43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You’ll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

Lindsey Lanquist
43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You’ll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them
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When summer’s on its way, it’s easy to stock up on swimsuits and little else. Because swimsuits are fun. Swimsuits are cute. Swimsuits instantly transport us to a world of shining sun and high temperatures—a reality that hasn’t been ours for far too long. The only issue? Rarely does one go to the beach, or pool, or lake in a swimsuit and only a swimsuit—nay, we adorn ourselves with swim cover-ups and other swim-centric clothing. Which is exactly why it’s important to work a little swim cover-up shopping into your swimsuit shopping.

I’d be lying if I suggested I was the right one to cast stones on this one. I have failed to stock up on swim cover-ups in what can only be described as a chronic fashion. I relied exclusively on one Forever 21 dress for far too long; having a go-to can make getting dressed a whole lot easier, but depending on how often you’re wearing it, it can also make things hella monotonous. (I could tell things had taken a turn for the worse when I no longer wanted to pose for beachside Instagrams because I was so thoroughly bored of my tried-and-true cover-up. A frivolous litmus test, to be sure—but this is 2019 we’re talking about.)

The good news here is that swim cover-up shopping can be just as fun and transportive as swimsuit shopping—if you’ll let it. Because the reality of swim cover-ups is that they’re as cute, vibrant and exciting as bathing suits—and the selection is pretty damn varied, too. Give our swim cover-up picks a perusal, and you’ll quickly notice you’re replacing your favorite bikini with your new favorite swim cover-up in all your imagined, idyllic Instagrams-to-be.

This summer’s swim cover-ups are fodder for attention, outfit inspiration and so much more. So instead of buying a 30th one-piece, consider snagging a caftan, or romper, or crochet naked dress, instead,

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

1. Roeqiya Garden Princess Caftan, $138 at Anthropologie

Elegant enough to sport to a beachside restaurant without thinking twice.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

2. Brooke Cover-Up Dress, $140 at Anthropologie

Low-key enough to throw over whatever you’re already wearing—cute enough to put a smile on your face as you do.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

3. Melissa Odabash Eloise Cover-Up Robe, $334 at Anthropologie

Sure to play as well with your favorite bikini as it will with your go-to tee-and-jeans combo.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

4. Tiare Hawaii Amazonia Dress, $113 at Revolve

So elegantly sexy you might consider wearing it on your next date night, too.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

5. Astrid Gauze Oversized Button-Front Top, $59 at Urban Outfitters

A classic for a reason.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

6. Mara Hoffman Fiona Dress, $375 at Anthropologie

Turn heads without sacrificing comfort—or practicality.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

7. We’re Chiffon It Tie-Dye Cover-Up Kimono, $25 at Nasty Gal

It was only a matter of time before our collective obsession with tie-dye made its way to beachwear, too.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

8. All Caught Up Maxi Hoodie, $108 at Free People

Because 2019’s crochet trend lends itself oh-so naturally to the swim cover-up realm.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

9. Joaan Cover-Up Caftan, $140 at Anthropologie

For the shopper who doesn’t actually want their cover-up to cover up their swimsuit.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

10. Mara Hoffman Rosario Striped Dress, $325 at Anthropologie

So stunning you could probably repurpose it for wedding season—just saying.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

11. Woven Fringe Ruana, $44 at Urban Outfitters

Low-key, and able to be repurposed in every summer context.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

12. Sun Seeking Lace Swim Cover-Up Maxi Skirt, $44 at Lulus

Not sure if this’ll get you past “no shoes, no shirt, no service”—but it’s definitely cute enough to warrant a try.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

13. Maternity Tie-Dye Jersey Beach Cover-Up, $29 at ASOS

Keep it casual, retro and on-trend all at once.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

14. Give ‘Em Shade Maxi Cover-Up Kimono, $35 at Nasty Gal

The kind of thing you’ll want to throw on every morning on your next vacation.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

