The beginning of summer is already a matter of days away, and if you’re anything like me, you’re feverishly anticipating the new season. After all, there’s so much to be excited about—not just the onset of warm sunny days, but also the prospect of exploration. Summer is the time to not only pack your bags and jet off somewhere new but to test-drive a few viral summer trends. Deciding where to travel this summer is easy, but landing on what to pack for a said trip is a challenge in and of itself. Sure, there are summer staples that the style set swears by summer after summer, and there are even cute accessories you can buy to make your wardrobe feel fresh. Still, when it comes to looking good on that upcoming trip, you need at least one trend-forward piece of clothing you can pull out to serve a vacation look. Enter the beach maxi dress.
I must preface this by saying that in no way are beach cover-ups or maxi dresses some new or groundbreaking trend, but when you opt for those with trend-forward details (think: crochet, cutouts, tropical prints, and saturated hues), you’re able to give this trusted summer staple a reboot and make your favorite swimsuit even better. So, are you ready to find the perfect breach-ready piece to pack for your upcoming vacation? Keep scrolling—I’ve rounded up the 42 best beach maxi dresses at every price point.