Six Great Beach Cover-ups that Keep You Covered

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Almost as important as the swimsuit (and generally eminently more wearable) is the cover-up. We love them because they make the long walk from the beach chair to the bathhouse soooooooo much less cringe-inducing.

A tip? Try on your cover-up to make sure it’s long enough, roomy enough, and cut right so that you are comfortable in it—cool colors and fluid shapes make for the most chic beach/pool cover-ups this season, and getting them for less is tres easy. That’s French for no-brainer. Check out our picks for six great beach cover ups.

The Caftan Beach Cover Up

The Caftan cover up is the easiest cover up to wear because it can double as a regular dress (which is good when you go from pool to restaurant back to pool). Just make sure you keep it classy- avoid cover ups that look like nightgowns.

ASOS CURVE Scarf Dress In Fluro Animal PrintASOS CURVE Scarf Dress In Fluro Animal Print, $47.64 at ASOS

Embroidered Kimono Cover UpEmbroidered Kimono Cover Up, $21.80 at Forever 21

St. Johns Cocoon Swim Coverup CaftanSplurge: “St. Johns” Cocoon Swim Coverup Caftan- Green Multi, $73.50 at Monif C

The Tunic Beach Cover Up

The tunic cover up is the most versatile (and most budget-friendly) because you can pair it with a pair of shorts and/or a skirt- or you could just wear it as a dress.

LOFT Beach Border Print Swimsuit Cover UpLOFT Beach Border Print Swimsuit Cover Up, $69.50 at LOFT

Women's Embroidered Gauze Cover-UpsWomen’s Embroidered Gauze Cover-Ups, $29.94 at Old Navy

Double-V Lace Cover-upDouble-V Lace Cover-up, $63.50 at Victoria’s Secret

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  • sandra1234

    I love cover ups! I recently got a cover up called a Towelini and it was great. It’s cool because you can use it like a beach towel as well. Any way, I just wanted to mention that. You can see it on

  • christianay

    My favorite is the one pictured. I love cover-ups. It’s like a whole new outfit when you leave the beach and wear your suit under it. They’re really handy when there’s a restaurant or bar on the shore that you walk to from the sand. The cover up lets you dress appropriately without having to bring a whole new outfit along.