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Beach season is here, and that means it's time to go bathing suit shopping. But that's only part of scoring a chic ensemble for the pool or beach. To complete your summer style, a swimsuit cover-up is essential.
Not only do some of them provide extra protection against the sun's rays, but almost all of them can be worn from the beach to your backyard barbecue.
Stylist Melissa Garcia told Shop TODAY the basics of shopping for a swimsuit cover-up. Her first piece of advice? Make sure the piece gives you peace.
"This might sound silly, but the No. 1 thing to (make sure) is that your cover-up actually covers up," she said. "They are designed to allow you to go shopping or to lunch straight from the beach and pool, so you want to be sure that you are covered up and comfortably so!"
A swimsuit cover-up should also be functional, she said. "Definitely look for one that is lightweight, quick to dry, easy to throw on and off, and, of course, comfortable!" advised Garcia. "Also, be sure to think of the colors and patterns of the bathing suits you already own so the cover-ups complement your suits."
Ahead, shop the 26 swimsuit cover-ups that will instantly upgrade your summer wardrobe.
This bestselling cover-up has over 1,000 verified reviews on Amazon and has also earned a 4.4-star rating. We love the drawstrings on the sides and the comfy, effortless feel.
This flattering cover-up dress from UV Skinz is another great UPF clothing option. It’s available in turquoise or black and is made with UPF 50-certified material. Plus, it’s chlorine and salt water-resistant.
If you like pom-pom details, you’ll love rocking this cover-up all summer long. While it comes in almost 20 different colors and designs, the black and white one would look great on anyone!
While most of us are still working from home, this gauzy tie-front loungewear set is the perfect outfit to wear in your at-home office and to the beach.
If you love paisley 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.
The Wander Agio Beach cover-up is another Amazon bestseller with over 1,000 positive verified reviews. It’s effortlessly chic and comes in a variety of different colors and patterns to suit your style.
For the woman who loves water sports, consider this long-sleeve zip-up rash guard from Roxy. It will protect your arms and protects skin from UVA and UVB rays.
This quarter zip, long-sleeve tunic rash guard is a full coverage option designed with UPF 50 sun-protected material to keep you safe from the sun while sporting a trendy look.
Pair these pants, which come in blue or beige, with a solid colored one-piece swimsuit that can easily take you from the beach to dinner.
Snatch up this casual sarong in either black or red for a comfortable and flattering cover-up that will easily fold up into any beach bag.
Coolibar's UPF 50+ beach cover-up dress is a great way to protect your skin and look chic on the beach. It comes in a variety of colors like blue, pink and red.
This bestselling tie-waist cover-up romper from Old Navy is a simple but chic option. It comes in blue, black, burnt orange and a blue ikat print.
This oversized striped cover-up by Adome has a flattering V-neckline and would look great on all shapes and sizes.
Sometimes less is more. For a simple beach look, try this white cover-up from J. Crew. It also comes in yellow, pink and black.
Fans of Lilly Pulitzer won’t be able to resist this colorful cover-up from the brand. It comes in a variety of different patterns and also has pockets.
For a flattering and budget-friendly option, consider this long chiffon kimono. It’s less than $15 and comes in three different colors, including black, lime green and bright pink.
This cover-up dress from Anthropologie is a cute and stylish option. It’s available in a light blue and yellow striped pattern or a coral and blue floral design.
This sheer button-front cover-up is a classic choice that will look great with any bathing suit. Choose from a white, black and blue color — or get all three!
This flowy maxi dress has a waist-cinching drawstring for a flattering fit and is made with a lightweight material that will keep you cool.
Capitalize on the tie-dye trend with this fashion-forward jumpsuit cover-up from Madewell. Wear it to the beach, pool or even a casual dinner.
For a comfortable pair of cover-up pants, consider this trendy pair by La Blanca. The bright blue pattern adds a little bit color to any outfit or bathing suit.
For a classic cover-up option, consider this floral cover-up tunic from La Blanca. The long sleeves make this one perfect for those cool summer nights.
This preppy tunic from J. Crew is the perfect addition to any cover-up collection. It’s currently 30% off and comes in pink, yellow, navy blue and royal blue.
This embellished cover-up dress is one of the chicest we've seen. Wear this from the beach to dinner while looking fabulous in this beautiful sleeveless cover-up.
This colorful midi dress is a lightweight cover-up you won't want to take off. It has fringe detailing at the bottom and a beautiful blue and yellow floral pattern to add a pop of color to your beach outfit.
This no-frills dress is great to slip on after a long day playing in the water.
For more summer recommendations, check out:
- Looking for a new swimsuit? These are the best places to buy bathing suits online
- Ready for summer? We found 30 comfortable sandals you'll want to live in
- 35 Instagram-worthy pool floats to enjoy this summer
- From sprinklers to splash pads, these water toys are perfect for backyard fun
- Create a fun staycation with these kid-friendly swimming pools