20 vacation dresses that are easy to pack and fun to wear

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There are a few things that make a dress a so-called “vacation dress.” For one, it shouldn’t take up too much room in your suitcase, and when you do fold it up, it shouldn’t get overly wrinkly. Who wants to spend their mornings steaming outfits rather than having mimosas by the pool? Hopefully no one.

Vacation dresses should also feel comfortable, so you can spend less time worrying about your look and more time enjoying the sun.

And finally, vacation dresses should also look and feel as fun as your destination. This is your time to shine! Don’t be afraid to go with bold colors, patterns or try a new trend.

This summer in particular, crochet, cutouts, florals and exercise dresses are filling up the racks at stores. Below, check out 20 vacation dresses categorized by each trend and save room in your suitcase for at least a few.

Trend: Crochet and Knit Dresses

This isn’t your grandmother’s crochet! Chunky, open knit dresses are all the rage this summer. The fact that they don’t wrinkle after being packed in a suitcase is a major plus.

1. Vintage Havana Crochet Knit Dress, $78

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2. Fore Cut Out Knit Mini Dress, $102.40 (Orig. $128)

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3. Banana Republic Crochet Mini Dress, $140

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4. Farm Rio Striped Multicolor Crochet Dress, $275

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5. Free People Mallorca Fauxchet Sweater Midi, $78

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Trend: Cutouts and Two-Piece Dresses

Showing a little extra skin is always acceptable when you’re on vacation, and you can do it in a more stylish way with cutouts and crop tops. These dresses feature perfectly placed cutouts around the midriff and back, or pair a crop top with a skirt in an effortless two-piece set.

6. L*SPACE Naomi Dress, $139

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7. Fore Bikini Top Maxi Dress, $98

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8. Fore Cut Out Midi Dress, $78

Credit: Bloomingdale’s

9. Lulus Away On Vacay Fuchsia Two-Piece Maxi Dress, $78

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10. Free People The Bailey Dress, $218

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Trend: Bold Prints and Patterned Dresses

Listen up: Vacation is the perfect time to go out of your comfort zone and stand out with your looks. You’ll likely never see any of the people at the resort again, so why not try something new? Go big and bold with bright colors, fun patterns and classic florals.

11. Abercrombie & Fitch Halter Linen-Blend Mini Dress, $45 (Orig. $60)

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12. Reformation Twilight Dress, $278

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13. Lulus Sunny Spell Lime Floral Print Jacquard Wrap Mini Dress, $68

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14. Abercrombie & Fitch Button-Through Maxi Dress, $75 (Orig. $100)

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15. Draper James June Dress in Monstera Floral, $130 (Orig. $195)

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Trend: Exercise Dresses

Even if you don’t plan on working out while you’re away, exercise dresses are great for trips. For one, they’re usually made with sweat-wicking fabrics that hardly wrinkle, but they also have shorts attached underneath. Wear one to go zip-lining, on a hike, through the local markets, to a theme park — wherever.

16. Abercrombie & Fitch Traveler Mini Dress, $52.50 (Orig. $70)

Credit: Abercrombie & Fitch

17. Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress, $100

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18. Nike Bliss Luxe Training Dress, $90

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19. Alosoft Courtside Tennis Dress, $108

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20. Girlfriend Collective Midnight Paloma Racerback Dress, $88

Credit: Girlfriend Collective

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