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Right now, you have your choice of approximately 9 bazillion gorgeous summer dresses to buy at clothing stores from Anthropologie to Zara. Instead of spending your savings on a bunch of styles you’ll wear only once or twice, stick with versatile options you can wear all summer long. Presenting seven dresses that effortlessly flow from the beach to a swanky candlelit dinner.

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Off-The-Shoulder Ruffle Dress

It’s the ultimate chic summertime look, especially if you opt for an above-the-knee hemline. It’s carefree and bohemian when worn accessory-free by day, and chic and polished when paired with statement jewelry after dark.

Get the look: ASOS ($46); Moon River ($110); Korovilas ($438)

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Cutout Dress

Nothing says summer like some strategic peekaboo placements. What’s especially great about this trend is that it helps you keep cool even if you opt for a long silhouette.

Get the look: American Eagle Outfitters ($40); Elan ($62); Mara Hoffman ($350)

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ShirtDress

Breakfast on the beach? A comfortable cover-up? Sunset dinner plans? This look is perfect for all of it. Plus, it adds some extra UV coverage for those shoulders. 

Get the look: Lulu's ($67); Gap ($70); Ulla Johnson ($322)

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Breezy Maxi

“Sexy” doesn’t always mean “formfitting.” You can opt for something loose and sexy by pairing a boho silhouette with a high slit. The spice of the slit will also eliminate the need for heels, even at night. Yesss, it’s also breathable and perfect for long walks in the sand.

Get the look: Abercrombie & Fitch ($88); Nightcap ($297); Sea ($460)

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Fitted T-Shirt Dress

Whether you go print, stripes or totally basic, there’s something about a minidress that just feels right whether you’re playing volleyball or nibbling on some Nashville hot fried chicken at Bird & Bone.

Get the look: Caslon ($59); Lanston ($132) Alice & Olivia ($440)

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A Gauzy Tunic

Swap the sandals and floppy hat you wore during your picnic for a pair of loafers and beachy waves and you’re all set for drinks at the Broken Shaker.

Get the look: Free People ($70); Elle-est-Grece ($179); Lemlem ($295)

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Wrap Dress

Casual but put together, a wrap dress is tailor-made for Miami. It’s comfortable, it accentuates the waist and it can easily be dressed up or down. Wear it with strappy sandals on the sand or gilded bangles for rooftop happy hours.

Get the look: Banana Republic ($88); Topshop ($90); Diane von Furstenberg ($468)

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