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It’s beach time! If you’re one of the lucky people heading to a beautiful seaside destination this summer, then you may be on the hunt for a new swimsuit cover-up.

Cover-ups come in many forms, but for travel, I love versatile beach dresses. Keep reading for some stylish cover-ups that you can wear on and off the sand!

 


Versatile Beach Dresses

Written by: Niki Landry


 

Usually I stick to solid colored clothing when I travel, with the occasional stripe, dot, or plaid shirt thrown into my bag. If you’re like me, then dresses are the perfect place to change up your color scheme.

Since they usually stand alone and don’t need to be paired with any other piece of clothing, opting for patterned beach dresses makes sense.

 

 

Dyed

 


 

It’s tie-dye for grownups! Dyed pattern dresses are the perfect complement to your tropical destination. They feel casual enough for the beach but can be dressed up with strappy sandals and chandelier earrings.

You can even wear a denim jacket for chilly nights or for a little more coverage. The whole look feels youthful and stylish.

 

Plaid

 

 

Dresses that work well for the beach are ones that can be easily thrown on or off without too much fuss. These two plaid numbers have simple shapes and are relaxed enough to pull out of your bag and head straight to the beach.

Add a pair of espadrilles and they also make a casual outfit for lunch or shopping during your trip.

 

Floral

 

 

For a feminine and sweet addition to your travel wardrobe, try one of these floral print beach dresses. One option is a versatile button-up midi while another has a stylish handkerchief hemline. All would be great with wedges for post beach dinner and drinks.

 

 

 

 

Tropical

 

 

Large palm and tropical leaf prints are really popular right now. Instead of the typical bold green prints I’ve been seeing everywhere, I opted for two dresses with a different take on the pattern.

One is a neutral-colored tunic style and the other a colorful slip. Either would be a cool option for the beach or a day exploring a new destination. Since both have interesting prints and details, you can keep the accessories to a minimum.

 

Stripe

 

 

My go-to pattern at home and when I travel is always the stripe. Tiny or wide, vertical or horizontal….it doesn’t matter, I love them all. So I couldn’t put together a roundup of beach dresses without including a pair of striped cover-up options!

A linen shirtdress is a versatile vacation essential while an off-shoulder dress could be a great swim cover for strapless options.

The bright stripes of the Lovers + Friends piece are perfect for a summer day out while the sleek silhouette of the Sejour dress can easily be dressed up for the evening.  

 

Embroidered

 


 

I’m a big fan of embroidered dresses for beach vacations. For someone who shies away from patterns, this is the right amount of detail and interest for me.

Plus, the shapes are great for catching the breeze and keeping you cool. Whether it be a breezy maxi dress or an airy shift, a cute embroidered dress is a staple for the summer season.

Pair this with espadrilles or slide-on sandals for a simple, stylish, and comfortable outfit off the beach.

 

For beach shoes, try our top picks for these awesome styles: EspadrillesFlip-flop Sandals, or Dressy Sandals!

 

 


If you still haven’t found a dress that suits you, this season Loft has a huge selection of effortlessly chic dresses that would be a perfect addition to any travel wardrobe. In researching this post, I found so many options that I’d love to have in my bag that it was hard to narrow down my choices!

What are your favorite beach dresses? Share your thoughts below!


 

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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.

 


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