oldnlayer.jpglayering.jpgbrlayer.jpggaplayer.jpgDresses are wonderful on their
own but thanks to the layering
trend they can be ever more
versatile. Here are just a few
ideas. A simple wide leather
belt instantly adds personal
style to your dress. Leggings
or skinny jeans are a practical
choice to wear under dresses
for chilly mornings or nights.
Lightweight cardigans layered over
dresses can smarten up a dress.

Dress you up in my love
A fabulous dress is the must have item for spring and summer.  Dresses have to be one of the strongest trends this season.  This is great for news for anyone planning their travel wardrobe because there will be many styles to choose from.  There is no one dress shape that is dominating, but I think the most versatile and flattering styles are the shirt dress and the wrap dress.  If you choose a dress with versatility in mind your travel wardrobe possibilities will multiply beyond wearing the dress on its own – thanks to the layering trend.

A versatile dress can be worn a variety of ways.  It can be layered over a thin knit cardigan or thin knit tee in cooler weather.  Of course you can always throw a cardigan over the dress when you need cover up your shoulders upon entering churches.  It can be worn over skinny jeans, straight leg jeans, or over leggings.  I’ve always been a fan of the dress over pants look myself, I’m not exactly a dress girl but over pants I can totally rock a dress.  Thin, lightweight dresses will keep the look from appearing too bulky, and it must be lightweight to conform to travelista packing guidelines as well.  A ballet flat completes the look.

Wearing a dress over pants requires a bit of fine tuning to ensure that your proportions are correct to avoid looking short.  The dress should not really pass the knee, unless you are tall.  It’s important that the pant is cut close to your leg, that’s why a skinny, straight, or slight boot cut pant works best.

Those choosing a more classic route need to just ensure that the dress pairs well with whatever walking shoe or sandal you’ll be wearing during your trip.  Adding a fabulous belt gives you an opportunity to accessorize and really make the dress your own.  Check out my top dress picks.

$98. This is a perfect travel dress from BodenUSA.com.
It is 96% rayon 4% spandex jersey-the synthetic fabrics are
lightweight and will dry quickly. The wrap style suits most figures
and this style comes in sizes 8-20.

$89.99 (sale price). This dress from Banana
Republic is classic and cute.

$188. A sexy take on the wrap dress by BCBG.
The dress is all synthetic materials perfect for traveling light.

$39.50. This is a great breezy sundress by Old Navy.
Remember to wear a cardigan or shawl over bare shoulders
when entering churches in Italy.

$29.50. Comfy wrap dress from Old Navy in synthetic
materials for lightweight travel.

$208. This simple and classic silhouette by Eileen Fisher
calls out for a bold necklace (or multiple necklaces) or a
beautifully patterned silk scarf around the neckline.

At $24.99 this Merona wrap dress from Target provides
your best value. A flattering fit in travel friendly synthetic materials.

$59.50. The diagonal pattern adds interest to this wrap
dress from Lane Bryant.

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