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Great Swimsuit Cover-Ups for Summer

Updated on April 2, 2016
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Types of Summer Swimsuit Cover-ups

What's your favorite type of bathing suit cover-up? After a hot day on the beach, what do you like to throw on to cover-up when you get out of the water? Especially when you plan to attend the evening's barbecue or run other errands, you might need the perfect clothing item to dress up your swimsuit.

Summer isn't the only season for cover-ups. After a winter dip in a heated pool, a terry robe or long shirt is nice to help ward off the chills.

What's your favorite? Here are several cover-up options for summer or even winter.

Wrap Dress

There's nothing easier--and often cheaper--than a good ole wrap dress as a swimsuit cover-up. Made of cool, breezy materials, these dresses often are just wrapped around the body naturally with the straps over the shoulders holding them together. Talk about comfortable!

Some wrap dresses are strapless and come with ties around the waist. Others have straps. These dresses are easy to pull off and on and thus make great cover-ups for bathing suits.

Wrap skirt?

Other than a wrap dress, a piece of clothing that may be simpler is a wrap skirt. It's an excellet option to the wrap dress. A wrap skirt is so easy to just pick up, put on, and tie around and over the bottom part of your swimsuit. You can easily pair your bikini top or tankini with a stylish wrap skirt.

If you want a fun option to just cover the bottom part of your body, put on a wrap skirt to create an instant outfit to hang out in after the sun goes down. You can always also add a loose summer blouse on top to go with the skirt and dress it up.

Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are all the rage this summer, whether over a swimsuit or not. Maxi dresses are so long that they go to the floor--or ground--and beyond.

My niece tells me it's totally in style for dresses to drag the floor. Well, in my day . . . . Okay, let's just go with that.

If you want major coverage after swimming, put on a Maxi dress. It will cover you up, and you are even appropriately dressed for an outing or night on the town.

Halter Dress

Another option for a fashionable swimsuit cover-up is a halter dress. Short, long, mini or maxi, the halter dress does a dual job of covering up the swimsuit plus makes you ready to go elsewhere.

Generally, the halter dress is easy to pull up right over the swimsuit. Having no zippers or buttons, getting the dress on over the suit is a snap.

Some halter dresses have ties around the neck, while some don't. Choose one that will better fit the style of swimsuit you will be wearing underneath. The halter dress is a nice, flowing, (and definitely comfortable!) option to wear over your swimsuit.

Tunic/Shirt Dress

The tunic or shirt dress is one of my favorite options for a swimsuit cover-up because it is so comfortable. It is made of a lightweight material, such as a cotton mix or perhaps even some kind of filmy gauze.

The shirt dress won't be as dressy as the wrap, maxi, or halter dresses, so many styles probably won't double as a party dress for the evening activities after a day on the beach. But the tunic shirt will certainly serve its purpose well.

The tunic is basically a long comfortable shirt that is a pleasure to pull on after a hot day in the sun. It's usually loose and oversized; it's soft, it's comfortable, and it works perfectly as a cover-up for a bathing suit.

Summer Robe Coverup

Some sun worshippers may prefer the ease of slipping on a summer robe swimsuit cover-up. If you want something quick that's easy to get on and off, a robe works just fine. If you just want to cover-up and have no need to dress up for other plans, a robe is great.

A cloth or terry robe works well, too, when the water is a bit cool. Throwing on a robe could be nice and cozy when you need a warm-up. However, if you want a fancier cover, find a sheer robe with delicate trim. You'll be covered somewhat but still looking good in a stylish cover-up.

5 Basic Swimsuit Coverups

Other cover-ups

Of course, if you don't to spend the money, just grab a pair of shorts and a comfortable t-shirt out of your dresser to cover-up after your swim.

While not the most stylish option, it's a cheap and quick one. But if you want to be a bit more fashionable, you might consider some of the cover-ups mentioned in this article.

Whatever you decide, just be sure to enjoy the water and sun. Don't forget the flip-flops and sunscreen!

Poll: Favorite Swimsuit Cover-ups

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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Magicality LM!

    • Magicality LM profile image

      Magicality LM 

      2 years ago

      Excellent options!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      poetryman--You're funny. LOL. The purpose of a cover-up, yes, is to cover up. :-)

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      4 years ago

      Looks like everything is covered up. This is probably one of those things that women do than men might not quite get.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Carol, you're right. That is what's so great about some of these coverups--the ability to go out in public after a swim!

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Love your ideas here..Can go out to lunch or anywhere in these lovely cover ups.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      janetwrites--I like tunics, because they are so comfy! Thanks for your comments!

    • janetwrites profile image

      Janet Giessl 

      6 years ago from Georgia country

      These are all very great options. My favorites are the Sarong, the Maxi and the Tunic dress. Thank you for sharing this great hub.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cool, Eddy! Thanks for reading!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      I loved this one and thanks for sharing Victoria.


    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, random! Glad you like them!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      epbooks--I'm glad you like the hub. Thanks for weighing in on your favorite!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Maria--I don't have a maxi dress. I think I'm too short! LOl!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love the range of options here!

    • epbooks profile image

      Elizabeth Parker 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great explanations of all of the options that are out there. I like them all, but my favorite Is the halter. Voted up!

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Awesome read...I LOVE the maxi dress comeback...I am living in mine!

      Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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