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Readers have been loving a moisture wick dress as the best way to combine practicality, comfort, and style for hot-weather trips. Take a look at these cute and comfy picks!
Best Moisture Wicking Dress for Warm Destinations
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While wearing a dress on a warm-weather trip is always a good idea, so is making sure it’s a sweatproof dress! Thanks to lightweight, moisture wicking fabrics and breezy styles, you don’t have to let the sweltering heat or an active day stop you from wearing adorable dresses at the same time!
Arc’teryx moisture wicking dresses are popular and perfect for travel. (Sadly, I’m wearing an Arch’teryx that’s sold out). Also wearing Taos Star Sneakers and accessorizing with Rebecca Minkoff Backpack!
Have a look at these travel-friendly options that can elevate your look while allowing you to stay dry, cool, and comfy!
Best Sweat Wicking Dress Styles
Eddie Bauer Aster Empire-Waist Dress
Eddie Bauer’s Aster dress has UPF 50+ sun protection and odor control technology, which is perfect for an active day in the sun. And readers love that its design is simple yet feminine and flattering, not-too-slim-yet-not-too-loose fit. It’s a traveler’s favorite as it’s versatile enough to be dressed up for dinner with flats or wedges.
Readers say it packs well, doesn’t wrinkle, and will look nice and fresh throughout your entire trip! One happy user says, “I love these dresses. They’re perfect for travel and everyday wear. You can dress them up or wear them for a casual look. They don’t wrinkle and are super comfy, and I get compliments on them all the time!”
Another reader favorite is the Eddie Bauer Aster crossover dress which is made of the same fabric with an adorable a-line shape!
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Carve Designs Nellie Linen Dress
Linen not only looks chic and stylish but is the perfect fabric for hot weather, as it’s naturally moisture-wicking and airy. This Carve Designs linen dress is a stunning pick, with a tiered design and a relaxed yet feminine a-shape silhouette. It’s perfectly versatile for grabbing dinner or a day of sightseeing under the sun as well.
It’s soft and comfy, with convenient side pockets, too! A wearer shares, “Great quality and comfort. I love this easy-to-wear dress!” Wear this lovely piece with beach sandals or flip flops, and you’ll be set for a sun and sand vacay!
Sizes range from XS-XL.
Shop Sizes XS-XL: Backcountry
Patagonia Fleetwith Belted Dress
Style meets utility in this belted dress from Patagonia, equipped with everything you could need for a sporty excursion in the heat. Readers say that this dress is super soft, breathable, and lightweight, and it’ll keep you dry, not only with its moisture-wicking capabilities but with its water-resistant finish! An elastic waistband with an adjustable belt gives it versatility and a feminine fit. Its zippered pockets will secure all your essentials.
If you’re headed abroad, take a look at our carefully curated list of dresses that aren’t just pretty, they’ll actually help you stay fresh and cool, too!
Columbia Freezer III Dress
Beat the heat with the Columbia Freezer dress, a consistent reader fave for its effortless style and cooling feel. Its Omni-Freeze fabric disperses body heat to keep you cool, and the UPF 50+ protection keeps you sun safe! Readers have worn this dress hiking, sightseeing, and out to dinner, proving it to be a very nice versatile staple for your summer travels!
The A-line silhouette is flattering, versatile, and offers great mobility, too. A TFG says, “Great dress for heat and travel. UPF 50, wicking fabric, somewhat flowy, weighs nothing, and has no wrinkles! Very flattering, too!” This dress comes in sizes XS-3X.
The Freezer maxi dress is also really popular with readers, made of the same cooling fabric but in an elegant long style!
Sweaty Betty Ace Racerback Midi
This Sweaty Betty dress is absolutely effortless, with wrinkle-resistant fabric, a fashionable midi length, and a relaxed fit. The material is soft and stretchy and will keep you dry yet comfortable all day long. When wet, the breathable material dries quickly, so it’s great as a beach coverup, but it’s so versatile that it can be worn for a game of tennis or even for grabbing drinks with friends!
A wearer says, “I love my Sweaty Betty dress. I have it in every color. I got the recommendation from TFG. Doesn’t wrinkle and is so flattering!” It comes in sizes XXS-XXL.
Get ready to update your travel wardrobe with these versatile, pretty styles for your vacation summer dresses!
Shop Sizes XS-3X: Wool&
Wool& Maggie Wool Dress
Merino wool clothing is highly popular for travel, and Wool&’s merino wool t-shirt dress truly does everything you’d need it to do! Lightweight and thermoregulating, it’ll keep you cool and dry, even on the hottest and most humid days. The material is ultra-soft and comes with a relaxed fit providing you with the ultimate comfort on your trip.
Also, It’s odor removing, so you can wear it multiple times without an unpleasant smell. Plus, it doesn’t wrinkle and packs conveniently. Oh, and the style is super cute, too!
A traveler shares, “I’ve been wearing this dress for 12 days so far and I love it! It’s very comfortable and versatile. I’m doing the 100 day challenge and I don’t think I could have picked a better dress. The long length hits me right about at the knees which is about as short as I would like. It’s a perfect outfit when paired with the axis capris!” Sizes range from XS-3X.
