By now, you're well-versed in summer dresses. But what about beach dresses? Because, no, they're not the same thing and yes, you should probably own one.
As much as you love that summer dress, it will feel out of place and a little too heavy at the beach, where what you really want is something light and wafty—something in league with a kaftan cover-up, but less lazy in appearance and making a more substantial style statement.
Cue the beach dress! Cool and compact, it's easy to pack and has summer written all over it. And when you're not on the beach? A slip or T-shirt underneath will convert it into a comfortable piece for city dressing. Here, 10 to buy now—and hopefully inspire a summer spent by the sea!
A very affordable option. Wear it with platforms—and, back in the city, try it as a tank top over a black long-sleeve T-shirt and black jeans.
It's the antique, vintage thing going on with this one that makes it a winner. Pair with simple flip-flops for a beach-ready look, and an elegant Greek sandal for when you're out and about later on.
Wear with your hair up, an oversized pair of hoops, and a red lip.
Meet the red carpet version of the beach dress!
This dress doesn't need much: a suitable patch of shade and a good book will do the trick.
When it's too hot to wear real clothes—or anything that comes close to touching your body—the billowy beach dress is your best friend. A complete look, with minimal effort.
This is a fail-safe beach dress with multiple styling options: add floral corsages and bangles with a big hat, or belt it for a neater silhouette.
Go '70s with a little crochet number—which conveniently comes with its very own air conditioning, care of those dinky little woven holes.
This will work just as well over jeans in transit to the beach as it will by itself once you've made it to your destination.
Wear with a baseball cap, a supersize tote, and a pair of flatforms.