Swimsuit Cover-ups That Let You Show Off Your Magnificent Physique

(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:

Micro Dresses

Tory Burch Geometric Tunic

Colorful, chic and functional, Tory Burch hits the mark with her Geometric Tunic in white with colorful embellishments.
$348, nordstrom.com

Vix Agatha Mini Dress

With ornamental ladder stitching and a split neckline, the VIX cover-up is both sexy and demure at the same time.
$98, nordstrom.com

Elan Bell-Sleeved Smock Dress

The bell-sleeved cover-up shows that you’ve got style without weighing you down with yards of fabric.
$74, nordstrom.com

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.
$60, nordstrom.com

Hemant & Nandita Tiered Cover-Up

The peachy tiered flounces and tasseled strips are perfectly flirty for a stroll on the boardwalk after an afternoon of frolicking in the sand.
$325, nordstrom.com

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.
$80, nordstrom.com

Rhode Resort Ella Dress

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.
$385, shopbop.com

Mini Dresses

Beautiful young woman in bikini on beach

Muche et Muchette
Lace-Trimmed Dress

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.
$129, nordstrom.com

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.
$295, net-a-porter.com

Green Dragon Off-the-Shoulder Dress

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.
$66, nordstrom.com

Echo Seaside Dress

With its roomy silhouette with bared shoulders, the Echo Seaside Dress is a breeze to slip over a bikini.
$59, nordstrom.com

Tory Burch Wild Pansy

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.
$298, nordstrom.com

Yvonne S Short Wind Dress

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.
$550, modaoperandi.com

Midi DressesEcho
Off-the-Shoulder Flowy Dress

The Echo cover-dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline is as perfect as a cloudless blue sky.
$99, nordstrom.com

Tory Burch Meadow Folly Cover-Up

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.
$398, nordstrom.com

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.
$229, nordstrom.com

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.
$365, modaoperandi.com

Maxi Dresses

PITUSA Maxi Sundress

Brightly colored, slightly sheer, with a flattering A-line shape, the PITUSA sundress will be your post-pool go-to.
$96, nordstrom.com

Elan Strapless Ruffled Maxi Dress

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.
$68, nordstrom.com

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.
$89, nordstrom.com

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.
$154, bloomingdales.com

Wrap DressesDVF Cover-up Wrap Dress

Diane Von Furstenberg reimagined her classic wrap-dress with a looser silhouette and wispy fabric that’s perfect for bathing-suit season.
$268, nordstrom.com

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.
$200, barneys.com

Red Carter Amazon Jungle Wrap

This Red Carter wrap is simple and polished – and white doesn’t attract extra heat and sunlight.
$98, bloomingdales.com

Sensi Studio Embroidered Wrap

You’ll shine as bright as the sun in this lightweight cotton wrap, complete with hand-embroidered details.
$435, net-a-porter.com

Missoni Mare Crochet Cover-up

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.
$694, modaoperandi.com

Thierry Colson
Nautical Striped Mini Kurta

Show off your legs when you leave the shore by throwing on this breathable cotton kurta with simple button detailing.
$585, modaoperandi.com

Camilla Lace-up Silk Kaftan

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.
$550, neimanmarcus.com

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.
$334, neimanmarcus.com

Melissa Kara Fringed Kaftan

The embroidery, the fringe, the colors – does anything say “summer bohemian” better than this Melissa Odabash kaftan? $275, net-a-porter.com


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