12 summer dresses under $300 that travel editors love

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Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s time to wear your favorite weather-ready clothes, including tanks, shorts, swimwear, and of course, dresses. We’ve asked our editors here at Travel + Leisure About their favorite picks for the season, and they didn’t disappoint. The best part? Each dress on this list is under $300, and prices start at $69, so you don’t have to break the bank to add a dose of summer style to your wardrobe.

Whether you’re looking for a long, flowing dress that you can take from the beach to a poolside dinner on vacation or a more sporty option perfect for playing tennis, jogging or more, we’ve got a choice for you. Shop editor-favorite brands like Reformation and Hill House Home, as well as independent brands you’ll want to put on your fashion radar ASAP.

Bella Ecomov Active Reformation Dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“This might be a sporty dress, but I plan on wearing it just about everywhere this summer. In addition to being super cozy and comfortable (it’s made of sustainably sourced sweat-wicking fabric and has bike shorts inside), it’s also incredibly fun. I’m also a fan of it” Leggings and sports bras, so I am sure this dress will also become a staple in my summer wardrobe.” — Madeleine Diamond, Commerce Editor

Hill House Home Ellie Nap . Dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“It’s no exaggeration to say that I live in my own Hill House Nap gown. I’ve packed it for each of my three trips so far this year—to Portugal, South Carolina, and Florida—and find it time and time again to wear it during my daily life in NYC. I wear them with white Veja sneakers and a denim jacket when I’m walking around town, and wear them with cute sandals and little jewelry for dinner or drinks with friends. Put them on the piece of clothing I often wear during spring and summer, and as the name suggests, they’re comfortable enough to take a nap.” – Elizabeth Rhodes, Associate Digital Editor

Cleopella Gwen mini dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“Summer means easy breeze sundresses, and this Cleopella dress is perfect for vacation. The beautifully printed cotton dress is lightweight and perfect for summer nights out, whether I’m traveling somewhere warm or hanging out in the city.” – Elizabeth Rhodes, Associate Digital Editor

Abercrombie & Fitch Traveler Mini Dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“My high school wardrobe was entirely from Abercrombie & Fitch, so I was so excited to see the brand popular again. I’ve bought several affordable dresses for my spring wardrobe, but the Traveler Mini is the number one dress I’ve gotten the most from. use so far. They are super soft and comfortable and have adjustable straps and built-in shorts. I wore it to play tennis, while running errands, out to dinner, and on a trip to Miami. I currently have black, but will definitely buy more colors to add to my rotation. -” Rebecca Carhart, Senior Business Writer + Strategist

Lily Pulitzer’s Mila Stretch Dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“It’s not summer without a bright, sunny Lilly Pulitzer dress. I’m a lifelong fan of Lily because the brand’s clothing is cool but designed to be livable, functional, and comfortable, just as the founder herself wanted it to (she originally created them in signature prints to hide stains they might inflict on her clothes from work). at her juice kiosk on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida.) I absolutely love that I can dress up my dresses for any sun-soaked adventure, from sailing to shopping to walking on the beach to going out to dinner. Plus, their everyday dresses are light Weight, breathable and a snug fit, so it’s breathable no matter the heat of the summer sun.” – Skye Sherman, itinerant assistant editor

Madewell Linen-Blend Sophia Cami Midi Dress

“Madewell is one of my go-to retailers for cute summer clothes – and her dress selection is top notch. What I love about the brand the most is how often sales go down, so you can easily get the sundress you’ve been eyeing for much less. I recently ordered this renewed option for summer travel (although I could easily wear it to the office with a denim jacket or to brunch on the weekend), and I’m obsessed. It’s made of lightweight, eco-friendly linen. Nice viscose and has a medium length. I find it best for my height of 5’5. The curvy, elasticated waistline matches my figure while the tie-dye neckline adds a flattering touch of elegance, and the black colorway makes it easy to transition from day to night.” – Susan Brickell, Associate Editorial Director, Travel Commerce

To buy: madewell.com, $89 with code LONGWEEKEND (Originally $118)

