The 10 Best Swimsuit Cover Ups for Every Summer Activity

by Laura Fisher

The 10 Best Swimsuit Cover Ups for Every Summer Activity
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Having the right swimsuit cover up is somewhat magical. It transforms your humble suit into a complete outfit ideal for a poolside drink, or offers the perfect amount of coverage for a stroll along the beach. A good beach or swim cover up can make you feel more confident in your swimwear and even make you feel like you’re on an exotic getaway (rather than, say, your neighbor’s backyard). We’ve rounded up the 10 best swimsuit cover ups for women so that you can feel breezily stylish all summer, starting at just $19.99.


With a range of cover-up styles, from beach-perfect dresses to chic kimonos and trendy wraps, you’ll be sure to find the best summer style for whatever the season throws at you.


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1 of 10 Image Credits: Summersalt

Summersalt Effortless Shirtdress Coverup


Achieve that perfect carefree vibe with this lightweight, breezy white collarless shirtdress cover up. The long slits up the sides prevent you from feeling restricted when it's buttoned up, and the self-tie belt creates a flattering, cinched waist. Whether you choose to wear the piece open or closed, this versatile cover up is a necessary addition to your summer wardrobe.

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Soluna Swim Sunset Romper


Rompers are a trendy and comfortable addition to any closet, and this adorable lightweight piece is a must-have for both on and off the beach. Available in white, navy, smoke, or earth, the smocked cover up has a gorgeous stitched detailing around the waist designed to mimic sunset hues and matching tassels on the drawstrings.

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La Blanca Slouchy Hooded Sweater Cover-Up Tunic


It doesn’t get much cozier than this casual hoodie cover up from chic swimwear brand La Blanca. The drape style and mid-thigh length mean you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort, and the lightweight fabric will ensure you don’t overheat in the sun. One reviewer says the tunic swim cover up is “adorable, nautical, and long enough to wear into a casual eating establishment.”

4 of 10 Image Credits: Target

Kona Sol Women’s Lattice Back Kaftan Cover Up Dress


Choose from black or floral for this effortlessly chic, sheer v-neck kaftan cover up. Boho touches include tassels at the bottom of the thigh-length dress and a lattice-shaped crisscross pattern across the back. The relaxed fit and breathable fabric mean that you’ll be as comfortable as you are fashionable, all at an affordable price tag.

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Solid & Striped Pareo Tropical Plaid Cover Up


Pareo is the Tahitian word for wraparound skirt, and this tropical plaid version will certainly have you feeling like you’re in the tropics. The colorful, lightweight fabric can be worn in a multitude of ways — wrapped about the waist as a skirt, around your top as a mini dress, as a headscarf to keep the sun off your head, and more. Get creative with this multicolored and versatile cover up!

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Pour Moi Bardot Cover-Up Dress


Great over a bandeau-style swim top, this off-the-shoulder cover-up dress won't look out of place at any beachside eatery or poolside happy hour. Available in vibrant ultramarine or bright coral, the cover up is embroidered with a subtle polka-dot print for a fun, flirty touch.

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Frankies Bikinis Gigi Dress


It doesn’t get more beachy than terrycloth, but don’t be fooled — the Gigi dress is no bathrobe. Available in sweet pastel tones like buttercup yellow, a pale blue called “Celeste,” and basic white, the minidress is about as sultry as they come. Adjustable halter neck ties and side slits make it as flattering as it is practical. This super-soft swimsuit cover-up is one you’ll look for excuses to show off.

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Vix Blue Grey Embroidery Pamela Caftan


Vix is known for luxury swim and resort wear, and this cover up will definitely make you feel like you’re on a special getaway, even if you’re just catching some rays at the local pool. The color is an elegant, muted bluish-gray that will go with just about any color swimsuit, and the caftan features embroidered cut-out detailing across the shoulders and along the lower half to enhance the flowy garment's airy vibe. This timeless piece cinches at the waist but remains open above and below the drawstring for a subtly sexy look.

9 of 10 Image Credits: Anthropologie

Delila Cover-Up Maxi Skirt


This cotton, smocked-waist maxi skirt cover up easily complements a solid colored bikini top, one-piece, or tankini. The stylish, colorful plaid skirt with tiered, ruffled trim is described by reviewers as “without a doubt, the most beautiful, fluffy, feminine, sexy swim set in fashion history.” We think that endorsement pretty much says it all.

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Lulus Seaside Retreat Maxi Cover-Up


Nothing feels more carefree and feminine than a maxi dress. This strappy maxi is available in three brilliant colorblock combinations: bright coral red and magenta, vivid turquoise and cobalt blue, and subtle red and blush. The trendy dress is made from a lightweight georgette fabric and is sheer enough to let your swimsuit underneath peek through.