Hot summer days call for nothing less than a trip to the beach to catch some rays and cool off by the water. Whether you live near the water and get to enjoy it’s cooling presence every day, or travel on weekends to reach the ocean, the beach is the best place to be on a warm sunny day. There is nothing more relaxing than a day spent lounging in the sun near a cool body of water, but it’s also important to look chic on the beach, since you never know who you might meet or run into along the shore! A cute swimsuit is the necessary starting point to a beach babe outfit, but it’s also essential to have a breezy beach dress that you can throw on at a moment’s notice for a stroll along the shore, an impromptu game of frisbee, or a jaunt through town for lunch and refreshments. We have rounded up some of our favorite beach appropriate dresses and cover ups from Show Me Your Mumu and Michael Stars among other brands to give you inspiration for your next beach excursion. Trends like off the shoulder, bright floral prints, and classic summer white make their way into these beachy must have pieces. Snap up one of these beauties at our Hamptons store in preparation of a weekend full of fun and sun.
Classic summer white is always a great option for a carefree beachy look. This Michael Stars shift dress is a no brainer with it’s loose breezy fit and beachy fringe hem. This fan favorite brand is a hit for their quality comfy fabrics and easy to wear styles that are seamlessly dressed up or dressed down - and this cotton blend little white dress is no exception. The easy silhouette is effortlessly flattering, while crisp white screams of summer and hot days by the water. Throw this mini dress on over your bikini for an instantly cool and chic summer beach look that requires only a straw beach tote to complete the look - even shoes are optional. Wear this look along the shoreline, or take it on a boating trip in the North Fork to show off your summertime style.
When it comes to beach cover ups, kaftan style dresses are top of mind for an undeniably beachy look. Easy to wear, breezy for the hot summer weather, and perfect for layering over your swim wear, a loose fitting garment like this is ideal for the beach. The fun teal and yellow color combo of this Style Standard dress is enhanced with playful pom poms and a classy lace up neckline. The oversized fit will protect your skin from the hot burning sun for hours lounging along the coast or an afternoon of boating in the bay. And how cute are the pom poms adorning the ends of the laces? Every detail of this dress adds a little something special to the overall look for a complete piece that hits summer beach style right on the head.
For a shorter style, try this pretty blue and white patterned kaftan dress by Show Me Your Mumu. With a lace up front and tassel trim this loose fitting frock is perfect to throw on over your swimwear for a trip to the beach. Classy enough to wear on the street with it’s gorgeous shades of blue and white in intricate patterns, this piece is also casual and cool for afternoons by the water. Shade your shoulders from the sun in this short sleeve tunic dress, but show off a little leg with the shorter flirty fit. The tassels will move alluringly in the breeze on this printed shift, reminiscent of moroccan tiles or romantic getaways to Santorini.
For a dress that can take you from the beach to the bar, try a fun printed shift like this silky dress from Show Me Your Mumu. This tropical printed mini has beachy bright floral prints in a flirty cut that can take you straight from the sand to the dance floor. The skinny straps, drapey fit and v neckline combine for a look that instantly dresses up or down depending on your plans. If there’s no time to change or the good times just keep rolling out this is the dress that can take you to every destination on your itinerary effortlessly, never leaving you feeling under or over dressed for the situation. A tropical floral pattern is a fun vibrant summer statement that is especially ideal for the beach but is sure to make heads turn wherever you go. The bright coral color is flattering on all skin tones and looks truly stunning against a sun kissed glow, just another reason this dress is the perfect choice for a hot summer day. Wear it with a strapless bikini and pom pom embellished sandals on the beach, and then swap your shoes for some classy kitten heels to take it to dinner and a party.
If long maxi dresses are more your beach style, we have several fun casual dresses in tie dye prints that will look right at home along the shoreline. Featuring lace insets and bohemian dyed colors these two Sky dresses are beachy and boho chic. Longer length skirts are romantic and elegant, making maxi dresses a great pick for vacations by the water. While one dress features a plunging neckline with vibrant colors and sheer floral lace panels, the other has more muted earthy tones with a high crochet halter and peek-a-boo neckline. Halter ties are a popular summer trend that is easy to wear and flirty in nature, drawing on the fit of most swimwear tops for a self-tie closure. Take one of these maxis for a stroll by the water for an elegant take on beach day dressing.
Off the shoulder styles are everywhere this summer, and beach wear is no exception! In fact, there are so many beachy off the shoulder dresses in stock that it was hard to narrow down our favorites! This casual chic dress comes in a classic black and white color combo making it super easy to wear for trips to the bay shore. Nautical stripes are a beach wear favorite, and here they are updated by intersections of bohemian embroidered patterns and peeps of lace. And elastic neckline means this off the shoulder dress is comfy to wear while three quarter sleeves keep things cool and relaxed. Fun black tassels adorn the hemline of this loose fitting dress which will dance around when you move adding a touch of intrigue to the look. Comfortable and chic, this dress works perfectly over a swimsuit for a day at the beach, but can easily be dressed up for shopping and lunch in town, making it an ideally versatile pick to add to your wardrobe. Classic, beachy, and on trend, there’s nothing this dress is lacking when it comes to summertime capabilities, so be sure to pick up one for yourself before the top rated picks start to sell out!