It can totally be done, ladies! You can dress up a casual, comfortable cotton dress to take it beyond the flip flops and standard summer wear. I took this cotton dress from Lilly and paired it with a structured cotton blazer. I think keeping the fabrics uniform is key with this- adding a wool blazer, even in the same cut, would be weird. Don't forget your colorful accessories- or more formal ones to dress it up even more. Paired with nude wedges or espadrilles, this outfit is ready for more than just the beach!