There’s nothing that makes us feel better at the beach or pool (besides diving into the water) than a very glamorous cover-up. Whether an old-school caftan, lightweight natural fiber pants or a chic sarong, a stylish cover-up takes your swim look to the next level.
And everyone is looking forward to getting back out there, says Summersalt’s CEO, president and co-founder Lori Coulter and chief brand and digital officer and co-founder Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin. “We’re loving happy, fun dresses and floral prints that celebrate the joy of the season. And with people venturing beyond their backyards and back into the world, versatile cover-ups that go from beach to brunch are in demand.”
Calvin Klein Crochet-Shoulder Tunic Cover-Up ($39.98; macys.com)
The biggest trend for this summer? “Cover-ups that can take you from beach to bar include tie-dye caftans, crochet tunics and printed day dresses,” says Durand Guion, group vice president of the Macy’s fashion office. You’ll keep cool at the pool and out on the town in this white drawstring tunic with crochet details.
Lollo Vita Summer Twist Knot Tank Dress Cover-Up (starting at $9.99; amazon.com)
This highly rated T-shirt dress with a knotted bottom works as a casual summer look or a beach cover-up, and is available in so many colors!
Elan V-Back Cover-Up Maxi Dress ($58; nordstrom.com)
This maxi works just as well with strappy heels as it does over a swimsuit with flip-flops. Add a few gold bangles and you’re ready for date night!
Becca Breezy Basics Jumpsuit ($78; nordstrom.com)
With high reviews, this cute, comfy jumpsuit goes easily from the beach to brunch.
Dotti Travel Muse Cotton Shirtdress Cover-Up ($49; macys.com)
Summersalt The Short Effortless Shirtdress Cover-Up ($95; summersalt.com)
This versatile cover-up can be worn open over your suit at the beach and buttoned up as a dress or top for the evening — a multitasker for any summer vacation.
Robin Piccone Michelle Tunic Cover-Up ($88; nordstrom.com)
Another great vacation multitasker, this loose-fitting breezy tassled top ties over your swimsuit but could also be paired with shorts for a cute brunch look.
Summersalt The Palazzo Pant With Ties ($80; summersalt.com)
If you’re more interested in covering your lower half, “Palazzo pants are another favorite and look fantastic with all of our swimsuits,” Chamberlin and Coulter explain. You’ll feel so chic in these high-waist, wide-leg pants with a tie at the waistband. And they’re perfect for travel — wrinkle-resistant, antimicrobial and antistatic.
Lauren Ralph Lauren Crushed Smocked Cover-Up Pants ($84; macys.com)
Perfect for tossing on and then tossing in your bag, these wide-leg cover-up pants are already crinkled, so they’ll travel with ease and keep your legs warm on a breezy summer night.
J & Ce Cotton Gauze Low-Waist Beach Pants With Pockets ($39.99; amazon.com)
Lightweight and 100% cotton, these pants will keep you cool and comfy on hot days and nights — and they have pockets!
Isla Cover-Up Beach Pants ($98; nordstrom.com)
You’ll give major boho vibes with these orange beach pants with a bright tiled pattern.
Bsubseach Print Turkish Kaftan Cover-Up Maxi Dress ($23.99; amazon.com)
Show off what ya got, says Guion. “A tunic or caftan is ideal — consider one in a sheer fabric to get credit for the bikini underneath.” Available in over 30 prints, this kaftan flows beautifully for a gorgeous poolside look.
DKNY Asymmetrical Animal-Print Kaftan Cover-Up Dress ($78; macys.com)
If you’re petite, look for “shorter cover-ups that don’t go past the knee,” says Youshaei, and this leopard print kaftan nails the look.
Old Navy Soft-Woven Tie-Waist Kaftan Swim Cover-Up ($25, originally $29.99; oldnavy.com)
Another cute shortie kaftan, this easy-to-wear number has a drawstring tie you can adjust for a cinched look or leave free and flowing.
Summersalt The Cinched Waist Caftan Dress ($135; summersalt.com)
We would 100% wear this waist-enhancing dress from the beach to brunch, or just straight to brunch.
Bsubseach Plus-Size Beach Shirt Dress Cover-Up ($23.99; amazon.com)
Available in nearly 20 prints, this beach shirt dress can be styled loose over a bathing suit or cinched over a bodysuit (or not!) for a cute look.
Bsubseach Floral Patchwork V-Neck Bathing Suit Cover-Up ($23.99; amazon.com)
The rainbow crochet accent cascading down the front of this cover-up just screams summer, and we’re here for adding some gold hoops to complete the look.
Eicolorte Beach Sarong With Tassels ($12.99; amazon.com)
Drape yourself in a gorgeous sarong, which works around your waist or above your chest, giving you so many options. “The beauty of most cover-ups is that the silhouettes are intentionally designed in fuller and more fluid styles, which creates a soft draping effect that flatters most body types,” says Guion. Keep it short and sassy with this slightly sheer short sarong that has tassels that will swing when you stroll on over to the beach bar.
Dotti Plus-Size Summer Sarong Long Pareo Cover-Up ($30; macys.com)
Wrap this “sheer but strong” sarong around your waist, shoulders or top for an easy-breezy beach look.
Summersalt The Short Beach to Brunch Wrap Skirt ($65; summersalt.com)
This gorgeous statement maker is ready to pair with your favorite suit as a cover-up or with a white tank for a cute summer outfit.