1. Headline
  1. Headline

Video: Cool cover-ups go beyond the beach

  1. Transcript of: Cool cover-ups go beyond the beach

    TAMRON HALL reporting: This morning on BOBBIE'S STYLE BUZZ , the perfect cover -up. The summer is all about swimsuits and light clothing, so if you're looking for a little something-something to take you from the day to the beach to a bonfire under the stars, TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas has some great looks. Good morning.

    Ms. BOBBIE THOMAS: Good morning.

    HALL: You look spectacular.

    Ms. THOMAS: Thank you. So do you.

    HALL: So I made a quick change from work to a cover . I love this sparkly look. And it was 10 bucks?

    Ms. THOMAS: Nine ninety-five at H&M .

    HALL: Done.

    Ms. THOMAS: So I had -- I had -- I couldn't -- it was so hard to edit down all the beautiful cover -ups.

    HALL: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: So I wanted to try to show as many as possible, and you're helping me out.

    HALL: So this one you would wear over your swimsuit...

    Ms. THOMAS: Absolutely. And...

    HALL: ...and then...

    Ms. THOMAS: ...and you can really work it into your wardrobe, which is what sort of inspired the segment. I just realized that cover -ups really steal the show; we stress out so much about the bathing suit...

    HALL: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...and we think, `Oh, my gosh, I don't want to find a bathing suit,' but really...

    HALL: And then you end up with your cover -up on more time, you know, when you're walking around.

    Ms. THOMAS: You put your cover -up on.

    HALL: Yeah, that's awesome.

    Ms. THOMAS: And I 'm wearing one of my favorite designers, Loda .

    HALL: Love it.

    Ms. THOMAS: A cover -up like this really, you know, becomes a statement in itself.

    HALL: And that looks so chic.

    Ms. THOMAS: I know.

    HALL: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: I love this. It's definitely something that you can wear outside of the beach and into your wardrobe with a pair of heels. And we have some more examples.

    HALL: OK, let's take a look at what you have. The first one is from the barbecue to...

    Ms. THOMAS: To...

    HALL: Well, it's from the pool to the barbecue. Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: From -- exactly -- from the beach to the barbecue. And what I wanted to show is how you can take an oversized top and instantly add some polish by just putting on a crisp pair of shorts...

    HALL: Right.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...some sandals. And Keshia is working it. This is from Victoria's Secret .

    HALL: Uh-huh .

    Ms. THOMAS: It's only $49. And what I love is just the belt...

    HALL: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...it just really brings it all together. So you are making an investment you can wear more than once.

    HALL: Yeah, and it looks great. And on the mannequin that's how you would wear that as a cover -up for the beach .

    Ms. THOMAS: To the beach . Just loose.

    HALL: And then boom, that you have to go off to the barbecue.

    Ms. THOMAS: You're on the way to the barbecue.

    HALL: And everyone would be so jealous because you look so hot. And from the beach to the bonfire, on the mannequin you see the cover -up that you would wear to the beach . It's kind of a -- what is it, a woven crochet?

    Ms. THOMAS: This is a crochet -- it's like a -- it's a loose woven crochet. We don't think of summer sweaters often...

    HALL: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...but they really are great for the beach because sometimes at the beach it's a little cold. And we see on Julie how instantly you can be cozy by the fire at night at a bonfire, you know, at the beach or a campground. So this is really great...

    HALL: Cool.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...from Athleta. It's $79. And what I love is that not only can it be a summer staple but you could wear this into the fall.

    HALL: Now does she have a tank on underneath it?

    Ms. THOMAS: She does.

    HALL: OK.

    Ms. THOMAS: She has a tank on for at night. We, you know...

    HALL: Right. Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...tricks of television, we don't want her to be naked.

    HALL: You don't want to go too racy to that bonfire. OK. And then...

    Ms. THOMAS: And next, how many times are you at the beach and you want to take a break because you're bored and you want to go shopping?

    HALL: Right. Yeah, you want to walk around a little mall or see what, you know, the local stores have. And this is a great way to do that.

    Ms. THOMAS: Exactly. We call this the bazaar.

    HALL: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. THOMAS: So this is from the beach to the bazaar. And Nancy is showing off a really great idea that most women know, but if you don't you should take a tube dress and shimmy it down. This is from Lord Taylor .

    HALL: I did not know this.

    Ms. THOMAS: Yeah.

    HALL: No.

    Ms. THOMAS: You can take a tube dress and shimmy it down to make it a shirt. And this is great because she doesn't feel over-exposed, she can walk inside, maybe there's air conditioning.

    HALL: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: And just with her tote, you have a change in your tote if you just throw the T-shirt in.

    HALL: Right. Because you often see people with the swimsuit and then the little -- the strapless cover -up.

    Ms. THOMAS: Yeah.

