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.
This diaphanous dress will look way more pulled-together than another oversize tank.
This cardigan set has an appealingly retro vibe.
We want every piece from supermodel Liya Kebede's artisan-made line, but this skirt especially.
How cute are these pineapple pockets?!
The strappy, deep back sets this style apart.
Throw this on after a dip in chillier waters.
The wide, cropped legs and light linen fabric make this an easy choice for lounging on a chaise all day.
Summer whites are a good choice for sweltering days.
For those who are serious about sun safety in the water and out, this swim top offers UPF 50+ protection and dries quickly.
This purple-pink shade is pretty on any skin tone.
This would pair well with gladiators and a wide-brim hat.
Channel your low-key Cali girl side.
Buy this oversize, and wear it as a dress.
This burnout fabric is so soft, you won't want to take it off.
Of course, DVF nailed the perfect poolside print.
Blue-and-white stripes never go out of style.
Wear this to the beach bar after you've had a chance to work on your tan.
Sheer enough to show off your swimsuit but covered up enough to keep you protected in the blazing sun.