6 Chic Swimsuit Cover-Up Trends That'll Soon Be Alongside Every Body of Water

Something I firmly believe is that the swimsuit cover-up is as important as the swimsuit. I've had pool and beach days when I don't even take the cover-up off. A great swimsuit cover-up is one that provides some coverage (as the name implies) but doesn't completely conceal your swimsuit. Just like with everything else in fashion, there are a few trends that are percolating at the moment.

With the official start of summer right around the corner, people are busting out the swimwear already, and I've been keeping a close eye on the cover-ups they're pairing with them. Six specific trends have emerged, and they're really good, so I'm here to endorse them all by providing you with shoppable options for each. Depending on what your day in the sun holds and what type of swimsuit you favor, there's something for every occasion.

Keep scrolling to shop the six swimsuit cover-up trends that'll be wildly popular for summer 2024.

Sheer Lace Dresses

Swimsuit cover-up trends are typically dictated by a particular season's fashion trends. The sheer trend makes perfect sense in this case. I most often see it in the form of lace dresses on the beach.

Woman wearing black bikini and orange lace dress on the beach.

(Image credit: @sabinasocol)

Shop Sheer Lace Dresses

Linen Pants

Linen pants—especially white ones—are the fashion-person cover-up of choice right now. Linen pants are the rare cover-up that you can even wear on the plane ride home.

Cass Dimicco wearing black bikini with white pants.

(Image credit: @cassdimicco)

Shop Linen Pants

Sarong Miniskirts

Sarongs are the most classic cover-up of them all, and they look equally pretty with bikinis and one-pieces. There are tons of pretty options on the market to choose from.

Lucy Williams wearing black bikini and sarong.

(Image credit: @lucywilliams02)

Shop Sarong Miniskirts

Crochet Dresses

Nothing says summer like crochet. Paired with a swimsuit, it's a match made in vacation heaven.

Kit Keenan wearing white bikini and crochet dress.

(Image credit: @kitkeenan)

Shop Crochet Dresses

Oversize Button-Down Shirts

An oversize button-down is the most effortless of cover-ups. Just add denim, crochet, or linen shorts for even more coverage.

French woman wearing black bikini and white shirt.

(Image credit: @tamaramory)

Shop Oversize Button-Downs

Boxer Shorts

Boxer shorts (and pajama-style pants) are trending right now, and wearing them with a swimsuit for a casual, comfortable look makes perfect sense.

Woman wearing blue bikini, white shorts, and flip-flops.

(Image credit: @claire_most)

Shop Boxer Shorts

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.