18 Cover-Ups to Take You From Beach to Cocktails
If a swimsuit is the star in beachwear, then a cover-up plays the sartorial equivalent of a supporting role—an accoutrement, but just as important. It serves as a figure-flattering sun guard by day and a transitional piece come dusk. Lightweight, flowy fabrics easily skim (not cling) over shy areas. Opaque ones to ensure more coverage. Got a suit you want to show off? Switch to sheer. And when you’re done with the sun, pair shorter lengths with crisp white jeans or shorts. For longer versions, cinch a belt at the waist and throw on espadrilles to turn your look from beach-going goddess to dinner-ready chic. From traditional kaftans to modern styles, we’ve got you covered—literally. Click through to see our roundup of 18 winning styles.
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Burn easily? Look for longer sleeves.
Cotton blend, $248;
This darker hue can do double-duty as a cover-up at the beach and as a sexy mini at night.
Pair a bright coral (the color’s hot right now) belt for added flair.
The intricately embroidery is based on a traditional West African dashiki.
Comptoir des Cotonniers
Roll up your sleeves for some fun with this playful print.
This cover-up would look sharp with a lemon-colored suit peeking through.
The LBD for the beach! Catch a glimpse of your suit through the intricate cut-out detailing.
Speak to your bohemian side in this blue tie-dye strapless maxi.
The Aztec-inspired print will add a jolt of spice to your shore side wardrobe.
Ted Baker London
A sweet scenic print and crisscross straps make this sheer cover-up a far cry from boring.
Who needs a belt? Use the drawstring to accentuate your waist.
This topper mixes two of the brand’s iconic prints.
Breezy in nature, this floral number fits and flatters every body shape.
Add subtle bling with this two-tone dip-dyed maxi that boasts embellished straps.
A block of canary yellow keeps things interesting by breaking up the tasseled print.
It’s safe to say that you won’t get lost in this electric lime kimono. Team it with a thick leather belt to fashion an instant dress.
Bright yellow and bold florals make for the perfect sunny kaftan.
Upgrade your white cover-up for one with neon-blue embroidery and sequin detailing.