Shop Sizes 0-20: Lululemon
Lululemon Classic Fit Cotton Blend Dress
Simple with an easy fit, there are SO many ways to wear this Lululemon dress! Made of a soft cotton, linen, and lyocell blend, this quick-drying cutie can be thrown over a wet bathing suit or paired with sneakers and a denim jacket for a day of sightseeing. It has a stylish, slightly-boxy fit which gives it a laid-back feel, and wearers say it both looks great and feels great on!
We’ve rounded up some of the most popular midi dresses recommended by our readers!
prAna Jewel Lake Dress
Get the supportive, comfy, and breathable feel of workout-wear combined with a wonderfully feminine and flattering look in prAna’s Jewel Lake dress! It features a comfortable high neck with criss-cross straps in the back, and the bust features an interior shelf bra with mesh lining. The material is soft, stretchy, and flowy, providing a perfect versatile option for your travel closet.
You’ll be looking cute and ready for whatever adventure the day brings! A reader shares more, “I think I found my perfect travel dress! It has a shelf bra with lightly lined cups. Usually, shelf bras don’t work for me, but this is a dream! I don’t have to wear a strapless bra now. AND…it has pockets!! I’m so excited about this find that I think I’m going to splurge and buy another.” It comes in a few lovely patterns and in sizes XS-XL.
Toad & Co Wrap Dress
This lovely essential dress from Toad & Co. features cap sleeves, a tie at the waist, and a flowy skirt, making it a stylish and versatile option that still gives you the practicality you’re looking for in a breathable dress. The fun yet beautiful patterns on it comes adds pretty colors to your capsule wardrobe. And of course, we can’t forget about the spacious pockets!
It’s incredibly lightweight, easy to pack and store when not in use, which is great if you have limited space on your travel. A reader gives her review, “Toad & Co. dresses are amazing. They pack to nothing, are wrinkle free, and light as air.” It’s available in sizes XS-XL.
Athleta Santorini Midi Dress
Athleta’s sporty yet feminine dress has a stunning, flowy silhouette and a perfect midi length for any travel adventure. The curved waist gives a flattering shape, while the fabric takes care of any sweat and easily absorbs moisture, leaving you dry and comfy! Many readers have recommended this dress, saying it’s a dream for trekking around in the blistering heat while staying cool, dry, and fashionable! It’s easy to style and perfect for a range of activities; it’ll no doubt be a go-to on your summer vacay.
Here are TFG readers’ favorite convertible travel dresses that will help you pack light and stylishly!
Smartwool Active Tank Dress
Another merino wool blend pick, this Smartwool dress is thermoregulating, very breathable, and dries in a flash. You can wear this dress all day long, thanks to its smooth and stretchy fabric and relaxed fit. It has a cute, peek-a-boo cutout in the back, side pockets that definitely come in handy, and a sporty look that you can easily dress up for a night out with sandals — because you won’t want to change out of it!
One wearer says, “Awesome dress! Fits great; very flattering yet comfy. Super lightweight. Good for a day at the beach or a dinner out!” It comes in sizes XS-XL.
Moisture Wicking Dresses Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL
|FEATURES | REVIEWS
|RATING | PRICE
|Eddie Bauer Aster Empire-Waist Dress
|“I love these dresses. They’re perfect for travel and everyday wear. You can dress them up or wear them for a casual look. They don't wrinkle and are super comfy, and I get compliments on them all the time!”
|Carve Designs Nellie Linen Dress
|“Great quality and comfort. I love this easy-to-wear dress!”
|Patagonia Fleetwith Belted Dress
|“It’s awesome!!! Very cute and I love the zippered pockets.”
|Columbia Freezer III Dress
|“Great dress for heat and travel. UPF 50, wicking fabric, somewhat flowy, weighs nothing, and no wrinkles! Very flattering, too!”
|Sweaty Betty Ace Racerback Midi
|“I love my Sweaty Betty dress. I have it in every color. I got the reccomendation from TFG. Doesn’t wrinkle and is so flattering!”
|Wool& Maggie Wool Dress
|I’ve been wearing this dress for 12 days so far and I love it! It’s very comfortable and versatile. I’m doing the 100 day challenge and I don’t think I could have picked a better dress. The long length hits me right about at the knees which is about as short as I would like. It’s a perfect outfit when paired with the axis capris!
|Lululemon Classic Fit Cotton Blend Dress
|“This is just about the perfect little dress that can transition from day to night. It travels well and fits great!”
|prAna Jewel Lake Dress
|“I think I found my perfect travel dress! It has a shelf bra with lightly lined cups. Usually, shelf bras don’t work for me but this is a dream! I don’t have to wear a strapless bra now. AND…it has pockets!!”
|Toad & Co Wrap Dress
|“Toad & Co. dresses are amazing. They pack to nothing, are wrinkle free and light as air.”
|Athleta Santorini Midi Dress
|“I have it in three different colors! They are a lifesaver for packing and so comfortable!”
|Smartwool Active Tank Dress
|“Awesome dress! Fits great, very flattering yet comfy. Super lightweight. Good for a day at the beach or a dinner out!”
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!
What do you think is the best moisture wicking dress? Share your thoughts with us below!
For more travel dresses, please read:
- The Best Dress for Hot Weather Travels
- Best Dresses With Pockets
- Best T Shirt Dresses for Women
- How to Wear a Shirt Dress: 6 Vacation Outfit Ideas
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