The best options for every style. 

By Hana Hong
July 23, 2020
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Truth: A throw-on-and-go cover-up is one of the most versatile closet purchases you can make during the warmer months. But don’t think of your beach cover-up as just another lazy oversized T-shirt that you toss on until you get to the water. A swimsuit cover-up should be functional, lightweight, and comfortable, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice a stylish design. There are plenty of cute breezy dresses, gauzy tops, and chic sarongs that will serve you well poolside or on the shore, and tide you over while you’re lounging, having dinner, or taking in a good beach read. Once you’ve scored your dream swimsuit, we've rounded up every type of cover-up—and the most stylish from each category—that you won’t want to swim without this summer.

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Easy and breezy, the kaftan’s gracious silhouette allows you complete range of motion for maximum comfort while still holding a put-together facade. The breathable fabric is just sheer enough to allow your swimsuit to peek through, and the lattice back and side tassels lend touches of boho charm.

To buy: $20; target.com.

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Instead of wrapping a big, bulky towel around your waist, opt for a chic sarong made with lightweight fabrics. The versatile attire can be tied in a multitude of ways around the body—wrap it around your neck as a stylish scarf or drape it around your waist for an effortlessly stylish cover-up.

To buy: $25; abercrombie.com.

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When you’re too hot to wear pants, but want a little more movement and comfort than a dress allows, a romper is the optimal choice. This one is even easier to move around in, thanks to its elasticized neck and waist, and the all-over embroidered eyelet gives it an ultra-feminine touch.

To buy: $66; bloomingdales.com.

4

This black pullover dress is upgraded with an embroidered trim and pom-pom detailing. But the best part? There's a sexy cut-out back that shows just a hint of skin. 

To buy: $104; bloomingdales.com.

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The right dress doubles as swimwear and going-out attire. Floral embroidery, lace crochet, and a healthy dose of tassels all make this piece the ultimate summer outfit.

To buy: $20; amazon.com.

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With its elongated zipper, these coveralls are perhaps the easiest to slip in and out of. The 100 percent tencel fabric dries quickly and looks fashionable enough to wear out to brunch with your girls—nobody will be the wiser that you have a bathing suit underneath.

To buy: $125; smashtess.com.

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The reigning loungewear and spa attire, the oh-so-versatile robe is equally comfortable and functional as a cover-up. This bohemian-chic robe is sewn from a lightweight, breathable cotton poplin that becomes softer with each wash. Plus, it'll also keep your skin covered from the sun’s rays thanks to the longer length and drapey sleeves.

To buy: $128; printfresh.com.

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Shorter than a robe, the kimono is perfect for petite gals. A kimono is as polished as loungewear gets, which makes it a fitting option for just about anything, from work meetings and dinner dates to boardwalk strolling.

To buy: $78; anthropologie.com.