For maximum versatility and comfort, there are a few things to consider. Billowy summer dresses with sleeves are popular lately and with good reason. They look incredibly chic, especially when made in an understated block color. You have plenty of options to dress the style up or down depending on the footwear you choose.
The 9seed bestselling St. Tropez beach dress is a classic cover-up to throw in the beach bag, and even better, it is made in California.
Lemlem is an ethical brand that makes cotton summer dresses in Ethiopia and Kenya. The lightweight fabrics make these dresses incredibly breathable, and the loose styles are non-restrictive and airy.
At the luxury end, Spanish brand Charo Ruiz, pictured, makes summer dresses with beautiful eyelet and lace detailing. The styles are fitted and sophisticated, perfect for beach to restaurant. Another brand to consider is Australian designer Camilla. Her bohemian-inspired kaftans and dresses are always rich and exotic.
Camilla is the namesake label of well-known Australian designer Camilla Franks. Her printed cover-ups and dresses are always radiant and exotic.
New York-based Caroline Constas creates laid-back ultra-feminine pieces. Think glamourous silhouettes made from weightless cotton.
Charo Ruiz is a Spanish designer who creates beautifully breezy and feminine cover-ups inspired by her home Ibiza.
CHIO is a luxury fashion label designed by two sisters, Stefania and Maria Cristina Di Simone and manufactured in Italy. Expect high-fashion swimwear, premium textiles, and exotic lace trims.
Lemlem is the ethical women's clothing label started by supermodel Liya Kebede. Crafted in handwoven cotton by skilled artisans in her native Ethiopia and Kenya.
Miguelina is a luxury resortwear line with a stylish, easygoing aesthetic. Expect delicate lace trims and breezy 100% cotton and linen fabrics.
Pitusa is a beachwear brand making vibrant, flowing kaftans, cover-ups and dresses. Ethically made using the finest Peruvian and Indian cotton.
Silvia Tcherassi is a Colombian fashion designer creating elegant and luxurious dresses and separates in eyecatching cuts and prints.