(Without Getting You Kicked Out of Your Favorite Seaside Tavern)
You don’t need a swim cover-up in your wardrobe. Nope, just take your perfectly-toned abs and walk around all day, from the car to the beach to the lunch counter to the lounge. But if you get tired of the stares and oogling from uncouth souls (or if you are thwarted by one of those “NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO SERVICE” signs), then you might as well slip into one of our lightweight, quick-dry, flowy swim cover-ups. They’ll take you from poolside to barside without missing a beat. We’ve grouped our favorite designs by hemline, and don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of body-con options that won’t obscure your magnificent physique:
Colorful, chic and functional, Tory Burch hits the mark with her Geometric Tunic in white with colorful embellishments.
With ornamental ladder stitching and a split neckline, the VIX cover-up is both sexy and demure at the same time.
The bell-sleeved cover-up shows that you’ve got style without weighing you down with yards of fabric.
Surf Gypsy Tasseled Tunic
After hours in the waves, she jumps from her surfboard, towels off, throws on her Surf Gypsy Tasseled Tunic, and heads to the open-air bar for a Blue Moon. Of course, the Surf Gypsy cover-up will look just as good on you even if you don’t surf and spent the day napping in the shade.
The peachy tiered flounces and tasseled strips are perfectly flirty for a stroll on the boardwalk after an afternoon of frolicking in the sand.
Surf Gypsy Romper
They call it a Romper, but it’s really somewhere in between a shirt and a dress. But no matter what you call it, the navy printed garment with an elasticized waist and off-the-shoulder silhouette is as pretty as a Californian sunset.
Created specifically for vacations, Rhode Resort makes dresses for the resort-goer. Their Ella dress is the perfect middle ground for a coverup – providing extra protection for your sunburned shoulders.
You’ve been invited last-minute to a cocktail party, but have no time to stop at home for a change of clothes after a day at the beach. Thank goodness you put the Muche et Muchette lace-trimmed dress in your beach bag.
Jasper Tasseled Striped-Cotton Dress
Zimmermann’s resort collection was inspired by the sun-soaked beaches of Cuba and Australia. And even if you’re just taking in some rays by the pool, the tasseled cotton dress will have you feeling like a world traveler.
Super cute and roomy enough to slip over your bikini as you dash to the car before nightfall after an impromptu nap in the sun.
With its roomy silhouette with bared shoulders, the Echo Seaside Dress is a breeze to slip over a bikini.
With a flattering layered shape and a delicate lace hem, the Wild Pansy cover-up from Tory Burch will make you feel like you’re on vacation in the Bahamas even if you’re just hitting the sand before sunset after a long day at the office.
Yvonne S brings us the perfect summery dress to slip over a swimsuit – a flowing, shapeless silhouette and a color scheme that reminds us of clear blue skies.
The Echo cover-dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline is as perfect as a cloudless blue sky.
With a flattering smocked waist and bell sleeves, the Tory Burch Meadow Folly dress is as perfect for a weekend brunch as it is for a beachside romp.
Ted Baker London Cover-up Skirt
If your bikini top is too pretty to cover up, just add the Ted Baker London ruffled shirt, and you’re good to go.
Lenny Neimeyer Rustic Shirt Dress
No matter how beach-wavy your hair gets or how sandy your feet are, you’ll look all put together with this shirt dress from Lenny Neimeyer thrown over your swimsuit.
PITUSA Maxi Sundress
Brightly colored, slightly sheer, with a flattering A-line shape, the PITUSA sundress will be your post-pool go-to.
What is the quickest way to get from the pool to the dance floor? Slip into this elegant Elan party dress with the ruffled bustline, and you’re just about there.
Chelsea28 Lace Cover-up Maxi Dress
You don’t really want to put anything on over your bikini, but you don’t want to seem like a heathen walking around the beach club. The lace cover-up from Chelsea28 lets your swimsuit peek through, but in a very polite way.
PITUSA Tassel Slit Cover-Up
This maxi cover-up from PITUSA features a tassel-embellished slit and a slightly-sheer, thin cotton fabric, providing full coverage with a sexy flair.
Diane Von Furstenberg reimagined her classic wrap-dress with a looser silhouette and wispy fabric that’s perfect for bathing-suit season.
Suboo Striped Wrap Dress
The subtle pattern and simple silhouette make this wrap dress from Suboo an easy choice to throw on before a beach trip.
Red Carter Amazon Jungle Wrap
This Red Carter wrap is simple and polished – and white doesn’t attract extra heat and sunlight.
You’ll shine as bright as the sun in this lightweight cotton wrap, complete with hand-embroidered details.
Missoni’s beautiful floor-sweeping caftan employs the label’s signature crochet on top of a technologically advanced viscose/polyamide blend which is moisture-wicking and fast-drying.
Show off your legs when you leave the shore by throwing on this breathable cotton kurta with simple button detailing.
Nothing says “beach bunny” like an eye-catching kaftan. This silk kaftan from Camilla is also versatile enough to become a strapless dress, using the lace-up neckline.
lila.eugenia Voile Kaftan with Lace
If strolling around in a flattering swimsuit isn’t quite enough, you can make your beachwear style subtly sexy with this sheer kaftan from lila.eugenia.
The embroidery, the fringe, the colors – does anything say “summer bohemian” better than this Melissa Odabash kaftan? $275, net-a-porter.com