zoe, especially this ultra-chic style.  Check Price

 

 

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Compass Rose Packing Cubes

 

How to Pack Dresses

 

Bundle wrap the clothes and place them into packing cubes for organization. Watch this video to see this packing method in action!

 

Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!

 

How TFG’s Editor Wears Little Black Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 


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