The perfect vacation dress

Last drops of summer 

Despite Halloween décor emerging everywhere and the aroma of Pumpkin Spice Lattes lingering in the air, I keep holding on to summer and trying to wear my favorites as much as I can. Fortunately, the weather still permits for breezy beach dresses and gladiator sandals, so I am taking full advantage before the temperatures drop and this beautiful maxi gets pushed in the back of my closet till next summer.

I received this gorgeous embroidered number from Shein a few months ago and intended for it to become my perfect vacation dress that looks equally great as a cover up for beach days or dressed up with wedges and statement accessories for dinners out. While our vacation was beyond amazing, it was also crazy with our two little munchkins, so I didn’t get a chance to photograph it for the blog as I initially planned. So I am catching up now, using the last sizzling hot days to wear it and to say that I love it is an understatement!

 

Must-have vacation staple 

When I think of “breezy beach attire” I always imagine a white maxi dress, but in this case the embroidery takes center stage and it is a total game changer. Just add a fancy tropical cocktail and the sound of the ocean waves for a picture perfect vacation moment. Makes me want to start planning our next summer getaway already, because this dress is definitely the first thing going in the suitcase!

You might remember my key points on why I like a certain brand.

Style compatibility

Shein offers a lot of trendy items, and while some of them might be too risqué for my taste, there is also a huge selection of trendy items right up my alley.

Affordability

I love a good challenge of building a great look without breaking the bank and mixing high and low. SheIn offers really affordable pieces, most of them under $50, including outerwear.

Quality

Quality is very important to me, and I always try to consider how a garment will hold up after a few washes. Read on for the quality review and a couple of shopping tips below.

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In addition to the eye catching design, 

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality as well. The dress is actually a two piece, including a short slip dress under (you can choose to go without it if you are using it as a cover up), and the embroidery is very well done. I saw it worn without a belt, but in my case I thought it overwhelmed my frame and was too loose without one, so I added some shape with a tan skinny belt.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with this maxi: the look, the quality, and versatility make it a wonderful summer staple, plus it didn’t need any alterations. Normally I have a hard time finding a maxi dress I can wear with flats without any alterations (I am 5’3” and prefer to style my maxi dresses with flat sandals for a casual relaxed look). In this case the length is perfect.

 

 

 

My shopping tips

After reviewing a few items from Shein, I can say there are definitely fashion gems to be found in the huge inventory, and the best way to do so is to pay attention to what other fashionistas are saying. I love that they have a review section with actual pictures from customers and bloggers. So here is my little shopping tip: the best fashion finds for me turned out to be the pieces that have more pictures in the “Style Gallery” under the product description. Also, it helps to know your measurements and use the size reference chart every time since each item is sized a little differently. Happy shopping!

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Outfit details

Dress: c/o Shein

Bag: B. Makowsky DSW, mini tote here  

Necklace: Banana Republic 

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64 comments

Jenny @ The Sensible Shopaholic October 13, 2016 at 10:48 pm

Yes, that is seriously the perfect vacation dress. You look like you were made to sit near the beach drinking a fruity drink. Adorable!!

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Tanya October 13, 2016 at 10:51 pm

Thanks so much Jenny! I definitely think this is the one and only vacation / beach dress I need! 🙂

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Lumain October 14, 2016 at 8:17 am

You look so beautiful

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Tanya October 16, 2016 at 2:51 am

Thanks Lumain, you are too kind!

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svetlana October 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Красота!!!!!! Всё нравится!!!! Всё просто СУПЕР!!!!

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Robyn Norris October 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm

Love, love, love the dress! So pretty! XO

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Tanya October 16, 2016 at 2:50 am

Thanks Robyn 🙂

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Internationalcaty October 15, 2016 at 8:57 pm

I need this dress in my life. Beautiful

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Tanya October 16, 2016 at 2:50 am

Thanks, and you can’t beat the price 🙂

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Kari (Happy Coconuts Travel Blog) October 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Gotta love a summer maxi and sandals! It’s a perfect vacation outfit too – always my go to, easily dressed up or made casual 🙂

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Tanya October 16, 2016 at 2:49 am

Exactly Kari! 🙂

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Cricket Plunkett October 15, 2016 at 9:40 pm

I need that dress!

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Diana Valverde October 15, 2016 at 10:27 pm

The dress is very simple but pretty, i loved the patern 🙂

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Tanya October 16, 2016 at 2:49 am

Thanks Diana! That’s what caught my eye in the first place!

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Nellwyn October 16, 2016 at 12:51 am

That’s a beautiful dress and absolutely perfect to take on holiday!

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Tanya October 16, 2016 at 2:48 am

Thank you Nellwyn!

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Agnes October 16, 2016 at 1:30 am

What a beautiful dress! I would certainly love to rock it next summer

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Tanya October 16, 2016 at 2:48 am

Thanks Agnes 🙂 Can’t wait for another getaway!

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Amber Myers October 16, 2016 at 1:38 am

Oo I love your dress. How pretty! And the colors are lovely.

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Tanya October 16, 2016 at 2:47 am

Thanks Amber 🙂

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Ivonne October 16, 2016 at 2:12 am

What a great dress! I can picture me sitting pool side sipping cocktails and being quite fashionable in this dress! Looks very airy and light!

