Finding a swimsuit that flatters your figure is only half the battle when it comes to looking and feeling fabulous at the beach.
A pretty beach cover-up also helps boost your confidence and adds sizzle to your look.
How do you find your perfect coverup? Here’s a peek at what’s trending.
1. PLAYFUL PONCHOS
Festive ponchos inspired by Mexico, India, Spain and other global hotspots are popular at the moment. This blue and white medallion print chiffon poncho has a laid back boho feel. Fringe has been a popular accent on clothing lately, so it’s no surprise we’re seeing it mixed many boho and ethnic prints.
For something, a little different, try a short Bright Orange Poncho with bold stripes and contrasting pom pom trim. Very pretty.
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2. BREEZY KAFTANS
Voluminous, long tops or dresses can sometimes make you look dowdy, but not at the beach. The trick is to keep your cover up light, airy and breezy to look fabulous, not frumpy. Choose a long Kaftan with wide, flowing sleeves for a totally glamorous look. This colorful, floral-print kaftan with a handkerchief hemline is a pretty one.
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3. SASSY TUNICS
Mod, colorful tunics that have wide sleeves, but are straight and narrow through the body are also a big hit this summer. Trina Turk has turned out some exciting ones like this watercolor floral print tunic with its rainbow palette. The best part is; you can also wear these tunics with skinny jeans or leggings. So after you’re done at the beach, you can wear them out for drinks or to dinner. That’s a bonus!
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4. LACE AND CROCHET COVER UPS
If sheer beachwear cover-ups appeal to you, then try one of the many peek-a-boo styles that show off your bathing suit. This white crocheted cover up is a pretty one, but you’ll also find lots in black.
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5. KIMONO COVER UPS
Kimono cover ups are new this summer. These cute bathing suit cover ups are dainty, feminine and very practical too. Think of these types of swimsuit cover-ups as sweaters, and wear them with jeans and a nice top after a day in the sun.
6. BOYFRIEND SHIRTS
If you want to look sexy, chic and a bit naughty, then go for a tailored menswear style cover up. This Tommy Bahama boyfriend shirt is playful like you’re playing dress up in your man’s shirt.
To get the look: roll up your sleeves, undo a few buttons or leave your shirt open, and turn up the collar. You’ll find regular and plus size beach cover ups in this style. Some are being shown with touches of embroidery.
7. MAXI DRESSES
Maxi dresses are always an excellent choice for a day at the beach. Choose a maxi in a soft, comfy fabric, so you can roll it up and throw it into a beach bag if necessary. These are one of the best beach cover ups if you are a gal who craves more coverage. Don’t forget your floppy hat.
*This post recently updated in Jan 2016