Summer is finally here, which means that the long days relaxing at the beach or pool are upon us. Whether you are working from home poolside-style or reveling in the sun on your day off, we know you want to relax in style. What's more stylish than sitting by the water with a cocktail in hand, while fielding compliments about your newest swimwear cover-up? Nothing.
That's why television host and lifestyle expert Kathy Buccio stopped by the 3rd Hour of TODAY to share the best swimwear cover-ups the whole family can shop this summer. These affordable options will protect your skin from the sun, while catching everyone's attention. But we know you can never have enough swimwear cover-up options for yourself. That's why we found the hottest cover-ups on the market to add to your summer staples.
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Best swimwear cover-ups as seen on TODAY
Editor's note: Buccio's original pick is out of stock, but we found a similar option below.
These wide leg beach pants are a statement item that come with a matching top. Buccio recommends pairing the set with gold accessories to complete the look.
This colorful alternative to Buccio's sold-out bottoms are breathable and eye-catching with their flared style.
Editor's note: Buccio's original pick is out of stock, but we found a similar option below.
The sand swirl set top is lightweight and stylish. Wear the top unbuttoned to show off your preferred swimsuit underneath — Buccio's color of choice is cream.
This colorful alternative to Buccio's sold out top can be buttoned up or tied in a knot depending on your plans. Buccio's swimsuit pick will still match this colorful set.
This swim suit's one shoulder design captures the asymmetry stylists have been loving all summer long.
Bringing simplicity into Buccio's bikini look, this cream bikini bottom will keep everything covered with its high waist design.
Accessorize your look with these finds from Buccio:
- PrettyLittleThing Cut-Out Sunglasses
- PrettyLittleThing Metallic Espadrille Wedges
- PrettyLittleThing Raffia Clutch
- PrettyLittleThing Chunky Double Hoop Earrings
The next beach cover-up set is bright and breathable. Buccio notes the ribbed cuffing on the neckline, cuffs and hem of this hole-knit sweater top as a unique detail.
These white sweat shorts complete the look for added comfort. The lightweight material is breathable and has an adjustable elastic waistband and drawstrings. The top and shorts are both also available in black.
In Buccio's eyes, this padded cup swimsuit should accompany the H&M beach cover-up set. The swimsuit has adjustable shoulder straps for extra support.
Buccio picked these fun accessories to amp up the look:
Buccio recommends this patterned kimono for its floral pattern and embroidery. To switch up your look, you can tie this kimono in the front.
For more floral fun, Buccio paired this one-piece swimsuit with the kimono. Whether you allow the kimono to flow in the breeze or tie it in a chic knot at your hip, you can show off your floral fashion all summer.
Turn up the glam factor with these accessories, picked by Buccio:
- H&M Straw Sun Visor
- Grain of Sand by Aneth Tuscany Charms and Pearl Necklace
- Grain of Sand by Aneth Soda Tab Charm Necklace
- Grain of Sand by Aneth Tarah Colorful Beaded Necklace
- Grain of Sand by Aneth Ashley Pearls and Clip Chain Necklace
- Grain of Sand by Aneth The Classic Curb Link Anklet
- Grain of Sand by Aneth Rory Beaded Flower Anklet
- Grain of Sand by Aneth The Mini Verano Pearl Anklet
- Grain of Sand by Aneth Zoe Puka Shell Anklet
So the whole family can join in on the swimsuit cover-up craze, Buccio recommends a crane print kimono for men. The set has an adjustable waistband for a more comfortable fit.
Complete the look with these finds Buccio chose:
This colorful cover-up will leave all the girl's jealous at the pool. Buccio recommends this girls' short sleeve swimsuit cover-up because of its quick-drying material.
Pottery Barn Kids' shark-inspired cover-up caught Buccio's eye because of its adorable and cozy design. The cover-up's hood and kangaroo pocket are perfect for a beach-side nap.
Top-rated short swimwear cover-ups
If you love eye-catching patterns, you won’t be able to resist this tunic from J. Crew Factory. It’s lightweight and isn’t see-through so it doubles as a summer dress that would look great with a cute pair of sandals and sun hat.
Sometimes less is more. For a simple beach look, try this white cover-up from Madewell. After a dip in the pool, you can relax in the dress' soft cotton that is made ethically with the help of the Better Cotton Initiative.
Coolibar's UPF 50+ beach cover-up dress is a great way to protect your skin and look chic on the beach. The dress' eye-catching patterns will make everyone turn their heads.
Over 6,000 Amazon reviewers gave this casual cover-up a five-star rating, with many raving about its versatility and flattering fit. Wear it to the beach, poolside or on any warm day. It comes in over 20 colors and even has pockets!
With a minimalistic wave print, this is the perfect transitional pull over you can throw on to grab a quick bite between rays.
This summer is all about color and this rainbow knit cover-up is right on trend, while keeping you cozy in the summer breeze. Choose from four base colors: orange, black, blue and green.
UPF 50+ fabric and draped sleeves help make this romper stylish and protective. You can slip it on and off with ease thanks to the crossover front design and don't have to worry about any annoying zippers or ties.
