After polling my family and friends, I've come to the very unscientific conclusion that attitudes toward swimwear fall into two basic camps. Either you love the idea of showing off your curves from sun-up to sun-down in a skimpy new swimsuit à la Ashley Graham or that particular scenario sounds about as pleasant as that recurring dream in which you decide it’s a great idea to head to the office sans pants.
Whatever your feelings about hitting the beach, there's one item that's got you covered, quite literally: the swim coverup. After all, it's the season’s best — and, well, only — garment for keeping you looking stylish and feeling confident from the streets to the shore.
I like to consider cover-ups to be 50-percent stylish accessory and 50-percent shoreside security blanket. Yes, they can perfectly complement my bright new bikini but they also can let me feel just a little less exposed after downing that third vegan hotdog from the boardwalk vendor (guilty as charged!).
Ahead, 13 cover-ups that will escort you stylishly from the streets to the beach and right through sunset cocktails.
Calvin Klein Tropical Ombré Chiffon Cover-Up
Maaji Pareo Cover-Up
Red Carter One-Shoulder Maxi Cover-Up Dress
Tularosa ‘Delilah’ Kimono Cover-Up
Chelsea28 Lace Maxi Cover-Up
Cejon Grazer Crinkle Cover-Up & Cape
Surf Gypsy Crochet Cover-Up Tunic
Pool to Party Halter Cover-Up
Pool to Party Topper Cover-Up
Asos Maxi Beach Dress Cover-Up
Elan Strapless Maxi Cover-Up
Muche et Muchette ‘Serendipity’ Tunic Cover-Up
La Blanca ‘Zen Garden Cover-Up Dress
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