This is packing week! We have an early morning flight next week and I’m working most of the week, so I’ve designated this weekend as the time to make decisions about what I’m packing for our trip to Maui. Swimsuit cover ups are front and center as I’m planning to be poolside or at the beach every day.
I’ve accumulated a nice assortment of cover ups over the past some years – both actual cover ups or summer dresses or garments that can double as a swimsuit cover up. My criteria include:
- A cover up has to cover the top part of my legs (that pesky varicose vein, you know)
- It has to be able to take me from pool to cafe or pool bar (no towels wrapped around my waist for this!)
- The wrinkle factor has to be low to survive being stuffed into a beach bag (admittedly I have added a couple of pieces that don’t pass this test because I liked them so much)
I’m feeling a little bit like I should pare down the selection of cover ups I’m considering packing. On the other hand . . . they are lightweight . . . and I do have 9 days of swimsuit activities.
Swimsuit cover up styles are endless! And we all have our favorite looks.
Here are my options; the styles run the gamut, which gives me the option of choosing one that suits my mood on a particular day! I am coordinating the cover ups with these swimsuits. (These swimsuits were purchased last year and are mostly sold out.) I also have a bright red tankini top that I like to pair with navy or aqua bottoms – it would probably work with the colorful harem pants.
These harem pants are one of my favorites! I love all the colors and the split in the legs. I purchased last year at Anthropologie, but they sold out pretty fast and I haven’t been able to find something like them since. (Apologies for the wrinkles. I’m staging my clothes for the trip on the clothing rack but not planning to steam or iron before I smash everything together into the suitcase!)
*About the clothing rack: I love this rack! It’s been a great place to hang clothes that I’m getting ready to pack, for overnight guests to hang clothes, to stage outfits for blog posts, to hang clothes while they are air drying – the possibilities are numerous!.
I saw this in the swimsuit department at Macy’s a couple of weeks ago. Admittedly, I really don’t need another swimsuit cover up, although I do love the men’s shirt look. But I was also attracted to it because it would also be a great look with skinny jeans or leggings. It doesn’t pass the “doesn’t wrinkle” test, but the wrinkles relax easily with a little steam. I have a large steamer at home and just purchased this portable travel steamer to take with me (haven’t tested it yet, but it has mostly 5 star reviews).
This Tommy Bahama boyfriend shirt style cover up has been a favorite of mine for several years. I really love the white and the men’s shirt look. This has been one of my “go-to” cover ups. It also looks great if you want to pull on a pair of shorts over your swimsuit.
I’ve been in the market for a sophisticated long pareo for a couple of years. You’d think that would be super easy to find, but it hasn’t been the case for me. I love that it’s a bit sheer but not completely see through for little modesty around the pool.
I nabbed this casual dress a few years ago during a trip to Barcelona where I’d met my daughter who was traveling in Europe. She was wearing the dress in black. There happened to be an H&M store right near the hotel so I bought one for myself (I can’t resist the whims of polka dots!). Of course, it did look much cuter on her! I haven’t worn it for anything other than a swimsuit cover up. It’s so easy and can look like a summer dress if I want to go to the pool cafe. It’s available in several colors and prints, and you can’t beat the $12.99 price!
This was an impulse purchase when I saw it on sale at Uniqlo last year. I did have in mind to use it as a swimsuit cover up, but it’s really fun to pair with other summer looks. Check out this post showing some other ways to wear this or any kimono. I’m thinking of wearing it on the airplane.
How do you pack for a swimsuit centered vacay? Do you, like me, bring a wardrobe of cover ups to go with different swimsuits? Or do you keep it simple and bring one favorite? As much as I consider packing light, if I know I’m going to a single destination where I can settle my suitcase and unpack once, I give myself permission to overpack! I can guarantee that when my packing is finished, my suitcase will be full, and I probably will end up either wearing half of what I brought or making it a project to make sure I change outfits enough to wear the all!