Packing light can be a breeze when you're heading to the beach. Of course, we're over here dreaming about celeb-fave and exclusive spots for insiders — so packing light can't mean skimping on amazing styling for the sand. (See how Paris Hilton does it, for example.) Here are a few resort-ready dresses —in order from baller-on-a-budget to Real Housewives-style spender — that will inspire major envy on social media during your next trip.
1. Studio 15
This Crochet Backless Maxi Dress ($60) is dramatic as it accentuates your curves, but forgiving with its elasticity. The white canvas will show off your tan nicely to boot. Winner!
2. Runway Passport
Pin Up Party Beach Caftan ($79) is lightweight and fun with a flower, fairy, flirty pattern. It’s sheer, so wear it over body-con underthings of your choice — and of course use it to double as a cover-up.
3. Lily Pulitzer
This Alia Beach Cover-Up ($98) is dynamic and bold in vibrant, look-at-me colors. It's bright enough to pair perfectly with a colorful cocktail in those vacay snaps, too.
Watch the sun go down in this Sunset Maxi ($118) that shows off your shoulders and the sides of those sexy legs.
5. Yumi Kim
The Tulum Caftan ($229) is soft and romantic with peek-a-boo lace that shows off your bikini bod, too. You can call it a cover-up, but we call it a dress for women who know they slay. Werk!
6. Mara Hoffman
Slip the Mini Dress ($297) on over your swimsuit for that casual lunch or happy hour surf break.