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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

Written by: Niki Landry


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 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.





Exposed Shoulder


I’m starting with the most popular trend for summer: the exposed shoulder. It’s such a flattering and feminine style that it deserves to be in the spotlight. Who doesn’t love to show a little shoulder?

With so many cute summer dresses for women in stores, it should be simple to find one that suits your needs. The problem will be narrowing it down to just one or two. These dresses (and tops) are a great option to feel polished and pulled together while you travel.

They are also a perfect and easy outfit for resort and beach vacations.


For a bit more coverage, take a look at these summer maxi dresses!




Slip Dress


A slip dress gets its allure from its association as an undergarment or nighttime-wear. The slip dress is a great option for smaller-chested women, and its unfitted shape is easy and comfortable.

These dresses can transition from chic day dress to stylish nighttime outfit–just upgrade the accessories or shoes. For a little more coverage, pair it with a scarf or denim jacket.


Here are comfortable walking sandals that are stylish, too!




Drop Waist


The drop waist is the peplum top of dresses, and both are great for summer travel. This casual sheath dress has an added punch at the bottom, which makes it both feminine and fun.

Since drop waist dresses often have a straight, unfitted overall shape, I prefer the look of shorter hemlines. Also, simple styles look great paired with flat gladiator sandals. This is a great outfit for summertime trips in the city.


Pair them with one of these lace-up sandals!






Little White Dress


It seems chic white sundresses are the little black dress of the summer. I found so many great examples of beautiful white dresses that they could fill a whole post on their own.

The classic cuts, lovely details, and embroidery make the three above some of my favorites. These are perfect for hot, humid destinations where you want to stay cool but look smart.

I wouldn’t pack a white dress for longer trips because they aren’t usually conducive to repeated wear without washing, but for quick vacations they fit the bill.


These fashion sneakers for women make cute comfortable shoes for travel!






Embroidered eyelet makes a perfect addition to a classic-shaped, solid color dress. For someone who sticks to neutrals, it’s a great way to add texture and and interest in a subtle way.

The three cute summer dresses for women shown above feature geometric details that make the eyelet feel modern. I personally own the blue flounce dress, and it’s a lovely addition to my travel wardrobe when I want to feel girly and stylish.

Pair it with dangle earrings and strappy sandals for the perfect summer outfit.


Here are some of the best sandals for travel in summer!






The theme for all of these cute summer dresses for women seems to be simple shapes upgraded by little details; the lace-up dress is no different.

The t-shirt shape, short length, and lace-up front make for a great casual dress to add to to your travel wardrobe. It’s easy-to-wear, flatters every body type, and can be worn on day tours, to lunch, and shopping.


Just pair it with slide sandals or cute and comfortable ballet flats to complete your look!



Which of these cute summer dresses for women do you want to travel with? Comment below!


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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.



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