Heading to the pool or the beach sometime soon? While you've likely got a cool swimsuit situation figured out, there's one more piece of the puzzle to nail a complete swimwear look: a bathing suit cover-up. In the past, you might not have put too much thought into what you've thrown on over your swimsuit, but all it takes is a bit of inspiration to help you pick out the perfect cover-up for your look.
Bathing suit season doesn't necessarily require breaking the bank, either. If you take a closer look at some of your summer staples, you'll realize that the cool bathing suit cover-ups you're searching for might be sitting right in your closet. Keep reading for 14 staples you probably already own and how you can incorporate them into some pretty amazing poolside ensembles. Of course, if you're still inclined to shop while you're at it, we've got you covered there, too.
Crochet is perfect for the beach, so really any open-weave piece will work. Our favorite, however, might be this semi-sheer skirt.
Wear your shirtdress partially unbuttoned for a menswear-inspired cover-up.
A large scarf can double as a stylish (and classic) pareo. The version above serves as the perfect example of how it should be tied.
What better place to wear your favorite loose-fitting, optionally whimsical shorts than under the sun? Don't be afraid to mix and match the print with your bikini.
Tie-waist pants are a perfectly easy, breezy option for a stylish vacation look.
Going out for an early morning surf or sunset swim? Throw a hoodie over your bathing suit for a laid-back look.
A kimono works perfectly as a cover-up because it's inherently lightweight and doesn't have any buttons to fuss with.
Slouchy, loose-fitting denim 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.
Midi skirts—especially less fitted styles—make great beach cover-ups that you can easily slip on and off.
The beach or pool is the perfect place for a quick-drying cotton T-shirt dress.
Jumpsuits (and rompers) are inherently on the more casual side. Plus, since they serve as a top and bottom, that's one less piece of clothing you have a chance of accidentally leaving behind at the pool.
No need for a shirt when you wear your bathing suit with overalls.
A strapless dress won't weigh you down in the heat and will look beach-appropriate. Word to the wise: Be sure to pick low-maintenance fabrics such as jersey or cotton.
A tunic blouse goes great with denim shorts by the beach, or if it's long enough, feel free to wear it as a dress.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.