The 11 Best Swim Cover-Ups for Summer Beach Vacation

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It’s finally swimsuit season! As much as we’re looking forward to warm-weather festivities, we know it can be daunting to debut a bathing suit. Bikinis that are tiny and teeny weeny are not our style. We love sunbathing in the sunshine (covered with SPF, ofcourse!).), but we don’t always feel confident showing so much skin.

Problem solved! For a long time we thought of cover ups as an appetizer to the main meal. The right wrap can make a swimsuit look more stylish and complete your beachy look. We picked out 11 chic cover-ups — from open-front caftans to sheer sundresses and sarongs.

How we chose the best covers

If you feel self-conscious sporting a swimsuit, you’re not alone. Even Sports IllustratedAshley Graham, model, has voiced her insecurity about wearing bikinis! The mom of three once shared her insecurity about being in a bikini! People, “I mean, of course like any girl when you get to the beach or the pool and you go, ‘Oh, I have to take my cover-up off, crap.’” But here’s the thing — you don’t have to take your cover-up off!

We want to make sure you feel your best so you can have fun and enjoy the sun. That’s why we picked out cover-ups that will conceal any trouble areas while still allowing breathable ventilation. There’s nothing worse than wearing a cover-up that makes you feel sweaty or sticky!

We have our fair share of experience rocking bathing suits at pool parties and photo shoots, so we’re experts at selecting cover-ups that serve as flattering sidekicks to your main character moment. Whether you’re heading on summer vacation or sunbathing in your backyard, these 11 cover-ups are the perfect blend of style, comfort and function.

And if you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out this blast of body positivity from Cosmopolitan.

1. Cover-Up Kona Sol Button Down Shirtdress

 Bathing Beauty

Target

This top-rated button-down shirtdress by Target will make you stand out. This top is versatile enough to be worn as a beach or street style cover-up. Many shoppers call this shirt the “perfect cover-up” for summer. Get this 100% crinkly cotton steal before they sell out!

Pros:

  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Trendy

 Cons:

You Must See It!

Available at Target

2. Yincro Tassel Cover-Up

Fringe Benefits

black tassels cover-up
Amazon

With over 11,000 reviews on Amazon, we’d give this cover-up an 11 out of 10. The tassels give off a beachy, boho vibe and the large fit is both flattering yet forgiving. There are 33 different patterns and prints available, unlike other covers that come in only a few colors. The material is silky soft — not too thick but not too thin.

Pros:

  • It’s a flattering, yet large size
  • Stylish
  • Affordable

Cons:

You should see it!

Available at

3. Lulus Color Block Maxi Cover-Up

Paint the Town Red

color block cover-up
Lulus

Color UseThis maxi-cover-up in color-block is a great choice! With seven different color combos to choose from, you’ll surely find shades that suit your swimsuit. This breezy maxi is lightweight, soft, and stylish. We love that the straps can be adjusted for a custom fit.

Pros:

  • Colorful
  • Unique
  • Straps that can be adjusted

Cons:

You should see it!

Available at: Lulus

4. Lulus Crochet Lace Cover-Up

Crochet All Day

white crochet cover-up
Lulus

We really shouldn’t play favorites, but we have to admit that this crochet cover-up is our top pick. Customers say they get so many compliments when wearing this cover-up. And we can see why — featuring delicate lace detailing and a charming cut, this design is truly one-of-a-kind. You can also style this cover-up with a slip underneath. There are so many options for outfits!

Pros:

  • Unique
  • Versatile
  • Stunning

Cons:

  • See-through
  • Runs a bit large

You should see it!

Available at: Lulus

5. Pink Queen Tie-Front Robe Coat-Up

Tie Die For!

black-robe-cover-up
Shutterstock

Robe life is our favorite, whether we’re lounging in a hotel room or laying out on the beach. This luxurious tie-front maxi, made from soft fabric, is basically a luxurious robe. The long sleeves and skirt hide our legs while showing some skin. This cover-up can either be worn open or closed to customize your fit. This stunning find comes in 19 vibrant colors! 

Pros:

  • Bright colors
  • Floral and flattering

Cons:

You should see it!

Available at

6. O’Neill Gauzy Cotton Cover-Up Tunic

Trendy Tunic

yellow cover-up
Nordstrom

This gauzy cotton tunic will keep you sunny with its gauzy cotton cover-up! We’re crushing on all three colors — yellow, green and white. The beauty of this cover-up is that it’s just long enough to cover your beach bum, but it can also operate as a shirt with shorts. This top is a summer staple, with a V neck, slouchy drop shoulders, and a drapey high-low hem. 

Pros:

Cons:

You should see it!

Available at: Nordstrom

7. Bsubseach Open Front Cardigan Cover-Up

Flowy Fashion

tie-front lace caftan
Amazon

 

This open-front kimono makes you feel like a Greek Goddess. This maxi, with its tie waist and embroidered lace, will blow in wind and conceal your stomach, thighs, upper arms, and stomach. This maxi is lightweight and airy. It’s said to be very flattering by shoppers. This long silhouette combines the elegance and movement of a swing dress with the elegance of a formal gown.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Wash delicately

You Must See It!

Available at

8. Ekouaer Sarong swimsuit cover-up

Sunny Sarong

black sarong
Amazon

This swim sarong will make it even more stylish! There’s enough material to wear this cover-up tied around your waist as a skirt or even tied around your neck as a dress. With 45 colors to choose from, you’ll absolutely be able to find a hue that matches your bikini.

Pros:

  • Can be worn in multiple styles
  • Affordable

Cons:

You should see it!

 Available at

9. Elan Maxi Cover Up With Pockets

Pocket Full of Sunshine

blue billowy cover-up
Nordstrom

It would be great if it was possible Us,Every dress should have pockets! This maxi dress with pockets is a winner in our book! Customers even wear this beach cover-up as an actual dress! It is flattering and loose, with some tummy coverage. The flirty touch is added by the deep V in the front and back! 

Pros:

  • Comes with pockets
  • Tummy control

Cons:

You should see it!

Available at: Nordstrom

10. CPOKRTWSO Crochet Chiffon Cover-Up

Beachy Boho

pink crochet cover-up
Amazon

Whether you’re packing for Coachella or an upcoming vacay, this boho-chic cover-up is a must-have. The light and airy fabric is perfect for hot days in the sun, thanks to its sheerness. We’re smitten with the embroidered lace and fringe tassels. Plus, it’s currently on sale and available in 39 different colors!

Pros:

Cons:

  • Not the best quality
  • Very short

You should see it!

Available at

11. Lulus Wide Leg Cover-Up Jumpsuit

Jumping for Joy

black jumpsuit cover-up
Lulus

We had no choice but to add a jumping suit to the list. This cover-up with wide legs is comfortable and flattering. It’s the epitome of comfy-chic beachwear! The deep V in the front and back will highlight your golden glow. It even comes with pockets!

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Comes with pockets

Cons:

You should see it!

Available at: Lulus

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