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
Mango Crochet Trousers ($70)
Crochet is synonymous with summer, so really any open-weave piece will work.
Astr the Label Ferry Crochet Tank ($88)
English Factory Belted Shirtdress ($90)
Wear your shirtdress partially unbuttoned for an easy cover-up that goes from day to night, too.
Karen Kane Long Sleeve Shirtdress ($198)
3. Large Scarf
Faithfull the Brand Floral-Print Voile Pareo ($65)
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.
Johanna Ortiz Stripe Cotton Pareo ($150)
4. Relaxed Shorts
Lemlem Semira Belted Cotton-Gauze Shorts ($193)
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.
Bassike Canvas Paper Bag Relaxed Shorts ($260)
5. Drawstring Pants
Caslon New Belted Yarn Dyed Linen Pants ($59)
Drawstring or tie-waist pants are a perfectly easy, breezy option for a stylish, resort-inspired look.
Cult Gaia Naomi Tie-Front Wool-Blend Wide-Leg Pants ($280)
6. Zip-Up Sweatshirt
Electric & Rose Westside Zip Hoodie ($165)
Going out for an early morning surf or sunset swim? Throw a hoodie over your bathing suit for a laid-back look.
Cotton Citizen Brooklyn Half Zip Crop Hoodie ($129)
Free People Sashi Tie Dye Kimono ($128)
A kimono works perfectly as a cover-up because it's inherently lightweight and doesn't have any buttons to fuss with.
Mary Katrantzou Multi Tropical Flower Cote D'Azur Kimono ($1570)
8. Denim Shorts
H&M Embrace Bermuda Shorts ($35)
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.
Agolde Mid Rise 90's Loose Shorts ($148)
9. Midi Skirt
Staud Sea Skirt ($225)
Midi skirts—especially less fitted styles—make great beach cover-ups that you can easily slip on and off.
Rixo Georgia Skirt ($295)
10. Button-Down Shirt
& Other Stories Oversized Linen Shirt ($89)
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.
Topshop Animal Print Oversized Button-Up Shirt ($55)
Free People Riley Crop Wide Leg Jumpsuit ($78)
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.
Hannah Artwear Margherita Lace Trimmed Paisley-Print Cotton Jumpsuit ($116)
The Line by K Daisy Ribbed-Knit Cardigan ($112)
I can't be the only one who's accumulated more of these than she'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.
Madewell Dip Dye Button Canyonlands Cardigan ($110)
13. Strapless Dress
Melissa Odabash Avalon Dress ($299)
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.
Stella Jean Tiered Ruffled Maxi ($916)
L*Space Pacifica Tunic ($99)
A tunic goes great with denim shorts, or if it's long enough, feel free to wear it as a dress.
Tove Deia Gathered Silk-Georgette Blouse ($560)
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.
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