Heading to the pool, beach, park, or even your balcony sometime soon? While you've likely got a cool swimsuit situation figured out, there's one more piece of the puzzle to nail a complete swimwear look: a bathing suit cover-up. In the past, you might not have put too much thought into what you've thrown on over your swimsuit, but all it takes is a bit of inspiration to help you pick out the perfect cover-up for your look.
Bathing suit season doesn't necessarily require breaking the bank, either. If you take a closer look at some of your summer staples, you'll realize that the cool bathing suit cover-ups you're searching for might be sitting right in your closet. Keep reading for 14 staples you probably already own and how you can incorporate them into some pretty amazing poolside ensembles. Of course, if you're still inclined to shop while you're at it, we've got you covered there, too.
1. Anything Crochet
Lpa Lpa Margaret Crochet Dress in White ($208)
Crochet is synonymous with summer, so really any open-weave piece will work.
Mango Oversize Crochet Sweater - Women | Mango Usa ($40)
La Made La Made Sonia Shirt Dress in White ($150)
Wear your shirtdress partially unbuttoned for an easy cover-up that goes from day to night, too.
H&M Cotton Shirt Dress ($35)
3. Large Scarf
Madewell Scarf Sarong ($45)
A large scarf can double as a stylish (and classic) pareo. The version above serves as the perfect example of how it should be tied.
Urban Outfitters Paradise Printed Sarong ($24)
4. Relaxed Shorts
H&M Linen-Blend Pull-On Shorts ($17.99)
What better place to wear your favorite loose-fitting, optionally whimsical shorts than under the sun? Don't be afraid to mix and match the print with your bikini.
Caslon® Stripe Linen Shorts ($49)
5. Drawstring Pants
H&M Linen Pants ($34.99)
Drawstring or tie-waist pants are a perfectly easy, breezy option for a stylish, resort-inspired look.
ASOS Asos Design Linen Relaxed Dad Pants in Stone ($40)
6. Zip-Up Sweatshirt
H&M Hooded Jacket ($34.99)
Going out for an early morning surf or sunset swim? Throw a hoodie over your bathing suit for a laid-back look.
Staud Zip Up Sweatshirt ($195)
Free People Hidden Hills Maxi Kimono ($68)
A kimono works perfectly as a cover-up because it's inherently lightweight and doesn't have any buttons to fuss with.
New York Laundry 3/4 Sleeve Open-Front Kimono Top ($11)
8. Denim Shorts
H&M H&M+ Denim Bermuda Shorts ($24.99)
High-waisted denim shorts are great for wearing as a cover-up. Plus, if you add a T-shirt and sandals, you can go beyond the beach and not look half-dressed.
Levi's Ribcage Cutoff Shorts ($80)
9. Midi Skirt
Rip Curl Geo Print Midi Skirt ($60)
Midi skirts—especially less fitted styles—make great beach cover-ups that you can easily slip on and off.
Madewell Paisley Garden Knotted Linen Blend Midi Skirt ($98)
10. Button-Down Shirt
H&M Cotton Poplin Shirt ($29.99)
Whether you opt for a classic style or trendier iteration, a breezy, button-down shirt that's easy to put on and take off will serve you so well this summer.
Lioness Boyfriend Shirt ($79)
Yumi Kim Leanne Jumpsuit ($238)
Jumpsuits, rompers, and overalls are inherently on the more casual side. Plus, since they serve as a top and bottom, that's one less piece of clothing you have a chance of accidentally leaving behind at the pool.
Urban Outfitters Uo Zoey Workwear Romper ($69)
H&M Button-Detail Ribbed Top ($29.99)
I can't be the only one who's accumulated more of these than they'd like to admit over the past year. The good news is they're not just for wearing with jeans—they look very cool over a swimsuit.
& Other Stories Boxy Open Cardigan ($89)
13. Strapless Dress
Tiare Hawaii Ryden Mini Dress ($125)
A strapless dress won't weigh you down in the heat and will look summer-appropriate. Word to the wise: Be sure to pick low-maintenance fabrics such as jersey or cotton.
Zara Floral Print Midi Dress ($50)
Ro's Garden Seychelles Tunic ($155)
A tunic goes great with denim shorts, or if it's long enough, feel free to wear it as a dress.
H&M Ribbed Tunic ($18)
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.
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