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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
Gevomir Printed Halter Summer Dress | Sizes S-XXL
Editor’s Pick for Cute Summer Lightweight Dress
Although I’m not a huge wearer of dresses, and often prefer shorts, jeans, or rompers, I wanted to quickly share my review for this Gevomir dress as I was contending with the scorching summer temperatures in Europe recently, and many readers are always on the hunt for the same relief when it comes to European travel!
This lightweight halter dress has been an awesome find for a few reasons!
First, it can be worn casually with sneakers for all day sightseeing, dressed up with wedges or heels for a nice dinner, or paired with casual slide sandals for just about everything. I imagine it would probably look just as good with combat boots and a denim jacket at home, too!
Second, it works in a range of settings. From Athens to Santorini to Rome and Croatia, this has been absolutely perfect in every European destination so far. Plus, it will look equally nice when I’m not traveling as well.
Third, even though the Gevomir dress is a synthetic fabric, it’s airy so it’s comfortable enough in the heat. And because of the fabric, it’s wrinkle-resistant so whether I’m stepping out for a quick coffee or going out to dinner, it’s super easy to throw on and go while still feeling polished and fresh in the weather, too. Also, I’ve been able to rewear it repeatedly without washing – so it’s the perfect travel fashion balance where form, function, and fashion combine without the need to wear a “travel” or “hiking” outdoors brand. That balance is the core of what Travel Fashion Girl is all about!
Finally, it looks great in my travel pics, especially the deep red against a blue sea or among the ancient ruins! While there are many cute summer dresses for women, this one made my European trip more relaxed and comfortable!
It’s 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, too! Available in sizes S-XL.
For a bit more coverage, take a look at these summer maxi dresses!
Tommy Bahama Long Sleeve Chambray Dress | Sizes XS-XL
Long Sleeve Chambray Dress
This flowy, wrap-style dress by Tommy Bahama has such a timeless look, so you never have to worry about it going out of style!
It is beautiful, longsleeve shirtdress and a drawstring waist that makes it super feminine. Stylish, yet relaxed, this summer dress for women has a silhouette that you can move around in easily. It’s versatile, too, and would be pretty with boots and a blazer during colder months! Available in sizes XS-XL.
These ultra-versatile styles will keep you cool and comfortable on the go due to their moisture wicking fabrics!
Smocked Midi Dress (Plus Size Available)
Caslon’s cute summer dress for women features smocked bodice with tie sleeves and flows beautifully. It’s made of 100% cotton, so it feels just as dreamy as it looks!
This beauty is perfect for travel to hot destinations, as both a dress about town or a beach coverup. It’ll keep you looking elegant and feeling cool at the same time! It comes in sizes XXS-XL and Plus Sizes 1X-3X it is also available in many colors too.
Faherty Dream Cotton Gauze Lucia Dress | Sizes XXS-XL
Versatile Sleeveless Tank Dress
Made of a super soft and stretchy material, this cute summer dress from Faherty is perfect for long days of sightseeing in warm-weather destinations. It has a cute, vintage-inspired look that’s ultra-versatile, so it’s a perfect go-to that you can easily mix and match with your travel shoes and accessories.
It has a relaxed and slightly boxy fit, while the airy and lightweight organic cotton fabric drapes with just enough swing to give it some feminine flair. This is a serious warm-weather staple with max casual-chic vibes.
It can be worn day or night, or even double as a swim coverup! Sizes range from XXS-XL.
Here are comfortable walking sandals that are stylish, too!
ZESICA Cap Sleeve Wrap Dress | Sizes XS-XXL
Cute Summer Wrap Dresses
ZESICA takes cute summer sundresses up a notch with this elegant, floral print wrap dress! It’s versatile, comfortable, and lightweight, which is ideal for a summer vacay.
With the v neck and bohemian style, you’ll look polished and sophisticated as you wander through a museum or embark on a walking tour! The vintage green color is so pretty, and is a great neutral for summer! Available in sizes XS-XXL and in long versions too!
I originally shared it in my Spring Haul and the readers absolutely loved it! It quickly became a bestseller.
