Style Solution: How to Wear a Beach Dress for Day

Dressing Up a Beach Dress for Daytime

Do you guys have dresses that you love but usually only wear over your bathing suit as a cover-up? I sure do. My summer beach dresses are lightweight cotton, unlined, and are colorful and bright. These characteristics basically describe all the things I love in all dresses, and I am determined this year (now that I’ve vowed to not purchase anything new) to figure out how to wear my beach cover-ups as daytime outfits.

This dress was a gift from my cameraman for my birthday a few years ago. I love the colors, and while I don’t usually go for logo prints, this one doesn’t bother me because it’s pretty abstract. The print makes it difficult to see through when it’s wet, and the dress is unlined and can be unbuttoned to the bottom, so it’s a perfect candidate for a cover-up. Plus, it has a built-in belt sash that makes it super flattering without needing a belt. No one wears a belt to the beach, right?

So, while this dress has all the makings for the perfect poolside fashion statement, it also has the makings of a great day dress. The print that’s so distracting makes it less obviously unlined, and the buttons give it more of a put-together feel. The belt sash can be easily tucked inside the gap between the buttons and tied loosely underneath, and the pouf hides any sash-related bulge. I put my trusty belt over the sash and topped it off with a jean jacket that I admit I did not need because of the heat, but it topped off the day-ness of this look for sure. Viola!

Do you guys have any tricks like my belt+sash-removal+jean jacket topper approach to wearing your beach dresses to work?

Dressing Up a Beach Dress for Daytime

Dressing Up a Beach Dress for Daytime

Jacket: Gap, Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs (gift), Shoes: Miz Mooz (Stella Says Go), Belt: UO

April 29, 2011

14 Responses to Style Solution: How to Wear a Beach Dress for Day

  1. J. says:

    Great look! Unless a sash is attached directly to a dress I automatically remove it, but you’re right, who wears a belt to the beach?

  2. Kuleigh says:

    Love this idea! Sometimes I wear mine with cardigans. I like all the fun patterns. I think accessorizing beach dresses really takes them from the beach to casual wear.

  3. Tanvi says:

    You have the cutest dresses EVER!!! I like your tips. I wear my beach dresses the same way too. Good Luck with no shopping 😉

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  4. lisa says:

    this so doesnt look like a cover up at all! looks like an awesome dress is all :)

  5. your husband says:

    I like the way you spelled “pouf.”

  6. anna marie says:

    yes! i love the sundress / jean jacket combo!!

    xo.anna marie

  7. Angel says:

    I recognize that dress! I love that from far away you would not be able to tell that they are letters. So cute and playful…


  8. Wow — I would’ve never known this was a beach cover-up. It looks amazing! Penny is adorable, too. <3

  9. Santina says:

    Awww, Penny is adorable!

    Okay, this dress is amazing…for the beach or for work, it’s fabulous! I hear you on logo prints, but this doesn’t stand out as one. You know, I’ve been thinking about wearing a cover up of mine as a dress. It’s not nearly as nice as yours, but I think I’ll pull it out soon and link back to your post!

  10. kelsey says:

    whoa…that dress is fantastic!!!

  11. I seriously love this idea, I dont really have cover up that much except for here and there Kaftan ones, so that will not be a good idea to wear it as dress. When you said this is a cover up, I didnt believe it until I see the second pictures, it is so pretty and definitely have to wear this over and over again!!! I seriously in love with the prints and have to say marc by marc jacobs have the best/fun prints ever

  12. Rebecca H says:

    I didn’t even notice the logo at first! I thought it was just a fabulously wonderful print. Which it is! You look amazing.

  13. Linda says:

    I remember that dress from when it came out. You look darling in it. I’m guilty of wearing beach dresses as day dresses, too. Why not?

  14. jahn says:

    I do this too!
    love the print on ur dress and u look so cute!!

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