Summer Travel Dresses

by josie

Summertime travel in Europe demands clothing that is functional and fabulous. Nobody wants to be a hot mess when travelling. Don’t bust out your Karl Lagerfed fan just yet, a breezy travel dress can help conquer those hot days.

Dresses are a natural for traveling. Instead of packing several seperates to complete one outfit you are only packing a single item. Dresses easily take you from your daytime sightseeing to evening activities. A great travel dress will make you look totally chic and put together no matter what the occasion.

When selecting a travel dress, fashion takes a back seat to comfort and fit. Shirtdress styles, wrap dresses, and longer tunic style dresses are flattering choices and easy to dress up with just a few accessories. Mini-dresses (unless worn with leggings), constricting styles, or silk and dry cleanable dresses are best left at home while traveling. Some Italian churches have dress codes, such as requiring that shoulders be covered (who knew shoulders could be considered so forbidden?). If you choose a sleeveless style dress remember to keep a wrap or cardigan on hand should you want to see the Sistine Chapel (they take the dress code quite seriously and will deny entry).

Dresses made of lightweight material will take up little room in your suitcase and can withstand hand washing. Jersey material, synthetic blends, and lightweight cottons are good choices. I understand that dresses can be dreaded and a hard sell for some. I’ll be posting about skirt and shorts options in future posts, so stay tuned.

I’ve put together a few travel dress ideas from the wonderfully addictive website Polyvore.

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