Dip-dyed linen is a summer staple. Delicate touches, like twisted straps, give a hint of sophistication, while side-shirring ensures it won’t be mistaken for a shapeless beach cover-up.
Ralph Lauren Blue Label dress, $398; ralphlauren.com
Vacation-staple sundresses often don’t translate into real life. A down-to-there hemline will make even the most cheerful frock seem a little more serious.
Diane Von Furstenberg dress, $465; saksfifthavenue.com
Take our word for it and head to the shore wearing brightly colored and comfortable clothes with fun— even exotic— accessories. When heading back to town later, tinker with your beach chic to get your look just right for a sophisticated summer night soiree.