Shirt-style cover-ups are extremely versatile, and this lightweight rayon version is no exception. It’s longer in the back — ideal for those who want more coverage — and reviewers love that it dries quickly. It's available in dozens of colors and patterns, from tie-dye to saucy leopard prints to pretty solids.
This adorable number with lace detailing is kind of like a sheer cardigan that you can also wear to the beach. It’s even got a front tie waist to ensure a better fit.
Stay cool (and cute) in this chic knee-length caftan. With a flattering deep V-neck, cinchable tie front and pompom trim, you’ll be all covered up — but sure to get noticed.
You will get “That’s so cute!” comments nonstop in this playful dress, with an open back and flouncy hem.
Perfect whether you’re lounging in a poolside cabana or making sandcastles alongside your kids, this cover-up is cute and comfy — but not fussy. It’s got full-length sleeves, rouching accents and a hood for when temperatures turn cooler.
Two words we want to hear when it comes to getting dressed for poolside? Easy and flattering. This tassel-trimed kaftan comes in black and white, so you can layer it with every type of swimsuit.
UV protection fabrics are slightly more expensive, but worth it for the peace of mind. This breathable, stretchy style offers sun protection and is ideal for those who want a little more length. Its empire waist, kimono sleeves and flattering pleating make this purchase a no-brainer.
Think of this as your beach LBD. Pair it with a sexy suit and killer pair of shades for your next beachside getaway.
Get your bronze on in this tunic, which is made special by tonal embroidery and tasseled fringe. All you need is a cute pair of flats.
Get into the swim of things with this lightweight preppy style. It’s got sweet fluttery detailing, and it ties at the waist to show off your curves.
We're loving the subtle lace-up V-neck and flowy bell sleeves featured on this boho-inspired swimsuit cover-up. Grab it in navy blue for a more neutral look or bright pink for a bold pop of color.
Top-rated long swimwear cover-ups
Embrace the details in this simple cold-shoulder dress with an elastic waistband meant to flatter. Shoulder and leg slits will highlight your tan as you recline with a cocktail in hand.
For those who prefer more coverage, Anthropologie's orange patterned jumpsuit will let you breath while keeping your legs covered. The wide-leg bottoms will flow in the wind as you walk from the beach to the pool.
A loose-fitting romper like this Amazon find can double as the perfect swimsuit cover-up. This piece features a scoop neckline, pockets and stretchy fabric, according to the brand.
Essentially acting as a super-long cardigan, this loose cover-up is made with comfortable rayon fabric and has breathable three-quarter sleeves.
Show off a little bit of sun-kissed skin in this Grecian-style cover-up. Gathered shoulders and a drawstring waist add a modern edge to the classic maxi dress.
This cover-up dress from Anthropologie is a cute and stylish option. Whether you're eating spaghetti on the beach in Tuscany or relaxing by your inflatable pool, this breathable maxi dress will leave you sun-kissed and smiling.
This ruffle beach dress from J. Crew is the perfect addition to any cover-up collection. It’s currently 50% off and comes in red, green and navy blue.
Go against the tide and create some drama with this flowy, lightweight rayon dress. The off-shoulder neckline and tiered design balance out all the pretty, drapey fabric.
This chic boho style features a lightweight weave with an empire waist and handkerchief hem, which can be particularly flattering on taller frames. Plus, you’ll want to wear this long after the sun goes down.
High tides, good vibes and an amazing dress: Show off tan lags with this luxe, high-side maxi, available in black and white.
Top-rated swimwear cover-up separates
This summer, embrace this skirt's elegant details: a breathable pattern, knit tassels and smooth, silky material.
For a flattering and budget-friendly option, consider this No. 1 bestseller in Amazon women's swimwear coverups. It’s less than $20 and comes in 20 different patterns and colors.
Snatch up this checkered sarong for a comfortable and flattering cover-up that will easily fold up into any beach bag. The brand sells three color combinations — silver sand, black tan and key lime — for your preferred fun in the sun.
This highly-rated wrap is available in both long and short versions and offers quick, easy coverage for your bottom. Even better, there are so many colors to choose from that you can coordinate with just about any swimsuit. To note: It’s a semi-sheer, thin fabric, so don’t expect it to be opaque.
Summersalt's vibrant bathing suits took over social media last season, especially since adding cover-ups to its expansive collection. Made in collaboration with The Home Edit, this shirtdress comes in three colors and designs and can be tucked into your favorite pair of denim shorts for an easy, breezy summer outfit.
Pretty in palm (or Blue Haze, gingham or ombre)! This stunning sarong can be tied around your waist, worn as a strapless dress or thrown around your shoulders.
Available in black and white, these beach pants from Kona Sol have a wide, split-front hem for ample movement and air flow.
Embrace the coastal grandmother style with this light-weight dress from J. Crew. It also comes in pink, navy and light blue.
These breezy pants stand out due to its flowy ruffles. The slits make it easy to lounge or get some sun on your legs while you chill poolside.
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