It’s Swimsuit Season – Let’s Talk Swimsuit Cover Ups

So it’s here. Swimsuit season. Summer has officially begun, and whether you love being poolside or prefer the sand and surf, chances are you’ll be donning a swimsuit sometime this summer. A swimsuit cover up is a must to complete your “swim ensemble.”

What’s Your Swimsuit Cover Style?

If your idea of a swimsuit cover up is wrapping a beach towel around you, then we need to talk! Swimsuit cover ups serve a purpose in a utilitarian sense, sure, but they can also be a great style accessory to add to your swimsuit.

In my younger days I usually opted for a pair of cutoff jeans as a “cover up” to my bikini. But those days are behind me. I now like to have something to put on over my swimsuit that can take me to the pool bar or restaurant – something that looks like clothes but is easy to stuff into my bag and easy to put on.

To look chic and cover up (after all, it is called a cover up!) when you are moving from your lounge chair or beach blanket, there are almost endless swimsuit cover up options for every taste. Many of us over the age of 40 or better focus on covering a specific area. Younger ladies, or our mature sisters gifted with enviable figures, might choose a swimsuit cover up that covers and reveals at the same time – less is more or more is less!

You don’t have to buy something new. A casual summer dress can be a perfect swimsuit cover up. Clothing pieces that can serve multiple functions when traveling (like a summer dress that you can use for a dress and a swimsuit cover up), saves space and cuts down on the laundry you need to do when you get home! So check out what you have in your closet that can double as a swimsuit cover up.

Swimsuit cover ups come in so many styles, designs, and patterns! But most of these can fit into the following categories:

  • Dress (short or long)
  • Tunic
  • Boyfriend Shirt
  • Pareo
  • Romper
  • Shorts

Here are a few that might inspire your summer swim style.

DRESS

Lands' End Woven Maxi Cover Up Dress $120
Lands' End Woven Maxi Cover Up Dress $120
Macy's Profile by Gottex Plus Size Cozumel Printed Cover Up $108
Macy's Profile by Gottex Plus Size Cozumel Printed Cover Up $108
Lands' End Terry Sleevelss Polo Cover Up Dress $49
Lands' End Terry Sleevelss Polo Cover Up Dress $49
Chico's Gottex Lattice Multiway Swim Coverup Dress $128
Chico's Gottex Lattice Multiway Swim Coverup Dress $128
Nordstrom Elan V-Back Cover-Up Maxi Dress $58
Nordstrom Elan V-Back Cover-Up Maxi Dress $58
Soma Scarf Hem Midi Dress $79
Soma Scarf Hem Midi Dress $79

TUNIC

Target Merona Butterfly Kaftan Swim Cover Up $25
Target Merona Butterfly Kaftan Swim Cover Up $25
Target Merona Kaftan Cover Up Dress with Tassels $25
Target Merona Kaftan Cover Up Dress with Tassels $25
Nordstrom Robin Piccone Cold Shoulder Cover-Up $94
Nordstrom Robin Piccone Cold Shoulder Cover-Up $94

BOYFRIEND SHIRT

Target Mango Reef Shirt Dress Cover Up $30
Target Mango Reef Shirt Dress Cover Up $30
Nordstrom Tommy Bahama Chambray Cover-Up Tunic $98
Nordstrom Tommy Bahama Chambray Cover-Up Tunic $98
Nordstrom Green Dragon Big Sur Cover-Up Shirt $78
Nordstrom Green Dragon Big Sur Cover-Up Shirt $78

PANTS, PAREO, SHORTS, ROMPER

Soma Miracle Suit Cover Up Pant $130
Soma Miracle Suit Cover Up Pant $130
Chico's Amita Naithani Animal Print Pareo $79
Chico's Amita Naithani Animal Print Pareo $79
Chico's Blanca All Aboard 5 inch Swim Coverup Shorts $49
Chico's Blanca All Aboard 5 inch Swim Coverup Shorts $49
Nordstrom Green Dragon Tie Dye Cover-Up Romper $74
Nordstrom Green Dragon Tie Dye Cover-Up Romper $74

Pool Time Ahead!

I’m off to a weekend in Southern California and am planning a bit of pool time. It’s tempting to bring an assortment of cover ups with me . . . but since my space and pool time are limited, I think I’ll take my own advice and bring a dress that I can wear to lunch or at the pool! So many choices; so few pool days!

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