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    27 Cute Dresses To Pack For Your Next Vacation

    The next time you say, "I have nothing to wear," think again.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.

    1. A butterfly satin beauty to set your heart and your vacation wardrobe all aflutter. 

    model wearing butterfly slip dress
    model wearing slip dress
    Lisa Says Gah

    Lisa Says Gah is a woman-owned small business that's a one-stop shop for products created and designed by independent artists and designers. 

    Get it from Lisa Says Gah for $168 (available in sizes XS–3XL). 

    2. A vintage floral long-sleeved midi dress in case you get chilly easily and prefer something with a bit more fabric.

    Promising review: "I purchased this as a last-minute dress for a wedding. It was snug above the waist, but not snug enough where I was uncomfortable or had no movement. It fit perfectly!! The material is not cheap, it’s a nice, soft material, and you can have confidence it won’t fall apart in the washer or anything! Love it. I’ll probably buy another one in a different pattern." —Liz Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 18 patterns).

    3. A crisscross maxi dress in a sunset ombré pattern you'll want to wear when you head out for pre-dinner cocktails at the tiki bar. 

    model wearing ombre maxi dress with sandals

    Promising review: "Purchased online and am so happy I did!!! The ombré colors are beautiful and vibrant. It's such good quality and a thick (not see through) material. I was unsure about the straps across the chest but it adds a very feminine feature. Can’t wait for summer to wear!" —Liz705

    Get it from Torrid for $68.40 (originally $85.50; available in sizes 10–30). 

    4. A stunning ruffled option you'll want to strut down the streets in when styled with some chunky wedges.

    A reviewer wearing the 3/4-sleeve dress in yellow
    A model wearing the dress in pink

    Psst! This dress is included in Prime Try Before You Buy so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "I can’t say enough good things about this dress! I love it!! The fit is amazing. The material is lovely. The top, front, and bottom of the dress are lined with a light material, which is perfect. You still get the flowy feel. I just want to twirl around in this dress. My young adult daughter loves it as well!! I couldn’t be happier. It will be my go-to dress this summer" —Carla J. Reid

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in six colors).

    5. A floral wrap dress since you can't go wrong with the iconic, classic wrap silhouette and a floral pattern. A truly unstoppable pair. 

    A reviewer wearing the long-sleeve black dress printed with red roses
    A different reviewer wearing the dress

    Promising review: "I searched through about 300 'cocktail dress with long sleeves' options before finding this gem! The material is great — it stands up to wrinkles, long car rides, and doesn’t cling at all. The cut is (really) low so I got some skin/fabric tape to close it up. I love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 4–22 and in 22 prints).

    6. A bell-sleeve embroidered tunic dress that'll work day or night with a solid pair of sandals or heels.

    A reviewer wearing the dress in black with floral embroidery
    A reviewer wearing the mini dress in white with red floral embroidery

    Promising review: "I really do love this dress. (I got the black one with red floral embroidery.) I've worn it to dinner and on a cruise. I can probably wear it to a wedding or a beach party. You can dress it up with heels or wear flat sandals with it. I even wore it with my Chucks and it looked adorable. No accessorizing needed, but you can throw on a simple necklace and go. So easy! (Quality also seems good. Thick material = no bra necessary for me! Yay!!)" —Poupee Folle

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in four styles).

    7. ruched bodice sundress with gorgeous button detailing that looks like you spent major bucks (and time) digging for that perf vintage wardrobe piece. 

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress! It looks just as pictured. The material is of good quality and thick enough not to be see-through, yet not too heavy, and it’s very well-made." —Dee Alvarez

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 23 colors/prints).

    8. A cottagecore floral tiered dress that's adorably trendy and oh-so-twirlworthy.

    model wearing dress in pink with sandals
    model wearing dress in blue
    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $24.49 (originally $34.99; available in sizes 0X–3X and two colors). 

    9. A faux-wrap midi dress you don't have to worry about popping open in the bust area (this has happened to me far too many times) since it's...not a real wrap (shhhhhhh). 

    Promising review: "I bought this dress for a professional conference in a few weeks. The dress looks perfect. It goes to my knees and the chest area is very modest and appropriate for my conference, but if I throw on a statement necklace it could just as easily be something I wear to a musical or nice event. The fabric doesn’t stick to anything, and I’m pleasantly surprised at how thick the material is. I don't need a slip or undershirt." —Skye C.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes 14–26 and in 25 styles, including some with three-quarter sleeves).

    10. A tie-front cutie if you're looking for a new addition to your closet that says "Let's pack a bag and jet set off to the French Riviera." 

    Psst! This dress is included in Prime Try Before You Buy so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    The straps are adjustable. Also, note that the tie is just for show on some styles, but on others it's real!

    Promising review: "This dress was the best online purchase of a dress in my life!!!!! It’s a perfect fit! It’s beautiful!!! Very flowy. I am sooooo shocked that this purchase was so successful, because usually clothes don't fit me when I buy them online." —Mariam

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 33 colors/prints).

    11. A romantic smocked midi for a sweet shoulder moment that can be effortlessly paired with a denim jacket. I'm all for an off-the-shoulder look so this will be added to my cart immediately

    Reviewer in the light blue version with short puff sleeves worn off the shoulder
    reviewer in the pink version with small flowers wearing the sleeves on the shoulder

    Psst! This dress is included in Prime Try Before You Buy so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Reviewers say it generally runs true to size but a bit on the looser side.

    Promising review: "This dress was made for me. Listen, guys, saying this dress is beautiful is such an understatement. Listen, it's the middle of the night and I'm feeling myself. Just wait till it's morning; the looks I'm serving all of you! Update: So I ended up buying three different colors of these dresses. I just loved them all. It's like the designer thought of me when they made these dresses! The material feels great on my body. The upper part is stretchy and fits very well." —Olive Bukuru

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in eight colors).

    12. A polka dot pattern midi style with a sultry V-neckline in case you're not feelin' a mini dress but also not feelin' a maxi dress (midi dresses are my personal favorite).

    model wearing polka dot midi dress
    Unique Vintage

    Get it from Unique Vintage for $78 (available in sizes 1X–3X). 

    13. A ruffled, open back maxi dress that's incredibly dramatic, romantic, and effortless.

    A back view of the open back maxi dress
    A model wearing the open back maxi dress

    Psst! This dress is included in Prime Try Before You Buy so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely stunning! Love how flowy it is, the bohemian look, and how sexy the back of the dress is. Received so many compliments. Perfect dress for a vacation. Bought it for my trip to Bali and couldn’t be more pleased." —Carolina Orozco

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in 24 colors).

    14. A boho-inspired flare dress for a light and airy option that pairs well with a woven handbag.

    A series of photos of a model wearing the flare dress in green

    Promising review: "Love love love it! Totally worth the price. It has a zipper so it’s easier to get on. The straps are hard to tie in a cute bow by yourself; it’s definitely easier with someone’s help. But this dress is so cute, just buy it!" —Shelby Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 0–10 and in eight styles/colors).