12 Beach Cover-Ups You Can Wear Beyond the Shore

Summer is so close we can practically smell the sunscreen. We're already snatching up swimsuits for swimming at the pool and boating on the lake, and beach bags for carrying our beach day necessities. And that got us thinking about the rest of our waterside ensemble to pull the whole look together: a beach cover-up!

Crochet, kimono, wide-leg pants, or wrapped sarongs, we gathered up 12 beach cover-ups in an array of styles that will look amazing on and off the shore. Scroll down for the winning pieces we pulled and how to wear them with or without a swimsuit!

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Lemon Drop Crochet Swim Cover-Up

Boho queens stop searching; we have found the beach cover-up that will ruin all others for you. Crocheted in a unique, geometric pattern, this multicolor masterpiece will keep you cool and covered as you head to your friends pool party on a hot summer day. We also envision this dress fitting in at any music festival over a slip or high-waist bottoms and a bralette! ($52; lulus.com)

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UO Lightweight Cover Up

There's no hiding with this open, draped kimono cover-up. And why would you want to be? Show off your beach body, and that cute new suit, with one of Urban Outfitters' lightweight wraps that gives you just enough coverage as you saunter to your pool chair. When after pool plans turn into a night out with the girls, casually toss this layer over a tank, denim cutoffs, and wedges outfit. ($39; urbanoutfitters.com)

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Fashion Union Beach Pants

Yes, warm weather is a great time to bust out every color known to man, but if color isn't your thing, we hear you. Take a nod from fashions past with this vintage inspired black-and-white check, high-waist beach pants. We love the wide-leg design and thick elastic waistband for easy dressing. We'll even bet you could wear these with a blouse to work and no one would be the wiser. ($48; asos.com)

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Seafolly Tassel-Trimmed Caftan

Easy, breezy, and beautiful is this cover-up. A classic caftan is a resounding vacation favorite, one that can be packed easily, is wrinkle-resistant, and goes with all the suits you brought along. Accessorize with a festive headband or straw hat for a day in the outdoors, and for evening make this cover-up a top by tucking it into a flowy dress or pant for a sunset dinner. ($66; anthropologie.com)

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Kos Resort Palm Printed Kimono

Taking off on an island vacation this year? We hate you — just kidding! With marvelous plans on the forecast you must find a beach cover-up worthy of the occasion. And even though we're sad you're not bringing us along, we've found you a tropical kimono for you to rock while you're there. It's covered with a stand-out pattern and made of a breathable chiffon fabric to keep you cool. Just remember us when you're lounging sipping cocktails somewhere sunny looking fab as hell. ($120; shopbop.com)

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Endless Summer Walk On Fire Pant

We all love a good pair of leggings or joggers, but when it comes to the beach, you need a pant that's not skin tight. Rather than suffocate through the heat in body-clinging fabric, opt for these gauzy, drop crotch, harem pants. The thick, high waistband makes for simplified undressing, and if you happen to get them wet, the thin fabric is sure to dry in no time. ($50; freepeople.com)

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Tularosa Sweet Pea Skirt

Have trouble picking out just one color? Go for a skirt that has the full rainbow. Covered in a gorgeous range of vertical stripes, this wrap-style sarong cover-up will mix and match with any solid or patterned swimsuit. Wear this skirt wrapped around a bodysuit or wear it with a bra top and statement jewelry for when you're away from the pool. ($148; revolve.com)

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Free People Sunday Funday Pullover

Maybe you forgot to reapply sunscreen to your shoulders and you're only on day one of a six-day cruise. Save your shoulders from continuously burning, and your body from overheating, with this billowy pullover. You'll still be able to tan your legs and hang out in the sunshine, and when you want to hang out indoors, just throw on a pair of shorts. ($68; freepeople.com)

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Kos Resort Tie Dye Beach Skirt

Tie-dye is a must have trend this year, and what easier way to partake in that trend than with a skirt beach cover-up. Layer it over your bikini while strolling along the shore and with a top for drinks and dancing. Plus this sarong will roll up nicely in your carry-on, leaving plenty of room for your new seashell collection. ($95; shopbop.com)

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Rhythm Camile Tiered Cover-Up Dress

Sometimes last-minute plans arise and you don't have time to go back home after a day at the pool to swap outfits. You can wear this tiered beach cover-up dress over your swimsuit, then when after party plans happen, swap the suit for panties and a bralette! Carry along some toiletries to freshen up in the pool cabana and you'll be good as new. ($65; nordstrom)

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Asos Design Wide Leg Beach Pants

Summer is the time to show some skin, especially if you've been living in a cold climate all winter. Let your legs feel the warm summer air in these wide-leg beach pants that feature tasteful thigh-high slits. They make the perfect cover-up over you swimsuit, and they also have a matching beach top for a fun two-piece set. ($35; asos.com)

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Michael Stars Farrah Caftan

Everyone defaults to mini everything in the summer — skirts, dresses, rompers, shorts — but we're here to tell you that the beach maxi cover-up is the way to go. It's not for the faint of heart, only reserved for the one in the friend group who's deemed to be extra at even casual gatherings. This caftan demands attention and so do you. Wear it with your largest sunhat to that backyard pool party and with a slip underneath for that third date you have coming up. ($98; revolve.com)

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