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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.





Tie Dye Long Dress




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.


Versatility is key to a capsule wardrobe. Learn more in my guide!




Cut Out Back Plaid Shift Dress




Dresses that work well for the beach are ones that can be easily thrown on or off without too much fuss. This plaid number has a simple shape and is relaxed enough to pull out of your bag and head straight to the beach.

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


Use packing cubes to maximize the space in your bag shown in my packing video tutorial.




Floral Wrap Maxi Dress




For a feminine and sweet addition to your travel wardrobe, try a floral print beach dress. You can never go wrong with a breezy maxi dress during the summer! It would be great with wedges for post beach dinner and drinks.






Fit & Flare Dress




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 a dress with a more feminine feel.

This dress has the cutest mix of tropical plants and the aforementioned florals. It would be a cool option for the beach or a day exploring a new destination. And since it has interesting prints and details, you can keep the accessories to a minimum.




Beach Midi Dress




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 striped cover-up option!

Throw this over your bikini during the day, then style it with heels and a clutch for a night out exploring the town.




Embroidered V-Neck Sheath




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. A cute embroidered shift 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.