19 Beach Cover-Ups That Actually Protect You From the Sun

Hilary George-Parkin

You've packed your SPF, your swimsuit, your sunnies, and a hat—now all you need for that much-needed vacation is a beach cover-up that actually, you know, covers you up. Shorts and tanks are fine for the shade, but, especially if you're prone to sunburn (*raises hand*), they aren't especially practical when it comes to UV protection.

Also, if you invest in a piece that's actually designed for sand and sun, it's a good bet that it will be lightweight, easy to clean, and made to throw over a bikini and go. Look for lines that specialize in beachwear—Lem Lem, Pitusa, and Pondichérie are a few of our faves—or scour the summer sections of your favorite retailers for seasonal finds (Madewell and ASOS are both well-stocked right now).

Below, shop 19 cover-ups—breezy pants, flowing jumpsuits, caftans, and more—you won't want to go the beach without one this summer.

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