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The Most Stylish Coverups to Complement Your Beach Look

Summer will soon be upon us so now is the perfect time to update your beach wardrobe. And we really can’t talk about summer fashion without mentioning coverups.


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They are not just something that looks pretty. We would definitely put them in the sun protection category, too, since even the CDC recommends clothing as a line of defense against the sun’s UV rays. If that’s primarily why you are buying one, then look for pieces that are made from lightweight and tightly woven fabrics.

A beach coverup also comes in very handy when you need a break from sunbathing or you want to grab a quick bite for lunch. Slipping into a breezy caftan or a jumpsuit without having to use one of your regular dresses is the most logical thing to do.

Or, if you are the creative type, you can opt for a large pareo and teach yourself a few cool ways to tie it so you end up with a new outfit every time you hit the beach.

One thing is certain: whether you choose a dress, skirt, or scarf, our picks will make you the chicest sunbather this summer.

Related: These Are the Best Beaches in the World, According to Travel Experts

Melissa Odabash Lillie Embroidered Cotton Dress

Melissa Odabash does resort and beachwear best and this beautiful semi-sheer dress proves it. The cobalt blue embroidery is absolutely stunning. A place like Santorini would be the perfect destination to wear this coverup.

To buy: $372,

Acacia Swimwear 2019 Sumbawa Cotton Silk Dress in Hibiscus

Bring the aloha spirit with you thanks to this gorgeous cotton dress, which features a vibrant hibiscus print (Hawaii’s state flower). The designer, Naomi Newirth, grew up in Maui and her 2019 collection was partly inspired by the island’s gorgeous beaches.

To buy: $174,

Marie France Van Damme Printed Silk-Chiffon Kimono

Slip into this stylish and breezy ankle-length kimono for a sophisticated pool-side look.

To buy: $980,

Missoni Mare Rainbow Stripe Jumpsuit

Wide flared legs and Missoni’s signature striped pattern make this semi-sheer jumpsuit a comfortable and stylish option to wear on and off the beach.

To buy: $980,

Camilla Blouson Sleeve Floral-Printed Playsuit

Whether you wear this boldly-printed silk playsuit on or off the shoulder, one thing is sure—you’re going to be racking up compliments this summer.

To buy: $600,

La Vie Style House Floral-Embroidered Maxi Caftan

If this stunning caftan wasn’t as sheer, we’d probably wear it as a formal dress. It features bell sleeves and a banded collar, but, of course, it’s that vibrant embroidery that steals the show.

To buy: $650,

Max Mara Viscose Crepe Dress

Max Mara has transformed the classic beach jersey dress into an elegant frock thanks to the one-shoulder silhouette and that hammered metal detail at the shoulder.

To buy: $280,

Lisa Marie Fernandez White Gauze Ruffle Peasant Skirt

Wear this peasant skirt over your one-piece swimsuit and you are ready to grab lunch by the ocean. The skirt reaches just above the ankles so if you have a cool pair of sandals of wedges you’d like to show off, this piece is perfect.

To buy: $675,

Dolce & Gabbana Floral-Print Cotton-Voile Pareo

This cotton pareo flaunts an allover floral print and is big enough to be worn as a skirt or a dress.

To buy: $375,

Norma Kamali Ernie Stretch-Jersey Pareo

The neon color of this large pareo will pop so beautifully against your sunkissed skin.

To buy: $195,

Coolibar Tangier Kaftan UPF 50+

This long-sleeved kaftan sports a loose fit and reaches just above the ankles for maximum coverage. The best thing about it though is that the lightweight fabric provides UV protection.

To buy: $125,


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