Beat the Summer Heat with Our Favorite Travel-Friendly Hot Weather Dresses

With Memorial Day over, the official start of summer is just around the corner. That means it's time for beach fun, weekend trips, romantic getaways to your favorite parks and lakes, and all the other summer fun you crave. But summer means heat, heat means sweat, and sweat means...ugh.

That's why we've gathered a list of our favorite hot weather-friendly summer dresses to help you round out your warm weather wardrobe. Finally, you can rest assured that you'll look your best while you beat the summer heat!

Plus-Size Sheath Dress from Old Navy

old-navy-summer-dressIf you're on the curvy side, check out Old Navy's sheath dress. It packs well because it's easy to compact without getting it all wrinkled up, and if sports a classic look that you can't go wrong with. Best yet, you can accessorize a bit and look dressed up, but it still works for a casual beach day or picnic in the park.

Floral Print Halter Maxi Dress from Karen Kane

Summer Dress Karen KaneThis dress is light and airy, with a graceful floral print, halter neckline, and a waist-defining design so you never look shapeless while you wear it. The fabric is so light it feels like air, making it perfect for a slightly dressy tropical dinner date where you want to stand out without ever looking like you're making an effort. Match with some wood platform or leather-woven sandals, and the summer night is all yours.

Maxi Dresses from Loveapella

Loveapella Summer DressSimple, comfy, wrinkle-resistant and summer-ready...Loveapella's Maxi Dress hits all the marks. Oh, and did we mention it comes in an uber-flattering plus size version? These dresses are just as perfect for a wine tasting night out with the girls as they are for a dinner date at the Ritz-Carlton. They compact well without wrinkling and, depending on how you accessorize, can be dressed up or down for any hot-weather travel occasion you can think of.

Tie-Dye V Neck Short Sleeve Split Long Dress from MakeMeChic

Make Me Chic Summer DressYou'll feel every ocean breeze in this ultra-airy V-neck tunic style dress from MakeMeChic. It covers you from head to toe while showing off a hint of leg, with a fun tie-dye pattern that isn't too loud, but will still make you feel like you're celebrating at a music festival all day long. Whether you're barbecuing, walking along the boardwalk, or exploring a trail, this dress just has "perfect vacation" written (or tie-dyed) all over it.

Popover V-Neck Tank Dress from Karen Kane

Karen Kane V-Neck Summer DressDropping just above the knee and casting you in a flowy silhouette, this V-neck stunner will keep you cool and feeling fresh whether you're on a simple weekend getaway to see the in-laws or an exotic trek across the beaches of Cambodia.

Solid V-Neck Dress from Athleta Santorini

Santorini V-Neck DressThis semi-fitted dress drapes just above the knees and flares at the waist, and with UPF 50+ protection, it's tailor-made (literally) for adventure travel. And for eco-conscious fashionistas, this one is a winner as well...it is made from fabric derived 99% from sustainably-harvested European beechwood trees. Hey, why hug a tree when you can wear it and look amazing?

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