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Beach dresses are totally underrated in our opinion. What with bikinis, swimsuits, summer sandals and floral dresses, they tend to fall quite low on the holiday wardrobe packing list. Sometimes, they’re even completely forgotten.
However, that’s a big mistake if you ask us, because they can be big game changers for your beachside style. Pick the right shape and print and it’ll elevate your swimsuit in a second.
An simple black kaftan worn over a one-piece is a great minimalist option, and of course you can’t ever go wrong with a tropical print on holiday.
This season’s styles pack in the details too. From tassels to embroidery and beading, they’re anything but boring.
It’s also worth considering a style that doubles up as evening wear as well, which saves you nipping back to your room to change for pre-dinner cocktails. Think pleated maxi dresses or off-the-shoulder broderie anglaise frocks.
We’re loving the sheer fabrics which mean you can flash your swimwear underneath, but if you prefer a but more coverage, then there are some great options in light cotton too.
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In terms of accessories, less is more if you’re opting for prints, but if you’re colour blocking, a pair of chunky earrings is the way to go.
For daytime, flat sandals with pom poms or espadrilles are the obvious combination, but for evening, swap them for metallic sliders or heels.
So whether you’re planning your next beachside holiday or planning on catching a few rays in the garden (hey, it’s allowed), flick through our edit of this season’s best beach dresses below.
This style is too pretty to only wear on the beach. Team with wedges or a nude shoe.
A kaftan is an easy winner when it comes to covering up on the beach, and we love this simple Aztec print one.
Shop now: Aztec trim kaftan for £28.80 from Evans
This flattering cover-up is perfect for going from beach to bar.
Flirty florals for a relaxed beachside look.
Shop now: Maxi beach dress for £29.50 from M&S
The washed-out colour palette on this dress makes is perfect for summer, and makes elegant enough to wear for dinner al fresco too.
Don’t forego animal print just because you’re on holiday.
This embroidered mini dress is bang on trend.
Bold stripes are a key trend this season, and this maxi dress is the stylish way to do them.
The delicate embroidery on this dress is inspired by traditional Hungarian patterning.
The subtle smocked waistband shape makes this dress a little more stylish than your average beach dress.
Shop now: Hawaii dress for £195 from Paloma Blue
This stylish pleated dress will work well with both flat sandals and heels come evening.
Wear this with a light chambray shirt for a relaxed summer look.
Shop now: Butson tee dress for £45 from Finisterre
This March 11 dress will make you the talk of the beach - chic and stylish, you are onto a winner.