10 swim cover-ups to toss on over your bathing suit
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Whether you want to fend off the sun during the day or the chilly ocean breeze at night, you may be on the hunt for a quality swim cover-up this season. Sure, you could just wrap up in a beach towel, but a cover-up is much more stylish and can double as a pool- or beachside outfit, too. They've come a long way from just sarongs—now, you can find maxi dresses, rompers, and skirts. Below are 10 of the best swim cover-ups to wear over your bathing from brands like Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and Cupshe.
1. This bohemian jumpsuit
Want something other than a dress to wear as a cover-up this summer? Consider this top-selling beach jumpsuit from Cupshe. It features an adjustable halter neck, vibrant boho print, dainty front tie detail, and flowy wide leg pants. It comes in women’s sizes S to L.
“Looks as pictured," one person confirms. "I'm 5-foot-4 and the length is just right below the ankle. Fits perfectly without being too loose or too snug. The best part is I don't have to wear a bra if I choose not to do so! Super cute and well made."
2. This lacy maxi dress
With its plunging neckline, deep back, and feminine lace material, this elegant cover-up will make you feel like you're lounging at a luxe resort somewhere on an island off the coast of Greece. The saucy side slits show a little extra skin while the elbow-length sleeves keep you covered on cooler summer evenings. It comes in women’s sizes XS to XXL.
“This is a gorgeous cover-up and looks identical to a famous and very expensive designer dress,” one 5-star fan says. “I wore the white version in Capri and Amalfi and it was perfect.”
3. This sheer midi skirt
With this wrap skirt from Free People, you can show off your bikini top while still benefiting from some lower body coverage. Available in ivory, black, and brick red, it has a wrap silhouette that accentuates your waist and subtle pleats that add eye-catching texture. It comes in women’s sizes XS to XL.
"This skirt is so cute because it has an adjustable tie waist," one person raves. "Also, the length is perfect—it goes right to my ankles. Would highly recommend."
4. This colorful mini dress
If you’re looking for a cover-up that doubles as an outfit you can wear to brunch, this Anthropologie dress is a win. It features dainty spaghetti streps, a deep V-neckline with a criss-cross back, and an avant-garde take on the tropical motif. It comes in women’s sizes XS to 3X.
One reviewer writes: “I'm so happy I bought this dress! It's one of the most flattering dresses I own. It tapers in just enough so it looks and feels loose and flowy without just hanging straight down from my chest. It’s very lightweight and is definitely beachy but you can also dress it up.”
5. These flowy pants
Between the adjustable tie belt, high waist, and thigh-high slits—ideal for extra breathability on hot days—this cover-up is both fashionable and functional. The lightweight rayon/polyester material is opaque enough to make them appropriate for all day and night. They come in women’s sizes S to 3X.
“These are amazing!" one reviewer says. "Fits true to size and very flattering. Perfect to wear to the beach or pool, or even out."
6. This classy collared cover-up
This low-priced frock has customers raving over its soft material, chic design, and large selection of colors and patterns—35 to be exact. It looks and fits like an oversized button-down shirt, so it keeps your arms and shoulders completely covered from the sun's rays. You can also roll the sleeves up and snap them into place with convenient tabs. It comes in women’s sizes S to 3X.
Of its 15,000 reviewers, one says, “Very cute. I wore this on a port day during a cruise and it was perfect. Lightweight material that is high quality. Somewhat see-through but that's to be expected for a cover-up. Very flattering and breathable. I couldn't recommend this enough.”
7. This plus-size shirred cover-up
For an after-swim dress that’s cute enough to wear no matter where your summer adventures take you, enter this pick from ASOS. Available in a trendy dark gray hue that's a great alternative to black during the summer, it features a seductive off-the-shoulder neckline, and a stretchy shirred top to help support even the amplest of chests. It comes in women's sizes 16 to 36.
“This is so comfy,” one fan says. “The material is light so it’s perfect for summer. I’m 5-foot-7 and it's knee-length on me. The shirred bodice makes it comfortable on a larger bust. Love it.”
8. This robe-like cover-up
If you’re relaxing on vacation, the last thing you need is the hassle of putting together an outfit. That’s where this cardigan-style cover-up comes in. Whether you’re hitting the pool or getting dinner, you can just throw it on over your bathing suit or outfit for instant coverage and flair. Available in two animal prints and basic black, it comes in women’s sizes XS to L.
“Feels like a million bucks on," one happy shopper says. "Very flattering and soft, not itchy. Great pattern, too. I’m 5-foot-2 and it’s long on me but not too long. A summer staple for the pool, beach, or tiki bar."
9. This tie-front kimono
Boasting a 5-star rating and over 1,700 reviews, this Zaful cover-up comes highly recommended. The tie detail lets you customize the fit, while the stunning lace material lends an elegant air to your beach attire and allows you to show off what’s underneath. It comes in white, black, and apricot and in one size that claims to fit women's sizes 4 to 10.
“I love this kimono so much,” one reviewer says. “It can make any swimsuit look cute. It's also really comfortable and light, and the quality is really good.”
10. This crochet cover-up
Crochet is one of 2021's biggest style crazes. An easy way to get in on the trend is with this pretty cover-up. The delicate knit design is cozy yet lightweight and creates a playful peekaboo look. Available in bright rainbow or classic white, it comes in women’s sizes S to L.
"The colors are beautiful, and it is just enough to cover up to go from pool to lunch without being too warm," one person gushes. "Wore to lunch at poolside restaurant and got a lot of compliments!"
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.