Cute Beach Cover Ups To Make You Feel Confident

Finding a swimsuit that is figure flattering is only half the battle, when it comes to looking and feeling fab at the beach.

A pretty cover-up can give you an extra shot of confidence and add some sizzle to your look.

How do you find your perfect coverup? Here’s a peek at what’s trending.

white fringe poncho

Shop these ponchos: 


Fringe has been a popular accent on clothing lately, so it’s no surprise we’re seeing pom poms and tassels dangling from the hemlines and sleeves of breezy beach cover ups. Festive ponchos reminiscent of Mexico, India and other global hotspots are popular at the moment. This coral and white Splendour fringe poncho is fun, a little flirty and says, I’m ready to party!


long kaftan beach cover up

Shop these 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 black and gold animal print Baroque Kaftan is a pretty one.

For something, a little different, try a Kaftan with a handkerchief hemline. Very pretty.


Trina Turk Beach Cover up

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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 sassy Tuvalu tunic with its tropical print and 70’s inspired vibe.  The best part is; you can also wear these tunics with skinny jeans or leggings. So after you are you’re done at the beach, you can wear them out for drinks or to dinner. That’s a bonus!

crochet beach cover up

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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.


kimono beach cover up


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.

boyfriend cover up


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.

beach maxi dress


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.


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  1. Great article and ideas! My Bikini Brazil also is a supreme online store to purchase gorgous handmade crochet cover ups for ladies over 40! From lovely crochet beach mini dresses to super push up padded crochet halter tops, My Bikini Brazil is an excellent choice. Check out their online store here,

  2. jennifer emery says:

    Are your models over 40? They look great!!!

    • Hi Jennifer,
      The models are under 40 and there is nothing I can do about that. I work with all the chains and department stores and they all used young models. It is frustrating for sure.
      At times I crop off the heads of the models and just show the clothes.
      I’m taking a poll and would love to know which you prefer..seeing a young model wear the clothes or having me crop off their heads.

      Here’s a post with an example:
      Cheers, Deborah

  3. Wanda Jollymore says:

    There is not much occasion to worry about what to wear to the beach here in Alberta. But when I when at our place in AZ, I like to wear a tunic as a coverup at the pool. I also have a white, men’s shirt that is about 25 years old that is my ‘go-to’ coverup. It comes to mid-thigh and I roll up the sleeves. I love it.

  4. Deborah,

    I’ve always thought the best part of swimwear was the coverup. Well, when I was 20, I didn’t care about the coverup, but now I DO !


    • Hi Tina,
      I can relate about caring more about cover-ups now at this age!
      There are so many great cover-ups these days, it is really when you find the right one. I really like the elegant shorter kaftan style ones with a pattern and that are a little bit sheer. They are so light and flowy. Once I throw on my sunglasses and gold sandals I feel like a movie star. Have fun at the beach. Cheers! Deborah

  5. Used to love to visit the beach with my family. Now when they talk about going to beach I cringe. Swimsuit doesn’t quite fit the way it used to. Thanks to you, I just may get that confidence back. I really like these cover ups.

  6. Hi Deb, I have been searching for fashion advice for that most awkward of ages: mine (50). So far, your website shows some great ideas.

  7. bikini after 45: yes or no?

  8. I still go for the two piece. It’s too hot at the beach to be all covered up!

  9. The first one would be all purpose if it ended at the calf.

    I really like these looks, and would wear just about all of them, but to me most of these cover ups say yacht, cruise, classy resort. (and maybe even bedtime, as in night gown). There are less dramatic choices for middle-class poolside, state park or beach.

    A sportier look serves well in most of my water-side activities like the Fun and Flirty Moroccan – excellent!

  10. Great options…Love them all.