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Suddenly this summer, the freshest cover-up from Malibu to East Hampton is the beach coat, a lightweight long jacket that’s a little bit kimono, a little bit housecoat and a lot cute. Here are our favorites, along with suggestions on how to style them for post-surfside looks.

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The Moodss

Robes Are Natural Cover-Ups

When you’re done wearing your silky cover-up on the sand, throw it on over a cami, a pair of linen shorts and low-heel sandals, and you’re ready for a drinks date.

The Moodss ($48)

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Pockets Are Great for Seashell Collecting

A nubby black-and-white stripe in a no-button coat with on-seam pockets? That retro ’70s charm is going to serve you well over a strapless top with a big cuff bracelet and a slinky skirt. For extra fashion credit, wear it with a scarf over your salty hair.

Pondichérie ($290)

J. Crew

Tassels = Festive

A swirly-print tasseled version of a beach coat in cotton-modal blend is what you’ll wear on the plane back from your holiday, over jeans and sneakers.

J. Crew ($60)


A Case for Wearing Pajamas to the Beach

As comfy as your favorite pair of PJs, we recommend throwing on this buttery-soft number over cutoffs along with some deck shoes and pretty much looking casual and cool the rest of the day.

Lake ($126)



An unlined stripy coat is Bedouin-chic; we’d put it on over a skirt and crop top now, and layer over a turtleneck come fall.

Staud ($210)


Slinky Fabric Feels Good On (and Hides Your Rear)

Less structured than a jean jacket and more flowy than an overcoat, a loose beach jacket or kimono is the best thing to throw on over high jeans or snug shorts. (Especially when your white jeans are a little tighter than you remembered.)

Bel Kazan ($128)

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