Light and cool: the best beach dresses and accessories for summer | Fashion

Fabric is key, so look for light, airy natural fabrics that dry easily. Sezane’s elegant £190 (6) Gizeh wrap dress in silk and cotton seersucker is worn over a swimsuit or black slip for evening with jewels and a statement sandal. Marks & Spencer’s £22.50 ruffled V-neck midi dress is perfect for having lunch by the pool or heading to your bedroom – and it weighs next to nothing in your luggage. Choose bold colors, like All Saints’ multicolored maxi (1, below) or bright green, as seen on Nina Urgell in Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza (left), or try a vibrant print – the uplifting prints from the Brazilian brand Farm Rio (3, below). ) are investment purchases that will become a staple in your vacation wardrobe.

Nina Urgell in Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza.

Pack a favorite belt (14) and jewelry (13) to style the evening look. For sheer dresses, add a vintage slip underneath when you go out. Look on eBay for a good used bargain. Accessorize your beach dress with a sun hat (10). Pick something you can put in your suitcase without it getting crushed. Rae Feather’s packable panama (available in two sizes) rolls up like a dream. With a wide-brimmed straw hat, wear it or wrap the crown with your bathing suit and roll up your sundresses and wrap them around the crown to protect the shape of the hat. Complete the look with minimalist leather sandals or something ornate. And don’t forget to slip a fan in your carry-on and stay cool during the flight and by the pool. We love the Cambodian Palm Leaf Fan from Toast, £12 (9) and the Fluted Woven Fan from Columbia Collective in muted colours, £32 (15) – both are great stylish additions to any what an outfit.

Spaghetti Strap Dress, £77, allsaints.com

1. Spaghetti Strap, £77, allsaints.com

Ombre dress, £80, boden.co.uk

2. Ombre, £80, boden.co.uk

Geometric print, £160, farmrio.com

3. Geometric print, £160, farmrio.com

Green, £189, Faithfull The Brand at net-a-porter.com

4. Green, £189, Faithfull The Brand at net-a-porter.com

Floral, £69, costores.com

5. Floral, £69, costores.com

Black, £190, sezane.com

6. Black, £190, sezane.com

Tiered, £79, mintvelvet.co.uk

7. Tiered, £79, mintvelvet.co.uk

Linen, £39.99, hm.com

8. Linen, £39.99, hm.com

Fan, £12, toast.st

9. Fan, £12, toast.st

Hat, £70, raefeather.com

10. Hat, £70, raefeather.com

Towel, £37, novel-mart.com

11. Towel, £37, novel-mart.com

Bucket bag, £195, thisisstelar.com

12. Bucket bag, £195, thisisstelar.com

Necklace, £138, byalona.com

13. Necklace, £138, byalona.com

Belt, £40, anthropology.com

14. Belt, £40, anthropology.com

Woven fan, £32, thecolombiacollective.co.uk

15. Woven fan, £32, thecolombiacollective.co.uk

Dora W. Clawson