I’m still leaning into dresses this summer and trying to find a few more to get me through 10 days in Italy next month. It’s probably going to be extremely hot, so my plan is to pack a bunch of dresses and bring a pair of shorts and pants as backup.
I can’t remember how I found this dress, if someone suggested it, or if I just came across it in my travels, but it went right into my closet.
It has an easy fit, with a slit hem and a flattering above-the-knee length, and the cotton-lyocell fabric is blended with linen for extra softness. It’s moisture-wicking and fast-drying without looking like performance apparel. It looks and feels more like a classic cotton knit.
I also like how the high neck protects my chest from the sun, yet the sleeveless style allows me to get some on my shoulders. I know, that probably sounds contradictory, but I always seem to burn my chest, and my shoulders are fine.
This is the Velvet Dust, which is no longer available, but it comes in four other nice colors, including a classic black. I’m wearing the size 8, for reference, so it’s TTS or size up if in between.
This Lo & Sons Pearl crossbody bag is one I ordered to consider as my travel bag for our daily excursions. The saffiano leather is hard-wearing and practical, but still looks more elegant than the canvas travel bags I tried.
I like how it converts from a crossbody to a shoulder bag or large clutch; and it has tons of pockets to accommodate and organize all the essentials.
I also ordered this HOBO Nash Calfskin Leather Crossbody to try. It’s such a soft and supple leather, as all HOBO bags are, but it’s too small for day-tripping around Italy.
I like it, but I don’t think it suits my purposes. If you are a minimalist and want a quality crossbody that holds just the essentials, this is a nice choice.
Back to my travel outfit, I’m wearing my Taos sneakers here, the ones I plan to bring with me to Italy. They’re just a clean white leather sneaker, but the arch support and cushion inside makes them supremely comfortable for miles of walking.
I wore them all over Nashville (including the airports) and my feet were very happy. I continue to wear them occasionally, to make sure they’re good and broken in before our trip. This whole outfit (Lo & Sons bag and all) are definitely going with me!
Do you have any great travel dresses we should know about? Let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, I rounded up some of the other dresses that I’m potentially bringing in the widget below.
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photos: Alison Cornell