Bathing suit season doesn’t necessarily require breaking the bank on beachwear and cover-ups. If you take a closer look at some of your summer staples, you’ll realize that sometimes your closet is the best store in town! Keep reading for 14 staples you probably already own, and how you can incorporate them into some pretty amazing poolside ensembles.
14 Bathing Suit Cover-Ups You Already Own
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1. Anything Crochet
Crochet is perfect for the beach, so any of your open-weave pieces will work. Our favorite? This over-the-shoulder top.
Free People Free To Be Top ($68) in Lobster Red
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2. Shirt Dress
Wear your shirt dress mostly (or all-the-way) unbuttoned for a menswear-inspired cover-up.
Glamorous Denim Sleeveless Swing Shirt Dress ($49) in Blue
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3. Large Scarf
A large scarf can double as an uber-chic pareo. H&M’s version (above) serves as the perfect example of how it should be tied!
H&M Patterned Sarong ($13) in Black
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4. Floral Shorts
What better place to wear your favorite whimsical floral shorts than under the sun? Don’t be afraid to mix and match the print with your bikini.
J. Crew Tap Short ($65) in Photo Floral
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5. Drawstring Pants
Drawstring pants are the perfect, easy-breezy option for a stylish vacation look.
Madewell Stripework Drawstring Pants ($99) in Pale Shadow
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Going out for an early-morning surf or sunset-swim? Throw a hoodie over your bathing suit for a laid-back look.
Monrow Zip Up Hoodie ($135) in Dark Heather
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A kimono works perfectly as a cover-up because it’s inherently lightweight and it doesn’t have any buttons to fuss with!
Nasty Gal Reverse Through The Meadow Kimono ($72)
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8. Boyfriend Shorts
Slouchy, loose-fitting boyfriend shorts are great for wearing as a cover-up—plus if you add a t-shirt and sandals, you can go beyond the beach and not look half-dressed!
Rag and Bone Boyfriend Shorts ($209) in Rebel
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9. Maxi Skirt
Maxi skirts—especially in machine-washable fabrics—make great beach cover-ups that you can easily slip on and off.
River Island Grey Knotted Split Front Maxi Skirt ($50)
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10. T-Shirt Dress
The beach or pool is the perfect place for a quick-drying, cotton t-shirt dress.
T By Alexander Wang Classic Jersey T-Shirt Dress ($105) in Black
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Rompers are inherently casual, plus since they serve as a top and bottom, which means it’s one less piece of clothing you have a chance of accidentally leaving behind at the pool!
Velvet By Graham & Spencer Tracey Cotton Sateen Romper ($178) in Black
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No need for a shirt when you wear your bathing suit with overalls.
Topshop Moto Short Denim Dungarees ($76) in Bleach Stone
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13. Strapless Dress
A strapless dress won’t weigh you down in the heat and, in a light color or print, will look beach-appropriate. Word to the wise: be sure to pick low maintenance fabrics, like jersey or cotton.
Zara Printed Dress With Border ($50) in Pink
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14. Tunic Blouse
A tunic blouse goes great with white shorts by the beach, or if it’s long enough, feel free to wear it as a dress.
Tory Burch Tory Tunic ($295) in Carnival