23 Swimsuit Cover-Ups to Wear to the Pool, Beach & Everywhere in Between

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Somehow, it’s (almost) summer and although we’re still trying to figure out where the past 12 months went, we can’t help but do a happy dance thinking of the warmer months ahead. And what’s one of the things that we love most about the season at hand? The clothes, of course. (Sipping cocktails poolside is a close second, though.) Sandals, sunhats, sunglasses, sundresses, swimsuits (say that five times fast) and, most importantly, swimsuit cover-ups. Whether you want an embroidered tunic to slip over your suit after a day of swimming, a flowy pair of pants to keep you warm after sunset or a showstopping maxi dress that’ll turn heads, here are 23 of the best cover-up options to keep you looking and feeling fab all summer long.

chicgal coverup

1. Chicgal Swimsuit Coverup Wrap Sarong

Best Short Sarong

The sarong is a summer classic. It’s so easy to wear and is a simple way to give yourself a touch of coverage when desired. This mini number comes in more than 40 (yes, 40) vibrant colors and playful prints, from neutral hues like the black above to a neon purple and denim blue speckled with white daisies.

Size range: S to XXL

shu shi coverup

2. Shu-shi Beach Coverup Sarong

Best Long Sarong

Simple, sweet and flirty, this orange maxi gives us visions of watching a sunset in Tulum. But what we love most of all is that longer sarongs are surprisingly versatile (find a few of the different ways you can wear them here) so you can style this as a skirt one day and wear it as a halter dress the next.

Sizes range: S to 2X

camila coelho

3. Camila Coelho Offshore Crop and Midi Skirt

Best Two-Piece Set

A two-piece set is such an easy (and fun) cover-up option that you can wear for nearly all the summer activities you have planned. Plus, it’s kind of like getting three different outfits for the price of one. This one in particular is made from a semi-sheer mesh material that can be styled with a similar colored suit for a monochromatic beach moment or an eye-catching bikini if you’re hoping for a pop of color.

Size range: XXS to XL

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4. Zoye Chen Button Down Swimsuit Coverup

Best Button-Down Shirt

An oversize button-down can’t be beat. This one is comfy yet cute and so versatile. You can easily pair it with your favorite shorts or throw it on over your suit and top it off with a floppy hat and sandals for that sitting-poolside-at-a-five-star-resort look.

Sizes range: XS/S to M/L

pq coverup

5. Pq Billie Button Down Dress

Best Button-Down Dress

Raise your hand if this makes you want to book a tropical vacation…because same. Whether you opt for wearing it open to show off your new ‘kini or closed with a statement-making necklace and strappy sandals, this goes with anything.

Sizes range: XS/S to M/L

becca coverup

6. Becca Breezy Basics Keyhole Tie Sleeve Coverup Dress

Best Short Dress

Pool party at noon but dinner plans at five? Never fear. An LBD (Little Beach Dress) is your one-stop-shop for making that transition seamless. We’re currently eyeing this one from Becca that is as versatile as it cute and can be worn to the beach, then bar hopping and then back again.

Size range: S to L

lspace coverup

7. Elan Wrap Maxi Coverup Dress

Best Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are one of our favorite options for, well, pretty much any occasion—but especially summer parties. We love how breezy this pick is and the V neckline and tied waist lends an elevated touch to the overall look. Pair with your cutest pair of sandals (or sneaks) and voila, outfit complete!

Size range: XS to L

cult gaia coverup
Saks Fifth Avenue

8. Cult Gaia Cutout Dress

Best Cutout Dress

If you have been on the fashion side of TikTok lately, you have probably come across this dress, and it is no surprise the masses are falling head over heels in love with it. It’s sleek and looks oh-so-chic, but is still casual enough to prance around the beach in.

Sizes range: XS to XL

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9. Ekouaer Swimsuit Coverup Shirt Dress

Best Shirt Dress

Shirt-style cover-ups are one of our go-tos, and this lightweight rayon design is no exception. It has a high-low hemline and sleeves that have a snap closure so you can roll ‘em up or leave ‘em down—ideal for those wanting more coverage.

Sizes range: S to 3X

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10. L*space Daydream Tunic

Best Wrap Dress

Found: the chic cover-up your closet has been waiting for. Another option that you can take from brunch to the beach, this wrap dress is made from a viscose/cotton mix that is breathable and lightweight (despite the long sleeves) but is thick enough to not be see-through. It’s the best of both worlds.

