Chic Ways to Cover Up at the Beach

Chic Summer Cover Ups

Who doesn’t love to get a little sun when it’s warm outside? Taking Aden to the pool is one of our favorite summer activities—he’d probably be in the water every day if he could! I always protect him from the elements with lots of sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and protective clothes. But this momma needs protection, too. Being out in the sun all day can be draining and damaging, whether you’re relaxing with a good book or splashing around with your little ones, so it’s important to have the appropriate clothes + accessories for the weather. Grab some iced water and look through the slideshow below to see if you’re missing any of these sneaky, chic ways to cover up at the beach—without looking like you’re afraid of the sun!

Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress

There are almost too many options for maxi dresses these days. Choose one that picks up the breeze for a romantic look.

Floppy Hat

Floppy Hat

You can take on anything this summer in a good sunhat. It’s the ultimate marriage between practical and stylish.

Caftan

Caftan

I wasn’t sure about the caftan trend at first, but these loose-fitting dresses can be surprisingly feminine and sexy. Throw a flowing caftan on over your swimsuit to lounge in the sun.

Slouchy Pant

Slouchy Pant

A light, breathable slouchy pant is perfect for basking in the sun’s rays without being susceptible to sun damage and the burn.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Eyes need just as much protection as skin, so always keep a pair of sunnies in your purse.

Tunic

Tunic

If you don't like the idea of wearing too many layers on a hot day, a tunic will cover your back, shoulders, and stomach without sacrificing your beachy summer look.

Sarong

Sarong

A sarong, or even an oversized scarf, is perfect for strolling the beach in after a swim. It gives you more protection and comfort than a bikini, yet you can still show off your suit.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Lastly, none of these cover-ups block the sun’s harmful rays like sunscreen. No matter what you wear, it’s still important to apply sunblock (and reapply often) for the entire time you’re in the sun.

What do you pair with your swimsuit in the summer? Share your picks in the comments.

Photo: Beyoncé for H&M 2013
  • Jessie

    Great ideas! I usually go with sarongs!

  • abby

    I just love all your summer ideas Tamera, GREAT ideas, I love summer but we are still in winter this side of the world, I can’t wait for summer just to make it down to the water.Keep on posting Tamera, love your new site.

  • gcimaldonado .

    Tamera, here’s a great “How-to” video for multiple ways to wear a pareo/sarong. Clever styles compared to the usual wrap around style. Hope you enjoy it.
    http://www.thecoconet.tv/how-to/tie-a-pareu/

  • Your summer ideas were awesome! I love that Maxi dress! OMG! http://www.splendosha.com/2014/09/best-fashion-designer-cute-plus-size.html

  • Tiara

    I only was able to wear my swimsuit one time this summer but when I did, I paired it with a long maxi dress, a big, floppy beach hat, flat sandals and a thin white button down. I left the button down shirt open, like a cardigan. Oh yeah and a pair of round, dark sun glasses. I love the other ideas. I am just so mad that I just now visited this website. Lol. #mynewaddiction