12 best beach dresses

Keep cool in the heat at home or abroad in one of these light cover-ups that will keep you looking stylish on the sand

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With temperatures hotting up, it's time to hit the beach. As well as your swimmers and sun lotion, an easy-to-wear cover up will keep you cool, looking stylish, and a bit more protected from the rays. We've found a range of low maintenance pieces you can throw on.  

There are maxis, shirt dresses , kimono-style cover ups, strappy numbers and bandeaus to choose from, cherry-picked from high street favourites like Topshop and Zara as well as from online holidaywear specialists like Simply Beach. Take a look at the IndyBest edit.

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Verdict

For a good-value dress that will work just as well on the beach, round the pool or in the park, we like Next's versatile beach dress in pink or black. Make a statement on holiday in Seafolly's luxe Rio Maxi Dress. And for a bit of an edge on the sand, our pick's Tophsop's Amazonia shirt dress.

Buy now

1. Topshop Amazonas Beach Shirt, £30

2. Next Strappy Beach Dress, £20

3. Seafolly Rio Maxi Dress, £128.99

4. Zara Printed Dress With Border, £12

5. Boden Jersey Maxi Dress, £71.20

6. Ted Baker Sugar Floral Chlloe Cover Up, £89

7. White Stuff Santiago Dress, £55

8. Melissa Odabash Katy Kaftan, £216

9. Miss Selfridge White Crochet Cover Up, £25

10. Coral Stripe Dress by Poem, £39.50

11. Monsoon Clara Dobby Dress, £39

12. Superdry Parasol Dress, £39.99

 

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