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We love dresses for summer! They create an effortless, all-in-one outfit, pack light, and can easily transition from day to night. Take a look at the latest trends with these cute summer dresses for women!
Cute Summer Dresses for Women
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Nothing keeps you cool and pulled together during your summer travels quite like a day dress. They are easy to throw on and get you quickly out the door and enjoying your destination. The perfect staple to add to your functional capsule wardrobe.
The dress trends of this season all seem to focus on delicate and feminine details; I’ve compiled a few cute summer dresses for women below.
So if you are on the hunt for the perfect vacation dress, then read on for this summer’s dress trends and why they work for the fashion-forward traveler.
Best Options For Cute Summer Dresses
Cute Summer Cotton Dress
One of the most cute summer trends is the exposed shoulder. This Walant off-shoulder maxi dress is a lightweight cotton blend which works well for hot climates. It’s flattering and feminine style deserves to be in the spotlight. Who doesn’t love to show a little shoulder?
With so many cute summer dresses for women like this one, it should be simple to find a piece that works for you—select one from an array of pretty colors and prints.
This dress is a great option to feel pulled together while you travel and can be worn with a strapless bra to finish off a more polished look. It’s a perfect and easy outfit for resort and beach vacations.
For a bit more coverage, take a look at these summer maxi dresses!
V-Neck Long Sleeve Midi Dress
While leopard print is one of the cute trends currently “in,” it is also a classic print, so you never truly have to worry about it going out of style.
However, if you’re not big on leopard print, this dress also comes in other colors.
Stylish, yet relaxed, this summer dress for women is bra friendly and versatile, with an easy and moveable silhouette.
We have rounded up our favorite travel dresses that will help you pack light and stylishly!
Empire Waist Midi Party Dress
This dress rocks the ruffles and wrap style designs that are on trend right now, and offers sizes up to 4XL.
Bra friendly and available in many prints and colors, this is a cute summer dress for women that are looking for a range of options with a budget-friendly price tag.
Versatile Sleeveless Tank Dress
Made out of breathable cotton, this cute summer dress is great for warm weather travel.
Bra friendly and versatile, it can be worn day or night, and even double as a swim cover.
One of our readers is a fan of this dress, saying, “I always pack this when I travel in the summer. I’ll take a button down and wear it open if I need to cover my shoulders then tie around my waist when not needed.”
Here are comfortable walking sandals that are stylish, too!
Sleeveless Jersey Swing Dress
Polka dots are one of the cute summer trends that are hot right now. This jersey swing dress allows you to embrace the cute trend while rocking a travel-friendly piece.
Affordable and lightweight, this is an excellent summer dress for women, coming in a large variety of colors and prints AND is available in petite, regular, and plus sizes.
Pair it with stylish dress sandals!
Tunic Style Summer Dress
This embroidered eyelet makes a perfect addition to a classic-shaped, solid color dress. Made from viscose, it’s lightweight, breathable and suited for warm weather.
Utilize eyelet dresses as a swimsuit cover, a dress, or as a tunic. For someone who sticks to neutrals, it’s a great way to add texture and interest in a subtle way.
Bra-friendly and available in different colors, you can take an eyelet dress from the beach to lunch in this stylish piece. Pair with dangle earrings and strappy sandals for the perfect summer outfit.
Here are some of the best sandals for travel in summer!
Cute Tie Waist Dresses
This is a great choice if you’re currently looking for cute summer dresses. It comes in many prints to choose from and is 97% cotton, making it cool to wear and great for travel.
Boden is a great travel brand and a favorite of our readers. One reader shares her insights, saying: “I bought 2 dresses from Boden for my trip to Italy. So many great choices from Boden and I have had my oldest item from them for at least 8 years. They are such a great fit.”
Where to wear: Cinque Terre | Nice | Cape Cod
Pack less clothing and more jewelry for beautiful travel outfits!
Chic Summer Wrap Dresses
The wrap style look has been popular for cute summer sundresses as of lately. If worn unwrapped, this dress can also double as a swim cover. The fabric is a winning combination, crafted from a cotton and rayon-modal blend, both of which are breathable in hot temperatures.
Bra friendly and available in petite, tall and regular sizes, this wrap dress has a versatile silhouette that can easily go from day to night. Definitely a top contender for cute dresses for the summer!
Take a look at 5 sundress outfits that transform an everyday summer dress!
Cute Wrap Maxi Dress
If you want to look elegant while traveling over the summer, cute dresses and packability sometimes don’t go hand-in-hand.
However, this wrap maxi dress is surprisingly versatile, bra friendly, and an excellent way to add elegance to your wardrobe without extra effort spent on styling and accessories.
Loft is a brand our readers really like, and with this dress being bra friendly and available in plus sizes, it’s easy to see why!
Pair them with one of these lace-up sandals!
Cute Summer Dresses Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Walant Off Shoulder Long Maxi Dresses||This Walant off-shoulder maxi dress is a lightweight cotton blend which works well for hot climates.||Check Price|
|Leopard Print Tunic Midi Dresses||Stylish, yet relaxed, this summer dress for women is bra friendly and versatile, with an easy and moveable silhouette.||Check Price|
|Milumia Plus Size Summer Maxi Dress||This dress rocks the ruffles and wrap style designs that are on trend right now, and offers sizes up to 4XL.||Check Price|
|Racerback tank dress||“I always pack this when I travel in the summer. I’ll take a button down and wear it open if I need to cover my shoulders then tie around my waist when not needed.”||Check Price|
|Sleeveless Jersey Swing Dress||This jersey swing dress allows you to embrace the cute trend while rocking a travel-friendly piece.||Check Price|
|LA BLANCA Cover-Up Tunic||This embroidered eyelet makes a perfect addition to a classic-shaped, solid color dress. Made from viscose, it’s lightweight, breathable and suited for warm weather.||Check Price|
|Anastasia Shirt Dress||“I bought 2 dresses from Boden for my trip to Italy. So many great choices from Boden and I have had my oldest item from them for at least 8 years. They are such a great fit.”||Check Price|
|Wrap Front Fit and Flare Dress Knee Length||The wrap style look has been popular for cute summer sundresses as of lately. If worn unwrapped, this dress can also double as a swim cover.||Check Price|
|Loft Blue Wrap Maxi Dress||Loft is a brand our readers really like, and with this dress being bra friendly and available in plus sizes, it’s easy to see why!||Check Price|
Find out how to turn any one of your dresses into versatile dresses in this video!
How to Make Any Dress Versatile For Travel
Dresses are multi-purpose making them the perfect staple in your travel wardrobe. Not only are they a one-piece outfit, but if layered and accessorized strategically, they can take you in between seasons and accommodate changes in weather.
How to Pack Summer Dresses
Packing dresses is the perfect way to create a fresh outfit every day. If you’re going on a seven-day trip, pack seven dresses. It’s as easy as that! Then, use slim packing cubes to save space in your suitcase and travel carry-on only.
Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video above!
We put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!
Buy Compass Rose Packing Cubes here!
Which of these cute summer dresses for women do you want to travel with? Comment below!
For more tips on summer travel fashion, read these posts:
- The Best Sandals for Travel this Summer: Shoes Reinventing How Comfort Looks
- 6 Purse Essentials Every Woman Should Bring on Summer Vacation
- How to Choose the Best Travel Shoes for Summer Vacation
- Shop the Best Slide Sandals Just in Time for Summer Vacation
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