15. Victory Cover-Up Maxi Dress, $180 at Anthropologie

Definitely nice enough to get you anywhere you need to go after the beach.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

16. Seaside Retreat Cover-Up Maxi Dress, $42 at Lulus

A poolside take on the slip dress.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

17. Colorblock Sarong Swim Cover-Up, $14.90 at Forever 21

Sarongs are an absolute look.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

18. Lioness Despacito Metallic Open Knit Maxi Dress, $89 at Urban Outfitters

A naked dress fit for the beach and the bar, alike.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

19. Frill Tile Print Top, $29 at ASOS

Oh yeah, matching set cover-ups are definitely a thing.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

20. Tularosa Rae Reversible Robe, $218 at Revolve

Sweet enough to toss over your favorite swimsuit—or your favorite dress, or your favorite jeans, or your favorite anything.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

21. South Beach Exclusive Leopard Print Jumpsuit, $48 at ASOS

The chicest way to dip your toes in the sand this summer.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

22. Pink Stripe Wide-Leg Two-Piece, $40 at ASOS

Definite fodder for your next summer ‘gram.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

23. Meribina Cover-Up Dress, $150 at Anthropologie

Simultaneously low-key and statement-making—yes, please.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

24. Lovewave Reeves Crop, $138 at Revolve

Cute in and out of its matching set. (But let’s be real—we’d definitely shop this one in its matching set.)

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

25. Abstract Shapes Caftan, $350 at Anthropologie

A caftan sure to complement—not compete with—your go-to swimmy.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

26. LPA Crochet High-Waist Culotte, $178 at Revolve

Culottes are a veritably underrated way to do the crochet trend.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

27. Charlie Oversized Button-Down Shirt, $54 at Urban Outfitters

OK, this one’s at the top of my list.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

28. Gauzy Long Cover-Up, $44 at Urban Outfitters

Lightweight enough to keep you going on summer’s most humid days.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

29. Long-Sleeve Chiffon Maxi Beach Kimono, $45 at ASOS

A little edgy, a little glamorous—all kinds of versatile.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

30. Jai Vasicek Anika Cover-Up Kimono, $138 at Anthropologie

A cover-up that simply wants to render you a walking work of art. (Let it!!)

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

31. Embellished Beach Short Two-Piece, $32 at ASOS

Coordinate your cover-up with your swimsuit top—because you can.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

32. Apricot Button-Front Midaxi Dress, $52 at Topshop

A dress you could definitely rewear elsewhere.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

33. PrettyLittleThing Stripe Wide-Leg Pants, $34 at ASOS

The beach equivalent of a power suit.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

34. Channel Ombre Beach Cover-Up, $45 at ASOS

Silky, and tie-dye, and colorful—oh my.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

35. Mara Hoffman Luna Maxi Dress, $375 at Anthropologie

Leave it to Mara Hoffman to create what can only be described as the cutest swim cover-up I’ve ever seen.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

36. Lovewave Reeves Dress, $188 at Revolve

In case you prefer your orange stripes in dress form.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

37. Fishnet Beach Maxi Kimono, $25 at Nasty Gal

A no-fail piece you can throw over anything.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

38. Seafolly Sunflower Maxi Beach Dress, $177 at ASOS

A classic sure to put a smile on your face every time you throw it on.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

39. House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Alhambra Crop, $148 at Revolve

Would definitely repurpose this crochet crop for a night out.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

40. Carolina K Helen Cover-Up Kimono, $368 at Anthropologie

As vibrant and delightful as you are.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

41. Beach Riot x Revolve Suki Skirt, $121 at Revolve

Be the wild thang you wish to see in the world.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

42. Juliet Dunn Botanical Puff Mini Top, $97 at Revolve

Throw a pair of mom jeans in your beach bag, and this top could take you anywhere.

STYLECASTER | 43 Swim Cover-Ups So Cute You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

43. House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Opal Kimono, $178 at Revolve

All kinds of chic.

 

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