THE BEST OUTFIT FOR SUMMER TRAVEL (+ How To Pick The Perfect Travel Dress That Will Take You Anywhere)
When you guys read this, I’ll be in Montreal to visit family. And although that doesn’t really count as a vacation because I frickin’ grew up there, I’ll still be going to a lot of places and seeing a lot of people, which will include walking around the city a lot and taking the subway all in the hot and humid Montreal Summer weather.
Needless to say, I’m gonna want to be comfortable AF and wear minimal clothing, because high mercury + high humidity = almost certainly a sticky, nasty disaster.
And that’s where my favourite Summer vacay outfit comes in. I love the mini dress and sneakers combo for any day, but it become particularly practical when you’re traveling, for a few reasons. First, as I said, it’s as minimal as possible in terms of clothing, so you’ll be safe from the extreme heat. Note here that a loose fitting dress is preferable to a skintight style, simply because THAT BREEZE, lol.
I also love that a semi-casual little dress can be dressed up or down (like here, with sneakers), which is super practical because when you’re traveling, you never really know where the day will take you, and a mini dress can take you pretty much anywhere from a coffee shop to a museum to a restaurant to a stroll on the beach - Which is also super practical because traveling light is so much less of a headache than carrying a giant suitcase full of clothes you’re most likely not gonna wear.
When it comes to picking the perfect dress for a day of exploring a different city, a few factors come in, aside from a looser fit like I already mentioned:
Fit - Yes, you’ll want it to be a little roomy to give you a good breeze (and an opportunity to eat as much ice cream, street food or pasta as you want), but I also always privilege a super thin strap over sleeves, because a) I don’t want to have a weird trucker tan, b) less fabric = less over-heating, and c) it also forces me not to wear a bra, which even though is out of my comfort zone, really makes a difference when it’s super hot and you just want to be comfortable. I also feel like you’re gonna sweat, even just a little, it’s the cut that makes it the least apparent. When it comes to length, I always prefer a mini dress (if it’s considered appropriate in the country I’m visiting, and same goes for sleeveless - You want to make sure you’re being respectful) but you could wear a similar type of dress in a midi length (like I did here) and get the same benefits.
Fabric - Speaking of sweat, I always try to stay away from satin and other shiny materials, because they really show sweat marks A LOT. Other than that, I like a print, because if you happen to spill some of the aforementioned ice cream or pasta sauce on you, it’s a lot more forgiving than a plain dress on which a stain is going to stand out like a sore thumb. If we’re being real specific here, I try to privilege natural fibers like cotton or linen blends because they’re much more breathable and absorbent, which means it won’t trap sweat drop on your skin and make you feel like you’re trapped in an oven. The only downside with natural fibers is that they tend to wrinkle easier than synthetic fabrics, so if you know you won’t have easy access to a steamer or don’t want to be bothered with ironing, then I would go for a thin, light synthetic fabric.
One last tip to picking the perfect dress for traveling is basically don’t pack something you haven’t worn before. bring some trusted options that you know for sure are comfy, wear well, aren’t scratchy… Basically don’t serve a meal you’ve never cooked before to a super important dinner party, in case shit goes wrong.
And sneakers, well… I think they’re self explanatory when you’re traveling and walking around a lot. I personally wear my 2 pairs of Fila Disruptor II sneakers all the time, because I have knee problems and I’m PUMPED for a shoe trend that won’t f*ck up my knees even more, like a heel would.
Because I like to give you guys PLENTY of options, I thought I would link 28 super cute dresses that I would bring on a trip - and yes, some are a plain fabric, but ya know… Sometimes a girl doesn’t want to be bothered with a print.
Now when it comes to sneakers, you guys know I’m very partial to my Fila Disruptor II. I have them in white and in black, and I feel like they both go with almost everything in my closet. I feel like an all-white sneaker looks really dope, and will still match everything you pack in your suitcase, as opposed to a sneaker with neon green stripes, which might look a little weird with a red dress, for example. I still wanted to include other options that I feel would go with pretty much any colour, and here are 16 options that I’m really digging right now.
Alright guys, I hope you found this post helpful and it helped you plant your next trip!! Which dress/sneakers were your fave? Do YOU have a go-to Summer travel outfit you swear by? Let me know in the comment section below, or come share it on Instagram and tag me @thehungarianbrunette so I can see it and share it on my stories!
As always guys, I want to thank you for reading and will see you on Monday for another one!