Easy, breezy beach cover-ups are a summer staple, but there are so many to choose from, finding the perfect one can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and selected some of our favorite cover-ups for summer 2021.
When choosing the perfect summer cover-up, it can help to consider all of the following:
- Will you use it only to cover your swimsuit, or do you want something you can also wear elsewhere?
- What colors would go best with your swimwear?
- Do you prefer a pullover or open-front style?
- What materials will hold up best to water, sand, and other outdoor elements?
After you have at least a rough idea of how you’d answer those questions, it’s time to check out some of the season’s most stylish, affordable cover-ups. Many of these are also versatile enough to wear with any number of summer outfits, from beach to city, and more!
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The Water Agio Net Cover-Up is a bohemian, knit/net cover-up that’s super loose and slouchy, but stylish and unique thanks to the intricately knit pattern of the fabric.
It features a short but asymmetrical hem for coverage without too much length (great for shorter people!) and comes in a wide variety of colors from relaxed neutrals to bright, bold colors.
If you prefer something with a bolder pattern and more robe-y feel, the Moss Rose Kimono Cardigan is for you. Try this kimono-style open-front wrap with super-wide sleeves and fun tassel detailing along the bottom.
It comes in over two dozen different color and pattern combinations, including beautiful florals, bohemian tie-dye, and more.
For a daintier, super-feminine look, this lace-pattern, lightweight robe is a great option. The Jeasona Beach Cover-Up has super-wide short sleeves, an open front, and delicate see-through lace.
It works as a cover-up, but you can also wear it as a cute, long cardigan with shorts and T-shirt, or a short summer dress.
Looking for a cover-up that’s big and relaxed without looking frumpy or unflattering? You just might love the Ekouaer Casual Loose Sun Dress! It’s a simple, straightforward, loose-fitting dress with mid-length sleeves that end with a bit of striped detailing.
You can also choose from a variety of solids, as well as several florals and other bold prints.
For a deliberately slouchy look, try a kaftan-style cover-up like this one with pom-pom trim by Adreamly. It features an off-the-shoulder wide neckline, a short hem, and pom-pom trim in contrasting colors along the sleeves and hem.
For summer days when you want something loose and comfy with just a few details to elevate the style, this is the perfect pick!
The Zoye Chen Button-Down Shirtdress has a slightly different vibe than the floaty, boho cover-ups you usually see. It took its inspiration from button-down business casual shirts. It has button details, roll-up long sleeves, a straight cut, and falls about mid-thigh.
This is another option you can wear as part of an outfit or just throw on over you swimsuit—you decide!
Looking for a soft, floaty cover-up in a pretty solid color? This oversized option from Loritta provides full coverage up top and has mid-length, wide sleeves. It also includes a bit of lace-patterned detailing along the hem, sleeves, and center.
It falls around mid-thigh on most women, with a comfy, loose fit that’s perfect for a casual day at the beach or pool.
The Ekouaer Shirt Beach Dress combines a couple of different trends. It’s a casual shirtdress style, but it’s a pullover instead of a button-down. It also features an asymmetrical hem that swoops upward on the sides.
The roll-up long sleeves also have a convenient button loop to hold the cuffs up while you’re relaxing by the water.
Prefer something that’s more of a long cardigan than a full-length cover-up? Try the Barlver Sheer Kimono. It’s a sheer, hip-/thigh-length kimono-style cardigan. It also comes in a wide array of colors and floral prints.
It’s perfect to throw on over a swimsuit or a tank top and shorts to take you from a day at the beach to a walk in the city.