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

You've packed your SPF, your swimsuit, your sunnies, and a hat—now all you need for that much-needed vacation is a cute 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 cardigan set has an appealingly retro vibe.

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Perfect to cozy up in post-water activities.

Available in sizes S to L. 

Sheer enough to show off your swimsuit but covered up enough to keep you protected in the blazing sun.

Available in sizes S to L. 

We want every piece from supermodel Liya Kebede's artisan-made line, but this skirt especially.

Available in sizes XS to L. 

How cute are these lace details?!

Available in sizes XS to XL. 

The strappy, deep back sets this style apart.

Available in size O/S.

A checked wrap dress is a no-brainer. 

Available in sizes 14 to 18. 

Yes, it's more than acceptable to wear this printed jumper off the beach too.

Available in sizes XS to XL. 

Throw this on after a dip in chillier waters.

Available in sizes XS to XL. 

The light linen fabric make this dress an easy choice for lounging on a chaise all day.

Available in sizes XS to XL. 

Summer whites are a good choice for sweltering days.

Available in sizes S to L. 

For those who are serious about sun safety in the water and out, this swim top offers UPF 50+ protection and dries quickly.

Available in sizes M to L. 

This purple-pink shade is pretty on any skin tone.

Available in size M. 

Channel your low-key Cali girl side.

Available in size O/S.

Buy this oversize and wear it as a dress.

Available in sizes XXS to XXXL. 

This burnout fabric is so soft that you won't want to take it off.

Of course, DVF nailed the perfect poolside print.

Available in sizes XXS to L. 

Black-and-white stripes never go out of style.

Available in sizes X to 4X. 

Wear this to the beach bar after you've had a chance to work on your tan.

Available in size O/S.

Next up, see 18 items every L.A. girl will own this summer.

This post was updated by Aemilia Madden.