Did I say I would post something substantial later today? I think I lied. We’re getting closer to our big trip to Vietnam, and all I want to do is research hotels and itineraries. The travel websites have reminded me of how hot and humid Vietnam will be and that I will want to wear simple summer dresses everywhere. Do I own any simple summer dresses? No! Am I thrilled at the excuse to shop for some? Yes!

Every time the Title 9 and Athleta catalogs arrive, I long for a reason to order the dresses that their models wear on the beach or shopping for souvenirs. Actually, I long to be able to wear their dresses. See my familiar challenges after the jump.

Some of the cutest dresses, like Title 9’s D’Lite below, have backs or straps that won’t hide a bra. Several of the dresses offer built-in bras as a solution–but not for a D cup and higher.

Athleta’s Little Travel Dress below also caught my eye, but so did this review:

The dress is better for women with a smaller bust line and better arms. I am 5’3” and weigh about 115 with a bust size of 34D. Just too much of me in all the wrong places.

Imagine being Bluejay, just a few reviews down, who wrote:

I did find that it’s a little loose in the chest (I am 5’3″, 120 lbs, 32B and bought the dress in a small).

In an entirely different style, I ordered these shirt dresses (Travelsmith turquoise and Orvis seersucker) from Sierra Trading Post this afternoon for less than $30 each. The Travelsmith is a 1X and the Orvis is a size 16, so they shouldn’t gap at the bust, but let’s see if my seamstress can alter everything else about them in time for the trip.