Sizes range: XS to L

yincro coverup

11. Yincro Tassel Swimsuit Coverup

Best Tunic

Tunics are one of those cover-ups that you can throw into your bag and go—and they totally nail that boho beach goddess vibe. This flowy number is available in a plethora of colors (33 to be exact) and the pom pom trim adds an irresistibly fun touch.

Sizes range: XS to L

jcrew coverup

12. J.crew Paddle Short

Best Shorts

Whether it’s lightweight linen shorts or retro daisy dukes, a beachy pair of bottoms hit that sweet spot between wearing a full outfit and a casual cover-up. At the moment, these board shorts are on our wish list, thanks to their drawstring waist, flared leg and pretty color options. But our favorite part has to be that the fabric is made up of 60 percent recycled waste, helping to keep plastics out of our oceans

Sizes range: XXS to 3X

madewell coverup

13. Madewell Beach Cover Up Track Trousers

Best Pants

We know that the first thing that comes to mind when you think of swimsuit cover-ups probably isn’t a pair of linen trousers, but no warm weather wardrobe is truly complete without them. These are so easy to pull on after swimming around in the pool and are lightweight enough to wear from morning till night.

Sizes range: XXS to XXL

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14. Summersalt Wrap Skirt

Best Mini Skirt

This wrap skirt ties around your waist and turns your swimsuit into the cutest summer co-ord in the blink of an eye. With bright and bold colors and super fun patterns, it’s a total no-brainer.

Sizes range: XS to 2X

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15. Verdusa High Waist Side Split Maxi Skirt

Best Maxi Skirt

Maxi skirts are another tried and true staple of our cover-up collection. This one in particular has a high waist that will complement your bikini top and turn the look into a cute skirt and crop top moment. And that high slit does wonders at helping you show off your recently acquired sun kissed glow.

Sizes range: XS to XL

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16. Frankies Bikinis Rose Terry Romper

Best Sporty Cover-Up

Obsessed is an understatement. Pool party meets surfer girl meets the cutest romper we have ever laid eyes on. The floral pattern gives us major ‘70s vibes and the soft terry cloth fabric feels so cozy on the skin. Basically, if you’re planning on lounging shoreside after hours spent boogieboarding, this will have you looking the part.

Sizes range: XS to XL

silvia tcherassi coverup
Saks Fifth Avenue

17. Silvia Tcherassi Gloria Marie Maxi Dress

Most Splurge-Worthy Cover-Up

With the frigid weather and down parkas behind us, what better way to celebrate the approaching pool parties and beach vacays than with a little gift to yourself? (Trust us, you deserve it.) So, if you’re in the mood for treating yourself, this cotton maxi with a handkerchief hem and gradient color-blocking should do the trick.

Sizes range: XS to L

bsibseach coverup

18. Twoyek Crochet Swimwear Coverup

Best Budget-Friendly Cover-Up

A boho, calf-length caftan that helps you stay cool (and cute) is never a bad idea. The loose, crocheted design is available in a slew of colors that totally nail that tropical paradise vibe. And at that wallet-friendly price? We wouldn’t blame you for buying more than one.

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Swimsuits for All

19. Swimsuits For All Embroidered Crinkle Coverup

Best Plus-Size Cover-Up

We couldn’t imagine a better beachy slip if we tried. We’re loving the flowy fit and pretty lace detailing on this cover-up dress, and the lightweight rayon fabric is clutch at drying quickly in the sun.

Sizes range: 14 to 40

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20. La Blanca Lace-up Caftan

Best Caftan

Two words that are music to our ears when it comes to getting dressed for our friend’s pool party? Cozy and flattering. Good thing this lace-up caftan is both.

Sizes range: S to L

bsibseach coverup

21. Bsubseach Crochet Coverup

Best Crochet Cover-Up

Beige crochet screams island vacay. (Hey, that rhymes.) The high neckline on this midi dress provides a bit more coverage, while the semi-sheer fabric and double leg slits add a flirty touch.

frankies bikinis coverup

22. Rhythm Classic Sleeveless Button-front Romper

Best Romper

Rompers are built with that same one-piece-instant-outfit energy that dresses have, but with a slightly more laidback vibe. This one in particular is a favorite for its loose and flowy fit that was practically made for layering over your go-to suit.

Sizes range: XS to XL

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23. Mikoh Sayama Jumpsuit

Best Jumpsuit

Overalls, but make it…beachy? At any rate, just imagine how cute this would look thrown on over a strappy triangle bikini top and paired with some slip-on sandals. And don’t let the long pant legs deter you. It’s made from 100 percent cotton, so this jumpsuit is seriously lightweight and breathable.

Sizes range: XS to L

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