Frank & Eileen Rory dress in organic cotton voile

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“Summer calls for easy, lightweight dresses that you can throw in a suitcase or duffle bag — and wear multiple times. Well, enter Frank & Eileen, a brand that makes chic cotton and linen clothing that a) looks good on anyone because of their flowing cuts and b) It can be dressed up or down with a simple belt or a statement necklace. I have several of the brand’s dresses, and I find this white Rory’s model looks great over a bathing suit with sandals, or with jeans and heels.” – Jackie Gifford, Editor in Chief

American giant midi dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“This heavyweight dress is a great staple that I constantly wear around the house or on the go. The silhouette is somewhat narrow but the side slit makes it very easy to walk in, and the midi length eliminates any chance I’ll need to constantly pull it on while on the go. It comes in several beautiful colors, but you’ll get the most mileage out of a very dark basic black.” — Sky Sinterfit, Deputy Photo Editor

Ivy Niu . Tent Dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“This Australian artist’s playful print dresses come in only one cut and one size: a roomy, breezy, smoky style that pleases everyone who wears it, and is also terribly unconcerned about looking cute at all. New is constantly dropping new prints (which she self-illustrate by hand) They also do very limited editions like working gauze shifts or collaborating with other designers. Ivy Niu’s mailing list is a highlight of my inbox!” – Hanna and the whale, senior editor

Pyne & Smith No.21 V-neck Sleeveless Dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“You’ll keep me forever singing the praises of linen dresses for travel. They pack compactly and dry quickly if you need a quick rinse in the sink and hang to dry on the trip. I collected a little collection of pieces from seamstress Pyne & Smith in California, and I wear them more than any Another thing in my wardrobe.Model #17 (short-sleeved, long-length) is my most buyable style but the new #21 (sleeveless), V-neck, long) black and brown checkered print is what I’m looking forward to wearing this summer the most .Bonus: All P&S models wear deep-pocketed, perfect fit outfits.” — Sky Sinterfit, Deputy Photo Editor

Carolina Hutch dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“While it’s technically a maternity dress (hear me!), this style has become a favourite, even though I no longer wear a bump. The cut and silhouette flatter with or without the belly, and the cotton fabric is perfect for staying cool during peak temperatures in the summer. Summer. I have a great shade of cranberry, but I tend to buy ones in white or black.” — Sarah Browning, Senior Editor

Ibo movement zori swing dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

“Every time I wear a dress from Ibu Movement, a Charleston store that supports female fashion entrepreneurs, I get compliments. Take this Zuri Swing dress, for example. The colors are eye-catching, and the cut is generous (it can be worn as a coat or dress!) Better yet, you’re supporting a small business in Kenya with your purchase.” – Jackie Gifford, Editor in Chief

Rongloy Athena Dress

Dresses Editor’s Picks May

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“I got to know this brand a few years ago and was obsessed with the cool patterns that designer Anjali Kamra uses in her designs. So many designs can be dressed up or down depending on your choice of accessories, which is perfect for summer travel. I have one of her shade silk mini dresses Dark is in my wardrobe, so I’m looking forward to this Nile Blue cotton number for Summer 2022.” – Sarah Browning, Senior Editor

Loocetta Midi Dress, Faithful

White and orange printed dress

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“I’ve been a fan of Faithful the Brand’s women-founded dresses since I registered my first dress for sale years ago—and have since added several to my warm-weather rotation. Easy to fold and pack into my bag, I have romantic, flattering silhouettes that fit any occasion, and always I get tons of compliments.I’ve been looking for a new style to add to my travel wardrobe and settled on this beauty: It’s made of breathable cotton, a bodice that stretches and bounces for comfort and an A-line skirt for more airflow on hot days, whether you’re I wear them to lunch outdoors in Portugal or strolling around Hawaii. I also love the muted floral prints, subtle puffed sleeves, and a waist cut that shows off a bit of skin, making it sexy yet modest (perfect for wearing around my friend’s family).” – Susan Brickell, Associate Editorial Director, Travel Commerce

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