Perfect white beach dresses that will become your summer uniform this year.

White Beach dress

You know the little black dress well. It’s a throw-on-and-go, wear-anywhere, dress up or dress down wardrobe staple of—well—always.

During the summer, though, brighten it up with a white beach dress instead. Especially if you’re beach-bound. 

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Opt for mini, midi, or maxi when shopping for a slew of brand-new white beach dresses this summer.

With eyelet embroidery, structured bodices, flowing maxi silhouettes, and more, the possibilities are endless.

Shop our favorite 14 white beach dress options right here. Just in time for your next vacation.

Our Top Picks

Best White Beach Maxi Dress


Bird & Knoll Alba Cotton Maxi Dress

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The romanticism that’s brought by a simple tiered hemline and smocked torso is remarkable. You’ll truly want to live in this white maxi beach dress from Bird & Knoll.

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Best White Crochet Dress


She Made Me Devisha Crochet Dress

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When you really want a cover up, but have your eye on one that looks more like a sundress than an oversized shirt, shop this crochet beach dress.

While totally sheer, it can as easily be worn with a white bodysuit as it can with a swimsuit. 

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Best Short White Beach Dress


The Great The Pathway Dress

Shop Now at Intermix

This sweet mini white beach dress will take you anywhere you want to go this summer.

The inset lace crisscross design is elevated enough for evening, while its puff sleeves and babydoll silhouette keeps it youthful and fun.

Style them with block heel sandals and straw beach bags for day to night.

Best White Beach Dress with Cut Outs


Cult Gaia Cameron Knit Midi Dress

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You don’t have to save the hugely-popular side cut out trend for your swimwear. Opt for a revealing design when it comes to your white beach maxi dresses as well, like this ribbed knit number.

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Best Cotton White Beach Dress


Ulla Johnson Olina Tiered Midi Dress

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You’ll love this white beach dress because it’s made of a casual and crisp cotton poplin, making it one of the easiest throw-on-and-go looks you could own, but also boasts tailored style with a tiered hem, slight puff sleeves, and a bow-tie waist.

Wear them with comfortable slide sandals for your perfect summer outfit.

Best White Linen Dress


Faithfull the Brand Venezia Linen Mini Dress

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There’s nothing like a white linen dress for summer, but this Faithfull the Brand mini is a little bit more stylized than most.

Featuring a pin-tucked top and longer puff sleeves, you can wear it by day with lace-up flat sandals or by night with a pair of chunky heels.

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Best Puff Sleeve White Beach Dress


Hill House Home The Athena Nap Dress

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Yes, it’s true: Hill House Home Nap Dresses are not just for sleeping. In fact, they make for a great white beach dress as well.

You’ll love that their white style isn’t just a plain cotton poplin. With this look, you’ll get a little extra detail with a Swiss dot instead. Here is your cute white beach dress!

Best Strapless White Beach Dress


Abercrombie & Strapless Midi Dress

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If you’re looking for a dress to wear after-hours while on your beach vacation, look no further than Abercrombie & Fitch. This strapless white beach dress is as elegant as ever.

Made of a crisp cotton poplin that will hold up through a long night of dancing and it’ll still look just as good the next day when you want to do it all over again. What’s more, it boasts removable straps for a little extra support.

Best Stylish White Beach Dress


Lisa Marie Fernandez Scalloped Mini Dress

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Go mod with your cover ups with this mini dress that looks as though it stepped right out of the 1960s.

With a scalloped edge and buttons down the front, swimwear designer Lisa Marie Fernandez crafted a beach dress that can be worn with equal ease on and off the beach.

Best Jersey White Beach Dress


J.Crew Tiered Dress in Jersey Cotton jersey white beach dress

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For simplified packing, especially on a beach vacation, make sure to have at least a few cotton jersey dresses on hand.

You’ll love this tiered white beach dress, both over your favorite swimsuit when stepping out of the pool, as well as paired with low-top sneakers for a walk around town.

Best White Beach Cover Up Dress


Madewell Lightspun Cover Up Dress

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Ease of wear is a necessity when on a beach vacation, which makes this white beach dress to appealing. In slightly textured white cotton, you can tie the straps as loose or as tight as you need them for the best fit.

Though a shift shape, it’s designed with a slightly ruffled drop hem for a little extra flounce.

Best Spaghetti Strap White Beach Dress


Staud Landry Bustier Minidress

Shop Now at Saks Fifth Avenue

When you want a bustier dress, but a little less fuss, turn to Staud.

Masters of the cotton poplin silhouette, the brand has created a fun and flirty white beach dress with a smocked torso and formed cups on top for the perfect look on a daytime beach stroll or evening cocktails by the water’s edge.

Best White Lace Beach Dress


Zimmermann Scallop-Trim Midi Dress Lace up white beach dress

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If you’re searching for a slightly more tailored white beach dress, go for a midi silhouette in a slightly heavier linen weave.

This Zimmermann look is great for daytime and can hold its own come evening hours as well. We especially love the subtle scalloped edge and small cut out slits for a little bit more daring look.

Best Long White Beach Dress


Sau Lee Gianna Cotton Maxi Dress

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For a classic white beach maxi dress with the hint of a Victorian edge, shop this empire waist, slightly structured top with a voluminous crisp cotton bottom.

Pro Tip


Use your white beach dress as a blank palette, adding and subtracting accessories and jewelry at your whim.

When packing for that coastal vacation, there’s nothing like a white summer dress to be an easy essential that you can take anywhere with a quick change of shoes or jewelry.

Wear it to breakfast with slide sandals, to drinks with heels, and maybe even over a bathing suit in the middle of the day with nothing more than a sun hat.

This summer, a white beach dress is all you need, especially when you’re beach-bound. With the right mini, midi, or maxi, you can style a classic white summer dress for day or night, all season long.

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