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29 best beach cover-ups for 2021

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Summer's been a long time coming, especially with the year-plus we've all had. We’re dreaming of vacation to literally anywhere with sunshine and longer light-filled days. We want to ditch our work uniforms for lighter layers and flip-flops, and maybe even enjoy a cocktail with an umbrella and fruit slice while slathering ourselves in sunscreen.

In the interest of summer prepping, we put together a list of beach cover-ups of all lengths and styles. These resortwear picks can show off your signature summer style, offer sun protection and give you serious swimsuit confidence. And you never know, just browsing may give you a much-needed dose of sunshine.

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Best short swimwear cover-ups

Becca by Rebecca Virtue Breezy Basics Cover-Up

With cute, adjustable shoulder bow ties, a blousy elastic waist and fabric that actually gives you full coverage on your derriere, this breezy cover-up transitions well from beach to lunch. It comes in black, navy and white.

Bleu Rod Beattie Caftan Style Tunic

Stay cool (and cute) in this chic knee-length caftan. With a flattering deep V, cinchable tie front and pom pom trim, you’ll be all covered up — but are sure to get noticed.

Peixoto Nissi Pommed Cover-Up Mini Dress

You will get “That’s so cute!” comments nonstop in this playful dress, with an open back and flouncy hem.

Cupshe Cover-Up With Rainbow Crochet Trim

Make waves in tropical brights with this open-back, crochet-lined number from Cupshe.

Helen Jon Pullover Hoodie Tunic

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 three-quarter sleeves, side slits and a hood for when temps turn cooler.

Madewell Gauze Cover-Up Drawstring Romper

Two words we want to hear when it comes to getting dressed for poolside? Easy and flattering. This cinchable romper is made with double-layered cotton gauze, so it’s just as useful for running errands as it is for lounging at the pool.

Coolibar Navia Cover-Up

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 are a no-brainer.

Robin Piccone Michelle Tunic

Think of this as your beach LBD. Pair it with a sexy suit and killer pair of shades for your next beachside barbecue.

Roller Rabbit Lucknow Serafina Tunic

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.

Ekouaer Beach Dress

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 butt coverage — and reviewers love that it dries quickly. It's available in 37 colors (yes, 37), from tie-dye to saucy leopard prints to pretty solids.

J.Crew Side Ruffle Tunic

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.

Soft-Woven Tie-Waist Kaftan Swim Cover-Up

This adorable zebra number with dolman sleeves is kind of like a dress that you can also wear to the beach. It’s even got a string tie waist to ensure a better fit.

O’Neill Saltwater Solids Bell Sleeve Cover-Up

Crochet can be a tough look to pull off, but this version has less-is-more inset crochet panels and flowy bell sleeves.

Best long swimwear cover-ups

Elan Deep V-Neck Cover-Up Maxi Dress

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.

Aerie Ribbed Midi Cover-Up

Essentially acting as a super-long tank top, this midi cover-up is made with comfortable ribbed fabric and has a flattering racerback to show off your shoulders.

Venus Crochet Cover-Up Dress

Whether you’re going on a walk along the surf or reclining with a beach read, this sweet coral crochet dress will elevate your look.

Asos Design Tiered Maxi Beach Dress

Go against the tide and create some drama with this flowy, lightweight viscose dress. The plunging neckline and high slit balance out all the pretty, drapey fabric.

Surf Gypsy Tie-Dye Twist Front Caftan

Meet the perfect transitional piece from poolside to tableside. This covered-up caftan pairs billowy sleeves and a high slit.

Aga Cover Dress

You’ll be vacation ready in this kimono-style wrap with chic detailing at the waist. It’s the perfect combo of covered up and revealing.

Augas Santas Black and White Coverup

This chic boho style features a lightweight weave with an empire waist and handkerchief hem, which is particularly flattering on taller frames. You’ll wear this long after the sun goes down.

L Space Kenzie Cover-Up

High tides, good vibes and an amazing dress: Show off tan lags with this luxe, high-side maxi, available in black and white.

Best swimwear cover-up separates

Summersalt The Short Effortless Shirtdress Cover-Up

Summersalt's vibrant bathing suits have been taking over social media this season, and now they're adding cover-ups to their expansive collection. Made in collaboration with The Home Edit, this shirtdress comes in three designs and could be tucked into your favorite pair of denim shorts for an easy, breezy summer outfit.

Becca Psychedelica Cover-Up Sarong

Pretty in pink! This stunning sarong can be tied around your waist, worn as a strapless dress or thrown around your shoulders.

Jessica Simpson Solid Tie-Waist Cover-Up Beach Pants

Available in black, white and light blue, these beach pants from Jessica Simpson have a wide, split-front hem for ample movement and air flow.

Santa Catarina Belted Fringed Robe Cover-Up

This cheery, get-noticed print has us dreaming of tropical vacations. Even better, this kimono-style robe is low-maintenance — all you'll have to do is throw it on and tie your sash belt!

Vitamin A Playa Shirt

Attention beach bunnies: This is a simple-yet-sexy staple offers gauzy coverage, and it looks adorable knotted at the waist to reveal your midriff.

Eicolorte Beach Sarong Pareo

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.

Billabong Golden Dawn Pant

Calling all surfer girls! These are for when you want to show off your amazing bikini top and toned abs, but still have comfy, lower-body coverage. These pants are made from airy crinkle gauze, which is elevated by a chic wrap-and-tie at the front.

Vitamin A Aluna Organic Beach Wrap

This versatile wrap multitasks as a sarong, shawl or beach blanket. You still have to pack the sunscreen, snacks and a beach read, though.

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