The best part about Summer dressing is that it's simple — or at least, it should be. Having to layer up or overhaul your look after a day at the beach is just something we're not interested in, period. So, to prevent those predinner pit stops, we've hit the virtual racks to find the Summer pieces that pull double duty. By day, they're your trusted cover-ups ; but by night, they're the chic dresses and tops you can wear right to happy hour and beyond. Just scroll to shop our favorites.
Zara Printed Caftan
There's really no doubt that this Zara caftan  ($60) would look amazing on the beach or at the bar — no accoutrements required.
Splendid Striped Maxi Dress
Throw this Splendid maxi  ($158) in your bag to cover up your bandeau swimsuit, and add wedges to head straight out with the girls.
J.Crew Embroidered Tunic
J.Crew's embroidered tunic  ($118) will be the ideal cover-up by day; but by night, it makes the perfect topper for skinny white jeans and chic Summer sandals.
Aritzia Striped Dress
The perfect accompaniment for a Summer beach day or Summer happy hour? This nautical-striped Aritzia Wilfred Free Naomi dress  ($45, originally $65).
H&M Printed Tunic
Throw this H&M patterned tunic  ($25) over your bikini by day, or add white jeans by night.
Free People Slip Dress
Is there a more stylish way to make the switch from sand to city than with this Free People strappy maxi  ($148)? Just add your favorite strappy sandals and jewels to elevate the look.
BCBG Embroidered Romper
Our ideal vacation look just might be throwing this BCBG Max Azria embroidered romper  ($248) over a bikini and adding heels to take it to dinner.
Dolce Vita Printed Dress
You'll never have to worry if you're appropriately dressed for dinner or drinks when you have this Dolce Fillipa dress  ($220) in your beach bag.
Zara Printed Slip Dress
Zara's printed dress  ($40) might just be the ultimate Summer sundress.
THML Embroidered Maxi Dress
Dressed down with flip-flops or dressed up with heels, this THML embroidered cutout dress  ($98) would look equally chic.
Vince Printed Romper
Truth be told, we could probably add a blazer and wear this sophisticated Vince romper  ($375) to the office; though, we like the idea of adding a straw hat and flat sandals for the beach just as much.