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How to Style a Beach Maxi Dress

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Whether you’re off to the beach on vacation or entertaining at home by the pool, a beach maxi dress is a great look. Here’s how to style a beach maxi to give it a fresh, summer vibe.

Add a Tote Bag and/or a Straw Hat

There are many summer beach maxi dresses that are cute, to begin with, but add some beachy accessories, and your style score goes up x10. Here’s what I mean.

This pretty floral beach maxi dress with the dainty spaghetti straps, ruffled hem, and feminine front slit is soft and summery. A heavy leather bag or hat would weigh it down.

But pair it with a fun straw hat and/or a bright jute tote bag, and you instantly get a stylish seaside feel. This darling black and white tote with the playful, round handle and fun tassels looks light and airy even in black and has a cute, whimsical feel.

If you can’t find a straw bag, go for rattan, rope, or even crochet to enhance the vacation vibe.

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Bohemian maxi dress for women

Include Shell Accents

If you’re styling anything beachy, a natural choice for jewelry is anything that includes shells, glass, or beach stones. This outfit is a great example. Start with a pretty boho beach maxi dress in a colorful, tropical floral print. I like this one because of the romantic peasant sleeves and the beautiful tie front.

Then, add some natural earrings like these gorgeous, gilded-edge shells framed by twisted hoops. These statement-making earrings work because they have an arts and crafts feel that fits into a breezy beach look. Be sure to wear dangly earrings or hoops to match this carefree boho outfit. Studs are too uptight.

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Slip On Strappy Sandals

Wondering what kind of shoes to wear with a beach maxi? The answer is easy. Anything strappy is summery and sexy. Wedges are an obvious choice because they are comfy, practical, and easy to walk in when you want some height. Again, you are after a natural look and feel, so wear rope, straw, wood, cork, or braided wedges to nail the beach vibe.

This bright, twist-front beach maxi is one of my favorites. I love the exotic print and the explosion of color. The black rope wedges look like they’re made for it!

Wear Anything Beaded

Another great way to enhance the beachy vibe of a casual beach maxi dress (or in the case above, a midi dress), is to wear anything beaded. Colorful, rustic beads have a native look and feel that complement a beachy summer look.

I love the way this breezy, striped linen slip dress comes to life when you add swingy, beaded tassel earrings. It makes it feel like a fun summer ahead!

These are just a few of the beautiful, long beach maxi dresses you’ll find right now. I have linked more below.

The Best Cruise Wear Dresses are Sporty and Feminine

Go from basking at the beach to touring city streets in this navy twill dress with flutter sleeves. This dress is light and comfortable to wear – perfect for full-on vacation mode. The white stripes are sporty and slimming, and the cute tiered sleeves make it pretty and feminine. Pair it with some simple slides, and you are ready to explore.

Need Coverage? Maxi Cruise Wear Dresses to the Rescue!

If you prefer to keep your legs out of the sun and under wraps, then this lively t-shirt style maxi dress is for you. The colors are beautiful, and the leggy side slits add a sexy touch. It’s perfect for an island girl! Now, all you need is a pretty tropical flower in your hair! LOL!

Have a great trip and check out these other cute vacation and cruise dresses :

I love the asymmetrical sleeves on this cold shoulder dress from Sandhya Garg. If you are looking for a simple sundress, this white eyelet dress can easily be dressed up or down. Wear this crinkle cotton dress as a cover-up or as a casual dress.

This simple matte jersey dress with a fun tropical print screams island vacation. Or take a more subtle approach to your outfit with this tropical breeze floral printed sleeveless maxi dress. I love the unique details on this fit and flare maxi dress from Sandhya Garg with a deep v-neckline and inset bands at empire and waist.


Sandhya Garg is a Project Runway designer. She studied and specialized in women's fashion at London College of Fashion, UK and has worked at Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Liberty London, Alice Temperley to name a few.

She has her own successful resort dresses, special occasion dresses, wedding guest looks, swim coverups label. While on Project Runway Season 13, she won 2 challenges and was fortunate to show her collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. The brand has been featured in Marie Claire US,, Elle Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Vogue online to name a few.

She designs limited edition high end printed spring dresses and swim coverups. Beautiful prints are inspired from around the world to be worn during travel, resort stay or cruise holidays.

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