A beach vacation has us dreaming of long summer afternoons feeling the sun kiss our salty skin and balmy evenings hearing the waves crash on the shore, so when it comes to finding the perfect beach vacation outfits, easy to wear, breathable and versatile pieces are a must. 

Flowing maxi dresses and dreamy mini dresses that can be thrown on over your swimwear or dressed up for a sunset dinner are guaranteed to be on high rotation when we’re living on island time. With this in mind, we’ve hand picked some of our favourite beachy pieces you can’t go past when packing for your next island vacation.

Mini Dress

A summer must have, a mini dress will keep you feeling cool and looking chic in even the most hot and humid conditions. Whether you’re layering a mini dress over your bikini for your commute to and from the beach or dressing it up with leather sandals and a glowing makeup look for a sunset cocktail, this versatile piece will see you through your next vacation. 

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Shirt Dress

Another favourite that is as versatile as it is flattering is a shirt dress. Available in mini, midi or maxi lengths, this piece can be worn open or unbuttoned meaning you can achieve a range of looks with just one item. Keep it unbuttoned and layer it over your swimsuit or a form fitting mini, or button it up and pair it with glittering gold accessories, an oversized woven hat and strappy sandals for a resort inspired look.

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Strapless Maxi Dress

A strapless silhouette is guaranteed to have us feeling feminine and gorgeous when enjoying an island vacation. From fit and flare shapes to pieces that skim your figure, you’ll find a strapless dress to fall in love with. This style is perfect to have on hand for a spontaneous fancy dinner or romantic cocktail night while you’re holidaying. 

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Printed Maxi Dress

When it comes to finding an outfit that gives maximum style with minimum effort, we can’t go past a printed piece. All over prints give a put together, polished edge to even the simplest of ensembles. Lean into summer inspired hues with bright colours and striking, floral prints and patterns. A printed maxi dress is easy to wear, versatile and flattering and we can guarantee you’ll be reaching for it time and time again on your next tropical getaway.

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Our guide to dressing for your next beach vacation will take the stress out of the dreaded outfit planning and packing, giving you more time to enjoy the sun, sea and sand! Explore chic mini dresses, elegant shirt dresses, stunning strapless maxi dresses and all over prints to discover your new favourite pieces.