Vacation Ready Tropical Print Dress

This tropical print dress was made for summer living! It’s ready to take you from day time vacation activities to cocktails by the water with just the addition of a couple accessories. 

Tropical Print Dress // Vacation Style // Louella Reese // Life & Style Blog

photos by back seat photography

c/o dress // jacket // c/o handbag // c/o scarf // heels // sunglasses // c/o earrings

Beach is on the brain. I have several beach trips in the works over the next couple of months {cannot wait to share} so I am in full on outfit planning mode! When planning outfits and packing for a summer beach trip, I am all about pieces that’ll take you from one occasion to the next. For beach life, that typically means time at the pool/beach to cocktails + dinner at the local watering hole. Other times it means an afternoon catamaran ride to a romantic dinner on the beach. Whatever the beach vacation looks like, I don’t want to over pack {even though I almost always do, I know I’m not alone}. Therefore, I pick pieces I can wear multiple times. Or items I can use to transition from afternoon activities to evening festivities. 

When I tried on this Cooper & Ella dress, I knew it was one of those pieces. The print makes it perfectly playful for a fun afternoon. While the slinky straps and mini length give it the sass your looking for, for an evening out! I wouldn’t wear this dress for a day at the beach, although it’d be perfect for a walk along the water following dinner. Personally, I see it more as being a dress you wear for a catamaran ride {as mentioned above}. Or maybe shopping the local market, exploring, and grabbing lunch. Tropical Print Dress // Vacation Style // Louella Reese // Life & Style Blog

Tropical Print Dress // Vacation Style // Louella Reese // Life & Style Blog

Tropical Print Dress // Vacation Style // Louella Reese // Life & Style Blog

Tropical Print Dress // Vacation Style // Louella Reese // Life & Style Blog

Tropical Print Dress // Vacation Style // Louella Reese // Life & Style Blog

Tropical Print Dress // Vacation Style // Louella Reese // Life & Style Blog

Tropical Print Dress // Vacation Style // Louella Reese // Life & Style Blog

c/o dress // jacket // c/o handbag // c/o scarf // heels // sunglasses // c/o earrings

For afternoon {more casual}: I’d pair this dress with simple sandals, an easy bag or fun tote, and minimal jewelry. Sandals I think would be perfect for day include this Steve Madden pair or these spunky leopard sandals. Really any neutral would be great! As for the bag, I am loving this simple basket bag {this brand has the BEST basket bags} and this adorable tote

For evening: I’m grabbing a denim jacket in case the restaurant {or bar} is chilly, stacked heels or wedges that are easy to walk and dance in, and some statement jewelry. These stacked heels from Steve Madden are my favorite! They come in a variety of colors. I also think this pair would would fabulous with the dress. For earrings, this website is my go to. I love their statement earrings, they are all SO good! Also, a great price. 

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Are you headed on a beach trip soon? Where are your end of summer vacations? I’d love to hear! Comment below and share. 

P.S. Have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet? It officially opened to the public on Friday. Yay! I shared my top Home Decor picks on Friday, so be sure to check that out here. That department has some of the best deals. You can check out all of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale coverage here

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29 Comments

  1. Kristina wrote:

    Love the print of this dress- so pretty!!

    xo, Kristina

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  2. The print on this is just so elegant! I love how you paired this dress with the white earrings–classy!
    x
    Missy
    http://popofstyle.com

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  3. Such a pretty print! Also super jealous of your upcoming beach trips; can’t wait to follow along!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
    • Isn’t it so fun? Thank you gal! I am so excited for them and I really cannot wait to share!!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  4. Ashley DTKAustin wrote:

    Such a beautiful dress!! That print is gorgeous and so perfect for summer!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  5. Morgan wrote:

    Outfit planning is so fun!! And BEACH outfit planning, well that’s heaven! haha .. love this dress on you friend!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  6. Annie wrote:

    This print is gorgeous! I love those shoes too!

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  7. Tamara wrote:

    This dress is so cute! I love the print and the colors!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  8. Maggie wrote:

    This post is so needed!! We are headed to the beach in a week and a half and I haven’t planned ANYTHING!! I love your pretty dress!

    Maggie @ Polished Closets

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
    • Ah yay! So glad you’re getting a little getaway. That’ll be so nice! Thank you lady!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  9. Kelly wrote:

    This dress is beautiful and I love the pattern and the ruffle!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  10. Dana wrote:

    New favorite photos of you!
    Love how many different ways you can wear this easy breezy dress!

    xx
    Pink Champagne Problems

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  11. Megan wrote:

    This dress has the prettiest patterns and prints. Perfect for vacation!

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

    Posted 7.24.17 Reply
  12. Sarah K Tripp wrote:

    Such a fun dress! Love the colors

    Posted 7.25.17 Reply
  13. I love that dress. it’s so pretty. I could just imagine that dress in Hawaii.
    https://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    Posted 7.25.17 Reply
  14. Hillary wrote:

    This dress!! I love those heels with it! I’d always wanted that color, it’s surprisingly versatile! Looking gorgeous, as always!

    ~Hillary
    http://www.styleinasmalltown.com

    Posted 7.26.17 Reply
    • They’re so great! I highly recommend. I wear them way more often that I planned, which was a lot ha. Thank you love!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 7.26.17 Reply
  15. Anna English wrote:

    I’m loving the colors/ print of that dress, so perfect for vacation!

    Posted 7.26.17 Reply