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13 Stylish Swimsuit Cover-ups for Your Next Beach Vacation

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Whether you’re imagining yourself in Hawaii, Florida, Tahiti, or the Caribbean, a week on the beach sounds pretty appealing right about now. Though it’s not yet clear when we’ll be able to take those dreamy beach vacations, you’ll want to be prepared with a cute cover-up to protect yourself from the sun as you make your way down to the sand. Check out the best beach cover-ups for your next tropical getaway.

Venus Deep V Cover-up Beach Dress

Venus

This simple, affordable cover-up from Venus comes in bright tropical colors or basic black to match any look. An adjustable drawstring under the bust helps you find a comfortable fit. This cover-up is available in a wide range of sizes from XS to 2X.

SHEIN Flounce Sleeve Floral Kimono

SHEIN Flounce Sleeve Floral Kimono.
Shein

Slip into this airy, lightweight kimono that packs easily and adds a touch of floral charm to any beach outfit. The three-quarter ruffled sleeves add a little sun protection without making you hot. Bonus: This swimsuit cover-up is ultra-affordable, too.

ELAN Cover-up Maxi Dress

Looking for a little more coverage? Try this maxi dress—and before you ask, yes, it has pockets! Available in sizes extra small to extra large, this cover up has a breezy fit and comes in a soft grey and black micro-stripe patten.

Aerie Chiffon Kimono

Aerie Chiffon Kimono.
Aerie

This one-size-fits-all chiffon kimono comes at an affordable price and has a cheery floral pattern. Its breezy slip-on style provides coverage without hassle. Its care is easy, too: It’s machine washable.

ELAN Maxi Cover-up Dress

ELAN Maxi Cover-up Dress
Nordstrom

This full-length cover-up comes in two flattering color options, dark denim and auburn. A drawstring waist and V-shaped neckline create a flattering silhouette, and the slit skirt is easy to walk in.  

Vitamin A Playa Beach Cover-Up

Vitamin A | Playa Beach Cover-Up
Banana Republic

Made from 100% linen, this shirtdress from Vitamin A is as soft and lightweight as they come. It features a point collar and button closures in the front, making taking this cover up from the beach to the boardwalk a breeze.

Tommy Bahama Lace Trim Tunic

Tommy Bahama Lace Trim Tunic
Bloomingdale's

Just slipping into this beachy crochet tunic will put you in a tropical mood. The lightweight garment packs easily and is easy to slip on and off, and the asymmetrical hem gives it extra style points.

Seafolly Amelia Caftan

Seafolly Amelia Caftan.
Anthropologie

This one-size-fits-all caftan is made of flowing cotton gauze with fun decorative tassels along the edges. Its midi length and short sleeves are long enough to keep you covered, but the billowing design ensures that you stay cool. The caftan comes in two attractive colors.

L*Space Caswell Hooded Cover Up

Bloomingdale's

This hoodie-style beach cover-up has a handy front pocket for your phone or other small items, a high-low hem, and buttons at the cuffs. The hood will keep you warm on breezy evenings by the shore.

BLEU BY ROD BEATTIE Just Cool Cover-Up

BLEU BY ROD BEATTIE Just Cool Cover-Up
Nordstrom

This vibrant patterned beach cover-up from Nordstrom is designed for plus-size travelers. The drawstring at the waist helps it stay in place through sunbathing or playing in the waves while the loose sleeves allow for maximum comfort.

ELAN Smocked Waist Cover-up Pants

ELAN Smocked Waist Cover-up Pants.

If you’re only interested in covering up your bottom half, consider these wide-leg, smocked-waist pants from ELAN. They’ve got two side pockets where you can keep small items, and they look equally stylish at the beach or by the pool.

SHEIN Tropical Tie Waist Cover-up Skirt

SHEIN Tropical Tie Waist Cover-up Skirt.
Shein

For another fun bottom-only option, consider this tropical-print cover-up skirt from SHEIN. It ties at the waist for an easy-on, easy-off style. Lightweight and breathable, this skirt complements any beach outfit.

Eberjay Summer of Love Sofia Cover-Up

Eberjay Summer of Love Sofia Cover-Up.
Banana Republic

This fun, flirty cover-up from Eberjay is long-sleeved and tunic-length, made of soft bamboo and cotton that make it ultra-comfortable to wear. Ruffles and a low-cut tie neck add a hint of retro 60s style.

Follow Sarah Schlichter on Twitter @TravelEditor for more travel tips and inspiration. Codey Albers contributed to this story.

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