Quince Fit & Flare Jersey Midi Dress | Sizes XS-XL
Sleeveless Jersey Swing Dress
Midi dresses are one of the cute summer trends readers can’t get enough of! This Quince Fit & Flare midi dress is a super travel-friendly piece. It’s lightweight, breathable, and flattering, with a cinched waist and a flowy skirt. Plus, it features pockets for storing small essentials.
It’s a perfect summer dress for women that’s versatile enough to be worn with sneakers for a chic European stroll or dressed up for a night out with wedges! Choose from black, brown, red, or dark olive to match your travel capsule wardrobe! Available in sizes XS-XL.
Karen Kane is highly recommended by readers, check out more of their gorgeous summer dresses here!
Tommy Bahama Embroidered Cotton Tier Cover-Up Dress | Sizes XS-XL
Tunic Style Summer Dress
This Tommy Bahama tunic dress is perfect for a seaside getaway! Made from soft cotton, it’s airy, lightweight, and perfect for hot weather. It’s an easy piece for daytime wear, or can even be worn as a beach coverup!
The flowy tiers and pretty embroidery elevate the look, so you can go from the beach to a nice dinner in this stylish item! Pair with dangle earrings and strappy sandals for the perfect summery outfit. It comes in sizes XS-L, and is also available in black and in their website!
Tommy Bahama is a trusted TFG reader brand for linen and hot weather pieces. See their selection on Nordstrom!
Editor’s Pick for Cute Tie Waist Dresses
If you’re looking for cute summer dresses for Europe, this adorable 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 Warp Dress is for sure a new TFG staple!!!!!
This dress is budget-friendly, too, and will hold up super well throughout your travels! It comes in sizes S-XXL.
Crinkle Gauze Halter Keyhole Tiered Maxi Dress | Sizes XXS-XXL
Cute Sleeveless Maxi Dress
If you want to look as stylish as can be while traveling this summer, cute dresses like this Gap maxi dress is the way to go! The soft cotton fabric is breathable and light, while the flattering elastic waist and flowy skirt make it feminine and effortless. The perfect pick for any warm-weather day!
Beachlungelounge is SO sought after for their lightweight summer dresses, among other pieces like airy blouses, see what other cute things they offer here!
Cute Summer Dresses Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL
|FEATURES | REVIEWS
|RATING | PRICE
|Gevomir Printed Halter Summer Dress
|It’s 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, too!
|Tommy Bahama Long Sleeve Chambray Dress
|This flowy, wrap-style dress by Tommy Bahama has such a timeless look, so you never have to worry about it going out of style!
|Caslon Smocked Tie Strap Cotton Gauze Midi Sundress
|Caslon's cute summer dress for women features smocked bodice with tie sleeves and flows beautifully. It’s made of 100% cotton, so it feels just as dreamy as it looks!
|Regular Sizes Plus Sizes
|Faherty Dream Cotton Gauze Lucia Dress
|It has a relaxed and slightly boxy fit, while the airy and lightweight organic cotton fabric drapes with just enough swing to give it some feminine flair. This is a serious warm-weather staple with max casual-chic vibes.
|ZESICA Cap Sleeve Wrap Dress
|ZESICA takes cute summer sundresses up a notch with this elegant, floral print wrap dress! It’s versatile, comfortable, and lightweight, which is ideal for a summer vacay.
|Quince Fit & Flare Jersey Midi Dress
|It’s a perfect summer dress for women that’s versatile enough to be worn with sneakers for a chic European stroll or dressed up for a night out with wedges!
|Tommy Bahama Embroidered Cotton Tier Cover-Up Dress
|This Tommy Bahama tunic dress is perfect for a seaside getaway! Made from soft cotton, it’s airy, lightweight, and perfect for hot weather. It’s an easy piece for daytime wear, or can even be worn as a beach coverup!
|Jescakoo Summer Casual Wrap V Neck Dress
|If you’re looking for cute summer dresses for Europe, this adorable 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!
|Crinkle Gauze Halter Keyhole Tiered Maxi Dress
|The soft cotton fabric is breathable and light, while the flattering elastic waist and flowy skirt make it feminine and effortless. The perfect pick for any warm-weather day!
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!
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 ideas on travel dresses, please read:
- Best White Dresses
- How to Wear One Dress, Many Ways
- Top Summer Dresses for Traveling Abroad
- Cute Summer Dresses for Women
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