8 Chic Beach Coverups That Deserve a Permanent Spot on Your Holiday Packing List

Don't get me wrong, swimsuits are meant to be seen. But what's a trendy bikini or classic black one-piece without a great coverup that takes you from sea to boardwalk and back again? These two pieces are an iconic duo: swimsuit and coverup. The right pairing is summer outfit magic and makes planning and packing altogether easier.

Whilst I'll always respect a sarong as an essential, there are so many more options nowadays to try out on your next holiday or afternoon by the pool. The eternally timeless white button-down is fail-proof and made for throwing on and looking impeccably dressed with very little effort. Mini dresses and co-ords double as outfits that give you the chance to go for a quick dip before dinner without requiring a full-on outfit change. Even the kaftan has supremely stylish variations that both meet maximalists where they're at and appeal to minimalists' subtler tastes (one is definitely on my list this year).

If you're trying to pick out your next go-to coverup, take a look at these eight styles that'll complement your favourite swimsuit and keep you comfortable all summer.

8 of the Best Beach Coverups That You'll Actually Want to Wear:

1. Linen Button-Down Coverup

Brown bikini with white coverup shirt

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Style Notes: If you're looking for the definition of a classic swimsuit coverup, Amaka sets the perfect example. There's no better garment to wrap yourself up in after a day swimming than a relaxed linen shirt (especially in a neutral like white). It offers extra sun protection too and can be worn in multiple ways. Throw it on, scrunch up the sleeves, tie it around your waist, or size up for a dress-like style.

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2. Crochet Dress

White crochet coverup look

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Style Notes: The second you start spotting crochet dresses, you know summer is here. With a nod to the '70s, this is an ultra-chic coverup choice that gets plucked from closets time and time again as the weather heats up. Even if earthy or boho styles aren't your thing, Felicia's beachy ensemble is proof that you can make this style of coverup still look modern. Be choosy about the cut and pair it with sleek sandals and a swimsuit in a matching colour.

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3. Lightweight Trousers

Black linen trousers and bikini top

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Style Notes: Coverups often come in a dress or skirt format, but if you're more of a trousers person like me, these might not suit your fancy. Instead rely on a comfortable but sophisticated pair of trousers in linen or cotton materials. They're laidback enough to match the summer atmosphere but still make you feel pulled together when you wear them over a swimsuit.

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4. Maxi Skirt Coverup

White skirt and striped bandeau top

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Style Notes: Skirts provide the volume and feel of a dress without the hassle of full-length zips and buttons. These types of swimwear coverups are great especially if you adore your bikini top or have a one-piece that works overtime as a top. They're almost too easy to slip on and off and take up very little room when you're packing for a day (or week) away.

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5. A Kaftan

Black and white long kaftan

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Style Notes: Forget what you think about kaftans. The noisy colours and prints found in beachside shops have nothing on these more refined takes. Franny shows what it means to truly wear a kaftan and style it in such a way that feels sophisticated and modern. One like this is gorgeous enough to wear on its own to dinner.

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6. A Short-Sleeve Button-Up

Green printed short sleeve coverup

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Style Notes: Dad shirts, button-downs—call them what you will, these fun printed shirts add character to your swim coverup outfits. Georgia's shades of green is an inspired idea. Pick a colour that matches, complements or completely contrasts your swimsuit for a standout combination. These can be worn on their own, but I think the addition of hot pants or baggy shorts both look fantastic.

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7. A Mini Dress Coverup

White linen dress with basket bag

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Style Notes: Mini dresses are wardrobe classics to begin with. But in the right materials, they double as fabulous coverups. Chiara's lightweight choice is functionally smart—it's cool and great for wet and sandy outings, but it's equally gorgeous when worn around town. White dresses are of course solid selections for summer, but consider other pretty hues like light blue and beige too.

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8. Co-Ord Set

White co-ord shorts and bandeau top

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Style Notes: Co-ords always win. They're perfect for fans of trousers and just as easy and breezy as a pull-on skirt. There is no shortage of options. You can copy Emma's fun look tinged with noughties nostalgia by opting for a bandeau knit and hot pants. Or you can go for something looser like a broderie or lace tank and shorts combo.

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