    HALL: But you're walking around and you don't want to do that necessarily...

    Ms. THOMAS: This is great.

    HALL: ...especially in a crowded market. You look great.

    Ms. THOMAS: And for $49, again this is at Lord Taylor ...

    HALL: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...what I love is that it's two-in-one.

    HALL: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: You get more bang for your buck , which we're all looking for.

    HALL: Amen to that. And our next look is from the beach to the bar.

    Ms. THOMAS: Beach . Yes.

    HALL: And you got to do that.

    Ms. THOMAS: Well -- and obviously this is a statement in itself.

    HALL: Wow.

    Ms. THOMAS: You're going to bring the drama to the beach with this cover -up from H&M . It's $25.

    HALL: This is beautiful.

    Ms. THOMAS: I was so excited.

    HALL: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: Its beautiful. And it was so pretty that I thought this was such a showstopper, you have to dress it up with heels. Michelle is really showing us how you can wear this out at night with your girlfriends.

    HALL: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: It's very " Sex and the City ."

    HALL: What do you layer -- yeah, it is very " Sex and the City ." What do you layer it with?

    Ms. THOMAS: Just a slip.

    HALL: Just a slip.

    Ms. THOMAS: You just add a slip. She's got a nude slip. Even if you had a longer sort of tank top or a dress...

    HALL: Uh-huh .

    Ms. THOMAS: If you're going to be out somewhere on vacation in the Bahamas .

    HALL: And how much is this one again?

    Ms. THOMAS: This is $25 from H&M .

    HALL: Great. Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: I really love the idea. So again, just rethink...

    HALL: Right.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...what you're going to purchase this summer.

    HALL: Uh-huh .

    Ms. THOMAS: Make sure that the investment can go, you know, work more ways than one.

    HALL: More bang for your buck . Right, exactly.

    Ms. THOMAS: And that's what I really love about all of these.

    HALL: Great looks, ladies. You look amazing. And now you can go out and enjoy this beautiful day in your cover -up. No one would even know.

    Ms. THOMAS: Yeah.

    HALL: Thank you, Bobbie .

By
TODAY contributor
updated 6/21/2010 4:57:11 PM ET 2010-06-21T20:57:11

Many of us spend hours agonizing over finding the perfect bathing suit and the confidence to wear it, only to slip on a cover-up when we’re out having fun in the sun. So while it’s important to choose the right suit, don’t underestimate the value of investing in a scene-stealing swathe. TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com’s Bobbie Thomas shows you how to take your cover-ups from the beach to summertime soirees with these chic, convertible options.

The BBQ
If you find yourself frequenting backyard bashes with friends, a tunic may be your best bet to help you seamlessly transition from the beach to the barbecue. An oversized sweater is perfect to wear shore-side with a bikini and flip-flops, and can later be paired with crisp shorts and wedges when you’re ready for food and fireworks. (Striped line cover-up sweater, $49, Victoriassecret.com)

The bonfire
Most of us wouldn’t think that a sweater could be a summer staple. But from hot days to cool nights, a woven or crochet top meant for the beach could become a great asset when cuddled around a campfire. Choose an easy, soft knit that that will keep you cool during the day and cozy during windy nights when paired with jeans and Ugg boots. (Reefbreak hoodie in falcon, $79, Athleta.com)

The bazaar
For the busy beach babe who plans to hit the mall after she’s hit the waves, toss a tee and belt in your bag for a quick fix. Take advantage of their versatility and transform a tube dress or sarong into an effortless shopping outfit by wearing it as a long maxi skirt with a simple tee and low-slung braided belt. (Joolay batik strapless cover-up dress, $48, Lordandtaylor.com)

The bar
Long and loose caftans, especially colorful and embellished styles, are perfect for looking chic and providing protection on the sand. For a nighttime twist, they can bring the drama and add some glamour when you're going out with the girls. Just layer a slip, and add a few bangle bracelets and heels for a stylish way to wow on an easy, breezy summer night. (Coral caftan, $25, Hm.com)

© 2013 NBCNews.com  Reprints

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Courtesy of Cameron Polom

    Reporter spots missing boy while reporting about his disappearance

    9/29/2014 8:41:54 PM +00:00 2014-09-29T20:41:54
  1. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

    'It'll be OK,' Savannah! 9 secrets to clipping little baby nails

    9/29/2014 3:53:25 PM +00:00 2014-09-29T15:53:25
  1. Courtesy of Makenzie Shultz

    'Paying it forward': Why this couple tipped $100 for bad service

    9/29/2014 9:53:25 PM +00:00 2014-09-29T21:53:25
  1. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

    Surprise! Savannah and baby Vale delight TODAY anchors with morning visit

    9/29/2014 11:59:10 AM +00:00 2014-09-29T11:59:10