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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.
Quince Linen Button Front Midi Dress | Sizes XS-XL
The Perfect Little Black Dress
Linen is the ultimate year-round fabric because it’s breathable and naturally heat-regulating and this Quince linen button fronted midi dress is so versatile and cute, the compliments will be rolling in, great for warm summer days. 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! Plus it has pockets.
Available in sizes XS-XL.
Dresses are the perfect staple to add to your functional travel capsule wardrobe. Learn more in my guide!
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.
Take a look at these stylish linen dresses to help keep you cool on vacation!
Jescakoo Black Wrap Dress | Sizes S-XXL
Editor’s Pick: Mini Black Wrap Dress
If you’re looking for cute black summer dresses, this Jescakoo wrap dress made the Editor’s top pick! The wrap style is so cute and SO flattering, and the ruffle details add a pretty, feminine touch!
The fabric is lightweight and flowy, so it’s really comfy, even as the temps climb. Wearers love that the waist is adjustable and the bust coverage is flexible, too!
Jescakoo Wrap Dress in black is for sure a new TFG staple!!!!!
It’ll look great with elevated slip on sneakers or can be dressy enough to pair with flats or sandals for special occasions. This dress is budget-friendly, too, and will hold up super well throughout your travels! It comes in sizes S-XXL.
Caslon Short Sleeve Summer Casual Midi Dress | Sizes XS-XL
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! Available in sizes XS-XL.
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!
Michael Stars Solange Tie Waist Black Dress | Shop Sizes XS-XL
Stylish Black Summer Dress
You can never go wrong with Solange Tie Waist Black Dress from Michael Stars. It has a soft knit enriched with cotton and modal is cut with a side slit for easy movement and is easily styled up or down.
Pair this chic closet staple with a denim jacket and sandals, or dress it up with a sleek heel. Wear it during the day with stylish sandals as styled above or take it out at night with some cute and comfortable white sneakers and dangly jewelry.
Also available in Evereve.
The Michael Stars Ultra Rib Dress is also a reader’s favorite recommendation!
prAna Granite Springs Dress | Sizes XS-XL
Short Black Dress with Built in Bra
For female travelers that prefer a braless option, the prAna Granite Springs 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!
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!
Caslon Knit T-Shirt Dress | Sizes XXS-XXL
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 XXS-XXL.
Here are our readers favorite t-shirt dresses that are perfect for any destination and occasion!
Unbound Merino Travel Dress | Sizes XS-XL
Stylishly Simple Black Dress
This classy black dress is as practical as it is stylish. It has a cute ruffled bottom, soft and breathable 100% cotton fabric, and is comfortable enough to be worn for a long sightseeing day.
One wearer says, “Perfectly comfortable cute, and versatile. “This adorable dress is an amazing budget option, too! Available in sizes XS-XL.
We’ve compiled the ultimate list of what our readers rank as the best dress for hot weather travels!
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!
Wool& Short Sleeve Summer Casual Midi Dress | Sizes XS-3XL
Casual Merino Wool 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. Also available in XS-1X and two colors!
Here are comfortable walking sandals that are stylish, too!
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.
Find out why the Loveappella maxi dress is a must-pack for warm-weather travels in this review!
Athleta Cosmic Shirtdress | Sizes XXS-3X
Long Sleeve Black Dress
Athleta Cosmic shirtdress is a polished and modern dress that that labeled as most amazing travel, work, everything dress by wearers! Flowy and loose, it’s both flattering and comfortable, plus the styling options are endless!
One wearer says, “I love this dress so much I bought two. Perfect for travel as it does not wrinkle. I can dress it up or use it as a duster coat. The dress is so comfy and so flattering. The sleeves can be down or up thanks to some magical stay in the sleeve. What I love about Athleta is that you also get real usable pockets. Classic style means I will be wearing this dress for quite awhile.”
Available in sizes XXS-3X!
Wear one of these chic sun hats for a fun and stylish way to update your outfit while staying protected in the sun!
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 Karen Kane, especially this ultra-chic style, and so are our readers!
Karen Kane is highly recommended by readers, check out more of their gorgeous summer dresses here!
Athleta Presidio Quick Drying Black Dress | Sizes XXS-3X
Casual Black Dress
The Athleta Presidio quick dry black dress is a perfect go-to when you need a quick, stylish outfit while on vacation. It’s chic, lightweight, and super soft. Wrinkle resistant with packable fabric that stays sleek & smooth while breathable. Dries in a flash for the ultimate comfort when breaking a sweat and has UPF 50+ protection.
This classic dress is an amazingly versatile option for your sunny travels. Available in sizes XXS-3X.
Best Black Dress Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL
|FEATURES | REVIEWS
|RATING | PRICE
|Quince Linen Button Front Midi Dress
|This Quince linen button fronted midi dress is so versatile and cute, the compliments will be rolling in, great for warm summer days.
|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.
|Editor’s Pick: Jescakoo Mini Black Wrap Dress
|The wrap style is so cute and SO flattering, and the ruffle details add a pretty, feminine touch!
|Caslon Short Sleeve Summer Casual 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.
|Columbia Moisture Wicking Fabric Freezer III Dress
|This easy to wear plain black dress looks good in a range of destinations yet offers the functionality of active or fitness wear.
|Michael Stars Solange Tie Waist Black Dress
|It has a soft knit enriched with cotton and modal is cut with a side slit for easy movement and is easily styled up or down.
|prAna Granite Springs Dress
|Perfect for hot weather and travel, the dress has moisture-wicking, wrinkle resistant fabric that will pack light and keep you fresh, too.
|Toad&Co Sunkissed Maxi Dress
|The fabric is feather light, quick-dry, and moisture wicking. Not only will it keep you cool, but it’s also ultra-packable!
|Caslon Knit T-Shirt Dress
|It’s an easy-to-wear, versatile design, all while being comfortable enough to wear for all day sightseeing.
|Unbound Merino Travel Dress
|It has a cute ruffled bottom, soft and breathable 100% cotton fabric, and is comfortable enough to be worn for a long sightseeing day.
|Simier Fariry Knee-Length Dress with Pockets
|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.
|Wool& Short Sleeve Summer Casual Midi Dress
|They’re ideal for backpackers and long term travelers because they can be worn repeatedly without washing, they keep you cool and fresh in tropical climates, and they’re also very packable.
|Loveappella V-Neck Jersey Maxi Dress
|This beauty is one of the most popular dresses with TFGers. Our readers absolutely LOVE this dress!
|Athleta Cosmic Shirtdress
|Flowy and loose, it’s both flattering and comfortable, plus the styling options are endless!
|Karen Kane Quinn Pocket Shift Dress
|We’re very impressed with the selection of fashionable yet functional dresses by Karen Kane, especially this ultra-chic style, and so are our readers!
|Athleta Presidio Quick Drying Black Dress
|Wrinkle resistant with packable fabric that stays sleek & smooth while breathable.
Thigh Society The Cooling Shorts | Sizes XS-6X
Shorts to Prevent Thigh Chaffing
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!
How to Pack Dresses
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How TFG’s Editor Wears Little Black Dress
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For more of our favorite travel dresses, please read:
- These are the Best Vacation Maxi Dresses for Summer
- Moisture Wicking Dresses for Summer Travels
- Chic White Dresses
- Versatile Dresses: How to Wear One Dress, Many Ways
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