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Tanya October 16, 2016 at 2:47 am

Thanks so much Ivonne, this is exactly what I’m planning to do next summer! 🙂

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Neha October 16, 2016 at 4:33 am

You look so pretty and the styling is gorgeous too, good work babe!

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Tanya October 17, 2016 at 2:37 am

Thanks girl! 🙂

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The Savvy Age October 16, 2016 at 5:13 am

Very pretty dress and it does look comfy!

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Tanya October 17, 2016 at 2:37 am

Thanks!

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Lizzy October 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm

That dress is just to die for!! GORGEOUS!! And I love that Rachel Roy quote you used!

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Tanya October 17, 2016 at 2:37 am

Thanks Lizzy, RR is my favorite affordable designer!

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Sassy October 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Such a gorgeous look, I love it!

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Tanya October 17, 2016 at 2:36 am

Thanks Sassy!

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Ruxandra October 16, 2016 at 7:58 pm

Such a beautiful dress! Love the embroidery!

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Tanya October 17, 2016 at 2:36 am

Thanks Ruxandra!

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Author Brandi Kennedy October 16, 2016 at 9:04 pm

What a beautiful dress! And you’re right, it’s perfect for vacations or even a casual summer day out. It’s lovely.

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Tanya October 17, 2016 at 2:36 am

Thank you Brandi!

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Jenna October 16, 2016 at 9:38 pm

Ooh! That dress is so breezy and lovely! It makes me want to visit the beach immediately.

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Tanya October 17, 2016 at 2:36 am

I know right? 🙂

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Janine Good October 17, 2016 at 1:31 am

What a beautiful dress! I love the embroidery on it! It looks incredibly comfy!

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Tanya October 17, 2016 at 2:35 am

Thanks Janine it sure is!

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Dawn McAlexander October 17, 2016 at 2:25 am

That dress is absolutely gorgeous. I need that dress for my own collection. I would love to wear that out on the town.

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Tanya October 17, 2016 at 2:35 am

Thanks Dawn!

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Idriss October 17, 2016 at 3:09 am

Nice ! This dress has kind of a Moroccan touch

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Rose October 17, 2016 at 3:19 am

Wow, that is a beautiful dress. A dress you can wear for multiple occasions. A great price as well makes me want to look at more of what the offer.

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Meg Kerns October 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm

This dress is stunning! I love the light flowy look as well as the coloring. It makes me want to go on a vacation, stat! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful product!

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Taylor Mobley October 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm

That dress is absolutely stunning on you!

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Michelle Adams October 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Wow, that dress is co cute! (Also, I totally love the layout of your site, it’s really stellar!) Thanks for sharing!

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Stephanie Kuchs October 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Such a beautiful dress. I love that you can dress it up or down. Loved the addition of the jean jacket for a more casual look. I have vacation coming up and need to find some awesome pieces! Thanks for the inspiration.

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Lou Lou Girls October 17, 2016 at 2:56 pm

I absolutely love this dress!

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Gryselle Mae October 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm

I love the dress! It looks simple yet chic! 🙂

Also, I love how you structured you blog post. Very interesting 😉

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Shelby Bromley October 17, 2016 at 5:11 pm

I’m in love with that dress!

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Candy October 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm

This dress is so cute and you look amazing! I always wondered about the quality and fit of the clothes from Shein. Looks like they have some amazing finds like this one 🙂

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Jennifer October 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Your dress is beautiful!! Shein sounds like a great fashion company!

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Susana October 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm

YOu look absolutely stunning! You have the most gorgeous smile I have ever seen! Perfect dress. But I will admit I have never heard of Shein before.

http://www.susanalopessnarey.com (Style & Life by Susana)

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Shane October 17, 2016 at 9:21 pm

The colors and patterns are gorgeous! Going to get it for my moms birthday!

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Jacqui October 18, 2016 at 12:50 am

Ah girl you are rocking that dress. It’s so pretty! I also keep holding onto summer a little bit!

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Kasey October 18, 2016 at 2:26 am

That dress looks amazing on you! I totally know what you mean about knowing your measurements and reading reviews! I got a few things from there last year an had some serious mishaps with sizing!

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Glenny October 18, 2016 at 2:32 am

AHH You look stunning as always <3 I love how you styled that dress and you do it with such ease!! I miss summer 🙁

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Briana Marie October 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

Omg. So many cute pieces featured here! I’m in love. 😍

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EverythingAliex.com October 18, 2016 at 10:24 am

Great choices on here! Thanks!

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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

That is such a beautiful dress! Really crisp and clean, but lovely detail on it too.

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Ima October 18, 2016 at 1:17 pm

That dress is super pretty on you!
And I really like the design, perfect summer outfit indeed 🙂

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ohmummymia October 18, 2016 at 6:08 pm

I’m not fun of long dresses but this one is really beautiful

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Jaybushkinky October 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

👍 so lovely

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katrina October 20, 2016 at 4:03 am

I love how simple this dress is! Living in SoCAL let’s me stretch out the rest of my summer wear as well before the cold starts to hit!

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Clarissa October 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Can’t wait to check Shein out – that dress is perfect!

-Clarissa @ The View From Here

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