18 Summer Pieces That Double as Beach Cover-Ups
What’s your beach style? Do you anoint yourself with tanning oil of a daringly low SPF, lie out and slow roast in the sun? Do you stake the sand with an umbrella, unfold a lounge chair and dive into the latest Elena Ferrante novel? Are you one of those superhuman beings who somehow, despite 90-degree heat and the threat of incidental exfoliation, enjoy seaside sports? Or would you rather float otter-like among the waves?
Whatever your relaxation style, we know what your literal beach style entails: a swimsuit (most likely a one-piece, based on current trends) and comfortable, loosely hanging beach cover-ups. There are certain criteria said cover-up should meet. It shouldn’t be too dainty since it’ll inevitably find itself tossed aside at the first sight of water. It should be reasonably priced (same logic). Ideally, it should be sleek and chic enough that, should your sandy bottom choose to sit for a casual cocktail or dinner, you won’t be violating dress code.
Which is why we’re throwing our support behind cover-ups that don’t look like cover-ups. Think loose dresses, miniskirts, see-through tops you’d normally layer over tank tops and summer staples like flirty shirtdresses. They get the job done and make for a noticeably more polished beach look.
Upgrade your beachwear game by checking out the 18 beach cover-ups listed below. Some are good to go. Some bottoms can be worn while sporting the top of your swimsuit as a top. Others require the addition of some stylish bottoms.
Mango Knit Openwork Sweater, $79.99 at Mango
Jacquemus Bagnu Wrap-Front Terry Mini Skirt, $315 at Matches Fashion
Staud Carina Dress in Goldie Persimmon, $425 at Staud
BDG Suki Multi-Pocket Cargo Pant, $89 at Urban Outfitters
Savannah Morrow Zuma Silk-Bamboo Cropped Top, $175 at Moda Operandi
Zara Ruffled Short Jumpsuit, $59.90 at Zara
Emilio Pucci Printed Cotton-Blend Voile Shorts, $430 at Net-a-Porter
COS Open-Knit Polo Shirt in Beige, $99 at COS
Aeron Charley Mini Crochet Dress in Beige, $545 at The Frankie Shop
Saks Potts Tanja Top in Navy, $499 at The Frankie Shop
Zimmermann Postcard Striped Cotton Miniskirt, $550 at mytheresa.com
Mango Oversize Cotton Shirt, $59.99 at Mango
Tach Clothing Cat Crochet Skirt in Orange, $219 at Lisa Says Gah
Zara Sleeveless Mini Dress, $69.90 at Zara
Ciao Lucia Diletta Tie-Accented Plisse-Jacquard Top in Green, $330 at Moda Operandi
Cult Gaia Sarah Top, $418 at Cult Gaia
FP Beach Love Me Long-Sleeve Fauxchet Stripe Top in Peach Nectar Combo, $58 at Free People
Skin Billie Caftan, $270 at Shopbop