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As I write my upcoming Packing eBook for Europe, I’m inspired by my recent trip to Paris and want to share these as my top summer dresses for a trip abroad!


Top Summer Dresses for a Trip Abroad – Perfect for Paris!


All the dresses shown are from Nordstrom which offers stylish items at a price range to suit all budgets. They also carry a wide selection of brands and sizes making them more appealing to a broader range of female travelers.

Because last week’s trip is on my mind, these are all airy lightweight summer dresses I’d love to pack for a trip to Paris this season. 7 dresses = 7 days easy travel outfits!

Dresses are also an easy packing solution for summer travel. By packing 7 summer dresses like the ones featured you have 7 unique travel outfits that transition from day to night. All you need is a touch up of makeup and a blazer and you’re Parisian chic!



Below our top summer dresses for a trip abroad:


Print Jersey Fit & Flare


A vivacious color palette emboldens the palm-leaf print of this swingy jersey dress. A satin-trimmed hook-and-eye placket anchors the steep V-neckline and secures the wide ruched waist.


Print Blouson Dress


A beautiful, exotic print gives mesmerizing style to a breezy dress tailored with a gathered, halter-style neckline and a fluttery high/low hem.


Sleeveless Maxi Shirtdress


A fluid jersey maxi dress with shirtdress styling gets extra polish from gleaming goldtone snaps and a removable structured belt wrapping the waist. Side slits and a partially open front allow ease of motion.


Stripe Linen Blend Drawstring Waist Dress


Variegated vertical stripes add figure-flattering dimension to a sleeveless linen-blend dress fashioned with a blousy bodice. A drawstring waist gathers the shirttail-cut skirt and horizontally striped panels add interest along the sides.


Ladder Back Tie Waist Dress


A gauzy scoop-neck dress is minimally styled with cuffed dolman sleeves, a single chest pocket and a slender waist-defining tie. A laddered cutout at the back offers flirtatious skin-baring detail.


Split Neck Dolman Sleeve Dress


A cute choice for days when only something totally comfortable will do, a jersey dress is styled with a two-button henley placket, short sleeves with rolled cuffs and a drawstring cinching the waist.


Midi Tank Dress


A summer style with slip-and-go ease is elevated in a polished jersey knit that’s known for its fluid drape and perfect stretch comfort.


Pair it with Classic Leather Sandals


Pair any of the above summer dresses with classic leather sandals like these below or even classic Superga style sneakers – all similar styles to the ones I saw in Paris and Rome last week. Items shown feature brands known for comfort.


For wallet friendly summer dress shopping, check out Nordstrom Rack. They also carry plus-size clothing too!








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