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9 Fun and Flirty Beach Cover-Ups

Three women wearing beach coverups
Water Agio/Moss Rose/Jeasona

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!

Water Agio Net Cover-Up

A woman wearing a crocheted ivory beach coverup; one image standing, one sitting
Wander Agio

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.

Moss Rose Kimono Cardigan

A woman in a blue kimono cardigan; a woman in a pink floral kimono cardigan
Moss Rose

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.

Jeasona Beach Cover-Up

Two women on a beach - one with a black lace coverup, one with a white lace coverup
Jeasona

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.

Ekouaer Casual Loose Sun Dress

A woman in a black sundress; a woman in a blue sundress with a straw hat
Ekouaer

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.

Adreamly Pom-Pom Trim Kaftan

Two images of women, from the shoulders down, wearing pom-pom trimmed coverups
Adreamly

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!

Zoye Chen Button-Down Shirtdress

Two images of a woman in a white shirt-dress on the street
Zoye Chen

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!

Loritta Oversized Cover-Up

Back view of a woman in a white coverup; front view of a woman wearing a pink coverup
Loritta

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.

Ekouaer Shirt Beach Dress

Photo montage of a woman wearing a white long-sleeved beach coverup
Ekouaer

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.

Barlver Sheer Kimono Floral Cardigan

Two shoulder-down images of women wearing floral kimono-style coverups over T-shirts and shorts
Barlver

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.

Amanda Prahl Amanda Prahl
Amanda Prahl is a freelance contributor to LifeSavvy. She has an MFA in dramatic writing, a BA in literature, and is a former faculty associate focusing on writing craft and history. Her articles have appeared on HowlRound, Slate, Bustle, BroadwayWorld, and ThoughtCo, among others. Read Full Bio »

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