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The key to packing a stylishly light wardrobe is to choose versatile items. Take a look at 5 sundress outfits that transform an everyday summer dress!


5 Sundress Outfits

Written by: Nina Thomas


Every girl should have a fun-patterned sundress. There are so many ways to wear these versatile frocks! You don’t even need a convertible dress to make the tricks in this post work for you. All you need is a little a little creativity coupled with a desire to pack light and still look good!

Sundresses don’t have to be limited to just sunny weather. In fact, I’ve been known to pack a brightly colored dress and pair it with tights, boots, and a sweater. However, the summer is the perfect time to try out many ways to wear the same dress.

Although I do like convertible dresses, many of them are solid colors so you can wear them with more items. I like to spice things up with a fun, patterned sundress.

These ideas will work with any sundress or cotton patterned dress. Pick one with your base color in it, that way you will have enough items in your travel wardrobe to match it.

For example, I’ve chosen a patterned dress and black as my base. That way, no matter which shoes, bag, or sweater I bring, they’ll all match this one dress.


Dresses can help you minimize your travel wardrobe. Read more tips about how to create a functional but minimalist capsule wardrobe with Pack Light Stylishly!




Sunglasses | Bag | Bracelet | Dress | Hat | Earrings | Sandals


Sundress Outfits: Sightseeing


A tan bag, sandals, and sunglasses pair well with this dress; obviously this outfit could be good all on its own!


Use slim packing cubes to pack your dresses and save space in your suitcase!




Bag | Sunglasses | Sandals | Shirtdress | Hat | Swimsuit


Sundress Outfits: Beach Cover-up


Sundresses are made for the beach, and this one looks great with a hat, bag, and any colored bathing suit. Here is the way the dress was intended to be worn, but I’ll show you a few other ways you can wear it.




Scarf | Bag | Dress | Sweater | Boots


Sundress Outfits: Changing Weather


Sightseeing in the city means you may be entering air-conditioned museums and restaurants, and you’ll want to be prepared with a long sleeve top. You could wear a tighter, long-sleeved crop top with the cut of this dress, or use the belt-shirt traveler trick.

Put on the shirt over the dress, secure the shirt with a belt at the bottom, and pull excess fabric up so it appears as if your shirt is attached to your dress. It’s a great trick that works well with any type of dress. (Especially the sundress!)


Here’s the secret to packing for trips with two climates!




Bag | Earrings | Lipstick | Sandals | Dress | Blouse | Bracelet


Sundress Outfits: Evening Out


For a night on the town, a sundress can appear to be a skirt. All you need is a loose-fit blouse to go on top, and it looks like an awesome, brightly patterned mini-skirt.

Pair with some bright lipstick, a cute bangle, and heels. You’re ready for a night on the town in the same dress you wore to the beach!




Socks | Cream | Dress | Mask | Pillow


Sundress Outfits: Sleepwear


And, of course, you can always use it as a nightgown. Instead of packing a separate outfit for sleeping, enjoy a good night’s rest in your versatile dress.


Here are more ideas on the best travel pajamas for women.


Here are some sundresses you may like:



Sleeveless Casual Swing Dress




Spaghetti Strap Swing Midi Dress




Floral Button Front Sundress




Bohemian Beach Dress




Halter Neck Boho Print Sundress




Peony Stripe Sundress




Sleeveless Maxi Dress


Do you have any sundresses that you’ve worn multiple ways?  Share below!


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Author Bio: Nina Thomas is constantly looking for a beautiful view and a good adventure. Her travel highlights include hiking in Patagonia, sheep-gazing in the Cotswolds, and horseback riding in Ecuador. For practical travel tips from an Ohio Girl, check out her website Traveling with Nina or follow her onTwitter and Instagram.